Last Thursday’s 32 km road race which ended atop of Ormond Stile brought a fine finale to club league racing. From a group of 14 who started from Ballywilliam Creamery in three handicapped race categories, it would be Mikey Connors who would whittle down the lead group of 9 (category 2) riders to take the win followed by David Kyle and Pat Bergin in second and third respectively. Handicapped times were calculated to perfection on the night resulting in an exciting and hotly contested race. The remaining two ‘scratch group’ riders – Liam Callaghan and Pat Bergin who had started with a 2mins 45second time deficit on the category 2 riders, had reduced this deficit to just one minute at Dolla despite having first lost a further five seconds within the first 5km to the Five Alley roundabout. From Dolla, Liam and Pat continued to reduce the gaps on the uphill approach toward the finish passing all but two riders at Ormond Stile. By that stage, it was too late as Mikey crossed the line first reflecting his strong performance throughout the year. Well done Mikey. David recovered well from a slipped chain in the final kilometer and despite loosing valuable seconds, hung on to secure second spot just ahead of the chasing Liam and Pat.
With the close of the club race league, attention for August focuses on the Club Championship races and the ‘Flying Mile’ competition which commence this Thursday August 7th with the Club Championship TT. Sign on at 6.15pm from Moynan’s bike shop, Nenagh for 6.30pm depart to the start on the established route which will start at the ‘Roundhill’ pub on the old N7.
Training and club spins continue this week at the established times. Tuesday Nigh at 6pm and Sunday at 9am both from Moynans Bike Shop Nenagh, and 9am Saturday from Woodies carpark for the race training ride. Further details of routes and Thursday night’s 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.