The weeks are absolutely flying by and its hard to believe we are in to the second week of October already. We have been very lucky with the weather of late. Sunday we had a super turn out for our club spin and we welcomed back a few new faces who were with us last weekend for our all together spin and they were eager to give the spin a go this week again so well done to you all. The senior group headed off first from Moynan’s and they had a very good spin taking in some new routes this week. Despite a few wrong turns along the way and finding a road which most definitely demonstrated the need for mudguards…(we’ll say no more, those there will get it! 😉 ) they all made it back to Toomevara for the second time and enjoyed a warming coffee stop there. They met a group from Keeper CC who were also on a coffee stop in Toomevara and so our lads and lady joined in with Keeper CC and cycled over to Shalee cross with them just after the Silvermines and we heard it was a pacy spin home and a few good efforts put in along the way and Eva retaining her sprint crown at the Five Alley! There were a few tired looking bodies back in Nenagh after but well done to ye, it’s fantastic to see ye all back out again.
Our leisure and intermediate groups joined forces for the first 10km of Sundays spin and they all cycled together to Toomevara, from there the groups split. The intermediate group were working well together but unfortunately two riders came down all of a sudden while heading towards Cloughjordan coming from Moneygall and hit the deck hard but thankfully came away with only a few minor cuts and bruises. In fairness they both picked themselves up and after a few minutes they were back on the bikes again so you both can call yourselves “real cyclists” now!! 😉 Well done lads and speedy recoveries to ye. The rest of the spin was thankfully uneventful and everyone finished out the route safely but it does go to show how quickly even with experienced cyclists a lapse in concentration can take you down so it serves us all a reminder to not take anything for granted and make sure you all follow basic group riding etiquette and call speed changes and obstacles back along the group. It is often not the person who makes a mistake in the group who pays the price so we all need to take responsibility for each others safety while out on the roads. A good quick video with pointers on group riding is here:
This weekend, as I mentioned earlier, we welcomed back some new faces who were out on our club spin last weekend which was fantastic to see, so keep it up! The leisure group were joined by two of our senior members (David & Pat, thanks guys) giving the group support, advice and keeping the pace steady with nobody being left behind. The leisure group did great completing a 45km loop turning back to Nenagh from Ballinree cross. So very well done to you all and hopefully we will see you out next weekend again. You’re all very welcome to join in and give it a go any Sunday.
With so many new people joining us if you haven’t already seen it we’ve a page put together with some great videos giving pointers on what you need to know (and some stuff just for the craic!! 😉 ) here.
This is a reminder of our upcoming AGM that takes place on Monday evening the 17th of October at 8pm in the Dapp Inn, Nenagh. Please attend if you can as this is a great time to have your say about the running of the club and talk openly to the committee. We will also be electing a new committee on the night so we hope to see you all there.
We see the return of our club turbo training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights in Stereame from 7pm to 8.30pm. These are structured sessions and a great way to kick start your winter training. If any members want to give the sessions a try we do have three spare club turbo trainers on site so don’t be shy. We have to warn you though, there could be some questionable taste in backing music…! 😀
Club dinner and awards presentation.
Keep this date in you diaries folks: 12th November. We have our club awards dinner in the Thatched cottage, Ballycommon. Dinner is at 7pm and it costs €26pp for a three course meal which we think you’ll all agree is great value so make sure you come along and let the hair down for what will be a great night. We welcome everyone so bring your family and friends along for a fun filled night. You can contact Jan on 0871374354 to confirm your place.
This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:
The evenings are well and truly gone now and getting dark much earlier so club evening road spins are finished for the winter. Instead we will see the return of our club Tuesday and Thursday turbo sessions starting from this week. If any of ye want to do evening/night spins out on the road don’t be afraid to put up a message on WhatsApp looking for company.
Tuesday: Club turbo training session from 7pm to 8.30pm in Stereame. Contact Pat on 087 6744400 for details and directions.
Thursday: Club turbo training session from 7pm to 8.30pm in Stereame. Contact Pat on 087 6744400 for details and directions.
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.
Sunday: (Leisure Group Mentor: Pat Bergin) This week we’ll continue with another route that has plenty of opt out points with each one not far from Nenagh if you want to push yourself a little further than you’re comfortable with. The route is Moynans – Puckane – Ballinderry – Borrisokane – Cloughjordan – Moneygall – Toomevara – Ballinamona cross – Dolla – Silvermines – Nenagh, 82km.
For the shorter options: Turn back in Borrisokane, 48km; return via Old Birr rd, 53km; turn back from Cloughjordan, 58km; Turn back at Toomevara, 69km; Turn back at Ballinamona cross, 71km & turn back at Dolla, 79km.
For anyone wanting more continue to Shalee cross for 88km and on to the N7 for 95km.
Have a great week out there folks!!