Wheelers on Tour
On Sunday North Tipp Wheelers headed to Thurles in numbers for the Annual Blazing Bikers, Trip to Tipp. Well done to Mikey Connors, Aidan Kileen, John Foote, John O’Carroll, Liam Callaghan and Pat Bergin who completed the 189km sportive in an impressive 6 hours! That’s some motoring lads!
Congratulations also to Owen Hynes who, along with his J&J work colleagues, completed a 325km cycle from Cork to Dublin over the weekend to raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
There were two members in racing action this weekend with Dan Hogan and Julie White heading to Athenry for the Velotec Galway Bay Cycling Club Classic on Saturday. In what was described by one person as “a tough circuit with a lot of drags and wind, and some nice stretches of dead and decaying road surfaces”, Julie was dropped on the first lap by the bunch and worked hard to catch another rider up the road for some of the second lap who she worked with to the end. Dan worked hard throughout but the hill on the second lap also saw him lose the main bunch. Both riders finished the race and Julie the only female participating, took the women’s prize.
We had bigger numbers on the Sunday spin this week, with 7 on the Leisure Spin which went from Nenagh – Portroe – Ballina – O’Briens Bridge – Birdhill – Nenagh. This was approximately 60km at an average speed of 22kph. Remember to support the Sunday spin (9am from Moynans) if you can. Please note you must be a member of North Tipperary Wheelers to participate in Club Training Spins. Information on joining can be found here
The fast(er) group had 9 on board and covered a route from Nenagh – Old Birr Road – Riverstown – near Portumna – Lorrha – Terryglass – Puckane – Nenagh. In a case of bad timing we must have met every mass/service in each village we passed through and at one stage even had to contend with a slow moving tractor halting our gallop (though the break from the wind for that time was welcome!). The distance was just over 85km and the average speed was 29.5kph. Map below.