NTW will host the Munster TT Championship 2019
Following on from the resounding success of running this event last year, North Tipperary
Wheelers are proud to announce that the club will host the Munster TT Championship for 2019 on
Saturday 8 th June. The highly praised 30km route will be the same as last year (Birdhill roundabout
to Five Alley roundabout and return) and we look forward to attracting another strong field of
competitors this year. Details of the event are included on the event poster below. Please keep an
eye on this website and our Facebook page for further updates.
Road Race #3 in the Spring Series was held last Thursday night. The route was: The Roundhill
Pub to the Five Alley roundabout, back to the second left turn off for Silvermines, and finish
outside the community hall in Silvermines. Well done all for participating. Results on the night were
as follows: Group 2:
Ian Kennedy Group 3:
Going into RR4 this week it is neck and neck between Nanno Vuyk and Andy English in Group 2
(both on 26 points), all to play for in Group 3 with just two points separating Cathal Hanrahan,
Brendan Hayden and Mike Gleeson. This week’s race should be a cracker!
The next and final race in the Spring Series will be RR4 which will be held this coming Thursday
23 rd May. This race will double as the lookout trophy race for 2019 and we would like to see a good
turn-out of club members to compete for one of the main trophies in the club race calendar. The
route is as follows: Start at Portroe roundabout (off Nenagh bypass), Newtown, Portroe, finish on
the top of the hill just as you enter Ballina village.
Sign-on will be at the Portroe roundabout at 6.30, with the start time at 6.45pm sharp. Please be
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.
Club members participating in sportives
Joe Donovan, Stephen Hogan and Andy English participated in the Cycle 4 Sick Children (C4SC)
annual tour on Sunday 19 th May. A really well organised and very enjoyable spin was had by all.
Thanks to C4SC for the contribution they make towards improving the lives of sick children.
A group of up to ten members from the club will take part in “The Tour de Conamara” next
Saturday. Starting from beautiful Clifden, the tour brings the participants around an extremely
picturesque route featuring some of the best scenery in Ireland. There may even be some
unscheduled stops along the way! If you have not done this sportive then you should seriously
consider it as it is one of the best in the country.
The week ahead: Tuesday 21/05: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm Thursday 23/05: RR4 starts at the Portroe roundabout 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.
We woke up on Sunday morning to find the countryside bathed in sunshine, and with a very good
forecast for the day ahead we were all eagerly looking forward to this year’s club tour around
Lough Derg, otherwise known as “Le Tour de Lough Derg”. On arrival at The Lakeside Hotel, there
was Jan already busy with the preparations for the day ahead, getting ready to open for sign-on at
8am and unloading a car full of food, water, and large thermos flasks for the food stop at Portumna
Forest Park. This lady deserves all our gratitude for the amount of work she gets through to make
these events happen, a lot of it behind the scenes that we never see. Thank you Jan.
Soon the rest of the committee and club members started to arrive, and everyone busied
themselves with one task or another in order to ensure that everything was in order so that we
would run the best event possible for participants and members. There is a great buzz around the
place always at this time, a great sense of fun and anticipation mixed with a little anxiety that all
will go off without a hitch. Tea/coffee and some refreshments were available at sign-on and were
welcomed by the participants that travelled to the event – some from considerable distances. The
beautiful Lakeside Hotel deserve a special mention here as they had everything ready for us and
were extremely helpful, so a big thanks to the staff and management at the hotel from NTW.
Marshalls and lead car ready, and NTW club members wired with two-way radios to help keep
things in order, the leisure group were given some last minute instruction and encouragement by
club chairman Noel Kennedy and then departed Ballina on their journey around the lake, turning
right over the bridge into Killaloe and the morning sunshine. The Gardai were on hand as usual to
provide safe passage through the twin villages, and we would like to extend our thanks to them for
helping as always to enable the event to start so smoothly. About thirty minutes later the second
group departed, this group having a faster targeted average of 28km/h for the whole route, and
finally at around 10.30am the fast group departed. There was an extremely strong field in this
group with our strongest riders being accompanied by some of the strongest cyclists around, and
by all accounts the pace to Portumna was scorchio, averaging around 42km/h!
Each group had designated road captains and a lead car driver with radios to keep the group safe,
call obstacles and control the pace (group 1 and 2 only were controlled). We had a half-way food
stop at Portumna Forest Park and participants enjoyed some very welcome refreshments with Jan
and Lourda making sure everyone was quickly looked after. After the food stop each group
departed the park on the homeward leg of our tour that took us over the rolling hills of Terryglass,
Ballinderry and Coolbaun, some challenging hills indeed but everyone got over them ok. After a
short regroup in Puckaun, we headed on towards Nenagh and the Portroe roundabout from where
the participants could finish the tour at their own leisure or push on and test themselves for the
Those that have done the tour before or who know the route know that there is a sting in the tail
awaiting them known as Portroe Hill. 1.7km long with an average gradient of about 7% for most of
that, and a few much steeper ramps thrown in for good measure, it certainly is a test for tired legs
that have done over 100km at that stage. It was great to see people grinding it out to the top of the
hill and to cheer them on with the encouragement that it was more or less down hill all the way
home. Once the tour was completed, participants had access to the shower facilities in the hotel’s
leisure centre and were served delicious hot food upstairs in the luxury of the hotel ballroom.
Everyone made it back safe and sound, and thanks to Noel, Eoin and Lourda who made sure that
anyone who needed a lift back to the hotel were supported. We are delighted with the way the day
went for the club as “Le Tour 2019” built on previous tours and maintained the high standard that
we set ourselves for the running of all events in North Tipperary Wheelers.
And then Tipp beat Cork. Excellent (but they’re not gone yet!)
We would like to thank the many people who made our day the success it was. Thanks to the
committee for their hard work in organising the tour and all the time they spent making our tour
safe and enjoyable. Thanks to all our valued club members and their family members for helping
at the food stop in Portumna, and thanks for making all those sandwiches and providing delicious
food – of which there was no shortage. Thanks to Noel, Eoin (Ryan) and Eva for spending their
Saturday evening putting up the signs and road marking – excellent job done. Thanks to John
Sheedy and BikeMarshals (bikemarshals.ie) who did an incredible job all day long in ensuring the
safety of everyone on the road. Thanks to our group road captains, lead car drivers and broom
wagon driver for looking after each group on the road. Thanks to our photographer Michael
Molamphy who did an absolutely super job with the photos capturing the essence of the day.
Thanks again to “Munster Medics” for providing medical and ambulance services, you really are a
thoroughly professional outfit and a pleasure to work with. Thanks to all our members for coming
out to support our tour and thanks to all our visiting clubs and individuals for taking part, we hope
you enjoyed your day with us. We enjoyed looking after you all. We did not have an official charity
partner this year but we will be presenting a donation to North Tipp Hospice in the coming weeks.
A special word of thanks to all those who generously donated money to the hospice bucket, every
little bit helps.
Finally, well done and thanks to club chairman Noel Kennedy for co-ordinating the event and all
the hard work he did in the background. Roll on 2020.
Great pictures of the tour can be seen on our Facebook page, click here
Club racing will resume this Thursday 16 th May with RR3, the third race of four in the Spring
Series. This week’s route is as follows, see map below also:
-Start outside the Roundhill pub
-Head towards Nenagh
-Rounding the roundabout at the Five Alley
-Head back towards the Roundhill
-Turn left at the Silvermines turnoff
-Finish is at the hall in the village of Silvermines. Total 27km
Sign-on will be at the Five Alley with the start time at 6.45pm sharp. Please be on time.
We encourage all club members to come out and participate/support the 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.
Club Racing Results:
The week ahead: Tuesday 14/05: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm Thursday 16/05: RR3 starts at Roundhill Pub at 6.45pm, sign on at 6.30pm Saturday 18/05: Red Group spin leaves Woodies at 09:00. Check whatsapp first though. Sunday 19/05: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.
Club Tour 2019
As if anyone needs reminding at this stage the annual club tour will be held this coming
Sunday 12 th May! Sign on will begin at 8am from the Lakeside Hotel in Ballina. We are looking for
a big turnout of club members on the day to either cycle the event or to help out with the running of
the event. If you are not participating and have not already grabbed yourself a job, please contact
Jan or Noel or any member of the committee. All help is much appreciated and will help to make
the event a great success as it has been in previous years.
We look forward to welcoming everyone who participates, especially all guests and non NTW club
members, and we are sure you will have a great day out. Remember showers and refreshments
will be available in The Lakeside after the event. NOTE: There will be parking restrictions around the hotel, but there is usually a lot of parking available around the village.
Club racing continued last Thursday 02 nd May with the second TT in the JJ Moynan TT Series for
2019. It was a beautiful sunny evening on our usual course, perfect for putting in a good time. We
were missing a few regulars on the night but there was a lot of effort put in by the eight participants
that took part, even one or two personal bests. The results are posted below.
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
J. MOYNAN TT SERIES – RACE 2 – 2/5/19
Route: Roundhill – Five Alley – Yellow Bridge. 16k.
Andy English 22.59
Liam Callaghan 24.20
Eoin O’Connor 24.42
Ian Kennedy 25.12
Nanno Vuyk 26.08
John O’Carroll 26.15
Dermot Kelly 28.22
Martin Quigley 28.34
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.
Well done Eva!
Big congrats to Eva Moynan who competed in the North Tipp Sprint Triathlon on Saturday morning
and was placed 3 rd female in the Intervarsities category. Way to go Eva!
It was great to see a large group of sixteen out on the Orange Group spin on Sunday last. The
group headed over to Dolla and up Dolla Hill and Bollingbrook. Regathering at the top, the group
then descended to the Thurles Road and over to Ballycahill where five of the group headed left
and back for Nenagh. The remaining twelve headed on to Thurles and Templemore before turning
left for Dunkerrin and home. A nice 100km route which was a bit breezy and chilly at times, but
lovely when the sun came out.
The week ahead: Please remember that the evenings are still not that long, so lights and hi-vis clothing are required if you are planning on being out near dusk. Tuesday 07/05: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm (lights and high-vis a must) Thursday 09/05: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm (lights and high-vis a must) Saturday 11/05: Red Group spin leaves Woodies at 09:00. Check whatsapp first though. Sunday 12/05: Club tour – “Le Tour de Lough Derg 2019”, from The Lakeside Hotel.
The Club Tour takes place on Sunday 12th May, the Route with be a clockwise circuit of the lake starting at the Lakeside Hotel in Balina, Co Tipperary. There will be 3 groups on the day, depending on your ability, Leisure, Intermediate, and Senior(30Kmph+). Sign on is from 8.00am at the Lakeside Hotel, with the Leisure group rolling out at 9.00am. The other groups will follow at 40min intervals. Please note there will be parking restrictions at the hotel on the day
There is a Food Stop in Portumna Forrest at the halfway mark, along with food and refreshments back at the hotel at the finish.
Club Racing – Time Trial No: 2
This Thursday sees the return of club racing with the second of J Moynan TT series , The route is: Roundhill Pub – Five Alley roundabout -Yellow Bridge (16km). Sign on is at Roundhill Pub for the race start at 6.45pm sharp. Entry fee is €5.
Last week was an eventful week for the club, with many groups out flying the colours of NTW. 8 Members of the Leisure Group made their way to Birr by bike and car to cycle back to Nenagh with Cycle Against Suicide, Well Done to Liam Chadwick, Kathy McLoughlin, Paddy Seymour, Patricia Finn, Bernard Fahy, Joe Kelly, Brian Chadwick, and Ronan Dodd for supporting a fantastic cause.
On Sunday, Keeper CC had their annual sportive, starting in Newport with the eagerly contested “King of the hill” and “Queen of the hill” up Shallee. Well Done to Eva Moynan and Colm Turner who took both honours for NTW. Well done also to Rob Dalton, Peter Moynan and Cathal Hanrahan who also represented the Wheelers in Newport.
Last week, several members travelled to Majorca, Spain to take part in the Mallorca 312 Sportive. Selina & Owen Hynes, Eoin Woods, Pat Bergin and Stephen Hogan took part in the 167Km and 225Km routes over the hills and mountains of the island, but special mention goes to Andy English, Nanno Vuyk, and Eoin O’Connor, who conquered the 312Km route. An amzing achievement!!!
The second road race of the year and of the Spring Series took place last Thursday night (18 th
April) with the 30km race route starting at the usual spot in Upper Clashnevin and heading towards
Toomevara and Moneygall, rounding the Obama Plaza Roundabout and returning back in the
direction of Nenagh before finishing just after the entrance to the Lisboney Graveyard. It was a
super evening for racing as conditions were perfect, and again we had a good turnout of
participants. Unfortunately our pool of Group 1 racers is limited and some were not able to make it.
Edvins took the honours on the night here. Group 2 ended up a keenly contested battle, but the
seven participants initially played a bit of cat and mouse on the outward leg to Moneygall and it
looked like they were enjoying the evening sunshine a bit too much. In fact one participant was
heard to say that he was enjoying brushing up on his tan for Mallorca, the pace was so relaxed!
But more about him later…
While the tempo picked up a bit on the way back, most were happy to keep their powder dry for
the now inevitable sprint finish. Group 2 and Group 3 merged on the long drag after Toomevara,
and the bunch of 12 riders successfully negotiated the two roundabouts either side of the
motorway flyover. Rob tested the waters at this point, pulling up alongside Eoin O’Connor who
was going strong and the head of the bunch. The pace quickened as the race neared the finish
line, but it was to be on the drag up the hill past Lisboney graveyard where inevitably it was
decided. Eoin Ryan was first to go for it, on the inside he put in a big sprint using all his
considerable power and he was followed by Andy English who caught and passed him with only
150 metres to go. Things were looking good for last week’s winner at this point, but he started to
fade and suddenly up popped Nanno Vuyk who passed him on the outside going like a train!
Nanno was followed by Rob who was putting out big power as well at this point but couldn’t catch
the flying Dutchman who showed all his experience and a great sprint to take the spoils in an
exciting finish. Cathal Hanrahan dug deep to take Group 3 and finished 6th in the bunch sprint – an
excellent result for a man who is coming back to form after missing a lot of last year.
Well done all. Detailed results of all racing including the points awarded will be made available
online in the coming days. A big thank you to Jan who officiated on the night, and to Selina who
took some great pictures which have been uploaded to the Facebook page here. Thanks to Owen for
marshalling at the Obama Plaza roundabout, and to Noel and Conor for helping out as well.
Group 2: Nanno Vuyk
Group 3: Cathal Hanrahan
The next club race will be TT2 in the JJ Moynan Series for 2019 which will be held on Thursday 2nd
May from the usual spot on the Nenagh – Limerick road (The Roundhill Bar).
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.
The week ahead: (note new midweek spin times)
Please remember that the evenings are still not that long so lights and hi-vis clothing are required
if you are planning on being out near dusk. Tuesday: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm (lights and high-vis a must) Thursday: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm (lights and high-vis a must) Saturday: No Saturday spin due to group going to Mallorca. Sunday: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning. We would encourage club members to consider supporting the Keeper cc cycle on the 28 th April.
There will be no update to the website again until the week beginning 6th May as the PRO will be
among the group going to Mallorca for the 312. Wish us luck!
Have a look at what we are going to attempt here: http://www.mallorca312.com/