We hope you all enjoyed your long weekend so far and hopefully got out on the bikes.
CLUB GEAR ORDER: Get your orders in straight away if you would like to order some of our fantastic new kit. We apologise for not allowing much time for thinking but we’re sure you’ll appreciate given the circumstances of our last order not arriving we are under severe pressure to get this new order placed to make sure we’ll have it delivered in 8 weeks or so. See the details here.
We had a few spins happening during the week. We had the normal club training spin on Tuesday evening 28th April that left from Moynans at 6.30pm. On Wednesday evening 29th we had our club intermediate spin that left from Moynans at 7 pm. These spins are being well represented by club members so keep up the good work.
Thursday evening the 30th of April we had the 3rd race in our road race series. We had 12 members out on the night but due to a mechanical one of our riders was unable to race so 11 took on the 25.5km course. The race started at Ballywilliam creamery on to the Fivealley roundabout back out the Limerick road to the Silvermines turn off on to the Silvermines and the finish in Dolla. The birthday boy Liam Callaghan went on to take the win on the evening but it was no gift with David and Pat attacking him!! The rest of the podium was made up of Patrick Bergin in second and Eoin Woods taking third place. You can read the full report here: Road Race 3 report
Sunday We had the usual club spin that left from Moynans at 9am. We had a great turnout of about 30 for the spin despite the poor weather conditions early this morning. We even had a visiting member of the Orwell Wheelers, Michael Horgan come along with us for the spin(Thanks for joining us Michael, we hope you enjoyed it! 🙂 We hope to see you out again soon). Luckily for us the weather improved just before the off and it stayed dry for us the whole way around! The route was Nenagh, Borrisoleigh, Templemore, Dunkerrin, coffee stop at the Obama Plaza, back to Nenagh, 70km. Seniors went on to Roscrea from Templemore instead of turning for Dunkerrin, making it 82km. The groups split at the start and we had 3 groups out. There was a few intermediates that tried out the senior group but the drag going out the Thurles road before the legs could get warmed up claimed a few casualties but they then reformed into a good group with the chasing intermediates. The seniors got to sample the very nice coffee in Moneygall first, despite doing the extra loop to Roscrea, much to the intermediate groups disgust!! 😉 The extra loop will just have to be that little bit longer the next time… 😀
A few of the intermediate lads(and lady) again gave it a go to try out the senior group back to Nenagh and it was with greater success this time around, whether it was the warmed up legs or something in the coffee we’ll never know but fair play lads!! 😉 It was a great pace being set back to Nenagh with the group working very well together. Owen & Pat who forgot to leave with the rest had their own little team time trial to catch the group so they even got a bit of extra training in! There was comments heard in the group from one of the lads saying he was hoping the pace would be pushed on the way back to town… he got what he was looking for! 😉 There was a savage pace set going up the drag at the graveyard and back to town with everyone’s legs certainly getting fully stretched! A great spin was thoroughly enjoyed by all, a great morning on the bikes!!
A special mention for our Club Chairman who was away recently cycling all over the sunny island of Mallorca. (Lucky thing!) While over there he and about 3000 other cyclists took part in the Mallorca 312 sportive. They started at about 7am from Alcudia in lovely weather… It was headed up by Sean Kelly and about 10-20 other recently retired pros. It’s a timed event so a lot of the riders go all out to finish well. For the last 2 years he has completed the full 312km route but this year he and his friend Karsten decided to do the shorter 167km route. They climbed just under 2600 vertical metres in the first 100km… so it was a nice handy spin then… 😮 Pat reckons it is a fantastic event and maybe we might look at more club members making the trip next year… Well done Pat, from my own experience, a seriously tough but extremely rewarding route with some truly breathtaking scenery!
Only two weeks to go!! until our annual club “Tour of Lough Derg” which takes place on the 17th of May starting from the Lakeside Hotel, Ballina. We hope to see as many members out supporting the club as possible. It is always a great day out 🙂 so please spread the word about our tour and everyone is welcome to take part on the day.
Next weeks spins
Tuesday 05th May: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm. Route as usual decided on the evening. Avg speed on the evening between 28/30kph.
Wednesday 06th May: Club intermediate spin leaving from Moynans at 7pm. Route decided on the evening. Avg speed between 25/27kph.
Thursday 07th May: Club TT no.2 in the JJ Moynan TT series. Sign on is at 6.15pm at Moynans. Depart to start at 6.30pm. Route details: Roundhill pub-Fivealley roundabout-finish at the yellow bridge. Distance is 16km
Saturday 09th May: Club race training(structured 30+kph) and intermediate (26/28kph) spins leaving from woodies car park at 9am. Routes decided on the morning.
Sunday 10th May: Next Sunday we are supporting our friends & neighbouring club, Keeper CC with their annual club tour. We hope to see as many members as possible out to support them. If you don’t want to partake in this spin you can meet at the usual time at Moynans and decide a route among yourselves.
For any more information on club events or membership please contact our club chairperson Pat Bergin on 087 6744400.