Apologies to you all for no update on last Thursday evenings race, I had some technical difficulties with my pc but we are finally back in business again.
Another week has come and gone and on Thursday evening we held the last of our championship races with a 32km road race. We had to change the planned route yet again last minute as we were not 100% sure if the roadworks on the Coolbawn to Puckane road would be finished in time, so in the end decided to go with a new route that started from the picnic area just outside Toomevara, from there it continued to Moneygall, left to Cloughjordan, on to Borrisokane and the finish just before Ardcroney. We had a record number of riders out for the last main road race, with 19 members racing on the evening. It was a relatively flat course with a few rolling hills in the mix but still challenging in a race scenario. It was a very fast race with all groups merging just outside Borrisokane. It came down to a bunch sprint in the end with Dan Hogan yet again taking a fine win on the evening, congratulations on the win Dan. Liam Callaghan crossed the line in second place and Pat Bergin took the last spot on the podium.
Well done to everyone who was out racing on the night. We would like to thank Jan for time keeping as usual, Mike Sheedy our motorbike marshal for keeping the riders safe on the road and to Selina for the photos from the night which you can see here.
On Saturday we had two members taking part in the National TT championships (time trial) in Cong, Co. Mayo. Liam Callaghan competing in the Masters 40 category and John Foote competing in the Masters 50 category. The course was 24km in distance on what was said to be a tough hilly route from the off. The race started on a climb and the road surface was not great. They had a tough headwind to contend with for the last 10km which didn’t make things easy. Both riders completed the course and did themselves and the club proud so very well done to you both for taking part. We hope to find some pictures of the lads in action on line during the week.
On Sunday we had lower numbers than usual for our normal club spin as the majority of people travelled to Dublin to the see the Tipperary vs Galway match. The group completed the planned route on the morning and a good spin was had by all. We hope to see everyone back out next weekend.
Nanno Vuyk took part in this years Étape Connemara which is a fun sportive with a competitive edge. Now in its 3rd year, this cycle sportive helps to raise vital funds for Croí, the Heart and Stroke Charity based in the West of Ireland. This is a 150km route and you are against the clock to complete the challenging, scenic route through Connemara with your finishing time becoming your target to beat the following year and you get an official time! Well done Nanno on completing the challenge.
On Sunday we had club member David Kyle in action in the A3 National road race championship in Cong, Co. Mayo. You can read David’s race report of his day below.
Next weeks Club Training rides are as follows:
Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm. Avg speed on the evening between 28/30kph.
Wednesday: Club intermediate spin leaving from Moynans at 7pm. Avg speed between 25/27kph.
Thursday: Sees the race season come to an end with the “Championship Flying Mile” In this event you simply cycle a mile as fast as you can! The race will take place on the old N7 Limerick road between the Roundhill and the Yellowbridge with a rolling start. You can sign on at 6.15pm at Moynans bike shop or at the Roundhill. Group departs to the start at 6.30pm and race starts at approx 7 pm. Entry is €5
Sunday: We have the normal club spin leaving from Moynans at 9am.
This weekend we will have our old favourite UL spin. Route: Nenagh – Birdhill – O’Brien’s Bridge – Clonlara – Plassey and we will have a coffee (and cake!! 🙂 ) stop in the UL Arena cafe so bring a few euro along for this. We will then all spin back to Annacotty and then back to Nenagh, a total of 76km. The senior group as normal can add an extra loop at the end or add in a couple of spins up the ramp in Birdhill as they wish 🙂
We hope that you all enjoy a great week.
For further information on any club events or if interested in joining the club, please contact Pat Bergin 087 6744400