Club updates and spins

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Things have settled down this week after hosting the Munster TT championships for the first time ever last weekend and we can all be very proud of ourselves and breath a sigh of relief that it was a huge success and that it ran so smoothly… So lots of news to fill you in on this week…

Thursday club racing

After a few weeks break from club racing due to training and organising the Munster TT champs the road racing resumed once again with the Championship road race. We are holding our championship races early this year so as to try to have them when less people are away on their summer holidays and try to allow more members to get a chance to compete in them. This weeks route was the ever testing rolling roads of Borrisokane, Carraigahorig, Balinderry and Puckane, 50km in distance. The route was never going to be an easy one as it’s a championship race after all so with a trophy on the line we had to make it a good challenge and I think anyone who was out racing will attest to that! Congratulations to Owen Hynes, our club Road Race Champion of 2018 taking the win on the night with Andy English in second place and Liam Callaghan taking the final spot on the podium! A very well done to everyone for coming out to contest the trophy and some serious effort put in from everyone out there on the evening! Big thanks to Jan for doing the start/finish, Conor for marshalling and Selina for taking the photographs of the race which you can see here. To see the full report please click on the link here

Owen Hynes, Championship Road Race winner 2018



Cheque presentation to North Tipperary Hospice

Also on Thursday evening before our club race started, our club chairman, Owen Hynes and club secretary, Jan White surrounded by club members presented a cheque to Lelia Kelly, Kay O’Donoghue and Sandra Farrell from North Tipperary Hospice movement with a cheque for one thousand five hundred and fifteen euro. This year part proceeds from our club Tour de Lough Derg went to this very worthy charity and we thank everyone who came along to support and cycle our tour this year, this is what your entry fee went towards supporting. So a huge thank you from NTW.  From first hand experience dealing with the Hospice, the work, service and care that they provide to patients and their families is second to none… Keep up the good work!

Pictured, Conor Hannon, Eoin Woods, Sandra Farrell (North Tipperary Hospice), Roger Spain, Kay O’Donoghue (North Tipperary Hospice), John Foote, Liam Callaghan, Owen Hynes, Chairman NTW, Dermot Kelly, Jan White, Michael Crowe, Lelia Kelly (North Tipperary Hospice) and Rob Dalton.

 Tipperary TT championship 2018


Pictured left to right : Andy English, Selina Hynes, Liam Callaghan, Daniel Ronan, Patrick Bergin, John Foote, Joseph Donnelly, and Eoin Woods.

NTW win big in Littleton!

We had a fine showing at the UDCC Tipperary TT championship in Littleton on Saturday last with 9 members taking to the roads to take on the 16km course. Conditions were very tough for the TT with a fine gale howling. Thankfully the rain held off, that was something at least! I think everyone can say that the 1st half of the course was very fast as there was a gale of a tailwind pushing everyone along so some great speeds on the outward leg being recorded, but, the story home was not the same with the wind straight into the faces but this didn’t stop the lads and lady putting in some great times on the day and setting some personal bests. Proudly yet again NTW members have won another 6 medals which is just a fantastic achievement after the successes at the Munsters. They brought home 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 bronze medal between them. Pat Bergin won Gold in A3, John Foote won Gold in M60,  Andy English won Gold in M50, Eoin Woods won Gold in M40 and also placed third overall fastest rider on the day, Joseph Donnelly won Silver in the Junior category and finally Liam Callaghan won Bronze in A4… Unfortunately we are missing Nanno from the group photo and we are missing a photo of Liam at the prize giving as he had to leave straight away after the race…

We have to say well done to all the 9 members who took part on the day you all did yourselves and the club very proud… Thanks also to everyone who came along to support and cheer on our riders in Littleton,  very much appreciated. Finally a huge well done and thanks to UDCC (Upperchurch Drombane Cycling Club) for hosting a super run event as usual and looking after us all on the day…

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Naas TT

Also on Saturday more success for the club where Claire Ni Reachtagain was action in the Naas Time Trial in Kilcullen, Co.Kildare. This is the course that was used in the National TT in 2016 so it was a very challenging route indeed. Claire did a fantastic job and placed third in her category on the day. Huge well done Claire. Great preparation for you for the Nationals on June 28th.

Claire in action in the Nass Time Trial in Kilcullen, Co.Kildare

Upcoming events:

IGM and club summer get together

Our annual IGM will take place Friday evening next, 22nd of June in the Dapp Inn, Nenagh at 8pm.  If at all possible, it is very important that you do your best to attend this meeting as the purpose of this meeting is to give all members the opportunity to discuss any changes they would like to see in how the club operates it’s spins and races. It is your club so we need your valued input here.

After the meeting we’ll stick around and have a few lemonades to get the weekend started…


Wild Atlantic Way 3 day cycle

As no notes will be posted next weekend, we would like to take this opportunity to wish our members taking part in their three day Wild Atlantic Way cycle that starts on the 29th of June the very best of luck. Enjoy the few days away and safe travels. Do let us know how ye get on and send us some pictures to publish.  We would love to hear all about it…


There will be no club updates next weekend as your PRO is taking some well deserved time off so I am posting up the next two weeks worth of club spins and races. There will be two weeks of notes the following week so I’m sure there will be lots of news for you to read up on. Cheers…


Club midweek and weekend spins:

This week we will be posting two weeks worth of spins…

Tuesday 19th June : club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:30pm. 

Thursday 21st June: Club Racing:  Championship Hill Climb – this is the last of our Championship trophy races so we hope to see a good turnout on the evening. This is a different style of race, shorter than normal, where everyone is let off individually. It’s essentially the same as a time trial, except it is finishing at the top of a big hill! – sign on is at Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6.15pm or at the race start and group leaves Moynans for the race start point at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm sharp. Entry fee €5. 

Saturday 23rd June: Training spin leaving woodies at 9am.

Sunday 24th June: Club spin leaving Moynans at 9am.


Tuesday 26th June : club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:30pm. 

Thursday 28th June: Club Racing:  J Moynan TT3 – Route Roundhill pub – Fivealley roundabout – Yellowbridge 16km. Sign on is at Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6.15pm or at the race start and group leaves Moynans for the race start point at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm sharp. Entry fee €5.



Saturday 30th June: Training spin leaving woodies at 9am.

Sunday 1st of July: Club spin leaving Moynans at 9am. 

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone…


NTW Championship Road Race results 2018

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NTW Championship Road Race 14/06/2018

Thankfully the evening held fine for the lads who braved the championship road race on Thursday. The route was never going to be an easy one as its a championship race after all so with a trophy on the line we had to make it a good challenge and I think anyone who was out racing will attest to that! The route this week took them over the rolling country roads of Carrigahorig, Terryglass, Ballinderry and Puckane a total distance of 50km.

With the help of a strong tailwind on the outer leg of the race the groups were all setting a blistering pace. Dermot who was the only category 4 rider to brave the championship course had a significant lead after being started off first with 8 minutes 50 seconds advantage on the next group and was doing a great job at maintaining it. The chasing groups were closing the gap though, so when Dermot was in Terryglass the next chasing group of two had pulled him back to a couple of minutes and the cat. 2 group of 6 were down to 5 and making the turn at Carrigahorig with the 2 cat. 1 lads in hot pursuit of them. Everyone was doing tremendous work in the largest cat. 2 group to reel in those up the road and they caught up with the cat. 3 lads shortly after Terryglass before the Coolbaun climb . John and Roger jumped onto the train but the Coolbaun climb proved a little too much for them to hang in with a strong pace being pushed at the front. It was at the top of the Climb were they finally reeled in Dermot and he was managing to stay just off the back of their group heading down the other side of the hill but got caught on a little drag just after the descent and just missed out of getting into their slipstream, so close though! From here the leading group on the road were continuing to work really well together and had to with the cat. 1 lads in sight and breathing down their neck coming back in the road from Puckane. A chasing Eoin Woods, who was coming after them like a train, could nearly smell the fear from the lads who were looking around to see how close he was and knew he was closing in… Knowing this kept it very honest in the last few kilometers and they did so well continuing to work together coming in the road. At about 500m to go, Owen Hynes made the decisive move of the race and put in an impressive early sprint to create a small gap from the others and just about managed to hold onto this to the line from a really strong finishing Andy English in second and Liam Callaghan in third with Eoin Woods ending up finishing only seconds behind the group. Massive congratulations to Owen, our club Road Race Champion of 2018! A very well done to everyone for coming out to contest the trophy tonight and some serious effort put in from everyone out there on the evening! Big thanks to Jan for doing the start/finish, Conor for marshalling and Selina for taking the photographs which you can see here.


NTW Club Championship Road Race winner 2018, Owen Hynes




Munster TT Championships & Club Updates

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Good afternoon folks! We hope you all had a lovely weekend.

It has been a crazy few weeks in the lead up to the weekend just gone but what a weekend for the club! Hosting an event of this magnitude and the pressure of getting the timing done accurately for an event like this was massive but we have to congratulate our chairman and race director Owen Hynes and his team on running an incredibly successful event!!

The event attracted the largest number of participants for this event in memory and attracted some of the biggest names in Munster cycling. The weather was promised broken for the day but thankfully someone was looking down on us and it held fine and was even quite sunny all the way through the event!

The day started off with the under 12 and under 14’s event, run over an 8km course from the Yellowbridge to the finish line in Birdhill. It was fantastic to see all the young budding cycling stars of the future taking to the road and giving it their all!! There was a fantastic showing from all corners of the province but special mention needs to go to Kanturk and serious kudos to their development team for doing such a good job on bringing along so many of what will no doubt be some of our countries future stars of the sport, winning 13 underage medals on the day! There was great representation also from Newcastle West CC, Dungarvan CC, Tralee Manor West BC, Carrick Wheelers, Keeper CC, Killarney CC and TC Racing.

The main event was run over a longer and more testing course than it usually has been, from Birdhill to the Carrigatoher Roundabout (at the Five Alley) and back finishing in Birdhill at the same place as the start line, just under the 30km mark. This made it a different animal to tackle than previously but will no doubt stand to the participants who are going to soon be tackling the Nationals event, which is even 5km longer, in a little over 2 weeks! It is a fantastic Time Trial course and probably one of the very best in the country with a fine cycle lane covering almost its entirety and the turnaround being as safe as it can possibly be with a nice large roundabout to put you on the homeward leg and this being the only junction where you don’t have right of way on the entire course. A special word of thanks has to go to Nenagh Town Council who made sure the whole course was freshly swept of any debris for the event! Everyone was very complimentary of the quality of the course.

I don’t think anyone taking part found the opening drag up Kilmastulla particularly easy with also a nice breeze to contend with on the day but it wasn’t all bad as it helped everyone survive the heat from the sun beating down on them in all their aero finery! 😊 We had massive representation from every nook and cranny of the province and some serious competition for everyone which is really what everyone wants. The times that were set on the day were astounding with our fellow county rider and reigning Irish National U23 TT and Road Champion Michael O’Loughlin of UCI Continental Team Wiggins showing his form is certainly returning after his injury earlier this year and set a blistering new course record of 37 minutes and 32 seconds on our 30km course, that’s a 47.5kph average speed!! The second fasted flat time of the day went to A2 rider Aichlinn O’Reilly of Strata 3 / Velo Revolution, Cork with a fantastic time of 38 minutes and 25 seconds giving him the A2 Gold medal. Third fastest time of the day went to our neighbouring A1 rider from Newcastle West CC, Paul Kennedy who took silver in the A+/A1 category with another fantastic time of 38 minutes and 29 seconds. Superb stuff gentlemen!! Congratulations to you all!

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Our own clubmates put in a superb showing on the day keeping our club colours flying proudly and bringing home 5 medals, 4 gold and a bronze! In order of flat times, Eoin Woods took home gold in the M40 category with a superb time of 39 minutes and 51 seconds. Michael Crowe took home bronze in the A4 category with a fantastic time of 43 minutes and 40 seconds. John Foote, with an astonishing time of 44 minutes 13 seconds, took gold in the M60 category! Joseph Donnelly, with an excellent time of 46 minutes and 44 seconds, took gold in the Junior category. The final medal to come back to the club went to Claire Ní Reachtagáin, with an outstanding time of 46 minutes and 47 seconds, to take the gold medal in the Women’s category.

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A huge well done to all our other members who took part and made sure our club was well represented in the event, very well done to you all with some super performances on the day meaning we were very close to having even more medals stay in the club!! Keep it up now and bring back some Tipperary TT Championship medals next weekend!!

You can see more pictures from the event with big thanks to John Coleman here.

You can also see some great photos thanks to club member Brendan Hayden in the link here.

For the full results list you can see the results page here.

A massive thank you and well done goes to the huge numbers of participants who turned up to support the event on the day. Other clubs not previously mentioned and were represented were Tipperary Wheelers, Panduit Carrick Wheelers, Burren CC, Sliabh Luachra, Greenmount CA, UDCC, Killorglin CC, Nenagh CC, Dungarvan CC, Galway Bay CC, Tralee Manor West BC, Limerick CC, Clonakilty CC, Midleton CTC, St. Tiernans CC, Club Rothaíochta na Sionainne, Collins Cycle Centre, Viner Caremark Pactimo, Greenmount CA, De Ronde Van Cork CC and Slievenamon CC. We thank you all for coming along.

Also, a massive thank you needs to go to all who came out and helped us run this event and the preceding two trial runs in the last 2 weeks, you all did your club very proud indeed and ran a hugely successful provincial championships!! I won’t mention everyone’s names as there’s too many to list but you all know who you are so again massive thanks to you all, we could not have done it without you all!! Now onwards to our club open race next month on Sunday 8th July. All details will be published shortly on the website.

Club midweek and weekend spins

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

Thursday: Club Racing: Club Championship Road Race, sign on is at Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6.15pm or at the race start and group leaves Moynans for the race start point at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm sharp. Entry fee €5. Start is opposite AIBP Factory, route is Borrisokane road – Carrigahorig – Terryglass – Ballinderry – Puckane – Ballyanny, 49km.

Saturday: Tipperary TT Championships / Tour De Burren

For further details of routes etc see https://www.tourdeburren.com/

Sunday: Club spin leaving Moynans at 9am. Everyone is very welcome to give these spins a go. 

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone…


Munster TT Championship 2018

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Folks we would like to convey our massive thanks to everyone for turning up to take part in the event today and making it such a success.

We also want to to give our sincere thanks to everyone who has helped in the lead up to and during the event today to make it happen. A massive workload to take on for everyone involved but we are very proud to have been able to host this fantastic event.

You can see all the results here: Results Page

There was lots of photos taken today and we will endeavour to post them as soon as we get our hands on them.

Again, thank you all for being part of the event today!! 🙂