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Well the weather just keeps giving us more reasons to be out on the bike! 🙂 It’s a simply glorious spell of weather we’re having so I hope you are all getting to enjoy it…

What a busy week!

Wild Atlantic 3 day cycle

A very well done to our members who completed 3 days of the Wild Atlantic Way the weekend before last, well done folks!

 

Thursday Racing

We trialled a new handicap system on Thursday evening last with a one lap race of our open race route. Everyone enjoyed the evening’s race training and we’re discussing the pros and cons of the new format at present.

You can see pictures from the evening here with thanks to Vic for the pictures.

Ring of Kerry

Congratulations to all our members who completed this years ring of Kerry cycle.  This is one of Ireland’s biggest sportives and takes in the beautiful scenery around the Iveragh Peninsula. Missing from photos but who also completed was Willie Percy. Super achievement all of ye, well done lads!

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NTW open race 2018

The big event of the week was our NTW open race. There has been months of long hours and hard work put into organising this event and thankfully it was a huge success on the day. The day began at McDonagh GAA grounds in Cloughjordan with sign on. We had four races on the day Women, A4. A3/Jnr, and finally A1/2. The atmosphere was buzzing with all the riders getting their last minute prep done. The route was Cloughjordan, Nenagh junction turning left on to the old N7, Toomevara, Moneygall and the finish outside the primary school in Cloughjordan. The first race of the day was the A1/2s who did three laps of a 40km course, A3/Jnr who also did 3 laps of the 40km course, A4s who completed two laps and finally the women who did 1 lap of the course.

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Womens race

We had one representative in the womens race and that was Claire Ni Reachtagain. Claire has only recently joined the club and really is in top form at the moment, putting her stamp in the cycling field and also has been recently upgraded to W2 in the the womens ranking listing. Claire said that she felt very comfortable during the race and that any breaks that tried to form were soon closed down. The women had only one lap to complete so seeing as the riders were able to stay together meant it was going to be a bunch sprint for the finish. Claire was very unlucky to get boxed in at the finish line but fantastically took a fine 5th place in her home race on the day which is just brilliant. Claire im sure there is a win just around the corner for you, keep up the good work.

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A4 race

We had 5 riders in the A4 race. The lads were comfortably positioned on their first pass trough Cloughjordan starting into the final lap. Plenty of surging along the way but any breaks were soon closed down. It came to a bunch sprint to the finish and some of our lads got boxed in and placed just outside the points with Owen Hynes finishing in 11th place and Dan Ronan just behind in 12th. Edvins, Michael and Eoin finished safely in the middle of the bunch. Well done lads.

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A3/Jnr

We had one representive racing in the Junior category and that was Joseph Donnelly.  He had a great race and had to complete 3 laps of the 40km circuit.  Joseph was well able to hang in with the A3 riders and finished strong in the main bunch at the finish. Huge well done to you Joseph.

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Congratulations to each of the main race winners on the day and thanks to everyone who came along to take part in our race.

 

Main race winners.

Ladies race winner:  Michelle McKinney Galway Bay CC

 

A4 winner. Conor Madigan Panduit Carrick Wheelers

 

AJ Murphy A3 winner  Midleton CC

 

A1/A2 Race winner. Matthew Sparrow Panduit Carrick Wheelers

 

Everyone who raced was very complimentary on the course and the way our event was run which is always fantastic to hear.  There are so many people to thank for their time and help in running this event so a huge thank you to our race director Eoin Woods for leading the event organisation, Birr motor club for all their help with marshalling and signage etc., Bomber Killackey, Bawney Hayes and the team from the Corner House Pub, Austin’s Centra store, Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA Club for the use of their facilities, Dorothy Woods for providing the catering, Sean Rowe, Vic, Tracey & Selina for capturing the day by taking all the fantastic photos, Fiona from Nüdest Foods for coming along and giving out some lovely healthy snacks at sign on, Red Cross for providing the ambulance and medical expertise, Nenagh Town Council for filling the potholes on the course coming up to the event and last but certainly not least everyone who came out to help be it marshalling, sign on or whatever jobs you helped with in the lead up and on the day, you all played a blinder and helped make the event run as smooth and as safe as it could be! Massive thanks to each and every one of you!!

Full results of the NTW open race can be seen in the link here on sticky bottle and big congratulations and very well done to all the winners from all categories on the day!

Womens race photos by Sean Rowe HERE

A4 photos by Sean Rowe HERE

A3/Junior photos by Sean Rowe HERE

A1/2 photos by Sean Rowe HERE

Vic and Tracys photos of NTW road race HERE

Selinas Photos of NTW pre race start HERE

 

Club midweek and weekend spins:

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

Thursday: Club Racing: Road Race 6. Route: Start at the Fivealley towards Limerick, left at main Silvermines turn, Silvermines, Right in Dolla, Templederry, Left at the Thurles Road(Currabaha Cross), Straight back in towards Nenagh with the finish outside the Tippo Factory. Sign on is at Moynans bike shop at 6.15 or the race start and cost is €5.  Depart to race start at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm.

Saturday: Training spin leaving Woodies at 9am.

Sunday: Club spin leaving Moynans at 9am.

Thanks everyone and have a great week!

 

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Well that couple of weeks just flew by and we are once again back reporting after that nice break away.  The weather has been incredible and thankfully it’s set to continue for a while yet! 🙂 We will take it and most definitely won’t complain! Just a few updates for you on what has been happening in the club over the last two weeks.

Championship hill climb

 

It was yet another beautiful evening for racing and a great turnout for our Championship hill climb event.

The route was a simple one with a little change from a traditional hill climb event giving everyone the chance to be well warmed up before hitting the big hill! The route started from Ballinamona Cross and headed along the flatish road to Dolla where they turned left and started into the roughly 6 and a half km of a climb with the finish all the way at the very top of Bolingbroke, on the straight just past the old school. Everyone was let off one by one in the same style as a time trial and it was a race between man(and woman, can’t forget you Eva 🙂 ) and hill. All aerodynamic aids were banned from the race to try to keep the playing field as level as possible so no one was allowed to use a TT bike or tri bars etc. to gain a big advantage on the flat section, they just had to rely on their grit and determination to get themselves to the top as quickly as possible!

There were some fantastic efforts put in on the night and once all the handicap points were applied the title of Club Hill Climb Champion 2018 goes to Eoin Woods, who was also the fastest man on the night too with a blistering time of just 24 min 49 seconds to conquer the 14.5km course!! Fantastic time Eoin, big congratulations to you!! Super results all round with another fantastic time from young Joseph Donnelly who kept Eoin very honest in his victory and was only a shade over 30 seconds behind Eoin on handicap to take second! Third spot had to be shared between both Michael Crowe who set another brilliant time of just over 26 mins, the second fastest flat time on the night, and another brilliant time from Dermot Kelly who was only a handful of seconds behind Mike once his handicap was applied and the two boys couldn’t be separated once the points were applied. There was really some fantastic times set this evening on the testing route and you all did unbelievably well with a special mention to John Caulfield, great to see you back out racing John, well done!! You can see the full table of results below. Thanks a million as always to Jan and Conor for doing the start and finish timing on the evening and Joey for marshalling. Well done everyone.

J Moynan TT3 Results

 

The race season is flying by with only a handful of races left to contest. On Thursday evening last we held TT 3 in the J Moynan TT series.  Numbers were down on previous weeks as alot of our members were working or away on their summer holidays which in fairness has to be done too but the show went on. It was blistering hot with the temperatures reaching 30deg on the evening which is very intense heat to race in but this didn’t deter a few hardy souls from taking on our usual 16km course from the Roundhill pub to the Fivealley roundabout and back to the Yellowbridge. There were some fantastic times set on the night with Andy especially continuing to make massive gains on his previous best time and when handicaps were applied we yet again had a tie for 1st place with Joseph Donnelly and Andy English taking the honours on the night. Well done lads great going.  Well done to everyone who raced on the night and thanks to Conor for timekeeping and thanks to Vic for the great photos of the race which you can see here

Club IGM and summer get together

We would like to say a special word of thanks to everyone who made the effort to turn up for our club IGM that was held recently and it was great to get your input on various topics that arose on the night. When the meeting was adjourned everyone enjoyed a few sociables. Thanks to Frank and Susan in the Dapp Inn for the use of their bar for our meeting…

National Championships 2018

Report thanks to Claire Ní Reachtagáin.

“The hottest day in Ireland since 1976 set the stage for my first ever National Cycling Championship race, the individual Time Trial. On Thursday 28th June I lined up with some of Ireland’s most decorated and talented female riders and I thought to myself, what on earth am I doing here! Nonetheless, thanks to the generosity of my fellow club members at NTW, I can say that at least I looked the part and in the cycling world, we all know how important that is. The TT was run on a 17.5km rolling circuit of which we had to complete two laps.With the sun beating down I somehow managed to survive the two laps even after a slight altercation with a car. I had hoped to place top 10, however I was happy enough with my 11th place finish. With no time to drink on the bike, 6 litres of water post-race I managed to quench my seemingly unrelenting thirst.

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On to Saturday for my second National Cycling Championship, the road race. Thankfully it was a slightly cooler day, only 27 degrees! Again the field was stacked with talent. 33 riders signed on and rolled out to the 17.56km road race circuit. We had 6 laps to complete. The race was on. All that stood in my way was a 1.5km hill with an average gradient of 12% about halfway round the circuit! Inevitably on the first lap I was dropped from the bunch. I fought hard to get back to the bunch and got on about 5km later. I thought to myself, only another 5 times of having to do this! After the hill climb on the second lap I was dropped for good from the leading group, however there were other stragglers suffering the same fate as I was. I worked together in a group of four and then two of us split to catch a group of three on the fourth lap. However, we caught them just at the beginning of the climb and needless to say this time I was out the back for good.
The 8% ruling means that in order to get a finish time you must finish within 8% of the winning time, which was set at 4 minutes and 45 seconds per hour prior to the start of the race. As I was on my own coming to the end of lap 4 with no other riders in sight I calculated that I was definitely not going to finish within the time. My legs were well and truly cooked and it was only partially to do with the heat! I made a decision to quit while I was somewhat ahead and pulled up after lap 4. Congrats to Eve McCrystal (Garda CC) who claimed the National title in an epic sprint finish. Absolutely so well deserved, 7 years in the making.

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I had a goal of at least completing the race but sometimes things don’t always go to plan. I firmly believe that it’s better to know when to stop rather than go too far and not be able to go back. It was a fantastic experience and I am so glad that I just threw myself into it. I had no expectations going into either race. I had my own mini-goals along the way, all of which are related to building on experiences from previous races. The more you race, the more you learn what to do and what not to do and I learnt plenty of both during the past few days!”
Claire what a fantastic achievement by you in what is only your first year of cycling.  Your hard work is paying off for sure. Onwards and upwards you go and good luck to you in our own NTW road race on home turf next week…
We would like to say thanks to Sean Rowe for the excellent photos of Claire in action.

Sunday Club spin

A great spin on Sunday morning by all acounts despite numbers being down due to holidays etc but the small group turned up at Moynans for the 9am start. This week they headed to Moneygall, Roscrea on to Birr and that is where they stopped off for a well earned coffee stop after 50km. When the bodies were refuelled, they headed on to Borrisokane and back to Nenagh covering 90km at a lively pace.  A well enjoyed spin and even the sun decided to break through the clouds and shine aswell!! Always a bonus. Well done lads.

 

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Club midweek and weekend spins:

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

Thursday: Club Racing: This week following discussions at our recent IGM, we will be trying a new format of race just to see if it works better and then get your opinions afterwards to see if you’d prefer our races going forward to run this way or to stay the same as they have been. This won’t count for the cyclist of the year as it is just a trial run to see if it makes the racing better and still be fair to all levels. As it isn’t counting for any prizes, there is no charge for entry but as this will affect how our races run in the future we’d like to see as many members as possible come out and give their opinions on the new format.

We will use our NTW open race official circuit that starts from outside the GAA grounds in Cloughjordan. There will be two seperate groups on the road. Category 1 and category 2 riders (the faster lads in plain english) will be merged and set off together first and then category 3 and category 4 will be merged and set off together a minute or two later. It’s basically two races with a winner in each group. This is just a bit of fun and more like an open race and it will give you a chance to see what it is like so please turn up and enjoy the night. We hope to see you all there as it’s just only a few days now to go until the real race takes place and a good opportunity to test and learn the course.

Sign on is at Moynans bike shop at 6.15 or at the race start in Cloughjordan outside the GAA grounds. Depart to race start at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm.  Route: Cloughjordan – Left at the main Dublin road out of Nenagh – Moneygall – Finish outside the primary school in Cloughjordan. 39km.

 

Saturday: Training spin leaving woodies at 9am.

Sunday: NTW Open Race 2018

It’s finally arrived and after all the hard work and preparation we look forward to welcoming everyone to our race event on Sunday 8th of July. We hope to see as many members as possible there on the day to support our riders and the event in general as this is another big day for the club. If you can help in anyway on the day please let us know asap. We wish everyone from the club and all other visiting competitors who are taking part in the race this weekend the very best of luck.

 

Thanks everyone and have a great week!

 

 

 

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Championship Hill Climb Results

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Hi folks, another beautiful evening for racing this evening and a great turnout for our Championship hill climb event.

The route was a simple one with a little change from a traditional hill climb event giving everyone the chance to be well warmed up before hitting the big hill! The route started from Ballinamona Cross and headed along the flatish road to Dolla where they turned left and started into the roughly 6 and a half km of a climb with the finish all the way at the very top of Bolingbroke, on the straight just past the old school. Everyone was let off one by one in the same style as a time trial and it was a race between man(and woman, can’t forget you Eva 🙂 ) and hill. All aerodynamic aids were banned from the race to try to keep the playing field as level as possible so no one was allowed to use a TT bike or tri bars etc. to gain a big advantage on the flat section, they just had to rely on their grit and determination to get themselves to the top as quickly as possible!

There were some fantastic efforts put in on the night and once all the handicap points were applied the title of Club Hill Climb Champion 2018 goes to Eoin Woods, who was also the fastest man on the night too with a blistering time of just 24 min 49 seconds to conquer the 14.5km course!! Fantastic time Eoin, big congratulations to you!! Super results all round with another fantastic time from young Joseph Donnelly who kept Eoin very honest in his victory and was only a shade over 30 seconds behind Eoin on handicap to take second! Third spot had to be shared between both Michael Crowe who set another brilliant time of just over 26 mins, the second fastest flat time on the night, and another brilliant time from Dermot Kelly who was only a handful of seconds behind Mike once his handicap was applied and the two boys couldn’t be separated once the points were applied. There was really some fantastic times set this evening on the testing route and you all did unbelievably well with a special mention to John Caulfield, great to see you back out racing John, well done!! You can see the full table of results below. Thanks a million as always to Jan and Conor for doing the start and finish timing on the evening and Joey for marshalling.

Well done everyone and see you all hopefully tomorrow night for our IGM and our little summer get together afterwards. 🙂

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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…

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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