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Club Open Night:
The first Open Night of the year was held on Monday evening in Moynan’s Bike Shop. A good few
turned up on the night and they were able to renew or register their membership for the coming
year, buy club gear which was on display (some bargains in there still, so talk to Jan), discuss any
issue with regard to cycling with the club and cycling in general, and browse the great range of
bikes and cycling products in the shop. Many thanks to Peter and David for hosting us on the
night. As usual, great craic was to be had on what is a very sociable and enjoyable evening.
Conversation invariably turned to the eye-catching black Giant Propel Advanced 1 on display, and
Santa may have to make a few more deliveries than normal if the level of interest shown is
followed through! Peter kindly allowed us to try out some of the ebikes at the end of the night, and
after a short tour of the car park everyone who took one out returned with a smile on their faces.
Officials will have to be extra vigilant at the club races and time trials for 2019.

Club Spins:

Sunday Leisure Group club spin:
Six from the leisure group headed to Cloughjordan, Moneygall, Ballinamona and home, about 55-
65 km depending on where home is! It was a lovely morning for a cycle. After the coffee stop
at the Obama Plaza one saddle was covered in a very large and very runny bird poo. Advice was
given that it was very lucky and to immediately do the lotto! This advice was ignored and much
tissue was used to clean up the mess. However, two minutes later the unlucky cyclist had a
puncture. The moral of the story: sit on it!

Sunday Orange Group club spin:
A group of nine members headed towards Ballina, taking on the always testing Portroe hill on the
way. A few hadn’t done it in a while so the lungs and legs were given a good early workout. Sean
O’Neill suffered an almost career ending stitch at the top but made a miraculous recovery on the
pacey descent to Ballina. From Ballina, Peter and Eva headed back home to do some early
Christmas shopping, while the rest of the group headed on towards Daly’s Cross where by all
accounts John O’Carroll insisted on having a well-deserved coffee break (regular Sunday spin
participants may question the accuracy of this particular statement). The group then headed back
towards Nenagh, battling the elements as the forecasted rain came down. The strong pace
resulted in a split in the group going up Kilmastulla hill, where Amy and Roger started to wilt from
the searing effort. Not to fear, no less than two guardian angels appeared in the form of Sean
(completely recovered by now) and the ever improving Eoin Dillon who dragged the stragglers
back into the group. Amy has an excuse as she’s new to the Sunday spin, but Roger needs more
Turbo (Tuesdays and Thursdays @7pm in Ballycommon Hall). Paul Madden got a puncture close
to Nenagh (well-timed by all accounts), and rather than fix the puncture it was decided to send
Super Domestique Sean in to Nenagh to get his van. Just another Sunday adventure for the
orange group.

 

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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Club Open Night & Updates

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Club Open Night

We’ll be hosting a club open night on Monday 3rd of December 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.

Club News

Congratulations to Edvins Silovs who finished second in the Sean Stag Shield in Hollymount Co. Mayo last weekend. Pending confirmation from Cycling Ireland, we believe that Edvins may now have gained promotion to A3. This would be a fantastic achievement for Edvins and reward for all his hard work throughout the year. Edvins would join Dan in gaining promotion to A3, and we expect big things from these two lads next year.

Club Spins:

Saturday training spin

The Saturday morning group was down on numbers this week, but the lads still got out for a spin taking in Castleconnell via the N7, Bridgetown and Killaloe. The Saturday morning coffee this week was a stop at Kevin’s house above Ballina. No doubt this was a stop that was extra hard to drag themselves away from, but fair play to the lads they soldiered on, well fed, back to Nenagh.

 

Sunday club spins

It was a cold and foggy morning on Sunday and numbers were down, but there were still several club members who ventured out. Eoin and Joey did the lake, Cathy was out representing the leisure group (single handedly!), and there were 7 of the orange group out who did Daly’s Cross, O’Brien’s Bridge, Killaloe/Ballina and home via the N7. The hot shower at home was very welcome this morning.                      

 

 

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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Club Spins
Though a little windy at times, the conditions were perfect for cycling on both Saturday and
Sunday. As a result, we had good numbers out in total over both days. Well done to everyone who
took advantage of the clement weather.

Saturday training spin

The Saturday morning group left Woodie’s car park at 9am and headed out the N7 towards
Limerick, turning right at Birdhill and over the river at O’Brien’s Bridge. We turned left towards
Limerick and right at the Clonlara crossroads and on to Sixmilebridge for two rounds of coffee and
a discussion on the merits of disc brakes(!) at the Cozy Cottage café. Deviating from the usual
route, the group headed on through Kilmurry, Kilkishen and back to Broadford via the back of
Doon Lough. From there it was back to Killaloe via Bridgetown, and back to Nenagh via the N7.
Legs were tired at that stage. Well done to Pat and Dan who did so much hard work up front on a
very good 105km spin.

Sunday club spins
The leisure group did a fantastic 85km spin, leaving Moynan’s at 9am and heading out past
Toomevara and turning left to Cloughjordan, through Modreeney and on to Borrisokane for a well
earned coffee stop. They were only getting warmed up at that stage because they then decided to
head for Kilbarron and on to Kilbarron Quay and Luska Quay while enjoying the beautiful views,
and headed home to Nenagh via Puckaun and Ballycommon – reluctantly as they were enjoying
the spin so much. Well done everyone.

NTW members on a Sunday spin (missing from the photo is Eoin Dillon, who took the picture)

The orange group headed towards Roscrea and left for Birr where we stopped for a coffee and discussion about certain guests on the Ray D’Arcy show the previous night. We’ll leave it at that. From Birr it was on through Riverstown and Ballingarry and back towards Borrisokane. On the way, Mike Gleeson decided to show us how well his cyclocross skills had improved since he took up cycling with a short foray into the long grass. Not quite there yet Mike. An enjoyable spin of about 90km was had by all.

 

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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NTW Awards Night & Club Updates

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The main event of the week was the club Awards Night on Saturday night in the Thatched Cottage in Ballycommon, where club members were recognised for their many achievements during the cycling year and got the opportunity to enjoy themselves and each other in a non-cycling setting and have a bit of craic. Trophies were handed out to the main competition winners, prizes to those who featured in club races and TTs, and presentations were made to people who made important individual contributions during the year. Presentations of specially commissioned items were also made to John and David to mark their exceptional success at national level this year. We enjoyed a fantastic meal and all in all it was a great night. Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of the night. Thanks to Joseph Donnelly for the great pictures of the night which you can see in the link here and thanks to Jan, Selina and Owen for presenting the prizes and gifts, and for organizing the spot prize raffle. Pictured below are the main prize winners and recipients on the night, and congratulations to you all.

Eoin Woods, winner of the Corrigan Cup for Cyclist of the Year 2018, the Club Road Race Series, Club Championship Hill Climb, The Lookout Trophy, and the Club Championship Time Trial, being presented with the Corrigan Cup by outgoing PRO Selina Hynes.
Owen Hynes, winner of the Club Championship Road Race 2018, being presented with the trophy by outgoing PRO Selina Hynes.
Andy English, winner of the club Time Trial Series 2018, being presented with the J. Moynan trophy by outgoing PRO Selina Hynes.

John Foote, National Time Trial Champion 2018 (M60), being presented with a specially commissioned TT skinsuit by outgoing club chairman Owen Hynes.

David Kyle, National Hill Climb Champion 2018 (M40), being presented with a specially commissioned jersey by outgoing club chairman Owen Hynes.

 

Other award recipients on the night were:

 

Most improved cyclists on their first year with the club:

Mike Gleeson, Paul Madden, Sean O’Neill

Combativity award:

John O’Carroll, Nanno Vuyk

Club racing & TT performances:

Lulu Donnelly, Rob Dalton, Selina Hynes, Martin Quigley, Michael Crowe, Liam Callaghan, Joey Donnelly, Edvins Silovs, Joseph Donnelly, Dermot Kelly, John Foote, Luke Donnelly

Presentations:

Flowers to Jan White for all her efforts in running the club during the year
Flowers to Selina Hynes for all the work she has done for the club for the past five years
Flowers and gift to Lourda English for helping the club out at critical times during the year

 

Club Spins:

NTW Saturday Spin

Saturday training spin

The Saturday morning group headed towards Ballina, across the bridge into Killaloe and left towards Limerick, right at the O’Briens Bridge and on to Sixmilebridge via Bridgetown and Broadford. A well deserved coffee break was taken full advantage of at the Cozy Cottage Café in Sixmilebridge, before the legs were tested again immediately upon restart on the uphill at the back of the Cratloe Hills. The group headed home via O’Briens Bridge and Birdhill. Most covered around 100km, with Eoin doing a bit more. A great spin which set us up nicely for the awards later that night.

 

Sunday club spins

Six of the leisure group (including some of the party goers from the previous night!) headed in towards Limerick as far as Lisnagry where they turned for home, stopping at Daly’s cross for a coffee. The rain caught them on the way back unfortunately, but some brave souls still headed up the ramp at Birdhill for an extra burn in the legs!

The orange group were low on numbers on Sunday, of course this had nothing at all to do with the fact that most of the group were enjoying themselves the night before! Roger, Duncan and Eoin Dillon were the hardy men who braved the elements. They headed in towards Limerick also, turning at Herbert’s pub and stopping at Daly’s cross for a coffee on the way home. Duncan set a brisk pace on the way home to avoid the impending rain, with the two other lads working hard to hang on. At least this is Roger’s version of the story anyway! On the way, the group was harassed by a passing motorist and passenger who questioned the Miss Daisy pace. An enjoyable spin of about 63km according to the lads.

 

 

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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Club Awards Night & Dinner Dance, Sat. Nov 10th – last reminder
It’s less than a week to go until our club awards night and dinner dance and the excitement
is really building.  We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday evening in the Thatched
Cottage, Ballycommon at 7pm for a fun filled night. If you haven’t booked your place yet,
this is the last call out to let Jan know NOW if you are attending, and please don’t assume
that she knows you’re going if you haven’t told her directly. Jan needs to get the numbers
attending to the venue by Wednesday 7 th , so please message or call her on (087 1374354)
to book your spot. We look forward to seeing everyone and having a well attended event
on Saturday.

Congratulations!
Many congratulations to Ger and John Spillane on the birth of their first grandchild.

Club Spins, Sunday 4th November
We had a great turnout for the Sunday spins this week with in excess of twenty club
members meeting outside Moynan’s at 9am. It was great to see so many gathered, getting
ready to head off on their various chosen routes. It certainly was a fine morning for cycling.
The leisure group took in Moneygall, Cloughjordan, Borrisokane, Carney and back to
Nenagh.
The intermediate group took in Dunkerrin, left towards the Shinrone/Clough. road,
Borrisokane (where they met up with the leisure group for a coffee), Ballinderry, and home
to Nenagh via Coolbaun and Puckaun, completing a 85km route.
The racing group headed towards Thurles, turning right after The Ragg onto the
Thurles/Limerick road, into Newport (where they stopped for a coffee), and on to Birdhill
and back home to Nenagh, completing a 100 km route.

 

The week ahead:

Tuesday and Thursday: Club turbo from 7pm to 8.15pm in the Badminton Hall,
Ballycommon.
Remember anyone (current club member or not) is welcome to come and do these sessions
with us. Anyone interested will need to bring their own bike and turbo trainer (we have a
few spare turbo trainers available on a first come first served basis), and a mat or towel for
under their bike to protect the floor.
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!

Saturday:Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. Club Awards Night and Dinner Dance  later that evening.

Sunday: Recovery club spin (!) leaving from outside Moynan’s at 9am.