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NTW Open Road Race- 24 March 2019

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Big time cycle racing returns to North Tipperary this weekend with the second
running of the North Tipp Wheelers Open Road race. The inaugural event last
year received widespread acclaim for the course, the organization and hospitality
afforded the riders who had travelled from all over the country. The local club
received a boost this year with the event being offered an even better slot on the
Cycling Ireland calendar as it is now positioned at a perfect time of the year when
most of our top cyclists are reaching their peak during a busy racing season. Once
again race headquarters will be McDonagh Park, Cloughjordan, a venue which is
ideal in terms of access, hosting and parking. The event will see the country’s top
cyclists battling it out against each other over the course from Cloughjordan to
Nenagh, Toomevara and Moneygall before returning to start/finish line.
There will be three races on the day; the elite A1 and A2 riders will cover three
laps, the second grouping involves the A3 and Junior riders who also cover three
laps and the A4 cyclists will race two laps. North Tipperary has gained a reputation
for hosting major cycling events in recent years from the Rás to the Visit Nenagh
Classic and now the Wheelers Open Road race. Riders invariably comment on the
welcome and hospitality and we know that the event on Sunday will be no
different. The public are invited to come out on the course and show their
support.


This is an ideal event from a spectator’s point of view as with three groups on the
road there will never more than a few minutes between riders passing. Entries for
the race are being taken on the day with sign-on in McDonagh Park from 9.30 to
11.00. The first race is off at 12 noon. For more information please visit:
www.northtippwheelers.com

-Michael Molamphy

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Edvins Silovs wins at Ras Luimni:
There is really only one story that everyone is talking about this week, and that is the superb win
by club member Edvins Silovs in the A4 category at Ras Luimni last Sunday. At around 2.25pm
last Sunday, word filtered through (thanks Ross!) that at 45km in the A4 race a NTW rider was 2-3
minutes clear of a chasing group who were themselves about 40 seconds clear of the main field. It
was almost a certainty, barring a mechanical, that we were going to have a winner in this
prestigious race. And that’s how it finished, with Edvins winning the race by a scarcely believable 3
minutes (approx.) margin. It was an outstanding performance by Edvins, and the club are buzzing
and very proud of his achievement. It really sets Edvins up to win more silverware this season and
his elevation to A3 is surely only a formality. Well done Edvins!

Club Spins:
Sunday Orange/Red Group club spin:
The Rob Dalton award for “Manning Up” this week goes to Mike Gleeson and Amy Judge who
braved the elements and went out on a spin last Sunday while the rest of us were enjoying the
central heating. The two guys battled the conditions and headed in to the AppleGreen and back to
Steeples for tea and scones. Fair play guys, you showed the rest of us softies up.

Amy Judge & Mike Gleeson

*** DATE FOR THE DIARY / SAVE THE DATE:
Again, to all club members, please offer your time to help out on the Open Race:
Our club will be running our Open Road Race on Sunday 24 th of March. This event was a major
success for the club last year and really put us in the spotlight as it was very well run, and we had
good numbers taking part. A huge amount of work goes into running an event like this, and a lot of
it goes on in the background in the weeks and months leading up to the day. We really need
every member of the club to do their best to help out on the day, and to support their fellow
club members who devote so much of their time into organizing the race. We are always in
need of marshals on the day in order to ensure the safe running of the event. So please, Save the
Date!

The week ahead:
Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm (see the whatsapp group for updates)
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. (check first)
Sunday: Club spins leave Moynans at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.
Depending on the weather we may do a turbo session instead, so keep an eye out on the club whatsapp and facebook

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Table Quiz:
We held our annual Table Quiz last Friday night in The Dapp Inn, and firstly a big thank you to
those club members who came out to support it. We had 11 tables participating in the quiz on the
night and another table that was very kindly sponsored by a club member who could not make it.
Jan did a super job as quiz master, and we’d like to say a big thank you to Annette and Charlotte
Strachan who did the score keeping, and to Frank and Susan from the Dapp Inn for hosting our
event and looking after us on the night.
Special mention and sincere thanks to Pierce Finn in Ryan’s Chemist who donated first prize (and
for his continued and generous support), and to Ger Gavin of Ger Gavin’s Gift Ship, William Talbot
of Sherry Fitzgerald Talbot Real Estate, and Eoin Dillon of REA Eoin Dillon Real Estate who also
generously donated prizes.
A big thank you also to the other businesses and club members who very kindly donated spot
prizes. We had a great array and variety of excellent spot prizes, and therefore an extended spot
prize draw where there were many winners on the night!
Winners of the quiz were the Fitzhenry family (with Frank also winning the interval picture quiz),
and runners up were the brains trust of Eva Moynan, Liam O’Callaghan and Eoin Ryan. An
honourable mention to Brian Geaney and team who came third.
We had a few empty tables on the night which was a bit disappointing, but the funds raised will
greatly help in the running of the club for the coming season.

Winners of the NTW 2019 Table Quiz, the Fitzhenry family
Our Quiz Master, Jan, in action!
Our score keepers for the night Annette and Charlotte
Everyone getting ready to test their knowledge

Club Spins:
Sunday Orange/Red Group club spin:
There were only a handful of brave souls who turned up on Sunday morning due to the inclement
weather. These hardy road warriors headed in to the railway tracks at Ahane on the old N7 and
back to Nenagh, wet and cold, for a 62km spin. Fortunately, they avoided to snow. Fair play
though lads, well done.

*** DATE FOR THE DIARY / SAVE THE DATE:
Again, to all club members, please offer your time to help out on the Open Race:
Our club will be running our Open Road Race on Sunday 24 th of March. This event was a major
success for the club last year and really put us in the spotlight as it was very well run, and we had
good numbers taking part. A huge amount of work goes into running an event like this, and a lot of
it goes on in the background in the weeks and months leading up to the day. We really need
every member of the club to do their best to help out on the day, and to support their fellow
club members who devote so much of their time into organizing the race. We are always in
need of marshals on the day in order to ensure the safe running of the event. So please, Save the
Date!

The week ahead:

Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. (check first)
Sunday: Club spins leave Moynans at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.

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Club Spins:
There was a great turnout at Moynan’s on Sunday morning for the Sunday spins. In total we had
20 riders, split into 7 for the leisure group and 13 for the red/orange group. Sunny weather was
forecast, but the sun never really broke through and it remained a bit grey and overcast for the
day. Temperatures were up on recent Sundays though, and overall it was a great day for cycling if
a bit breezy at times. The leisure group did a 70km spin (no further details available).
Sunday Orange/Red Group club spin:
The general feeling during the week was that it was time for a lake spin, so the red/orange group
headed towards Portumna in the knowledge that some of the group intended turning around at
that point. There was a traffic incident at the AIBP factory and the group made it’s way past that on
the footpath on the opposite side of the road. Indeed some cars were less than careful while
passing the group, with one car in particular mis-judging the traffic island in Ardcroney and having
to pass us on the other side of the traffic island. A good pace was set to Portumna, and at that
point the group split with six riders continuing on to do the lake and the other seven turning around
to head back to Nenagh. It was a fairly uneventful but breezy spin to the coffee stop at The Half
Barrell in Whitegate, except for Roger doing such speed that he couldn’t make the left turn and
had at least half a kilometre to ride back through the mass-goers! Mike Gleeson at this stage
decided that food was for wimps and he pedalled on for home. There’s always a great welcome at
The Half Barrell, and with a cozy fire and plenty of scones/coffee/tea we settled in to enjoy some
typical banter. Two important lessons were learned here, a) Paul Madden will avoid currants at all
costs, b) apparently real cyclists only drink coffee, not tea. The usual post-coffee stop lethargy was
ignored and we made good progress against the breeze back to Killaloe/Ballina, where Andy
turned left for home and Rob, Nanno, Roger and Paul took the handy flat route back to Nenagh. A
good spin, there were some tired legs afterwards but great to get a decent blowout. Well done all.

NTW TABLE QUIZ

REMEMBER FOLKS, PLEASE SUPPORT THE TABLE QUIZ THIS FRIDAY NIGHT:
It’s that time of the year where we will yet again be hosting our annual table quiz! It promises to be
a really fun club night out. So please do come along on Friday evening, March 1 st , to The Dapp
Inn, Nenagh. Our quiz starts at 9pm and we will have great prizes and spot prizes to give away.
Get those thinking caps on folks. A table of four is just €20 so please bring along as many friends
and family as you can on the night, the more the merrier. Everyone is welcome.
If any of you can bring something for the raffle if at all possible on the night whether it’s a
box of chocolates or something small, It would be very much appreciated. This is one of
our main fund raising events, so let’s work to make it a very successful and fun night out!

*** DATE FOR THE DIARY / SAVE THE DATE:
Again, to all club members, please offer your time to help out on the Open Race:
Our club will be running our Open Road Race on Sunday 24 th of March. This event was a major
success for the club last year and really put us in the spotlight as it was very well run, and we had
good numbers taking part. A huge amount of work goes into running an event like this, and a lot of
it goes on in the background in the weeks and months leading up to the day. We really need
every member of the club to do their best to help out on the day, and to support their fellow
club members who devote so much of their time into organizing the race. We are always in
need of marshals on the day in order to ensure the safe running of the event. So please, Save the
Date!

The week ahead:
Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. (check first)
Sunday: Club spins leave Moynans at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.

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The NTW weekly club update starts on a sad note this week.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Lulu, Joseph, Luke and Joey
Donnelly on the passing of Lulu’s sister Maria recently. May she rest in peace.

Club Spins:
Sunday Orange/Red Group club spin:
A request went out to those on the orange/red group spin on Sunday morning to send in a report.
Many thanks to those who kindly sent in reports! There was one report who’s author shall remain
nameless, which was chosen as the “winner” for this week. Get speculating…it goes as follows:
“Five went head first into the wind, heading towards Limerick, one proved hiding in a group
of five was possible! Turning for O’Brien’s Bridge at Daly’s Cross, a lively pace was set by two
Master riders, traffic lights on the bridge put an end to the increasing speed. A break came soon
afterwards in Killaloe, and oh what a feed it was! Scones, both fruit and plain, bowls of cream and
jam, flapjacks and buns washed down with cups of tea and coffee, these guys knew how to plan a
coffee stop better than the route! After finally agreeing on the route home via Birdhill, the pace
proved too hot for one, perhaps a case of overindulgence. Some stats from the morning, 1350
calories burnt, 60km covered, 3hrs in duration (including the lengthy stay in the Wooden Spoon)”
No mention of the calorie count that was consumed! Looks like there were a few opportunists on
the Sunday spin who decided that the end of the lean winter months should be properly
celebrated. To protect the guilty, they shall remain anonymous. Well done lads, hope to see ye at
turbo on Tuesday for redemption.
Sunday Green Group club spin:
Meanwhile, our committed green group were also out on the road. No over-indulging
scone/jam/cream/flapjack munching group these, just pure hardcore. The route took them out and
back to Nenagh on a dry but windy day, via Borrisokane, Ballingarry and Cloughjordan, with just a
quick stop for a warming cup of tea. Approx. 60km covered. Well done all.

NTW TABLE QUIZ

Just another reminder regarding the Table Quiz, please support it everyone:
It’s that time of the year where we will yet again be hosting our annual table quiz! It promises to be
a really fun club night out. So please do come along on Friday evening, March 1 st , to The Dapp
Inn, Nenagh. Our quiz starts at 9pm and we will have great prizes and spot prizes to give away.
Get those thinking caps on folks. A table of four is just €20 so please bring along as many friends
and family as you can on the night, the more the merrier. Everyone is welcome.
If any of you can bring something for the raffle if at all possible on the night whether it’s a
box of chocolates or something small, It would be very much appreciated. This is one of
our main fund raising events, so let’s work to make it a very successful and fun night out!

*** DATE FOR THE DIARY / SAVE THE DATE:
Again, to all club members, please offer your time to help out on the Open Race:
Our club will be running our Open Road Race on Sunday 24 th of March. This event was a major
success for the club last year and really put us in the spotlight as it was very well run, and we had
good numbers taking part. A huge amount of work goes into running an event like this, and a lot of
it goes on in the background in the weeks and months leading up to the day. We really need
every member of the club to do their best to help out on the day, and to support their fellow
club members who devote so much of their time into organizing the race. We are always in
need of marshals on the day in order to ensure the safe running of the event. So please, Save the
Date!

The week ahead:
Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. (check first)
Sunday: Club spins leave Moynans at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.