Regardless of your cycling ability, this week had it all with leisure and training rides, club and open racing, and sportives. During the weekend past, there was the established spins and training. The Sunday morning spin left Moynan’s bike shop, Nenagh with a group of 20 from the leisure, intermediate and senior groups. This group cycle provides for leisure group cycling and the ability to progress to intermediate and senior cycling levels. The race training group on Saturday morning took on a complex but testing 100km loop from the town taking in Dolla and Upperchurch before returning via Newport and Ballinahinch.
Meanwhile, the open racing season continued with the club being represented in two A3 races on opposite sides of the Country and at the Munster Championships. Pat Bergin, Liam Callaghan and Paddy Rohan raced in the first A3 (85km) category at the Velotec Galway Classic in Athenry on Sunday July 6th. The three worked well, and together with friends from Nenagh Cycling Club caught an early three man break toward the finish only to have expended their efforts in the pursuit and finish within the top 20. In the other race, Tommy Hanrahan and Dan Hogan represented the Club at the Barrow Grand Prix at Bunclody Co. Wexford. Dan was to pull out with mechanical problems whilst Tommy was to settle with a top 15 position after getting into a number of unsuccessful breakaways during what was described as a tough 104km race. In Blarney, Mikey Connors and Julie White gave strong performances in the A4 and ladies category races of the Munster Championship.
The Thursday night Club race league continued with a 25km road race finish to the top of Bollinbrook, Dolla. Despite starting with a time advantage and successes from previous weeks, the group of Category 2 and 3 riders were unable to stay out in front of the pursing Category 1 group. With the 3km accent to the finish, Category 1 riders Pat Bergin and Liam Callaghan would come to the front and secure first and second spots (respectively) ahead of David Kyle in third. Elsewhere, well done to club member Eoin Woods who took part in the annual ‘Ring of Kerry’ charity cycle on Saturday July 5th.
This Wednesday (July 9th) the Club will be holding an Interim Club General Meeting in the Dapp Inn, Nenagh at 8pm. All members are asked to attend. Training continues this week at the same times. Tuesday Nigh at 6pm and Sunday at 9am both from Moynans and 9am Saturday from Woodies carpark for the race training ride. Further details of routes and Thursday nights club race will be available on facebook/northtippwheelers and the club welcomes new members on these rides. For further details of any club events or club membership please contact club chairperson Pat Bergin 0876744400.