We hope you all had a great week and got out on the bikes as much as possible.
Tuesday evening 7th we had our normal summertime club training spin that left Moynans at 6.30pm. In total we had 16 cyclists out on the evening that made for a great evening spin. The fine weather brings everyone out 🙂
Wednesday evening 8th we had the first of our new club leisure/intermediate training spin. The weather gods were on our sides with warm temperatures, ideal for the bikes. We had seven out on the evening and what a fantastic fun spin it turned out to be. The group cycled from Nenagh to Moneygall a total distance of 40km. On this weeks spin the gang was given lessons and given advice on how to ride in a group because for a couple of people it was there first time cycling with other people. There was a good pace set going to Moneygall and everyone coped very well, taking turns up the front and doing some of the work. Those who were feeling energetic made a few jumps off the front and got some sprint training in, and of course we followed :)We turned in Moneygall and the group stayed together bar a couple of times there was some sprinting and time trialing thrown in again for good measure, when that was out of the systems the gang regrouped and finished stong. Its safe to say that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening, which was given away by the happy faces after the spin and we were told that they can’t wait until next weeks spin, where they can do it all again. Fair play guys and keep it up!
Thursday evening 9th saw the official start to the club racing season that kicked off with the first TT (time trial) in the JJ Moynan TT series. This is a race against yourself, against the clock. The aim of the trials is to try push yourself and improve your time in each TT you take part in. The weather was fantastic on the night, ideal for racing and it drew out 17 club members which was fantastic to see. The route was the usual one used last year also and started at the Roundhill pub, turned back at the Five Alley roundabout and finished at the Yellowbridge, 16km in distance. There was a fine tailwind behind the riders heading to the Five Alley roundabout but when they turned for home they had no choice but to dig deep and battle on up the drag and into the wind! Everyone finished with very strong times for the first outing of the season which goes to show the winter training is paying off. The fastest flat time was set by Patrick Bergin in a time of 22mins even which is a super time and the winner of TT1 after handicaps were applied was Owen Hynes with a time of 24.45. Very well done lads. A huge thanks to Vic Nott who took super pictures on the evening and thanks to Jan White for timekeeping, very much appreciated. Well done to everyone who partook on the night, it was great to see you all out!
On Friday evening 10th, due to other commitments where the lads couldn’t make the Saturday morning spin, we had five club members out taking on final preparations and getting in another training run of this years A4 route for the Visit Nenagh Classic which is only one week away now! A total distance of 80km was covered on the evening. This years route is by no means simple and in a race situation you have a lot of fine drags to contend with. The first of these drags is up Dolla climb then another drag up in to Templederry where they dont have too long to recover before they take on one final pull up Kilnafinch roughly a 1km climb that will really hurt the legs. This is our home race which everyone wants to do well in so its good to have key knowledge of the route beforehand. Well done to those who got out.
On Sunday 12th instead of our usual club spin we had great representation at the Kildangan Centenary Challenge that took place in Puckane. We had 14 members representing the NTW which was excellent. Unfortunately it was a miserable morning weather wise and at 6.45am, I’d say that a lot of people were pondering will we or won’t we as there was a severe gale blowing and pouring rain but thankfully by 8am the wind had eased and the rain was the only thing to contend with. Despite the conditions the atmosphere was electric in Puckane as everyone was looking forward to starting off the spin. All of our members took on the 100km loop which was a challenge for all as it included some fine climbs that would test everyone’s legs but everyone managed to get around safely. The route was Puckane, Balinderry, Borrisokane, Carraigahorig, Terryglass, Balinderry, Puckane, Ballycommon, Limerick road to Birdhill, Balina, Portroe and back to Puckane. On route there were plenty of water stops to recharge the batteries and when everyone got back to the finish were very glad of the delicious hot chicken wraps and tea/coffee that was on offer. Club member John Foote of Balinderry Sports Therapy was also on site after the event, he was offering massages to those who had weary legs after the cycle. A big well done to Kildangan Gaa club for hosting a very successful and well run event. We appreciate the hard work that goes into organizing such an event. A massive well done to all the club members who took part… ye will sleep well tonight 🙂
Next weeks spins:
Tuesday evening 14th club training spins leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm.
Wednesday evening 15th leisure/intermediate spin leaving Moynans at 7pm.
Thursday evening 16th is club race day. First road race of the season. Route details will be posted during the week on our Website, Facebook page, Twitter and Google plus pages.
Saturday afternoon 17th our Visit Nenagh Classic club team is in action in the TTT (team time trial) starting at the fivealley pub at 2pm. Do come out and support the lads they will really appreciate your support.
Sunday morning 18th club spin leaving from Moynans at 9am. We also have the family fun cycle starting at 11.30am we ask any members who are available just fr an hour if they can help in making sure everyone gets around safely. Its only a 7km loop. If you’re interested in helping with this please contact Selina Hynes PRO on 0879177355
Also we are looking for all club members who have some free time on the Sunday morning of the VNC to help with marshaling of the races. The NTW unlike other years are highly involved in the organizing of the event this year so this is a very important job and we would highly appreciate your help. If you’re interested please text Selina Hynes PRO on 0879177355 to confirm.
For any more information on club events or membership please contact our club chairperson Pat Bergin on 087 6744400.