Club updates and spins

We hope that you all had a lovely weekend.  It looks like that unfortunately the wonderful heatwave that has graced us for the last few weeks has gone and that thing called rain has appeared again for the first time in weeks but hopefully the warm weather will return again soon. After what was a hectic week last weekend hosting our own open race things have quietened down again giving us a chance to relax a little bit this week. We would like to yet again extend our thanks to everyone who made last weekend’s racing the success it was. We have been receiving messages of praise and thanks from other clubs all week to say how well run and safe the event was, so again thank you all.

The updates are very short this week so we won’t keep you too long.

Tuesday club spin

Seven of us departed Moynan’s at 6.30pm on yet another glorious evening for cycling, including Claire, who was making her Tuesday evening spin debut with us. We headed out the old Limerick road, where around the Five Alley we rolled up alongside two of the lads from Nenagh CC who joined in with us. A good pace was being set and fair play to the lads who had done the Ring of Kerry as they showed no signs of cobwebs after having completed such a long sportive the previous Sunday. The group turned right at Daly’s cross and continued at a good pace to O’Brien’s Bridge where we turned right for Killaloe. Another cyclist who was out on her own solo spin joined in with us there and stayed with us until the outskirts of the town until she turned off. After crossing the bridge into Ballina we headed left towards Portroe briefly enjoying glimpses of the view at The Lookout as we rolled by. From then on it was down to business for the drag up to Portroe with Claire setting a great pace (despite telling us how she hates hills!). A quick descent through the village of Portroe and a good tempo ride back to Nenagh completed a very enjoyable 63km spin.
Thanks Andy for the report and well done to ye all for getting out on the club spin.

Thursday Racing: Road Race No.6

The numbers were low on Thursday night as alot of our racers were away on their summer holidays but a hardy few turned up to take on the testing hilly route that started from the Fivealley out to the Silvermines turnoff on Limerick road up over the Dolla climb into Templederry, left at Currabaha cross and the finish at the Tippo factory on the main Thurles road. 42km in distance. It was a beautiful evening for racing, cooler than previous nights but that was probably a bonus. John Foote who was the only member of group 3 out was set off first with a gap of 13 minutes to group 2,  Then Liam, Joseph, Ted, and Andy were set off a short time later and finally Eoin and Edvins were set off last with a gap of  7 minutes so the chase was well and truly on but John Foote put in a solid performance and managed not to get caught by the chasing groups and took the win on the evening. Very well done John. Well done also to everyone who raced and thanks to Conor who did the timekeeping on the evening. By all accounts it was a very tough course so well done again everyone.

Final result of Road Race no.6:
John Foote
Liam Callaghan
Joseph Donnelly
Andy English
Ted (visitor)
Eoin Woods
Edvins Silovs.

Open Racing (Willie Slattery Memorial race, hosted by Tipp Wheelers)

A few members travelled to Golden on Sunday to take part in the Willie Slattery Memorial race that was hosted by Tipp Wheelers. A nice bit of rain had fallen on Sunday morning so after a good few weeks of sun the roads were going to be greasy. We had three riders in the  A4 category, Michael Crowe, Daniel Ronan, and Edvins Silivos and Eoin Woods in the A1/A2 race.

The A4 race was a great challenge by all accounts as the conditions were horrendous with heavy rain falling and that unfortunately led to a few minor crashes on the circuit (we hope that nobody was seriously injured) but thankfully all our lads finished out the race safely and finished with the main bunch to the line.  Eoin Woods who was riding in the A1/A2 race and was going well and got involved with a few of the breaks but missed out on the one that stuck but finished out his race safely. Below are some photos we found on line of the lads racing.  Thanks to Sean Rowe for the great pictures.


Club midweek and weekend spins:

Tuesday: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:30pm. 

Thursday: Club Racing: Road Race 7. Route: Ballinamona cross – Dolla – Silvermines – Left onto Old N7 – Birdhill – Finish at Fivealley, 39.5km. Sign on is at Moynans bike shop at 6.15 or the race start and cost is €5. Depart to race start at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm.

Saturday: Training spin leaving Woodies at 9am.

Sunday: Club spin leaving Moynans at 9am.

Thanks everyone and have a great week!