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The race season is nearing an end now with only one more road race to contest to secure the final points on the league table… Thursday evening our hardy crew were out to see who was going to be crowned Lookout trophy winner of 2018. As it was the final of the trophy races, the route was going to have to be a bit tougher, taking in some nice climbs along the way.  A blistering pace was being set by everyone out racing and each group managing to hold the gaps, that was until they started the 1st big climb up Coum. The climbs, when racing up them, always push people to their absolute limits but it’s all part of racing.  All credit to Dermot who was still in front and the first to crest the climb at Coum but with Eoin, Edvins and Joseph not far behind and who set a ferocious pace on the descent to pass and pull away from Dermot and the others. Eoin Woods attacked on the descent to create a gap and from there continued to set a blistering solo pace heading towards Portroe. Portroe hill was the icing on the cake (or the final straw… 🙂 ) for most and sapped any energy that was left but Edvins put in a big effort here to almost pull Eoin back by the top of the village but Eoin dug again and pulled away once more to ride to a solo victory at the Lookout and retain the trophy again this year! Edvins held on to finish not far behind Eoin in second place and the podium was finished off by the resurging Joseph Donnelly who’s time away R&Ring is now starting to show its benefits and he put in a super effort being the only one to be able to hang onto Eoin and Edvins on the last part of the Coum climb and used them to put time into the rest of his comrades and then managed to hold them off to the finish after the lads attacked and broke away! Fantastic racing lads well done to ye all!!

Eoin Woods powering home to victory

Congratulations Eoin and a huge well done to everyone who was out racing, it was by no means an easy race or course but you all got to the finish line safely, brilliant going lads! Thanks to Conor for timekeeping, Owen and Joey for marshalling and Selina for the photographs of the evening which you can see in the attached link here.

The top 10 in the Road Race series after 9 of the 10 rounds is as follows:

John Foote still leads but Eoin has a race in hand…

Open Racing

Saturday – A few of the lads ventured to the Limerick Racecourse in Patrickswell to attend the Greenmount Oval Criterium which included the Munster Championships. Daniel Ronan made an early attack in the A4 race and found himself with another rider well out in front with a commanding lead but the chasing pack worked hard and unfortunately reeled them back in before the finish but it was a super effort and great to see, so well done Dan. It finished with a bunch sprint and our best finisher was Edvins Silovs who finished in the worst spot of the day… 7th when there was points for first 6 home! Hard luck but again a super effort and very well done!!

 

Club midweek and weekend spins:

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

Thursday: Club Racing. Road race 10 With the evenings starting to roll back on us a little we’re going to a slightly shorter route this week to make sure you all get home safely. Route: Roundhill – Fivealley – Back out to main Silvermines turn – Left towards Silvermines – Silvermines – Finish outside Eagles Nest, Dolla, 30km. 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. We hope to see as many of you out as possible on the night, see you there.

Saturday: Training spin from Woodies at 9am or Kilmallock CC are hosting their Rás Cill Mocheallóg see poster below.

Sunday: Club spin leaving Moynans at 9am.

Thanks everyone and have a great week!

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Unfortunately we have to start with a sombre note this week… We were very sorry to hear news of the passing of one of the club’s founding members Peter Thornton during the week. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

Thursday club racing.  Road Race Series, round 8

On Thursday we held the eight round of our road race series on an overcast but nice dry mild evening. Thursday’s race was a complicated route for those not familiar with the area so we had tried to make it as clear as possible beforehand but there was still one casualty to the directions as Dermot “the explorer” Kelly found himself out in front on his own after the worst part of the race was behind him but turned too early on the first exit out of Toomevara but fair play to you Dermot for doing so well on a tough course. You were unfortunate as you were doing so well before taking the wrong turning but sure it’s all a part of racing… Joseph was making his return to racing after his Greek hiatus and the few weeks off are never easy to come back from straight into a race but fair play, you hung in well for a long part of a tough course!! The tough route caused lots of splits in the groups and there was a lot of bridging to riders up the road but in the end the scratch riders proved too strong for the rest with Eoin Woods taking the win on the night and Edvins Silovs taking the runner up spot. Andy English(who needs to thank his faithful wife Lourda for dropping what she was at and bringing his forgotten cycling shoes in to him… 🙂 ) then took the last step of the podium from John foote in a two up sprint. All in all a great nights racing so well done to you all for coming out. Big thanks to Conor for timekeeping and marshalling and to John Spillane, Eoin Ryan and Joey Donnelly for marshalling. Well done and thanks to everyone out on the night!

Eoin Woods, winner of Road Race 8.

The road race series is looking tight at the top and is far from over yet with the last 2 races needed before the new home of the trophy is decided… Great stuff lads, see ye all this Thursday for round 9!!

RRSeries top 10 after round 8

 

Sunday – NTW Open 40km Time Trial 

On Sunday we held an open 40km time trial race and we had a great turnout on the day. The event attracted some of the finest time trialists in the country and thus there were some incredible times set on the day! The weather was fantastic thankfully and was a day for working on those tan lines… 🙂 The route was a testing 40km course with plenty of drags to contend with. It was the current Masters World Time Trial Champion in the 50-54 category, sporting his rainbow stripes, that proved too much for the rest of the competitors with a blistering time of 51 minutes 45 seconds to cover the 40 kms!! Although he was kept honest as Newcastle West CC man Paul Kennedy had an also fantastic time of just 52 minutes 36 seconds to take second place. And to round off the podium on the day, our very own Eoin Woods managed to beat the current Masters 40 national champion Eoin Whelan to take 3rd place with a superb time of just 54 minutes 37 seconds!! Superb stuff from everyone on the day!! And it didn’t finish there for our little club’s success story, with Michael Crowe the only A4 rider in the field to break the hour mark and thus winning the 1st unplaced A4 category. Superb, well done to you all!!

Prize winners on the day.

We would like to say a massive well done to everyone who took part on the day and a huge thank you to everyone who helped out run the event so successfully!! It was a big team effort and could not have taken place without everyone’s help. We’d like to also thank the Dapp Inn for the use of their premises for Sign on and also for looking after us so well after the event with lovely food and beverages!!

Greg Swinand on his way to victory.
Outright winner Greg Swinand – Team Viner Caremark Pactimo taking his prize for fastest time of the day.
2nd place overall Paul Kennedy – Newcastle West CC
3rd place overall was won by our very own Eoin Woods.
1st unplaced A2 on the day was Tom Shanahan – Limerick CC
1st unplaced A3/Jnr on the day was Conor Coleman – Panduit Carrick Wheelers
1st unplaced A4 rider was our very own Michael Crowe.
1st unplaced woman was Jennifer Bates – Team Gerard DHL

 

 

Pictured Left to right: Andy English, Michael Crowe, Eoin Woods, John Foote, Patrick Bergin, Nanno Vuyk, and Owen Hynes. Missing from photo is Edvins Silovs.

Link to report on Sticky Bottle: http://www.stickybottle.com/races-results/north-tipp-wheelers-25-mile-tt/

Link to photos by Selina: https://www.facebook.com/pg/northtippwheelers/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1747222958680160

Link to photos by John Coleman: https://www.facebook.com/john.coleman.9235/media_set?set=a.1878963352220540.1073742388.100003206812499&type=3

Link to photos by Joseph Donnelly: https://www.facebook.com/joseph.donnelly.1253/media_set?set=a.1936564996642950.1073741835.100008684056946&type=3

 

Club midweek and weekend spins:

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

Thursday: Club Racing. Road race 9, The Lookout Trophy. Sign on is at Moynan’s at 6.15pm and depart to the start at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm sharp. Route: Birdhill – Four Sisters – Ballina – Birdhill – Yellowbridge – Coum – Portroe – Finish at the Lookout, 34.6km.  Entry is €5. We hope to see as many of you out as possible on the night. See you there.

Saturday: Training spin leaving Woodies at 9am. For anyone looking to race, Greenmount CA are hosting the Munster Crit champs in Patrickswell so why not give that a go and support them, see poster below.

 

Sunday: This week see’s our neighbours, Portumna CC, hosting their Aughty Challenge and we’d like to see as many of our members as possible support them. See details on their poster below.

Thanks everyone and have a great week!

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Another month has passed by as quick as lightning.  It’s been a great season so far in the club and great to see so many members representing the club at various events around the country.

Thursday club racing. 

J. Moynan TT Series, round 4

Huge congratulations again to Andy English for winning round 4 of the J Moynan TT series and with it also won the series outright! If you missed the report you can read it here.

Saturday

Skoda Ring of Clare

Well done to all the members who took part in the Skoda Ring of Clare on Saturday last. An enjoyable and eventful day by all accounts. The first 60km of the route was wet and miserable making conditions tough going but thankfully it brightened up later in the day for them. Andy’s “Moment of the day” was Roger and Sean trying to get a tyre back on after repairing a puncture while having a tug of war with the wheel at the same time with Mike Holden looking on in great amusement humming the theme music from Laurel and Hardy… But… Roger didn’t agree saying at least they didn’t fall off the bike while pulling out of the car park in front of 500 cyclists, looking like a calf climbing a four bar gate… Brilliant! 😂 Think Roger might have taken that one… 🙂 Sounds like ye had brilliant craic!! 😂 Well done also to David Powell, Bernard Fahey and Walter Molloy who are missing from the photo but completed the Ring of Clare also.

Pictured left to right Eva Moynan, Andy English, Peter Moynan, Mike Holden, Stephen Hogan, Sean O’Neill, Roger Spain, Paul Madden and Mike Gleeson

Sunday Club spin. 

The lads after enjoying a café con leche stop on Sundays club spin. A great spin was had by all.

Weekend racing

Well done to Edvins Silovs who was racing at the weekend in the Brendan Campbell Memorial A4 race in Donore, Co. Meath. Edvins is showing great form of late and placed 7th in the sprint which is just fantastic and earns himself another couple of points. Well done Edvins. Mighty going.

Spar Tour of Omagh

Also well done to club member Claire Ni Reachtagain who completed the Spar Tour of Omagh last weekend. Claire was recently selected to ride for the Cycling Ireland Women’s Commision team. A huge achievement to you Claire and well done again. Below is a full race report by Claire.

Claire pictured third in from the left of the picture with her team mates at the Spar Tour of Omagh

“In June, I was selected to ride on the Women’s Commission Development Team for the Tour of Omagh which took place over the weekend. The Tour of Omagh is a three day four stage race catering for A4 and women riders, independent of each other. This year the women’s race featured a handicap system based on riders ability according to the Cycling Ireland Women’s ranking system which was introduced in 2018. W3 riders were given a time handicap at the start of each race ranging from 4 minutes 30 seconds to 3 minutes depending on the stage elevation.

After a long drive to Omagh and a quick stop at the accommodation to get our team kit, we made our way to Race HQ for sign on for Stage 1, a 69km route with two cat. 3 climbs and one cat. 2 climb. Delightful! Our seven woman team was comprised of two W3 riders and five W2 riders, of which I was one. 2km into Stage 1, the eventual winner of the stage and the overall GC, Jennifer George (guesting for TC Racing) made an early break. Any subsequent attempts at a break were quashed until a three woman breakaway, which included fellow teammate Sofie Loscher, pulled away from the main bunch up the cat. 2 climb. Team Cycling Ulster controlled the pace at the front of the peloton for the remainder of the stage. Despite two crashes during stage 1, I came out unscathed and was happy enough with finishing in the main bunch.

Day 2 welcomed winter like conditions to Omagh with a drop in temperature (12°C!!), strong winds and unrelenting rain for the whole day. Stage 2 was a 4km non-aero time trial which was over and done with in a matter of minutes! With just over 2 hours to the roll-out for Stage 3, food, dry clothes and warm drinks were of the essence once back at Race HQ. By the time we rolled 8km to the start of Stage 3, we were already soaked to the skin. Great way to start the 74km stage with two cat. 3 climbs! Despite the misery of the weather, getting dropped from the main bunch on the final climb and completing the final 24 km solo, I finished stage 3 two minutes 25 seconds behind the leaders and main bunch. Frozen to the core and a lot worse for wear, I very slowly embarked on what felt like a marathon cycle (10km!) back to Race HQ to get lots of layers of clothes on and food into my dilapidated body. An early night was most definitely on the cards!

Summer returned for day three and the final stage of the race. Our main aim as a team was to protect our highest ranked CG rider, Sofie, who was standing in 7th place. The 71km route was expected to be the hardest given tired legs, two cat. 3 climbs and one cat. 1 climb 20km from the finish. With very little to lose at this point, I worked at the front of the bunch pushing the pace with the race leader and one of her team mates in an effort to catch the W3 group who had a 4 min 30 sec advantage. We closed the gap and the two groups merged just after 20km. The race was well and truly on at this point with riders battling to be well positioned prior to the cat. 1 climb and to be alert to riders trying to make a break. Unfortunately my race came to an end just before the last climb at around 51km when I misjudged a left-hand bend on a downhill section and ended up on my head in the ditch! With grass stuck in my cassette and rear derailleur, and my handlebars and shifter crooked I hopped back on my bike until the Scott-Orwell team car came to my assistance a few seconds later and straightened me up again! Comforted by the fact that I had put in a big effort up to that point, the remaining 20km were just about getting to the finish line on my bike. So that is what I did.

I am very proud of all my team mates from this weekend, the majority of whom have only started racing this year and a few of us who only took up cycling a year ago. We all had our individual goals coming into the race and under the guidance of our team managers, Mel Spath and Brendan Whelan (both Women’s Commission and Arcane CC), we most definitely have individual goals to aim towards after the weekend. NTW ladies, you need to come out of hibernation! Tour of Omagh, superbly organised by Omagh Wheeler’s, it was a pleasure!”

Club midweek and weekend spins:

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

Thursday: Club Racing. Road race 8 This week’s route is a little more complex so make sure and study it well!! It’s a route we last ran 2 years ago and it brings in a couple of more hills than has been present which will set you all up nicely for what’s left to come in the coming weeks… Enjoy!! 🙂 

Route: Start is after last motorway roundabout before Toomevara – Toomevara – Moneygall – Obama Plaza roundabout – Moneygall – left up Army hill – left at Y junction towards Gortagarry – Straight through crossroads – Straight through crossroads – Right at Jim McDonnells Pub, continue past Church – Left at Y junction – Right at T junction – Left (Straight) at Bunacum – Left in Toomevara for Nenagh – Left at Shanbally cross – Left at Grennanstown cross – Left in Toomevara – Finish back at starting point.

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.  We hope to see as many of you out as possible on the night. See you there.

Sunday: 

As you all know by now we will be hosting our final open race of the season with an open 40km Time Trial this coming Sunday August 5th in Nenagh, with Sign on in the Dapp Inn, Nenagh, E45 A582. There are prizes on the day for 3 fastest flat times and 1st unplaced A2, A3/Jnr, A4, Woman. Sign on starts 10:30am with away order based on sign on order and sign on closes @ 11:30am. The first racer away is at 12:30pm and entry €20 and the prize-giving and refreshments will be available in the Dapp Inn after the event. For more info: www.northtippwheelers.com/opentt
If any members can help out on the day we would be very grateful. Eoin Woods is co-ordinating the marshals so please just let him know if your around to help and in advance. Thank you all and see you there!!

 

 

Thanks everyone and have a great week!

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NTW TT 4 results 26/07/2018

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Missing from photo is our winner Andy English and Eoin Woods.

J. Moynan TT Series, round 4

Nail biting stuff waiting for the results of tonight’s TT to be calculated as so many personal bests were set by a number of riders. It just shows that everyone’s training all season is paying off and it’s fantastic to see. The forecast was for a wet evening and Met Eireann got it right, so we unfortunately had to race in the rain and so due to the lack of rain over the past month extra care needed to be taken on the road, we didn’t want any accidents and thankfully everyone came home safely. Unfortunately a few of the lads, Martin who was worst affected, John O’Carroll and Owen were held up with some cattle crossing the road but we have to realise that’s all part of racing and these things sometimes happen. There was a fine tailwind on the outward leg of the course so it was a little tougher on the way back, well obviously for some it wasn’t the case 🙂 I think Andy must have a rocket or something attached to his bike as his fantastic form continues and he has again taken a fantastic win after another massive improvement on his previous best TT time by knocking nearly two and a half minutes off which is just incredible and, we stand to be corrected but, we think it’s the first time that sort of time has been set on a normal road bike in the club…

We had a tie for second place by Selina Hynes and Dermot Kelly. Brilliant ride by them both and well done to Selina who took nearly a minute off her previous best on the course and also to Dermot who is improving continually with his times taking more seconds off his previous best, great going and well done Dermot! Well done to everyone who raced tonight, fair play to you all for coming out to support the race and thanks as usual to Jan who did the timekeeping tonight for us in miserable weather.  That’s dedication for you!

Handicapped results

J. Moynan TT Series results

Also with this win tonight, Andy secured the overall win of the J Moynan TT series for 2018 and takes home the title and the coveted J Moynan TT trophy. Huge congratulations to you Andy!! It was a close fought affair with Luke Donnelly leading the way into tonight’s round and Andy and Eoin Woods tied just behind… However, once Andy dropped his lowest result (He was also the only rider to complete all 4 rounds this year) he leapfrogged Luke to take the win and Eoin joined Luke to tie for second place in the series.

A huge well done to everyone on another great season of time trials and next up to decide is the Road Race series winner for 2018 in the coming few weeks and the cyclist of the year prize. Plenty of time left to compete in this, see below the state of play after 7 rounds with 3 to go. Remember it’s 7 to count for the series so there’ll be plenty of movement in the leaderboard as people drop their worst scores in the coming weeks…

Road Race series after 7 of 10 rounds.
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Where has that week gone.  This year is absolutely flying it. Great success in the club this week.

Thursday club racing: Road Race 7

Again this week numbers were well down with summer holiday season taking it’s toll. Earlier in the day after a message from a club member to say that the Silvermines road looked to be resurfaced an inspection was done on it to see if it was safe to race on but luckily it was safe and it was decided the race would go ahead as planned. A safety briefing was held at the race start where John Foote was explaining that there were loose chippings on the road near the N7 exit where road works had taken place, but there seemed to be a loss in translation somewhere along the line and Edvins thought he said loose Chickens, asking” like the farmyard animals” and as you can imagine there was a burst of laughter from everyone before John explained what he was talking about. 🙂 There was great pep talks being handed out at the start but with the numbers being low there was nowhere to hide and it was tough going from the outset. Andy was on flying form which put our poor visitor Ted from Donegal in the hurt locker early on and pushed him over the edge and he pulled out early leaving Andy to continue on solo and chase down John and Roger which he did well! Andy’s pace proved a little too much for Roger who fell back but John did very well and worked with Andy to keep the very strong chasing duo of Eoin and Edvins at bay till the finish. Andy went on and put in a final dig to the line to take a fine win on the night leaving John to have to settle for a very good second place and Eoin Woods taking third spot in a fine sprint with Edvins. Congratulations to Andy on a very strong performance and taking a fine win!

Well done to everyone who raced and thanks to everyone who helped out on the evening.

Results

  1. Andy English
  2. John Foote
  3. Eoin Woods
  4. Edvins Silovs
  5. Roger Spain
  6. Ted McCaffrey(DNF)
Andy English winner of NTW Road Race 7.

 

Saturday: Winning ways for NTW at the Shannonside GP

We had three members racing on Saturday in Shannonside GP in Co.Westhmeath. Michael Crowe, Daniel Ronan and Edins Silovs. The race was two laps of a 32km course and the course itself was pretty flat with three steep descents and one sharp bend to contend with. Edvins found the first lap easy as there were no attempted breaks made by anyone so they were content with the pace that was being set. The second lap, with 18km raced, was pretty much the same but after that the pace started to pick up a little so it was then that Edvins decided to get up to the front of the bunch while the going was good and at that moment there were a few small moves made and he seen an opportunity to make his move and so he did. When he looked back to the chasing group they were approximately 200 metres behind him so with about 15km to go he decided to keep it up and go for a long one and he managed to hold off the main field to the line! Huge congratulations to you Edvins on your first A4 win and for doing it in style!! All your training is definitely paying off for you.

Well done also to Michael and Daniel who finished safely in the main chasing bunch sprint to the line, great going and not long before ye’re in the points list too…

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Sunday club spin

There were 2 groups out on the road Sunday and nice to see the numbers increasing again and both groups left from Moynans at 9am. The group headed for Birdhill and at the roundabout Pat and John headed back and the rest of the lads turned left at The Coopers heading for Newport. In Newport there was a stop for light refreshments and after that they headed to Rearcross and then left for Dolla. Sadly the low cloud obscured the scenic view for them but luckily they met little traffic on route and enjoyed a lot of laughs along the way! At Dolla they turned for home with 76.5km completed. Andy even convinced a few more members to sign up to the Tour of Conamara next year! Momentum is building for that event. A very enjoyable spin was had by all.

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Good Luck Claire

We want to wish club member Claire Ní Reachtagáin, who has been selected to ride for the ‘Cycling Ireland Women’s Commission’ in the upcoming Tour of Omagh next weekend, the very best of luck!! Great to see you going from strength to strength!

 

Club midweek and weekend spins:

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

Thursday: Club Racing. J Moynan TT4 Route:  Roundhill pub – Fivealley roundabout – Yellowbridge 16km. 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. This race will decide who is this years winner of the J Moynan TT series 2018. We hope to see as many of you out as possible on the night. See you there.

 

Saturday: The very best of luck to everyone who is taking part in the Skoda Ring of Clare. 

Sunday: Club spin leaving Moynans at 9am.

Thanks everyone and have a great week!