Well that’s it folks, another year’s racing done and dusted!! Our season concluded with last Thursday night’s Championship Flying Mile which is a short but gruelling race where you essentially cycle on a mile long course as hard as you possibly can! The course was ran from the Yellow Bridge to the Nenagh side of the creamery in Ballywilliam which included a slight drag in the middle up to the filling station and then a flat out finish. We also had some assistance from the wind but it actually started to taper off for the later starters. We had a great turnout on the evening and there were some fantastic times set with what I believe was the fastest ever time recorded for this race from Pat Bergin with a 1 minute 43 second mile!! Unbelievable stuff Pat, very well done!! We actually had 4 people break the 2 minute barrier which was great going altogether! When the handicaps were taken into account the results were very very close indeed but our Winner was Selina Hynes with an absolutely fantastic improvement in her best TT time of 39 seconds!! Fantastic stuff Selina, very well done to you. Next up on the podium was Eva Moynan with a 38sec improvement and in third spot was John Caulfield with a 37sec gain. A huge well done to all for coming out and a special mention for our two youngest ever participants Jill Moynan and Luke Donnelly who actually set 2 seriously good times that a few adults I know would be proud of!! Excellent stuff out of the two of you and we hope to see you lighting up the roads on your bikes in the near future!! 🙂 Special thanks go to Jan and Matthew for coming out to do the timekeeping on the evening.
On Friday & Saturday we had two club members Owen & Selina Hynes take part in the Johnson and Johnson Plant 2 Plant Charity cycle raising much needed funds for the Crumlin Children’s Hospital. They completed a two day cycle covering over 300km from Cork to Killarney via Macroom and Kenmare on day 1 and from Killarney to Limerick via the coast road through Tralee, Ballybunion and Tarbert with approx. 170 other cyclists including Stephen and Laurence Roche. A huge well done to all involved.
On Saturday & Sunday we had club member David Kyle take part in the Stafford Wholesale Wexford 2 Day Race which includes 3 stages, with a 112km road stage on Saturday morning, a 3.4km hill climb time trial later on Saturday afternoon and finishing with a 103km road stage on Sunday morning. There was a large field of 102 riders in his A3/Junior category which made for a very interesting and tough race. David had a very good weekend of racing considering he was still carrying an injury from a crash in the previous weekends race and placed 18th overall in the GC. Fantastic stuff David, very well done to you and keep it up!! 🙂 You can read David’s full race report here.
On Sunday Martin Quigley took part in the An Post Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford. Always a tough one and a highlight on the sportive calendar so very well done Martin!
Next week’s Club Training spins are as follows:
PLEASE NOTE: We are moving Start times for the Tuesday and Thursday evening spins to 6pm due to the shortened evenings starting to become a lot more noticeable. “Hi Vis” clothing and lights are now required for the evening spins as it is starting to get quite dark towards the end of the spins.
Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6pm. Avg speed on the evening between 28/30kph.
Wednesday: Club intermediate spin leaving from Moynans at 7pm. Avg speed between 25/27kph.
Thursday: Since our race season has come to an end we will now be running training spins on a Thursday evening similar to the Tuesday spins with the group departing Moynans at 6pm.
Sunday: We have the normal club spin leaving from Moynans at 9am. This weekend we will have our annual “All Together Spin”. We will all cycle together out the Limerick road to Birdhill where we will turn towards Ballina. We will then stop at the Lakeside Hotel for some complimentary Tea/Coffee/Scones and a chat 🙂 We will return to Nenagh after via the Four Sisters and the old N7. Everybody is welcome out for this spin so try and convince your family and friends that may have an interest in cycling to come out on the morning to experience what group cycling is all about.
Also on Sunday some of our racers are travelling to Kilmallock to compete in Rás Cill Mocheallóg so the very best of luck to them!
We hope that you all enjoy a great week.
For further information on any club events or if interested in joining the club, please contact Pat Bergin 087 6744400