weekend club notes

Maybe it’s that time of year but in the last couple of weeks it has been the hard men and women of the of the sport that have come to the fore, on Thursday night last we had the Club Championship Hill Climb, which once again brought out the hard men of the club in an assault on Bolingbroke, it was Benny Delaney who proved yet again that when the road goes up he has the metal to see off all comers to take the title from the ever improving Mikey Connors, with Liam Callaghan in third. One man who was notable in his absence on the night was our very own hard man in residence Dan Hogan who fresh from blitzing the 5 kilometre cross country course to win the 5K Muck Off individual run over the Bank Holiday weekend in a time of 23 minutes, decided to try his hand at Cyclocross which for those of you whom are not familiar with this cycling discipline, can only be described as a cross country race on a bike, Dan complete with his trademark black gloves must certainly have cut something of a dash amidst all those city slickers in Rathfarnham as he secured a top 30 finish in his first crack at what is recognised in the cycling world as being the preserve of the toughest of the tough in bike racing. Meanwhile in Sweden Sinead Oakes along with 7 other hardy souls from the Nenagh area took on a challenge of epic proportions at the Iron Man Triathlon based in Kalmar, a year of training has gone into the preparation for this event which consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle, and topped off with a full Marathon distance run of 26.2 miles all done with the only break being the time taken to change into the gear for the next part of the event, Sinead accomplished this remarkable test of endurance in a fantastic time of 11 hours and 8 minutes well done to all involved in this monumental achievement from the competitors themselves through to their friends who helped to share in the long hours of training during the year we salute all of you. On the domestic racing scene Tommy Hanrahan was in action over the weekend representing the club at the A3 national road championship, which was held in Blarney Co Cork on a testing 9 lap 95 kilometre course with two difficult climbs on each lap, it proved to be a race failed attacks and of a number of crashes which lead to it being a stop start affair. Whilst Tommy did not figure in the overall results he was glad to have had the experience of representing the club at such a prestigious event on the domestic calendar, he was assisted in this endeavour by Dan Hogan and Julie White who provided him with a backup service crew.

Back to reality and Saturday morning race training at 9am from Woodies car park sees the addition of an intermediate paced spin due to interest shown from member’s routes will be decided on the morning, all other training continues as normal, This Thursday brings the next in the series of Club Championship Races, sign on at Moynans bike shop at 6:15 further details will be posted on the club website try your best to be there. For further details of any club event or information regarding the club drop us a mail at northtippwheelers@gmail.com