Club Updates

Club Spins:
There was a great turnout at Moynan’s on Sunday morning for the Sunday spins. In total we had
20 riders, split into 7 for the leisure group and 13 for the red/orange group. Sunny weather was
forecast, but the sun never really broke through and it remained a bit grey and overcast for the
day. Temperatures were up on recent Sundays though, and overall it was a great day for cycling if
a bit breezy at times. The leisure group did a 70km spin (no further details available).
Sunday Orange/Red Group club spin:
The general feeling during the week was that it was time for a lake spin, so the red/orange group
headed towards Portumna in the knowledge that some of the group intended turning around at
that point. There was a traffic incident at the AIBP factory and the group made it’s way past that on
the footpath on the opposite side of the road. Indeed some cars were less than careful while
passing the group, with one car in particular mis-judging the traffic island in Ardcroney and having
to pass us on the other side of the traffic island. A good pace was set to Portumna, and at that
point the group split with six riders continuing on to do the lake and the other seven turning around
to head back to Nenagh. It was a fairly uneventful but breezy spin to the coffee stop at The Half
Barrell in Whitegate, except for Roger doing such speed that he couldn’t make the left turn and
had at least half a kilometre to ride back through the mass-goers! Mike Gleeson at this stage
decided that food was for wimps and he pedalled on for home. There’s always a great welcome at
The Half Barrell, and with a cozy fire and plenty of scones/coffee/tea we settled in to enjoy some
typical banter. Two important lessons were learned here, a) Paul Madden will avoid currants at all
costs, b) apparently real cyclists only drink coffee, not tea. The usual post-coffee stop lethargy was
ignored and we made good progress against the breeze back to Killaloe/Ballina, where Andy
turned left for home and Rob, Nanno, Roger and Paul took the handy flat route back to Nenagh. A
good spin, there were some tired legs afterwards but great to get a decent blowout. Well done all.


It’s that time of the year where we will yet again be hosting our annual table quiz! It promises to be
a really fun club night out. So please do come along on Friday evening, March 1 st , to The Dapp
Inn, Nenagh. Our quiz starts at 9pm and we will have great prizes and spot prizes to give away.
Get those thinking caps on folks. A table of four is just €20 so please bring along as many friends
and family as you can on the night, the more the merrier. Everyone is welcome.
If any of you can bring something for the raffle if at all possible on the night whether it’s a
box of chocolates or something small, It would be very much appreciated. This is one of
our main fund raising events, so let’s work to make it a very successful and fun night out!

Again, to all club members, please offer your time to help out on the Open Race:
Our club will be running our Open Road Race on Sunday 24 th of March. This event was a major
success for the club last year and really put us in the spotlight as it was very well run, and we had
good numbers taking part. A huge amount of work goes into running an event like this, and a lot of
it goes on in the background in the weeks and months leading up to the day. We really need
every member of the club to do their best to help out on the day, and to support their fellow
club members who devote so much of their time into organizing the race. We are always in
need of marshals on the day in order to ensure the safe running of the event. So please, Save the

The week ahead:
Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. (check first)
Sunday: Club spins leave Moynans at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.