Weekend Club Notes 9th February 2014

North Tipperary Wheelers Leg Wax

(L-R) Dan Hogan dispalying a fine set; Mikey Connors with Lucienne Meehan-Connors of TresBelle Beauty Salon; and Club Road Captain Liam Callaghan out of his usual comfort zone.

The weekend was dominated by the great ‘Pre-race Leg Wax’ held in the Thatched Cottage on Saturday night last. This was a sponsored club event with the dual purpose of raising funds to support the club race team for the forthcoming season and, to raise funds to support the very worthy services of Pieta House.

Six Wheelers from the race team volunteered their legs for waxing all for a good cause and under the professional guidance of Lucienne Meehan-Connors from TresBelle Beauty Salon Nenagh, the group set off.  Club road captain Liam Callaghan was first up for the challenge and just like any cyclist at the front of the bunch, soon found the pace setting tough and was glad to see his turn at the front come to end.  Brian O’Neill was up next.  With the input of other club members, Brian experienced some eye-watering moments but came out strong clearly displaying the benefits of all those early Saturday morning and night time rides over the winter. Benny Delaney and Dan Hogan then displayed calm performances on the waxing table showing positive signs of what is likely to be strong first seasons at open-racing for both riders.  With four riders having gone through in front, the last cyclists – Mikey Connors and John Foote had clearly conserved their energy and coasted effortlessly through a final frenzy of wax stripes being applied and pulled by club members, friends and family.  The evening was rounded up with prizes which included everything from chocolate hampers to self shaving kits lotions and potions.   The club would like to thank all members who raised funds, to TresBelle Beauty Saloon and to all individuals and businesses who contributed prizes for this event.  All members are asked to return outstanding sponsorship cards by this weekend to Pat Bergin.  (More photos available on the gallery page)

The leg waxing distractions on Saturday evening and the common pattern of adverse wind and rain did not prevent club Saturday and Sunday training rides.  A circular route was devised for the Saturday ride presenting 120km on a two lap circuit which took in Nenagh, Silvermines, and Templederry before returning to Nenagh. The Sunday spin took a similar 95km return route from Nenagh which included Silvermines, Dolla, Templederry and Toomevara. These are great cycling routes and the diversity of terrain and distance are likely to feature again in the run up to the club racing season.

A number of members will be taking part in the Ned Flanagan Road Race – the first open race of the season – which commences this Sunday in Monasterevin. We wish all riders a good and safe race.

Club training rides will continue this week.  Details of mid week and weekend club rides and upcoming club events can be found on www.northtippwheelers.com.  Members and new members are asked to check club facebook for regular club updates.  As spring is technically upon us, this is a great time for leisure cyclists to get back out or to join the club and cycle with like minded people. Club membership is free to new members and further information about the leisure cycle group or club membership can gained by contacting Pat Bergin 087 6744400.