Club Notes

Hi all, I promise you that there is no novel to read this week 🙂 the notes will be short and sweet, so now lets summarise the week.

It was really nice for a change to have a short week and not have to worry about getting up early for work last Monday morning, a nice extended weekend. Some of our members headed to Portumna Forest Park for some MTB on Bank holiday Monday morning to take on the trails. Eoin was unlucky to suffer a mechanical half way around when a branch got tangled up in his rear derailleur, it took a little coaxing to remove it and with no damage done, thankfully…A very enjoyable morning out was had by all.  We will definitely organise another club MTB day out very soon again.


On Sunday we heard that club member Mike O’Keeffe had headed to Dublin to take part in the ever challenging Dublin City Marathon. He completed the Marathon successfully in a super time of 03:58:26.Well done Mike on your achievement!

As you all would have read by now in last weeks notes we have changed our venue for our club turbo evenings to Ballycommon Badminton club hall and we have to say, even in the first week its proving very successful and there is very positive feedback coming back to us and we are also seeing some new faces trying out the classes with our numbers taking part increasing.  These classes are an essential part to keeping your fitness levels up during the winter months, so do give the classes a try, you’ve got nothing to lose. Dont forget to bring a turbo mat, cardboard or large towel to place under the turbo trainers and bikes while they are in use so that the hall floor stays protected. If you require any information prior to the night you can contact our club captain Rob on 087 9234308 and he will be more than happy to answer any question/query that you may have. We hope to see ye next week again and keep up the good work everyone.

Weekend spins

The winter is well and truly upon us now with this being the coldest weekend so far, with temperatures well down in single figures but thankfully we had the fine weather on our side which is always a major bonus. On Saturday a few hardy souls decided to travel further afield on their morning training spin and tested out some new territory up around Co. Galway.  They all started out from Ardcroney on a fresh sunny autumn morning. The route they decided on was Portumna , Ballinasloe, Lawrencetown, Portumna and finally back to Nenagh, a good 140k jaunt. A good steady pace set from the start where they all had turns doing a rollover session every 2 minutes, giving everyone the chance to get a good individual workout. At Killimor, Pat turned for home via Banagher and the rest of the group continued on to Ballinasloe where they enjoyed a very welcoming coffee stop. On the return leg home a good steady pace was set, a tough but enjoyable training spin by all accounts…

Sunday a good group turned out for the morning spin on what was most definitely another very cold day but skies were clear again and everyone was looking forward to getting on the road and trying out the new spin format that had been introduced. The new idea for this weeks spin was to give everyone the chance to get a good workout in who wanted but also give those getting back to fitness after a rest period or feeling the effects of other training, the chance to clock up the miles without going into the red. Everyone who turned up at Moynans for the 9am start set off together on the route which was fairly flat enabling everyone to stay together, cycling in formation at a decent tempo to Borrisoleigh, from there the groups split into two. Seven riders turned left and headed direct to Templemore, while four of the lads, Eoin, Dan, Rob and Andy stopped for about 10 minutes to allow a bit of a time gap to form before heading on to Thurles. Shortly before they reached the planned coffee stop, disaster struck poor Rob when his front wheel hit a stone and broke a spoke causing his wheel to go out of alignment bringing his training spin to an abrupt end! The smaller group then headed on to Templemore and poor Rob showed his grit by limping his stricken machine home, while everyone else met up as planned for a very enjoyable well earned coffee stop! We heard that Eoin said that he never saw a group eat or drink so much on such a short spin…! 🙂
After the refreshments, two groups were formed again with Eoin and Dan heading on to Roscrea, getting in some extra kms, and the remaining riders heading back home via Dunkerrin.
Seeing as everyone was close to home by there the natural splits occurred in Moneygall where a few turned right for  Cloughjordan and the remainder continued back on the main road to Nenagh to complete their 90k/120km spin. We have to say a massive well done to Luke Donnelly who completed his first ever 100km spin and a great achievement for our young rider. No bother to you Luke!! An enjoyable morning’s cycle was had by all, and we have been told that everyone was happy with the new spin format and that it worked extremely well.

Thanks to Daniel and Andy for sending on the weekend spin reports! 🙂


Club Awards night and dinner last reminder

I know we are sounding repetitive, but it’s less than a week to go until our club awards night and dinner and we are very excited about it.  We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday evening in the Thatched cottage, Ballycommon at 7pm for a fun filled night. Music after by Pat Holland. If you haven’t booked your place yet, this is the last call out to let Jan know NOW if you are attending and please don’t assume that she knows you’re going if you haven’t told her directly, so please message or call her on (087 1374354) to book your spot. We look forward to seeing ye all on Saturday 🙂

Dont forget to kit your bikes out with lights and mudguards which are now a requirement on club spins. We hope that you take advantage of the fantastic 30% discount offer on lights and mudguards that Moynans bike shop have kindly given to all members. So no excuses.

Club midweek and weekend spins

As usual we will have our normal spins during the week and weekend so please do not be shy, come out and give them a go. We look forward to seeing ye out and about.

Tuesday:  Club turbo from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Badminton hall, Ballycommon. Contact Rob 087 9234308
Wednesday: Club Pilates core & strength class with Paul Nevin Fitness, Kenyon street car park, Nenagh at 8.10pm.  Limited spaces available so contact Peter on 067 31293 to confirm your spot.
Thursday: Club turbo from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Badminton hall, Ballycommon. Contact Rob 087 9234308
Saturday: Club training spin leaving Woodies at 9am. Get out today if you can and enjoy yourself at our awards dinner tonight! 🙂
Sunday: Club recovery 😉


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