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Condolences to the Foote family
The NTW weekly club update starts on a sad note this week. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to John Foote and his family on the passing of John’s sister Lily recently. May she rest in peace.

Club racing:
Club racing, which was due to re-commence this Thursday 11/07, has been postponed until next week as a mark of respect to the Foote family. We will have a backlog of three races which will need to be run before the end of the season. The committee will review the race calendar and will advise asap regarding the next race.

Club spins:
Club spins have been taking place on Tuesday/Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. Between the leisure group who are in intensive training to complete their Wild Atlantic Way adventure, and the orange/red group, we had over twenty club members out last Sunday morning. The groups crossed paths near Tuamgraney on what was a lovely morning for cycling. The Tuesday and Thursday evening spins have been going really well in the last few weeks with average speeds up to 31/32 km/h and good numbers regularly turning out.

Summer night out:
We will be having a Summer get together in the next few weeks. Details will be posted on the website / Facebook / whatsapp once the details have been finalised. Stay tuned!

The week ahead:
Tuesday 09/07: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm
Thursday 11/07: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm
Saturday 13/07: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. (check first)
Sunday 14/07: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.

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Eoin Woods wins at THE NAAS CC OPEN TT
Club TT supremo Eoin Woods claimed a great victory in the A2 category at the Naas CC Open Time Trial this weekend, and in the process posted the third fastest time overall covering the 38.3km course in a fantastic time of 53.09. Also taking part in the event was NTW TT  Specialist John Foote who posted an excellent time of 1:00.52. The event was held over the same route on which the 2016 National TT was held, so it is a good indicator of form heading into the rest of the season. Well done lads.

Eoin Woods – A2 winner and third fastest time overall at the Naas Open TT on 15 th June

Edvins Silovs – Movie Star!
Not content with his meteoric rise through the categories from A4 to A2, Edvins Silovs has branched out into the acting business and NTW now has our own potential Hollywood megastar! Edvins has an extras part in a movie called “The Racer” about the opening stages of The Tour de France being held in Ireland and the unfolding drama surrounding a rider who, after being dropped from the team, is reinstated following a doping error. See the link below for more details. We look forward to hearing the updates and the invites to The Oscars.
https://www.screendaily.com/news/independent-boards-irish-cycling-drama-the-racer-from-love-and-friendship-producer-exclusive/5138699.article

Edvins on the set of the cycling based movie “The Racer”

Club Racing
After the highs of hosting the Munster TT championship the previous Saturday, club racing resumed on Thursday night with RR1 in the Summer Series for 2019. This is the fifth of eight races overall in the club racing calendar and the competition is heating up as the participants are getting stronger as we head into the peak part of the year. The route was an out and back affair, starting just after the roundabout on the old Dublin rd. at Upper Clashnevin, through Toomevara and Moneygall, around the first roundabout at Roscrea and back via the same route to the finish line a few hundred yards short of the start. The course distance of 50km marks a step up from the shorter distances of the Spring Series.

RESULTS OF RR1 (Summer Series)
Group 2
Nanno Vuyk
Andy English
Ian Kennedy
Liam Callaghan
John O’Carroll

Gary Rowan
Rob Dalton DNF

Group 3
Cathal Hanrahan
Eoin Dillon
Roger Spain
Mike Gleeson
Sean O’Neill
Brendan Hayden

Winner of Group 2 on the night was Nanno Vuyk who showed all his racing knowledge and strength with a great sprint to take the honours from Andy English in second place and Ian Kennedy in third. Liam Callaghan put in an effort with about 1km to go but was caught by Andy
leading the group. Then with the line in sight Andy decided to go for it, but started to fade about 100 metres out and that’s when Nanno struck – the wily Dutchman keeping his powder dry until exactly the right moment put on the afterburners and powered past to take the victory, his second race win this year. Well done Nanno!
In Group 3, Cathal Hanrahan put in a super effort to jump onto and then stay with Group 2 all the way to the finish to claim victory. Cathal is really coming back to form and is getting stronger every race. Special mention here to Eoin Dillon who in his first race put in a great solo effort to stay away from the bunch for the majority of the race and claim second place in Group 3, a fantastic result.
And finally, well done to Roger Spain who sprinted home for third in the group, showing again that he has power to burn!

Nanno Vuyk sprinting to victory in Group 2

Cathal Hanrahan leading the bunch on this way to victory in the Group 3 race

The NEXT RACE in the calendar is the Club 30km Championship TT which will be held over the usual club route (Birdhill Roundabout to FiveAlley Roundabout and return) on this coming Thursday the 20th of June. We would like as many as possible to come out and give it a go.

Club gear
A full and up to date list of all on-hand club gear has been posted to the website in the “Join us” section. If you would like to purchase any new kit please contact Jan.

Vouchers
Please note, all outstanding club issued vouchers for club gear / Moynan’s bike shop should be used before 30th June.

The week ahead:
Tuesday 18/06: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm
Thursday 20/06: Club Championship 30km TT (see above) at 6.45pm, sign-in at 6.30pm
Saturday 22/06: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. (check first)
Sunday 23/06: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.

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Munster TT Championship 2019

Last Saturday saw the club host the Munster TT Championship for 2019, the second year in a row that the club has hosted this event, and for the second year in a row we saw an increase on the numbers participating over previous years. We had 34 youth riders taking part in the 8km race and 64 riders in the U15-M60 categories participating in the 30km race. This is a prestigious event for NTW to have been awarded, and the club is delighted and proud to be associated with it. The 30km course was the same as last year – Birdhill roundabout to the Carrigatoher (Five Alley) roundabout and return, and the 8km route for U14/U12 was also the same as for last year (Yellow Bridge to the Birdhill Roundabout). There was a strong westerly breeze blowing throughout, and while not really favouring the riders in the 30km route on the outward leg it certainly was felt by everyone cycling back towards Birdhill. Apart from a few brief showers, it was a pleasant enough day. The race HQ was The Coopers Bar in Birdhill where sign-on and medal presentations were held, and refreshments were provided before and after each event. In the youth event thirteen different clubs were represented and the winner’s medals were spread out among five different clubs. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the children taking part, and who knows there may have been a future Grand Tour winner in our midst!

In the main event Paul Kennedy of Foran cc set the fastest time of the day (38:29.4) followed by our own Eoin Woods with a time of 40:09.9. NTW were represented by 5 club members and ended up with three medals – two winners (Eoin Woods M40, and John Foote M60) and a third place (Edvins Silovs A2), a great return again this year. Also representing the club were Brian Hennessy (A4), and Andy English (M50). Well done to all. A full list of results can be seen here and there are some excellent pictures of the event on our Facebook page. A big thanks to club members Selina Hynes and Vic Nott for taking photos, and many thanks to John Coleman for allowing us to share his photo album.
A big thanks also to all the clubs and individuals who came from far and wide to participate, and for their patience while we prepared for the presentations and waited for us to post the results.
The club would like to thank Dinny Ryan of The Coopers Bar in Birdhill who took care of us on the day, and the medics who would really have taken care of us if we needed it! A big thank you goes to everyone who contributed in any way to make this another well run and successful event, and we look forward to running it again in 2020.
Finally, the club would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank race director Eoin Woods and co- director Conor Hannon who did a fantastic job in organizing the event. Well done lads.

Some of the many competitors in the youth event on the start line at The Yellow Bridge

 

Eoin Woods – winner of the Munster TT (M40) and second fastest time overall being presented his medal by Selina
Hynes

 

John Foote – winner of the Munster TT (M60)

 

Edvins Silovs – third in the Munster TT (A2)

IGM
A club IGM will take part in Rocky’s Bar Nenagh next Monday night(17th) at 8pm. It is important that all club members attend to discuss all matters relating to the club. It’s your chance to have your say regarding the running of the club and the direction for the coming year, so please do your best to make sure you are in attendance.

Club gear
A full and up to date list of all on-hand club gear has been posted to the website in the “Join us” section. If you would like to purchase any new kit please contact Jan.

Vouchers
Please note, all outstanding club issued vouchers for club gear / Moynan’s bike shop should be used before 30 th June.

Club Racing
The second half of our racing year kicks off on Thursday night (13/06) with RR1 in the Summer Series 2019 taking place. Like the Spring Series, this will consist of four races with the best three results counting. Feedback was very positive regarding the format for the Spring Series as it makes the races more competitive so we would encourage more of you to come out and participate. It’s good craic as well and racing really strengthens the legs!
Summer Series RR1 route:
Start time – 6:45pm sharp (sign on 6.30pm at the start line)
Distance – 50km
Route: Start at Upper Clashnevin (just after the motorway bridge heading towards Toomevara –
Toomevara – Moneygall – Rounding the first roundabout at Roscrea – Moneygall – Toomevara –
Upper Clashnevin.

The week ahead:
Tuesday 11/06: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm
Thursday 13/06: RR1 Summer Series (see above) at 6.45pm, sign-in at 6.30pm
Saturday 15/06: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. (check first)
Sunday 16/06: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.

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Munster TT Championship 2019
NTW will host the Munster TT Championship for 2019 this coming Saturday 8 th June. This is a
prestigious event in the Munster cycling calendar, and the club is delighted and proud to host the
event for the second year in a row following on from a very successful event last year.
The 30km course is the same as last year (Birdhill roundabout to Five Alley roundabout and
return), and the 8km route for U14/U12 is also the same as for last year (Birdhill to Yellow Bridge).
All the event details and routes can be seen below. Please keep an eye on this website and our
Facebook page for further updates. Sign-on will open at The Coopers Bar, Birdhill at 9am. All club
members who are helping out at the event should make their way to The Coopers for 9am.

Senior Route
U11-U14 Route

Club racing
TT3 in the J Moynan Series was held last Thursday night over our usual route on the old Limerick
rd. Well done all for participating. There were some very good times posted and hopefully these
will translate into some silverware for our TT riders as the season progresses. Results on the night
were as follows:
Route: Roundhill Pub – Five Alley – Yellow Bridge. 16km
Group 2: Noel Kennedy, Gary Rowan, Liam Callaghan, Andy English
Group 3: Dermot Kelly, Martin Quigley, John Foote
Andy English 22.36
John Foote 22.56
Liam Callaghan 23.46
Gary Rowan 24.24
Dermot Kelly 27.51
Martin Quigley 28.06
Noel Kennedy 29.12
Thanks to Jan for officiating and Conor for marshalling.
The overall racing results table will be updated this week and posted in the Club Racing section of
the website, so you will be able to see how you are doing as you chase victory in the various
competitions.
There is no club racing scheduled for this Thursday 6 th June.
The next race will be RR1 in the Summer Series on 13 th June.

The week ahead:
Tuesday 04/06: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm

Thursday 06/06: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm
Saturday 08/06: Munster TT Championship at The Coopers Bar Birdhill, sign-on 9am.
Sunday 09/06: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.

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Munster TT 2019

Please note that the Munster TTs will be held on the 8th of June as advertised. The date in this weeks Nenagh Guardian (1st June) is incorrect

Club racing
Road Race #4 (the final race in the Spring Series) was held last Thursday night, the 23 rd of May.
The race also doubled as The Lookout Trophy for 2019. The route changed this year as the finish
was not at The Lookout itself, but instead the riders passed it on the way to the finish line.The race
began at the Portroe roundabout on the Nenagh bypass and headed to the finish line just after the
crest of the hill on entering the village of Ballina (approx. 20km). A short but lumpy route,
participants also had to race up Portroe hill – which is a tough task.
Major young talent, riding with Kanturk cc O’Leary Stone, Daniel Yon Hin was first home. Well done to Daniel, he left the rest of the field in his wake going up Portroe hill. From a club competition perspective, the winner of Lookout Trophy for 2019 was Andy English. Second and third place on the night in that competition were Cathal Hanrahan and Eoin O’Connor. Super effort all.

NTW Road Race #4, Lookout Trophy
Route: Portroe Roundabout – Newtown – Portroe – Ballina.
FINISH ORDER (for The Lookout Trophy):
1 Daniel Yon Hin
2 Andy English
3 Cathal Hanrahan
4 Eoin O’Connor
5 Liam Callaghan
6 Gary Rowan
7 John O’Carroll
8 Patrick Yon Hin
9 Nanno Vuyk
10 Michael Glesson
Rob Dalton DNF (puncture at bottom of Portroe Hill)

 

The Spring Series for 2019 was also decided on the night, results below:
Winner Group 1 – Edvins Silovs
2nd – Eoin Woods
3rd – Daniel Ronan
Winner Group 2 – Andy English
2nd – Nanno Vuyk
3rd – Rob Dalton
Winner Group 3 – Cathal Hanrahan
2nd – Mike Gleeson
3rd – Brendan Hayden.
Congratulations to all and thank you for supporting the club racing. Roll on the Summer Series
A big thank you to Conor Hannon and Noel Kennedy who officiated / marshalled. Without you
guys there is no racing. It’s much appreciated by all of us. Thanks to Selina for the photos.

TT3
Thursday 30 th of May will see TT3 (of four) in the JJ Moynan Series taking place over our usual
16km course. It’s usually over the final two time trials that the times start to drop, so we are looking
forward to a few new personal bests and maybe even a new club record.
Sign-on will be at The Roundhill Pub from 6.30 to 6.45, with the start time at 6.45pm sharp. Please be on time.
We encourage all club members to come out and participate/support the club racing.
NOTE: Change to sign-on for 2019
Please note, sign on for club racing is to be at the race start line and will no longer be available at Moynan’s bike shop
before ANY club race this year.

NOTE: Well done Daniel Yon Hin (with Kanturk cc O’Leary Stone) who
won the A3/Junior race in the Kilmessan GP last weekend. Fantastic result Daniel!

Club members participating in The Tour de Conamara
Sixteen club members made the trip to Clifden in Co. Galway last Saturday for this year’s Tour de
Conamara. This sportive is part of the Skoda Series and therefore is an extremely well run event
featuring both 140km and 80km routes through the stunning Connemara scenery. The lucky 80km
group got to cycle The Inagh Valley, possibly the most picturesque 20km in Ireland. The weather
wasn’t as kind to us as last year, but aside from a little mist at times it remained mostly dry. A
small group stopped in Leenaun to take on some extra calories for the last 40km, a move which is
in danger of becoming a tradition! A good sized group stayed over on the Saturday night in the
Renvyle & Letterfrack areas, where there is lots of accommodation. A few lads even turned a
youth hostel into an old folk’s home. A great time was had on Saturday night in Renvyle House.
All in all, this is a highly recommended sportive and it’s no wonder it sells out within a day or two,
so please note that if you think you’d like to take part next year.

The week ahead:
Tuesday 28/05: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm
Thursday 30/05: TT3 starts at The Roundhill Pub at 6.45pm, sign on at 6.30pm
Saturday 25/05: Red Group spin leaves Woodies at 09:00. Check whatsapp first though.
Sunday 26/05: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.