Stage 2 - Portumna - Kilrush 164k
I cycle all the way around the world and end up having my hardest ever day on a bike in Ireland. The winds were insane, 60kph like. The crosswinds destroyed the field and a lot of riders lost the race today. I managed to bridge with my team-mate and six other riders to the front group. Happy days! Then Mick and I got dropped over the top of Corkscrew Hill. We got back on through the cars but the crosswinds were too much of an opportunity for the pros to pass up on. I could see the stress before it happened. Line-outs and echelons galore. I'm just not at the level to mix it with the pros. We got shelled again and had to tow it home in a group of 6 in the gale. I was almost in tears but kept the head. Thankfully the team car was with us to feed me or I would have bonked. It was a brutal day and I lost a lot of time in the wind to the front group but I managed to take control of the B prize.