Good evening to you all. My god that was one busy week!!
Tuesday evening we had our two TT teams out fine tuning their strategy for the Visit Nenagh Team Time Trial which was taking place on the following Saturday and they were blessed with a fabulous sunny evening. The two teams rolled out to Birdhill together as one group and then split into their separate groups for the return leg. They then did a very steady spin back to the fivealley fine tuning their technique.
Meanwhile Eoin woods was in action at the ever popular Limerick League race. Well done all.
Thursday evening we had a great turnout for our first club road race of the season. The weather was perfect and there were two groups to start and despite a bad car accident at the Applegreen station near Birdhill forcing the race route to be changed mid race, everyone was turned safely back to Birdhill from where they returned to the finish line at the Fivealley. Young Joseph Donnelly put in a fine performance to take the win with Eva Moynan in second and Duncan Hodgins taking third. Well done to everyone who raced, thanks as always to our photographers, timekeepers and road marshals.
Now for the weekend that was in it…Visit Nenagh Classic 2016.
Saturday 16th April. VNC Team TT and Munster Championship Team Time Trial.
Over the last few weeks we had two teams working very hard brushing up on their team time trialling technique to be in top form for race day and my god they didn’t disappoint us.
We welcomed three members from Limerick cc to join in with our second team Frank Moloney, David O’Brien and Anthony Gahan alongside our very own Rob Dalton, Malachy Dorris and Nanno Vuyk. They had a cracking ride and worked very well together. For their very first outing they had a time of just over 43 minutes for the 28.5km course with was just fantastic and you should be all very proud of yourselves.
Team 1 which consisted of John Foote, Owen Hynes, Liam Callaghan, Noel Kennedy, Eoin Woods, and Pat Bergin put in a fine showing but were heartbreakingly beaten by only 16 seconds to the Munster championship win by our counterparts from the south of the county but they were still thrilled to have won the silver medal which is a huge achievement for them. They have bettered the clubs previous best time in a team time trial by a clear margin averaging 42.5kph and finishing with a time of 40.03 for a 28.5km course. Serious kudos to all!
Sunday was just hectic…
Starting with the family fun cycle in the town which turned out to be a huge success yet again this year. We want to say a huge thanks to all the volunteers and marshals who kept everyone safe on the roads.
We had riders in every race this year. Eva Moynan in the Ladies race, Nanno Vuyk and Owen Hynes in the A4, Eoin Woods in the A3 and finally David Kyle in the A1/2 category.
Each race was as tough as the course makers could make it. Climbs, climbs and oh, more climbs just in case you thought it was too simple 🙂 I followed the A4 race and my god they were flying it. Trying to stay ahead of the race was fun. Trying to do live feeds online to keep the club up to date on the riders turned out to be impossible.
In the A4 Nanno suffered a fall, thankfully at low speed, on the climb up Army Hill when another rider dropped his chain and he ended up knocking another rider in front of Nanno. Thankfully he was ok and got back on his bike and finished the race but found himself on his own and couldn’t get back to the group. Owen had a fairly uneventful race losing touch with the front group on Army Hill but then some great descending and working well together with a chasing group on the rolling road from Toome to Ballinamona cross managed to get back to the front group again but just didn’t have the legs left to stay in the fight going up Killeen on the second big climb of the day. Despite having taken part in the team time trial the day before Owen and Nanno finished out their races. Well done lads.
Eva Moynan finished her first ever open race and what an achievement it was for this young lady. Fantastic stuff.
Eoin Woods completed his race strongly after the tough 118km course but was unfortunate to be in a breakaway group that was stopped up by the commissaire due to the main group getting lost and then suffered cramp after having to wait on the road for about ten minutes before the race was restarted. Unfortunate but that’s the joys of racing!
David kyle was in action in the A1/2 race, a complicated 168km gruelling course. There was a strong field of riders in attendance here but David finished out the course very strong. Well done to all the riders you did yourselves and the club very proud. Thanks also to our back up drivers in the race.
Thanks to our lead car drivers, all our marshals, photographers and of course our loyal supporters who were out in force cheering the riders on…
Club Gear Summer order
LAST CALL for any summer gear you wish to order!!!
Have a look at our club gear page which has details of what can be ordered along with prices and sizing charts. We need to get this in ASAP so if you want any club gear for this summer YOU need to get your order placed this week before Thursday the 21st April. Bear in mind we’ve Mizen to Malin coming up and if you need anything extra for this it needs to go in this order… There won’t be any extra gear ordered so don’t be relying on this, if you want it order it. Just contact Owen or Jan with your order or email email@example.com.
A reminder to all North Tipp Wheelers. Peter and David Moynan are getting busy in their shop for the summer so if you need to pay in money for club gear or licences would you please put it in an envelope with your name and the amount and put it through Jan’s letterbox. If this is not practical, please give it to Moynans in an envelope with name and amount. Thanks all.
This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:
Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop, Nenagh at 6pm sharp. Route decided by the group.
Wednesday: Club evening spin leaving from Moynans at 7pm.
Thursday: Club road race 2: Sign on will be at Moynans bike shop, Nenagh at 6.15pm and start time is 7pm. Start is just after last roundabout before Toomevara – Toomevara – Moneygall – Cloughjordan – Borrisokane – Ardcroney – Finish just before meat factory junction.
Friday: NTW Open Time Trial no.3. Sign on is in Birdhill at 6:30pm and entry is €5. The course is Birdhill – Five Alley roundabout – Roundhill, 24km.
Saturday: intermediate cycle 40/50km in distance, leaving Woodies at 7.30am. Anyone who wants to is very welcome to join in on this spin. You can contact William on 086 2447888 for more details.
Normal club training spin will be leaving from Woodies car park at 9am. The route will be decided on the morning by the group. Keep an eye on WhatsApp for details closer to the time.
Sunday: Usual spin leaving from Moynans bike shop at 9am. This weeks route is: Moynans – Portroe – Ogonnelloe – Tuamgraney – Bodyke – Broadford – O’Briens Bridge – Birdhill – Nenagh, 94km.
Keep an eye on our WhatsApp group chats for any updates or changes. If you want to be added to the NTW leisure/ intermediate or Race Training WhatsApp groups just download the app and let us know to add you. Contact us on northtippwheelers.com