Club Updates

Club Open Night:
The first Open Night of the year was held on Monday evening in Moynan’s Bike Shop. A good few
turned up on the night and they were able to renew or register their membership for the coming
year, buy club gear which was on display (some bargains in there still, so talk to Jan), discuss any
issue with regard to cycling with the club and cycling in general, and browse the great range of
bikes and cycling products in the shop. Many thanks to Peter and David for hosting us on the
night. As usual, great craic was to be had on what is a very sociable and enjoyable evening.
Conversation invariably turned to the eye-catching black Giant Propel Advanced 1 on display, and
Santa may have to make a few more deliveries than normal if the level of interest shown is
followed through! Peter kindly allowed us to try out some of the ebikes at the end of the night, and
after a short tour of the car park everyone who took one out returned with a smile on their faces.
Officials will have to be extra vigilant at the club races and time trials for 2019.

Club Spins:

Sunday Leisure Group club spin:
Six from the leisure group headed to Cloughjordan, Moneygall, Ballinamona and home, about 55-
65 km depending on where home is! It was a lovely morning for a cycle. After the coffee stop
at the Obama Plaza one saddle was covered in a very large and very runny bird poo. Advice was
given that it was very lucky and to immediately do the lotto! This advice was ignored and much
tissue was used to clean up the mess. However, two minutes later the unlucky cyclist had a
puncture. The moral of the story: sit on it!

Sunday Orange Group club spin:
A group of nine members headed towards Ballina, taking on the always testing Portroe hill on the
way. A few hadn’t done it in a while so the lungs and legs were given a good early workout. Sean
O’Neill suffered an almost career ending stitch at the top but made a miraculous recovery on the
pacey descent to Ballina. From Ballina, Peter and Eva headed back home to do some early
Christmas shopping, while the rest of the group headed on towards Daly’s Cross where by all
accounts John O’Carroll insisted on having a well-deserved coffee break (regular Sunday spin
participants may question the accuracy of this particular statement). The group then headed back
towards Nenagh, battling the elements as the forecasted rain came down. The strong pace
resulted in a split in the group going up Kilmastulla hill, where Amy and Roger started to wilt from
the searing effort. Not to fear, no less than two guardian angels appeared in the form of Sean
(completely recovered by now) and the ever improving Eoin Dillon who dragged the stragglers
back into the group. Amy has an excuse as she’s new to the Sunday spin, but Roger needs more
Turbo (Tuesdays and Thursdays @7pm in Ballycommon Hall). Paul Madden got a puncture close
to Nenagh (well-timed by all accounts), and rather than fix the puncture it was decided to send
Super Domestique Sean in to Nenagh to get his van. Just another Sunday adventure for the
orange group.


The week ahead:

Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am.
Sunday: Club spin leaves Moynans at 9am. Route to be decided on the morning.