Club Notes / This weeks spins

Hi folks we hope ye have all had a good week, with the good weather continuing last week we hope ye have all been able to get out on the bikes.


On Tuesday we had our evening club spin, we had 8 club members out on the night they headed off from Moynan’s and onto Borrisokane on to Carrahorrig where they turned left and headed for Terryglass on to Ballinderry and home via Puckane covering 50kms. Kudos to everybody who got out on the night.


On Tuesday evening last we had two club member Eoin Woods and Michael Crowe head to Birdhill to take part in the Limerick Summer League TT which was a tough 30km course. the conditions on the evening were not the the best it was very cold and a biting northerly wind did nothing to help things but luckly the showers held off, the wind and the cold conditions on the night did not seem to put our Mr Woods of his game as he made the course look very easy recording an average of 42.6kph on the night and doing the course in a time of 41:40 to take the win on the night, kudos to you Eoin, also taking part on the night Michael done himself proud by finishing in the top 10 completing the course in a time of 47:23, well done to both lads.




On last Wednesday evening we had the third night of our ”Bike for life course” We are into week 3 of our Bike for Life course already which is so hard to believe, as the saying goes, “time flys when you are having fun”. We welcomed back our great  group of enthuastic participants who are all very eager to learn all the skills needed to take to the road in confidence and in a safe manner while also learning about the mechanics of the bike they cycle on a daily basis. On the night we demonstrated on how to remove the front and back wheels of a bike, how to remove and refit a tyre using tyre levers in a puncture situation, how to clean a bicycle, what to bring with you out on a cycle, and we taught the group about the importance of calls and signalling while riding in a group on the road. With the all mechanical areas of the course nearly covered and a recap done on safety calls we split the participants into two groups and took them out on the road to start a gradual build up of kilometres. Despite some  nerves everyone enjoyed the spin and they all completed the route safely. Well done to all our participants and we really look forward to seeing you all next week!



On Thursday evening, we held road race number 3 on the race calender. Again, we were lucky with the weather forecast on the evening, which is helping with the increased numbers signing on. We had three very competitive groups on the night all prepared to give their best efforts on the road. The route was,  Birdhill – Five Alley roundabout – Back to Slivermines turn off and turn left – down to Shalee Cross -turn right and finish at top of the climb. It was a very exciting race and with the climb of shalee at the finish everybody knew they had to get to shalee cross as quickly as possible and dig deep in the final few kms up the climb to have a chance to take the win. Some very impressive climbing was seen on the night. Congratulations to Ian Kennedy from Lower Ormond cycling club who took the win on the night and to Pat Carr in second and John Spillane in third. Well done to everybody who raced on the night and we look forward to seeing you all again next Thursday evening for our 16km Time trial. Thanks to Jan for doing sign on, the start and finish line and to Conor, Selina and Mike for marshaling and to Vic for the great photos on the night.




On Saturday we had two of our club members Pat Bergin and Daniel Rohan who completed the Mallorca 312 last Saturday, this was a great achievement for the both of ye, it is great to see the club colours been worn proudly on foreign soil, kudos to both ye.



On Saturday we had club members Anita Egan and Maree Rogan head to Limerick to take part in the West Limerick Endurance 125, Anita said that it was very tough with nearly 1,200 vertical meters of climbing and that it was also a very hilly route and that the wind was relentless all day but that it was a very enjoyable day.

Also on Saturday we had Cathal Hanrahan who headed to Dingle to take part in the Dingle Peninsula Cycle Challenge, Cathal said that the weather was not the best and that it was very windy and that it was pretty hairy up around the top of Conor Pass and that the narrow roads and bank holiday traffic did not help the large number of cyclists who turned up to take part in the event.


Sunday morning club spin : After a terrifying weather forecast on Saturday night,  attendance was a little low for the club spin. With three brave souls in attendance, ready for everything the weather gods could throw at us, we set off on a shorter route, keeping us closer to home in case we called it wrong and ‘they’ called it right. We did the ballina loop with a lap of the town included at the end at a pace of 27 kmph average. Thanks guys for a very enjoyable spin this morning. Kudos !


Sunday Open Racing

We had Eoin Woods head to Wexford to take part in the Frank O’Rourke Memorial Race in Camross Co.Wexford, The weather was not too bad up in this part of the country but down in wexford the rain never stopped which made the racing very difficult and cold, Eoin was competing in category A2 which was 5 laps of the circuit a total distance of 110km. With the rain pouring down and know sign of it letting up it made thinks more difficult on the day Eoin was going very well but unfortunately on the start of his lap he suffered a puncture which all but ended his race, hopefully on his next outing the weather will be a little bit kinder and he will have better luck and come away with a good finish.


Cycle Against Suicide

We have one of our club members Stephen Hogan who is taking part in this cycle, Stephen is doing 4 days of the 14 days, Stephen cycled from Roscommon to Castlebar on his first day, his second day took him from Castlebar to Galway, Tomorrow he will head from Galway on to Ennistymon, and Stephen’s final day will be from Ennistymon to Limerick, Fantastic going Stephen for such a worthy cause and the best of luck with the rest of your cycle.


Club Tour

One for the diary folks its getting close now, only two weeks to go!! Our annual tour of Lough Derg. It has always been a fantastic day with a great atmosphere, we meet loads of lovely people, enjoy a great days cycling and some good food. We would love to see ye all there…. Spread the word.


This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:

Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm

Thursday: J Moynan Time Trial 2. Sign on will be at Moynans bike shop, Nenagh at 6.15pm and start time is 7pm sharp and entry is €5. Route: Starting at the Roundhill Pub – Five Alley Roundabout – Yellowbridge 16kms.

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.

Saturday: Use the Whatsapp group to organise a Saturday spin for anyone that wants one.

 Sunday:  On Sunday we will be supporting our near neighbour’s in Keeper Cycling Club on there Club Cycle as our Sunday Club Spin, all the information is on the poster below.


We hope you have a great week everyone and hopefully we’ll see you out and about on the bikes during the week and weekend…