Club Notes

We hope you all are enjoying your bank holiday weekend and in fairness we had good weather even though it was meant to be very bad…. hopefully you all got out on the bikes and made the most of it 🙂

As you all should be aware by now, the club text messaging service has come to an end and from now on future notifications of organised spins will be sent by email only. Each member who submitted their email addresses will receive an email on a Monday giving a detailed account of the coming weeks events consisting of the club spins and races etc. We feel we can get much more information to members with this new system as the old way we were very limited to what we could fit in a text message.

The usual midweek spins continued this week, we are getting great numbers out supporting these so its great to see. keep up the good work.

The year is now starting to sneak away on us as we find ourselves past the midway point of our road race series and last Thursday seen RR 6 (of 10!!! 😮 ) take place. The route started at the Roundhill, on to the Five Alley roundabout, back to Bushfield where the groups turned left for the Silvermines with the finish line at the Silvermines hall, a total distance of 26km. Liam Callaghan continued his dominance and won the sprint to the line to take another first place so big congrats again to Liam, fair play to you!! The rest of the podium places were taken by Owen Hynes and Nanno Vuyk respectively. Well done to everyone who took part on the night. Read the full race report here

On Sunday we had our usual spin which left from Moynans at 9am. We had good number of riders out this week, 22 in total. They set off for the spin in breezy but dry conditions and with many riders currently preparing for forthcoming sportives and our racing season in full swing it was decided to increase the distances for all riders. The club racing group took on an old favourite which hasn’t been tackled for some time Birdhill, Newport, Rearcross, Milestone, Ballycahill, The Ragg and home  which is a distance of over 100km. The leisure and intermediate group took on a brand new route which seemed to go down very well with all participants, they went straight out to Annacotty, left to Murroe, on to Newport where there was a brief stop before returning home through Shalee. (There is only one way to cycle Shalee….down! 🙂 ).  A point to note was the excellent condition of the roads around Murroe. The undulating route and the breezy conditions made for a good workout, meanwhile 6 members of the senior group took on the longer route and pulled away from the leisure group just before Birdhill. They had some help from the wind on the outward journey heading towards Ballycahill but the minute they turned for home faced into a strong gale and showers of hailstones to make things more interesting. It was a good but tough spin and everybody was happy to get home. We are already looking froward to tackling the lake again next weekend but this time in an anti-clockwise direction we are looking forward to coming down Portroe Hill this time! :). Well done to everyone who was out on the morning.

Open racing

We had a few members open racing this weekend in Kilkenny at the Deenside Cup, Charlie Hogan, Owen Hynes and Eoin Woods in the A4 event, Liam Callaghan in the A3 event and Dan Hogan in the A1/2 event. The lads all had a good showing in what was a very tough event with a very big turnout. Eoin Woods was the only prize winner on the day taking 7th place in the A4 race earning himself 2 points in the process. Very well done to all the lads!! They were all commenting on how well run this event was and will definitely be making a return for the next episode, so a big well done and thanks to the Deenside Wheelers for putting on such a great event.

Eoin in full flight, Photo courtesy DC Images.

Eoin in full flight, Photo courtesy DC Images.

Eoin Woods recieveing his prize at the Deenside cup

Eoin Woods receiving his prize at the Deenside cup

Next weeks spins

Tuesday: 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: Club intermediate spin leaving from Moynans at 7pm. Route decided on the evening. Avg speed between 25/27kph.

Thursday: We have TT no.3 in the JJ Moynan TT series. Route: Roundhill pub, Fivealley roundabout and finish at the yellow bridge. Sign on is at 6.15pm at Moynans or at the race startline and departs to the start at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm sharp, entry €5.

Saturday: Club race training(structured 30+kph) and intermediate (26/28kph) spins leaving from woodies car park at 9am. Routes decided on the morning.

Sunday: Our usual club morning spin leaving from Moynans at 9am. This weekend we will be doing the lake spin but in the opposite direction of the way we did our club tour but still a distance is 120km.  We also have a shorter route for those who do not want to spin around the lake and the leisure/intermediate can continue until Portumna where they can turn right at the Ferry Inn heading towards Birr and home via Borrisokane, 80km. This spin caters for all abilities, leisure, intermediate and senior levels. Everyone is very welcome to join us on the morning.

For any more information on club events or membership please contact our club chairperson Pat Bergin on 087 6744400.