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Club Spins:
Sunday Orange/Red Group club spin:
The mixed orange/red group headed out on a cold but initially dry Sunday morning in the direction
of Limerick on the R445 (old main road). As we carefully(!) approached the railway crossing after
Herbert’s Bar, it was noted that a very dark and ominous cloud was heading our direction from the
west. As we had intended turning for home in Castletroy anyway, we decided to turn left and left
again onto the Newport road and head back in the direction of Nenagh. There was a little rain at
that point and a welcome coffee stop was called in the Centra in Newport. Refuelled, we headed
back towards Birdhill but the skies continued to darken in the direction we were headed and
eventually the rain came. As the Heavens opened, Nanno put in a huge shift at the front on the
road back, the pace slightly helping to take our minds off the hailstones! Or maybe not. Having
said that, we covered about 66.5km at a pretty good moving average. Never was a hot shower
more welcome!
Well done to everyone who dug in, it was a tough spin but we all made it back safe and sound
without any incidents.
Open Racing:
Well done to the club members who took part in the Nenagh CC Winter Warriors series – race 1.

NTW TABLE QUIZ

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:
Our club will be running our Open Road Race on Sunday 24th 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!

Beware!

A heads up to anyone that may be cycling in the area, a fellow member was cycling between Newtown and Portroe, and at Ballycarrido last Saturday,  he went into a track cut in the road and damaged his front wheel, luckily there were no injuries, but the wheel is destroyed, so be careful if you are cycling that way as these holes may be submerged underwater etc.

He went back the following day to take another look, the picture shows how deep the cut is, he estimates its 3.5 inches at its deepest. Safe Cycling everyone!

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:
Sunday Orange/Red Group club spin:
The orange/red group had a fine turnout of 14 members ready for road on a cold but dry Sunday
morning. The group departed Moynan’s at 9am and headed towards Cloughjordan, turning right
for Ballymackey and back on to the old Dublin road. A brisk pace was being set up front and the
cold wasn’t long being forgotten about. A few members turned for home at Toomevara/Moneygall
and the remaining 11 headed for Roscrea and a welcome coffee break. Leaving the warmth of the
coffee shop is never easy to do on a cold day, but we now faced a fairly strong breeze head on as
we made our way towards Birr. Turning left before Birr, we headed back towards Cloughjordan
and back to Nenagh. Unfortunately, Eoin D. had a significant mechanical outside Clough and we
hope that he is back on the road very soon.
Well done to everyone who participated, and to Pat who put in a mighty shift up front all the way
around.

Leisure Group Sunday club spin:
The Leisure Group had 5 out on Sunday morning, doing a good 60k in the conditions and stopping
for a coffee break in Cloughjordan.

Club Open Night #2:
We’ll be holding the second club open night on Monday 4 th of February in Moynan’s Bike Shop
from 6pm. This will allow existing members to renew their membership, and we extend a warm
welcome to anyone who would like to become a member of our club. On the night, prospective
new members will be able to meet with club members and members of the committee, ask any
questions you might have about cycling or our club, and get advice on the great selection of bikes
and equipment on display. For any new members that join the club there will be no membership
fee for their first year, but you will need to become a member of Cycling Ireland.
Club Membership fee: Adults €20 / Family €30.
Details of Cycling Ireland’s Membership Fees are available on the Cycling Ireland website.

*** DATE FOR THE DIARY / SAVE THE DATE:
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.
Sunday: Club spin leaves Moynans at 9am. Route to be decided on the morning.

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These are last weeks notes, due to technical issues with the website!

Club Spins:

 

Saturday Red Group spin:

Pat, Daniel, Nanno and Andy took on the damp conditions last Saturday morning. Leaving Nenagh and heading in towards Limerick, the group turned left for Newport at Daly’s Cross, and then before Newport the group turned right for Murroe and on to Cappamore and Doon. A halfway stop for a café con leche at this point was very welcome.

A left at Doon brought the group up over the hill and onto the Newport to Thurles road where they turned right, before taking the left for Dolla and Silvermines, and back onto the main road to Nenagh close to the four sisters. The group covered about 120km, and after the early fog cleared it wasn’t a bad morning at all for a good hard spin.

 

 

Sunday Orange/Red Group club spin:

The orange/red group of about 11 club members departed Moynan’s at 9am and all were looking forward to a good paced spin. The group first headed to Dolla, and then took a left towards Toomevara and on to the Obama Plaza for refreshment. From there it was on to Dunkerrin, Shinrone and Cloughjordan, and back to Nenagh. Well done to everyone who participated.

 

Club Open Night #2:

 

We’ll be holding the second club open night on Monday 4th of February in Moynan’s Bike Shop from 6pm. This will allow existing members to renew their membership, and we extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to become a member of our club. On the night, prospective new members will be able to meet with club members and members of the committee, ask any questions you might have about cycling or our club, and get advice on the great selection of bikes and equipment on display. For any new members that join the club there will be no membership fee for their first year, but you will need to purchase insurance with Cycling Ireland.

Club Membership fee: Adults €20 / Family €30.

Details of Cycling Ireland’s Membership Fees is available on the Cycling Ireland website.

 

 

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An Old Bike Made New for Christmas

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NTW Member Brendan “Aggie” Hayden has shared with us a wonderful project he undertook last year. He took a sentimental piece of history and restored it to it glorious best! Well done Aggie, you did an fantastic job,

 

“While lots of kids received new bikes for Christmas, for my Dad (Tom Hayden), this Christmas brought a bike that certainly had the look of something new but was definitely from another era.

In the early 1950’s, he had purchased a second-hand Raleigh for “8 quid” from Corrigan’s Bike Shop on Mitchell Street from the late Jimmy Brett. It has been a long time since bicycles have been sold from this location…you are more likely to walk away from as it is now Ger Gavin House of Gifts. My dad took many a trip with his Raleigh over the railway bridge to work at the aluminium factory. And of course, the occasional cross-bar for my Mother (Kathleen).

The task of re-furbishing the bike was undertaken after I completed a Bicycle Mechanics course at Downland Cycles just outside Canterbury in England. After completely stripping down the bike to clean and salvage as many parts as possible, putting the old bike back together involved lots of elbow grease and several new parts.

Many thanks to Peter and David at Moynan’s for all their help (without which I could never have completed the task) in sourcing parts and assistance to get the bike back to its fully functional glory.

 

All the hard work paid off

 

All this made for a pretty special moment on Christmas morning to re-unite my dad with his classic Raleigh.”

-Brendan “Aggie” Hayden

The Coming Week…

Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am.
Sunday: Club spin leaves Moynans at 9am. Route to be decided on the morning.

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Turbo Training resumes in Ballycommon Hall on Tuesday 08th January @ 7pm sharp

Now that 2019 is upon us, it’s time to get serious about being prepared for the coming cycling year. Whether your target is racing, or a specific challenge such as that 160km sportive that you’ve been promising yourself to do, or even to enjoy your leisure cycling more, then the Turbo Training sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday night will benefit you hugely in achieving your goal.

 

All club members are strongly encouraged to support the Turbo classes.

Rob puts huge effort into each class, and the benefits of attending regularly are felt after only a few classes.

Non-members are welcome too!…

 

These sessions are open to anyone (not just current club members) who would like to come and join us and are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening in Ballycommon Hall. The sessions begin at 7pm sharp, so everyone will need to be setup and ready to go by 7pm. Anyone interested will need to bring their own bike and turbo trainer, and a mat or towel for under their bike to protect the floor. Remember, to get the best from these sessions it is advisable that you have real time access to your cadence and heart rate, and if at all possible, your power data.

 

There are two main ways to achieve this, either with a capable bike computer/cadence & heart rate sensor/power meter combination, or with a smart turbo trainer and a smart phone and heart rate sensor. Of course, if you don’t have this equipment you are still very welcome to come and do turbo training with us!

 

The club has a small number of spare turbo trainers that anyone can use if they do not have their own. These will be available on a first come first served basis, but existing club members and anyone who did the turbo sessions last season should really be looking to bring their own and leave the spare ones for new people to try.

 

Rob has put a lot of work into preparing for the turbo training sessions and there will be info. sheets available on the night, so we hope that as many as possible will follow the program.

 

Cost is €3 per session collected on the night, and there will be a sign-in sheet for all participants.

 

Good luck and enjoy the sessions.