Hi all, we hope you enjoyed your Easter break…Apologies that there were no updates after last weekend as I was away, so we have two weeks updates for you to catch up on. It’s hard to believe we are in to the month of April already, this year is going so fast! With the clock change last weekend there is now a great stretch in the evenings.
Claire ni Reachtagáin raced in Carlow, representing the club in the Des Hanlon Memorial, the first race of the womens National road series. There is a specific ladies race for all the races in the National series. Claire led into the first climb of the day with the hope that she would be at the back of the bunch by the top of the climb but the hill just kept going and she unfortunately got dropped early. This didn’t put her off and she finished out safely the 84km circuit with another rider from Orwell Wheelers and she’s very happy to say it was a huge improvement on her last race. She is looking forward to her next outing already. Eoin Woods raced in Newcastlewest recently in the Darach McCarthy & Co Solicitors Trophy road race and on the day he finished in the main bunch. He said it was a good training spin and great to get some racing into the legs. Well done Eoin and Claire.
Ras an Laois.
Michael Crowe and Eoin Woods were representing the club on Sunday in Ras an Laois. Michael was racing in the A4 category and he finished very strong in the main bunch sprint narrowly outside the points. Meanwhile Eoin, who was racing in the A2 category broke away early in a small bunch and was working very well to pull out about a three minute gap from the main bunch but unfortunately in the last lap suffered a leg cramp that unfortunately scuppered any chances of him taking home points on the day but he put in another strong showing and we are sure both the lads will be in the points very soon, so very well done Eoin & Michael, keep it up!
If we find any more photos of our racers in action we will publish them here…
Our ever popular Tour de Lough derg is taking place again this year on Sunday May 13th. As always you can sign on at the Lakeside hotel in Ballina or you will be able to register for our event online shortly, we are setting it up at the moment. You will enjoy some light refreshments before the event starts. There will be three controlled groups on the road with lead cars, motorbike marshals and broom wagon. We will have the usual food stop at Portumna Forest park and when you arrive back to the hotel you can enjoy the leisure centre facilities and there will be food served up stairs also. This year our club tour is in aid of North Tipperary Hospice movement. See the event facebook page here and please share with your friends to help spread the word.
Supporting local sportives
We have made up a small list of local and away sportives for the year that you all expressed an interest in, in our recent club survey. The aim is to try to have a good representation at these spins and support as a club. Also you will notice that our new open races that we are hosting this year are included in this list, we will need your help for these also, so mark the dates in your calendar folks 🙂 If there are any more events that a few of you want to support, please let us know and we will add it to the list and try to get you some more company on the day. This is published on our calendar page here so you can reference at any stage.
Club Racing 2018
J Moynan TT1
This coming Thursday night April 5th sees our club racing season kick off again starting with the first in the J Moynan TT series. TT 1. The route is Roundhill pub -Five alley roundabout-yellowbridge 16km. Sign on is at Moynans bike shop at 6.15pm and leave for the start at 6.30pm. race starts at 7pm sharp. Entry fee is €5. Everyone is welcome to give these races a go so come out and have a bit of fun. See ye there.
Please ensure that your cycling Ireland licence is up to date and renewed. If it’s not up to date for the 2018 season you won’t be able to take part in the race as you won’t be covered by insurance…
Club midweek and weekend spins
Summer time spins resume again now that the clocks have changed and that the evenings are thankfully getting longer.