Club Notes. December 1st

North-Tipp-Wheelers2Fair and dry weather only adds to the enjoyment of group cycling in winter and this week was no different.  Though it is the off season for those with racing interests, it is the perfect time of year to integrate important base training at a lower intensity for next season, and for new cyclists to take to the road and gain advice from more experienced members. 

Despite the short days and colder temperatures, members were out on a number of training rides throughout the week including road bike and mountain biking.  Night spins were held on Tuesday and Thursday evening taking full advantage of the cycle lane on the old N7. These are great training rides but lights and hi-visibility clothing is essential. 

The perfect conditions on Saturday morning saw a group of 14 Wheelers take a circular route from Nenagh to Co. Clare through Ballina (pictured) before returning via Scarriff and O’Briensbridge.  The ride covered over 100km at an average pace of 29.6kph and the group stayed together despite one puncture.  The equally clement conditions on Sunday saw 15 Wheelers from both the leisure and faster groups take to the road pursuing two different routes from Nenagh.  One group covered a distance of 65km via the Newport Road toward Limerick before returning via Daly’s Cross maintaining an average pace of 26kph despite incurring five punctures on route. 

Cycling Ireland has introduced a new online membership process for 2014.  The committee would encourage existing and new members to commence this process to ensure the appropriate insurance and memberships are in place for the New Year.   Details on the new membership process can be found here. 

The amazing offer on certain items of club kit continues and details can be found here.

A reminder about the Christmas dinner and prize giving on Saturday 14th December at the Thatched Cottage (6pm).  Members and particularly prize winners should make every effort to attend.  Please contact Jan White on 087 1374354 to confirm.