Hi all, we hope ye have all had a good week, with a mixed week of weather we hope ye have all been able to get out on the bike.
On Tuesday we had our normal evening spin, We had 6 club members out, The group headed off out the Limerick road towards Birdhill. On the way out the Limerick road they caught up with fellow riders from NCC where they joined up the group cycled together to Birdhill where they turned off for Montpellier and up to Castleconnel where the group turned left for Nenagh and home along the N7. With the evening closing in fast they still managed 60kms for the spin.
On Thursday we had the last race of our calendar The Flying Mile, with the start being a rolling start from the Roundhill with the first time taken just after the Silvermines turn off and the finish at the Yellowbridge. We had a good turn out on the night and the weather was kind to us. Once the racing got underway it was a case of each of the racers going as hard as they could over the mile, leaving every ounce they had on the road. Once the last rider had passed the finish line it was a case of doing the maths and it was both Joseph Donnelly and Liam Callaghan who posted the quickest time on the evening so well done lads. Once the handicaps were applied it was also a tie for the win with Roger Spain and Peter Moynan that couldn’t be separated on points and the third spot on the podium also had to be shared between Joseph Donnelly and Selina Hynes. Congrats to all of ye and well done to all the lads and lady who took part on the evening. Thanks to Rob for doing the first timing position and to Jan for doing the finish.
Cyclist of the Year results
Apologies for the delay in getting these together it’s been a hectic few weeks! We’ve tallied up all the points and what a close season it’s after turning out to be!! The cyclist of the year has been won by a single point!! Huge Congratulations go to Joseph Donnelly after a serious surge towards the end of the season to overtake his dad Joey by one point in the last counting race of the season. Joseph knocked on the door last year but this year gets his name on the Corrigan Cup and is our Cyclist of the Year! Super stuff, well done Joseph.
We have to also send big congratulations to Joseph’s dad, Joey, on a super season of racing and for a long time looked untouchable at the top of the table after a super start to the season and he takes the second step of the podium.
Another person with an unreal finish to the season and who takes the third spot after jumping several spots in the last few races is Nanno Vuyk so again big congratulations to you too!
Super stuff lads and a massive well done to all of you and to everyone who came out and took part week on week. Full results from the season are available here: http://www.northtippwheelers.com/clubracing/club-racing-results/
Mizen to Malin
Here’s a few photos from the Mizen to Malin trip that were sent into us. Those cycling were Liam Chadwick, Bryan Chadwick, Bernard Fahey, Ger Spillane, Cathy McLoughlin, Maura O’Sullivan-Ryan, Patricia Finn, Eoin Kierse, Walter Molloy, Paddy Seymour, Mark Parvin and Emer Parvin. They would like to thank the backup people who helped them along their way, John Spillane, Jim Ryan and Cyril McLoughlin, it was very helpful and hugely appreciated. It looks like you all had a great time and again a massive well done to you all. If any of you would like to document the trip for publication we’d love to hear all about it.
This weekend marked the normal end event of the open racing season with the Charleville 2 Day race and we had representation from 2 members, Eoin Woods in the A2/3 ranks and Owen Hynes in the A4. It was a 3 stage race held over Saturday and Sunday with all categories doing the same courses but set off separately. There was a very large sign on as always with well over 200 racers signing up for the event. Eoin finished off the first 86km stage safely in the main bunch 45 seconds down on a breakaway of a few riders and that finished his first day off. Owen also finished in the main bunch 1 second down on the winner who rode off the front in the final meters but there was a bad crash at the line which took down several riders and Owen was very lucky to avoid it by being on the other side of the road!
Owen then had to wait and complete the second stage, a 6.2km time trial, that evening where he put in a good showing considering how poor the conditions turned as the evening went on and was near the end of the start list but managed to record a top 20 finish which left him lying 58 secs down on GC in 19th place.
Eoin took on the time trial the next morning and as expected put in a fine showing with a top 10 finish in 8th place only 14secs down on the winner and leaving him in 9th place on GC and 38secs down.
They then kicked off the 3rd and last 90km stage at lunch time and with 2 ascents of Gleninaar to contend with, it certainly wasn’t going to be an easy day out… Eoin had another strong showing on the bike and rolled in with the main bunch again but a good group had broken away and stayed away by about a minute which proved decisive for the race with Eoin recording a very good 13th place on GC. Owen wasn’t as successful and just wasn’t able to hang in with the leaders over the top of Gleninaar on the first time of asking so formed a smaller group who finished out the race about 10 minutes down on the winners.
All in all a tough weekends racing was enjoyed and the lads also want to thank John Foote and Selina Hynes for driving support for them over the couple of days.
This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:
Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.00pm.
Thursday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.00pm.
Sunday: Leaving at 9am from carpark at Moynans.
Depending on numbers present, there will be up to 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 25-29kph average.
- Finally we’ll have a “Red” group which will do a 30kph+ average.
This week’s Green route is: Moynans – Dolla – Toomevara – Moneygall – Coffee@ Obama Plaza – Back to Nenagh.
And for the Orange & Red it’s: Moynans – Dolla – Bolingbrook – Milestone – Upperchurch – Thurles – Templemore – Dunkerrin – Moneygall – Toomevara – Back to Nenagh.
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..