Hi Folks, We hope you all had a great week.
Tuesday we had the return of our evening club training spins and we had a good turnout of members on the evening. They did a lovely route from Moynan’s to Moneygall, Cloughjordan, and back to Nenagh via the Old Birr Road 45km. This training spin will continue until the end of the summer and everyone is welcome to give it a try.
Saturday 01st 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.
Team 2 consisted of Joey Donnelly, Joseph Donnelly, Daniel Ronan, Martin Quigley, Michael Crowe, and Nanno Vuyk. They had a cracking ride and worked very well together finishing with a time of 43:30 for the 28.3km course with was just fantastic and they weren’t far of bring back a bronze medal for the TTT 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, who put in a fine showing but were beaten by under a minute to the Munster championship win by Dungarvan CC but they were still thrilled to have won the silver medal which is a huge achievement for them. They have bettered their time from last years TTT finishing with a time of 39:13 for a 28.3km course. That’s 43.3kph, 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.
Family Fun Cycle
As part of the Visit Nenagh Classic weekend of racing, NTW were asked to marshall the Family Fun cycle. It was a beautiful morning for a relaxed, fun, and enjoyable spin around Nenagh town. There were 100 plus cyclists out on the day, adults and children of all ages enjoying the cycle and the sunshine. We started on Pearse street and cycled up the town, out the dromin road and over to the Borrisokane bypass and back into town covering a distance of 8km. Well done to everyone who took part and a huge thanks go to everyone who kindly gave up their time to help marshall on the day…
Gas Networks Ireland Visit Nenagh Classic
We had riders in the A4 race and A1/2 race this year. Nanno Vuyk, Owen Hynes, Noel Kennedy, Daniel Ronan, Michael Crowe in the A4, Eoin Woods in the A1/2.
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 🙂
In the A4 we had 5 NTW club members take to the start line for what everybody would agree was going to be a very tough day in the saddle. They all raced very well on the day without any problems or major issues out on the route and each and every one of the lads finished strongly and should be very proud of themselves for managing to finish out the course and make it past the finish line all in one piece, kudos to ye all.
In the A1/2 we had Eoin Woods competing in the toughest one day race in Ireland, he got of to a good start but with some riders slowing up on one of the day’s climbs Eoin got caught out by them and that didn’t help him at all and cost him time with the main bunch getting away from him and he wasn’t able to get back in touch with them, this is all part of racing and am sure Eoin will have better luck in his many other races between now and the end of the season.
This Thursday evening April 6th will see our club racing resume for the 2017 season and we would like to encourage all members to come out and enjoy the racing. The season opener will be the J Moynan TT1 which is a 16km Time Trial on the old N7 starting at the Roundhill Pub and the route being the Roundhill pub – Fivealley roundabout – Yellowbridge. This is an excellent introduction to racing and for those new to the club, all racing is handicapped with points being awarded in different categories according to ability. Don’t be afraid to come out and see what it’s all about. There will be a category for you and in a TT you are only racing yourself! Sign on will be at Moynans bike shop, Nenagh at 6.15pm and start time is 7pm sharp at the Roundhill and entry is €5. See you all there!
Bike for Life
We are so delighted to run this new fun course that starts very soon.
Our club recognises that there are so many adults out there who own a bicycle and may not have the confidence to join in with other people in a group, so with that in mind we have launched a “Bike for life” course which will start on Wednesday evening April 12th. So, if any of you are interested in meeting new friends, having some fun, learning new bike skills and would like to learn to cycle as part of a group, then “bike for life” is for you. This is an 8 week course for beginners and we have cycling Ireland trained coaches there each week to give you all the advice and training you need to get started. You can sign up for this course in Moynans bike shop and when you do you will receive a FREE bike safety check. For more info on this course, please click here.
This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:
Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm
Wednesday: We are going to be holding a skills evening on Wednesday 5th at 6:30pm in Woodies all members are welcome to attend and maybe learn some new skills and have a bit of fun the evening.
Thursday: Club training spin leaving from Moynanas at 6.30pm
Thursday: Club racing resumes with the J. Moynan TT1 race, a 16km Time Trial on the old N7 starting at the Roundhill Pub and the route being the Roundhill pub – Fivealley roundabout – Yellowbridge. Sign on will be at Moynans bike shop, Nenagh at 6.15pm and start time is 7pm sharp at the Roundhill and entry is €5.
Saturday: Orange group 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.
Saturday: Use the Whatsapp groups to organise a Saturday spin for anyone that wants one.
Sunday: Leaving at 9am from carpark at Moynans.
Depending on numbers present, we’re going to split into three groups with defined speeds.
The 3 groups are;
- Firstly a “Green” group that will be for beginners/leisure and that group will be in the region of 20-24kph.
- The next group will be the “Orange” group which is an intermediate group and will be controlled at 25-27kph average.
- Finally we’ll have a “Red” group which will do in the region of 28-32kph average.
We’ll split into the different groups in the carpark, with Red leaving first, then Orange and finally Green. The orange and red groups will cover the same route but there is also a green group spin that should only take about 2 hours cycling and includes a coffee stop.
For anyone reading this and sitting on the fence about whether to come out and give it a go, come on out and try it. You’ll be well looked after, just come in and be ready to leave on your bike at 9am from Moynans.
This week’s Green route is: Moynans – Toomevara – Moneygall – coffee @ Obama Plaza – Back to Nenagh, 39km. By all means if this is not enough for you, decide yourselves as a group and you can easily head on towards Roscrea and turn back at whatever halfway point you decide. If ye were to go the whole way to Roscrea it would be a 62km loop, turning back at Dunkerrin would be 46.5km just to give you all ideas.
And for the Orange & Red it’s Moynans – Dolla – Templederry – Borrisoleigh – Templemore – Dunkerrin – Moneygall – Cloughjordan – Borrisokane – Nenagh.
Have a great week out there folks!!