Club Notes / This weeks spins

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Hi all, we hope ye have all had a good week, a mixed week of weather but with the fantastic weather this weekend we hope ye have all been able to get out on the bikes.

Tuesday

On Tuesday we had our normal evening spin, the group headed from Moynan’s out the Limerick road and they turned off for ballina via the four sisters across the bridge to Killaloe and from there the group cycled on to O’Briensbridge and on to Castleconnell and back home on the old N7, well done and fair play to everybody who was out on the evening.

 

WEDNESDAY

NTW BFL (Bike for life 2017)

Bike for life for me has been one of the most rewarding and educational courses that our club has ever undertaken. We set out with a few goals in mind in the beginning, they were to get people out cycling, teach them all the skills they needed to know to be confident riding on the road and in a group, educate participants on the workings of their bike, safety on the roads, introduce them to the club and most importantly to make friends and have fun while out cycling which we all most certainly did.  For the duration of the course we had amazing weather and we were able to go out and enjoy the course with no sign of any rain on the evenings, thank god. 

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The first week of our course the core group of tutors and helpers introduced ourselves to everyone and we asked them their goals and what they wanted to achieve from this course and we were told that the most cycling some of our participants had done were very short spins about the town and for some others absolutely no cycling at all. The vast majority of the group said that their main goal was to be able to go for a spin in confidence as they were not confident to cycle on the road on their own or out with other people. When it was mentioned by Owen on the first evening that by the end of the course everyone would be cycling 50k easily, a burst of laughter was heard and remarks came across the room saying “absolutely no way”, “we won’t be able” but we were out to change their views 🙂 week two they cycled a 4.5km loop around town where they got their first official taste of cycling out on the road, week three a 13km spin was achieved, week four a 20km spin was achieved and at this rate they realised quickly that they were all progressing on to longer distances each week and were completely amazed and delighted with themselves, which they should be. So jumping to week 8 we had everyone cycling 45km with even a spin to the Applegreen for a coffee after taking on the ramp.

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Every week we were encouraging them along and keeping the moral high. Last week during National Bike Week we held our final BFL altogether spin where club members and our participants were able to mingle and cycle together out as far as the Lakeside hotel in Ballina where we had delicious scones and an ample supply of tea and coffee on arrival which went down a treat indeed. They cycled 50km that evening, something that was laughed at on week one but they all did it.  On behalf of the club we would like to say a massive well done and thanks to all our BFL participants,  Majella, Paddy, Frank, Mark, the two Maria’s, Mary, Breda, Grainne, Paul, Linda, Anne, and Joanne, ye were an absolutely fantastic bunch of people to be with and we look forward to cycling again with you during the rest of the year.  No course could be run without the help of a core group of members who were out every week of the course to help, teach and to cycle with the group and they are Aggie, Noel, Selina, Owen, Olivia and Gerry so thanks everyone.  Thanks also go out to other club members who helped out when they could during the duration of the BFL nights it was very much appreciated indeed. Thanks to our marshals, drivers, photographers who all who helped on the all together final event.  Below are a few of the lovely emails that I received from a few of the participants during the week to give their views on the course and it makes it so worth while when you know they have enjoyed it so much so thanks a million to ye all. 

 

 

“When I started with BFL in April, my bike (first one ever!) which I had purchased 16 months earlier, was finally taken out of the shed.  I was always too afraid to go out on it, nervous of the traffic and honestly, not sure of my cycling skills. My hope for the course was simple…to be able to cycle confidently so I could go for a leisurely cycle on a Sunday afternoon. Mileage was never a consideration!

The NTW had other plans! On week 4 I think it was, they took us for a 20km cycle and I could not believe that I had completed it. Red faced and breathless, I went home happy. On the last week of the course, we cycled 42km – taking in the horrible hill up to the M7 flyover at Birdhill! But I did it!  And I didn’t need a defibrillator! Just! In between course days, I had gained the confidence to go out on practice cycles and covered distances from 10km to 28km on my own. This was a HUGE achievement for me personally…a 50-something unfit woman, who 8 weeks earlier could barely ride the bike! 

Apart from the actual cycling, the course covered how to clean the bike, basic bike maintenance, fixing a puncture & tyre pressure, what to wear for comfort, what to take with us on long journeys incl. what to eat for energy. We also covered cycling rules of the road, cycling etiquette and riding in groups. It certainly surpassed any expectation I had when I joined.

The North Tipp Wheelers, who delivered the BFL course in Nenagh did a tremendous job. They’re a fabulous group of people, very patient with the ‘newbies’ and gave us fantastic encouragement at every turn. The core group from the NTW who were there most every week, Gerry, Aggie, Noel, Owen, Liam and of course Selina…the resident photographer…were really committed to making cyclists out of us. It was a big commitment on their part and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity of learning and cycling with them.

And the best bit…I can now call myself a cyclist! 

Linda.
To describe the BFL course some “C” words come to mind.
1. Cycling: zero to 50k in 8 weeks. Not bad going, especially as many us were complete beginners
2. Company: As the weeks rolled on and we learned how to “roll over” on our spins, we got to enjoy the company of all the participants and club facilitators.
3. Craic: While presenting us with lots of useful information, it was always done with good humour, plenty of banter and a sense of fun.
4. Care of the bike: Now I know what a tyre lever is and what to do with it! Can’t see myself degreasing too often though!
4. Camaraderie : With a motto of “we don’t leave anyone behind ” and an attentiveness and patience with every participant, we were all made to feel welcome in the group
5. Communication: a text from Selina every week to confirm the details and encourage us to get out for more spins
6. Coffee and scones: a reward for the effort and a chat with new friends
7. Club: having learned new skills and received plenty of encouragement, we now have the confidence to consider joining the club. After all, the passion that Selina, Aggie, Noel, Gerry, Owen, Olivia and others have for cycling is just infectious.
 
Best regards,
Maria.
BFL to me was a very professionally run course and the tutors were very informative, friendly, patient and encouraging. We went from having little or no experience of cycling on public roads to cycling 50km at the end event after 8 weeks with confidence. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would highly recommend it to others. Thanks again for delivering such a high quality course,
 
regards,
Maria.

 

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Thanks Selina for your report and for your photographs of the whole course.

 

THURSDAY 

On Thursday we had road race number 7 in our race calendar, we had a reasonably good turn out on the evening considering the poor weather conditions to tackle the testing route of, Cloughjordan Road – Ballygibbon Hill Loop – Cloughjordan – Borrisokane – Ardcroney. It was a miserable evening for racing and fair play to everybody who braved the weather to take part, congrats to Pat Bergin on taking a fine win on the night with Owen Hynes taking second place and Michael Crowe taking third place, well done to everybody who raced on the evening. Thanks to Jan for doing the start and finish and to John Spillane, Conor, Selina and Noel for marshalling, to Vic for great pictures on the night and thanks to Selina for a short video of the finish line.

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Saturday

On saturday we had three club members, Roger Spain, Peter Moynan and Daniel Ronan head off to Clare to take part in the Tour de Burren well done to each of ye and what a fantastic day ye had for it.

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Sunday

On Sunday we had club member Pat Bergin head to Blarney to take part in the Munster Road Race Championships, The weather was kind to them and what a beautiful day they had for the races. Pat was competing in the M50 category over a distance of 110kms in which Pat finished in third place taking the Bronze Medal well done and congrats to you.

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Club bags

Folks, Jan still has a few of the ordered bags left to be collected so please arrange with her on 087 1374354 to collect as soon as you can. Also in case any of you missed out on them there were a few extras ordered but half of them have gone already so if you want one give Jan a shout quickly before they’re gone.

Club weekend away to Donegal

Deposits are now due for the Donegal trip in August. The hotel is looking for payment now so can any of you who have not paid yet, please contact Jan to arrange to give her your deposit money, Cheers.

Bike Fit

Reminder: The club is having a bike fitting day with Aidan Hammond of Bike Fitting Ireland in Moynans Bike shop, Nenagh, this Saturday 24th of June for those members who have booked in for this service.

This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:

Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm.

Wednesday: Green group spin leaving from outside Eire Og Nenagh GAA grounds at 6:30pm.

Thursday:Club road race 8. Sign on is at Moynans at 6.15pm and depart to the start at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm sharp. Route: Birdhill – Five Alley Roundabout – Back to main turn for the Silvermines – Dolla – Bolingbroke – Usual finish at the carpark before the top. Entry is €5.

Saturday: intermediate cycle 40/50km in distance,  leaving Woodies at 7.30am.  Anyone who wants to is very welcome to join in on this spin. You can contact William on 086 2447888 for more details.

Saturday: Spin leaving at 9.45am from Moynans to meet former racer for his 80th birthday.

A reminder to let you all know that a former racer, Brendan Lynch, who raced for Nenagh McDonagh Club and Tipperary back in the 50s is planning on redoing his cycle route to school from Toomevara to Nenagh this coming Saturday June 24th in honour of his 80th birthday. He plans on leaving from the bridge in Toome at 10:30am and is looking for some support. If there are any of you available to either turn up and give him a little support on the morning or incorporate this into a longer training spin. We will cycle out to Toomevara to meet with Brendan and cycle back to Nenagh with him.

Sunday:  Leaving at 9am from carpark at Moynans.

Depending on numbers present, we’re going to split into three groups with defined speeds.

The 3 groups are;

  1. Firstly a “Green” group that will be for beginners/leisure and that group will be in the region of 20-24kph.
  2. The next group will be the “Orange” group which is an intermediate group and will be controlled at 25-27kph average.
  3. Finally we’ll have a “Red” group which will do in the region of 28-32kph average.

We’ll split into the different groups in the carpark, with Red leaving first, then Orange and finally Green. The orange and red groups will cover the same route but there is also a green group spin that should only take about 2 hours cycling and includes a coffee stop.

For anyone reading this and sitting on the fence about whether to come out and give it a go, come on out and try it. You’ll be well looked after, just come in and be ready to leave on your bike at 9am from Moynans.

This week’s Green route is: Moynans – Portroe – Ballina – Birdhill – Up ramp to Applegreen for Coffee – Back to Nenagh

And for the Orange & Red it’s: Moynans – Portroe – Ogonnelloe – Tuamgraney – Bodyke – Broadford – O’Briens Bridge – Dalys cross – Birdhill – Nenagh

We hope you have a great week everyone and hopefully we’ll see you out and about on the bikes during the week and weekend..

Club Notes / This weeks spins

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Hi all, we hope ye have all had a good week, with a mixed week of weather  we hope ye have all been able to get out on the bikes.

Tuesday

On Tuesday we had our normal evening spin, We had seven members out on the evening, The route the group chose on the evening was from Moynan’s they headed out to Portroe and on to Ballina from there they made their way to O’Brien’s Bridge and onto Castleconnell where the group turned for Birdhill and from there they headed for home covering 65kms on a lovely evening, kudos to everybody that was out on the night.

 

Munster TT Championships

On Saturday we had eight members taking the trip to Patrickswell, Co.Limerick to take part in the Munster Time Trial championships on its great 18km course, John Foote, Eoin Woods, Pat Bergin, Noel Kennedy, Michael Crowe, Joseph Donnelly, Owen Hynes and Selina Hynes and what a day they had. They did themselves and the club very proud by bringing home 5 medals,  two gold, two silver and one bronze which is an incredible achievement. It was a very testing course and there was a very strong headwind on the outer leg but that did not stop the lads and lady from putting in a fantastic performance on the day. John Foote took Gold in the A4 category in a time of 26.o7, Eoin Woods took Gold in the M40 category in a time of 23.39 and Patrick Bergin took Silver in the M50 category in a time of 25.31 and Joseph Donnelly took silver in the Junior category in a time of 28.57 and also Selina Hynes took Bronze in the ladies category in a time of 33.27 in her first competitive event outside of the club, incredible times lads and lady. Very well done to ye, great going.

Pictured from left to right. Munster TT A4 gold medal winner John Foote. M40 gold medal winner Eoin Woods, Women’s bronze medal winner Selina Hynes, Junior silver medal winner Joseph Donnelly and M50 silver medal winner Pat Bergin.
Photos courtesy of Vic Nott & Patricia McKeown

 

Sunday

On Sunday we had two club members Owen and Selina Hynes head off to Bray(with over 3000 others) to take on one of Ireland’s toughest one day sportives the Wicklow 100 & 200 with the 200 covering about 3000m of climbing! We don’t know where they got the energy from after taking part in the gruelling Munster Time Trial the previous day! This year the organisers decided that the previous years route just wasn’t tough enough so decided to throw in a few extra steep ascents in both routes. It was very tough conditions all day with the severe wind gusting and relentless, some heavy showers throughout the day made it tougher again as well as making for some very sketchy descending in places and the severe crosswinds on some of the very testing descents meant the arms got nearly as much of a workout as the legs on the day… well nearly 🙂 !  Well done to both of you for completing those two tough spins!!

 

All Together Spin for our bike for life graduates.

We are going to have an Altogether Spin on this coming Wednesday evening 14th June for the participants who’ve completed our Bike for Life program and would love if we had a good turnout of members to come out and meet them for our usual spin to the Lakeside Hotel for complimentary Tea/Coffee and scones. It’ll be a nice relaxing evening spin to the lake so come on out and give them a bit of encouragement and an idea of what the club is about. Everyone is welcome.

Club bags

Folks, Jan still has a few of the ordered bags left to be collected so please arrange with her on 087 1374354 to collect as soon as you can. Also in case any of you missed out on them there were a few extras ordered but half of them have gone already so if you want one give Jan a shout quickly before they’re gone.

This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:

Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm.

Wednesday:Bike for Life All together spin, Leaving Woodies carpark at 6:30pm. Our usual altogether spin to the Lakeside Hotel in Ballina for Tea and Scones before returning to Nenagh via the Four sisters which will be about 43km and for those that want to accomplish the 50km milestone, they can add a simple loop around the bypass before returning to Woodies carpark. We hope to see a good turnout of members to show a bit of support to this great group that have come such a long way in the last 8 weeks!

 

 

Thursday:Club road race 7. Sign on is at Moynans at 6.15pm and depart to the start at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm sharp. Route: Cloughjordan Road – Ballygibbon Hill Loop – Cloughjordan – Borrisokane – Ardcroney – Nenagh.  Entry is €5.

Saturday: intermediate cycle 40/50km in distance,  leaving Woodies at 7.30am.  Anyone who wants to is very welcome to join in on this spin. You can contact William on 086 2447888 for more details.

Saturday: Use the Whatsapp group to organise a Saturday spin for anyone that wants one.

Sunday:  Leaving at 9am from carpark at Moynans.

Depending on numbers present, we’re going to split into three groups with defined speeds.

The 3 groups are;

  1. Firstly a “Green” group that will be for beginners/leisure and that group will be in the region of 20-24kph.
  2. The next group will be the “Orange” group which is an intermediate group and will be controlled at 25-27kph average.
  3. Finally we’ll have a “Red” group which will do in the region of 28-32kph average.

We’ll split into the different groups in the carpark, with Red leaving first, then Orange and finally Green. The orange and red groups will cover the same route but there is also a green group spin that should only take about 2 hours cycling and includes a coffee stop.

For anyone reading this and sitting on the fence about whether to come out and give it a go, come on out and try it. You’ll be well looked after, just come in and be ready to leave on your bike at 9am from Moynans.

This week’s Green route is: Moynans – Old Birr road – BikePark Ireland for coffee – Ballingarry – Borrisokane – back to Nenagh

And for the Orange & Red it’s: Moynans, Borrisokane, Carrigahorig, Portumna – out by forest park and take a right at first junction (take care!) proceed to Abbey, keep left in the village and proceed for 2 Km before taking a left at the T junction and proceed to Woodford via an interesting climb known locally as the Ben Hill.  From Woodford return to Portumna and to Nenagh via Terryglass and Puckane. For anyone that doesn’t want the mileage, they can turn back at Carrigahorig and return via Terryglass for a still challenging 60km ish spin…

 

We hope you have a great week everyone and hopefully we’ll see you out and about on the bikes during the week and weekend…

Club Notes / This weeks spins

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Hi all, we hope ye have all had a good week, with a mixed week of weather  we hope ye have all been able to get out on the bikes.

Tuesday

On Tuesday we had our usual evening spin, We had about 10 members out on the evening, The route they chose was from Moynan’s they headed out to Moneygall and up over Army Hill and from there they headed down into Gortagarry at the pub in Gortagarry the group took a right and headed for some hills towards Seanins Pub from there the group headed on to Templederry and headed back to town via Dolla, Well done to everybody who was out on the evening.

Wednesday 

NTW BFL week 8.

 Wow, where has that 8 weeks gone?!?!? Considering some of these cyclists haven’t gone outside the town boundaries before the course, it is an astonishing achievement that they’ve all comfortably completed well over 40km last Wednesday evening and conquered the climb up to the Applegreen in Birdhill for a coffee and some well earned sweet treats and the participants are now starting to appreciate what brings us all back out every week for more! Week on week all the participants have shown great hunger to increase the distance covered and without even knowing have also increased their average speed to what some of them thought was impossible only a few short weeks ago, so serious kudos to you all and a massive well done to you all for completing the 8 weeks and we’re looking forward to continuing the Wed evening spins for the next 2 weeks up to our All Together spin on Wed evening 14th June for BikeWeek! We would also like to say a massive thank you to all the mentors who’ve given their time over the last 8 weeks to help give something back to cycling and get more people involved in the sport we all love, and I think judging by the smiles after the spins from both participants and mentors, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all!!

Thursday

On Thursday we had Time Trial number 3 in our J Moynan TT Series. Once again we had a very good turn out on the night, It was not the best of evenings weather wise but that still did not stop the lads and lady on the night from setting some brilliant times and huge improvements on times by everybody who was out on the night. Well done to Eoin Woods who set a new club course record beating his previous best time.

Once the handicapped results were calculated it was Owen Hynes who took a fantastic win, Congrats Owen.

Thanks to Jan, Conor, Stuart and thanks also to Vic for the fantastic photographs as usual.

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Saturday

On Saturday we had some of our members training for Mizen to Malin complete a lovely spin to Athlone.

Sunday

On Sunday we had to change our planned route due to roadworks between Shalee and Newport leaving the surface a little dangerous but the lads still managed to get in a great spin without the leg sapping climb to contend with. Meanwhile we had a few of the lads head over to do another recce on the course for next weekends Munster Time Trial Championship race.

 

All Together Spin for our bike for life graduates.

Just to give you all a heads up, we’re going to have an Altogether Spin next week on Wednesday evening 14th June for the participants who’ve completed our Bike for Life program and would love if we had a good turnout of members to come out and meet them for our usual spin to the Lakeside Hotel for complimentary Tea/Coffee and scones. It’ll be a nice relaxing evening spin to the lake so come on out and give them a bit of encouragement and an idea of what the club is about. More details in next week’s notes.

Club bags

Folks, Jan still has a few of the ordered bags left to be collected so please arrange with her on 087 1374354 to collect as soon as you can. Also in case any of you missed out on them there were a few extras ordered but half of them have gone already so if you want one give Jan a shout quickly before they’re gone.

This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:

Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm.

Thursday:  This week we are having a rest week from racing due to a lot of the usual racers preparing for the Munster Time Trial Championships so normal club racing is going to resume next week. For this week we’ll have a club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm instead.

Saturday: intermediate cycle 40/50km in distance,  leaving Woodies at 7.30am.  Anyone who wants to is very welcome to join in on this spin. You can contact William on 086 2447888 for more details.

Saturday: Use the Whatsapp group to organise a Saturday spin for anyone that wants one.

Sunday:  Leaving at 9am from carpark at Moynans.

Depending on numbers present, we’re going to split into three groups with defined speeds.

The 3 groups are;

  1. Firstly a “Green” group that will be for beginners/leisure and that group will be in the region of 20-24kph.
  2. The next group will be the “Orange” group which is an intermediate group and will be controlled at 25-27kph average.
  3. Finally we’ll have a “Red” group which will do in the region of 28-32kph average.

We’ll split into the different groups in the carpark, with Red leaving first, then Orange and finally Green. The orange and red groups will cover the same route but there is also a green group spin that should only take about 2 hours cycling and includes a coffee stop.

For anyone reading this and sitting on the fence about whether to come out and give it a go, come on out and try it. You’ll be well looked after, just come in and be ready to leave on your bike at 9am from Moynans.

This week’s Green route is: Moynans – Dolla – Toomevara – Moneygall – Coffee @ Obama Plaza – Back to Nenagh, 47km.

And for the Orange & Red it’s: Moynans – Dolla – Bolingbroke – Milestone – Upperchurch – Borrisoleigh – Templemore – Dunkerrin – Moneygall – Toomevara – Nenagh

We hope you have a great week everyone and hopefully we’ll see you out and about on the bikes during the week and weekend…

Club Notes / This weeks spins

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Hi all, we hope ye have all had a good week, with a mixed week of weather  we hope ye have all been able to get out on the bikes.

Tuesday

On Tuesday we had our usual evening spin, On the night we had around 10 members out for the spin, The route they chose on the evening was from Moynan’s they headed out to Cloughjordan and on the back road to Dunkerrin from they they headed to Moneygall where they headed up Army hill in preparation for Thursday night’s race which brought the group down into the back of Toomevara and from there they headed back to Nenagh where Martin decided he had to stop for a cone, well done to everybody who was out on the evening.

 

Wednesday 

NTW BFL week 7.

The weeks have gone so fast since starting bike for life and it’s been a fantastic experience and journey for everyone involved. Wednesday evening we had Peter Moynan of Moynans bike shop join us to give a short talk on the various types of bikes that are available on the market at the moment and went trough the different price ranges of each, so a huge thank you Peter for doing that for us. When the talk was over both of the groups took to the road and the conditions were perfect for a evening spin with the sun staying with us for the duration of the evening and very light winds. Nice to cycle in 22deg heat for a change. Group one covered a distance of 41km heading out the limerick road to the four sisters, on to Ballina back to Birdhill and home to Nenagh again and group two headed straight out the N7 to Birdhill and back to Nenagh a total distance of 37km. A fantastic achievement by both our enthusiastic groups. You should all be very proud of yourselves and proud on how far you have come in a few short weeks. We look forward to seeing and cycling with you again this week…

 

Thursday

On Thursday we had Road Race 6 on our calendar, Once again we had another brilliant turn out on the evening, We had enough out on the evening to have four groups set off from the start, each group worked well on the night but it was Eva Moynan who was first home past the finish line with Patrick Darcy taking second place and Rob Dalton taking third place, Congrats to Eva on the win and well done everybody who raced on the night. Thanks to Jan for doing sign on and the start and finish also thanks to Conor and Mike for marshaling and to Vic and Selina for the great pictures on the night.

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Saturday

On Saturday we had two club members Peter Moynan and John Caulfield head west to take part in the Skoda Tour de Conamara, fair play and well done to the both of ye.

 

Sunday

On Sunday Owen Hynes took part in the Clonmel CC 3 stage GP. Stage 1 was a 50km road race over rolling terrain, stage 2 was a 25km road race with a mountain top finish and stage 3 was a gruelling 1.3km hill climb time-trial with a max grade of 25%!! A tough day’s racing by all accounts! He finished the first stage with the leaders so went into the second stage on the same time but after getting caught out behind a crash at the beginning of the 8km climb to the finish and losing touch with the lead group he just didn’t have the legs to reel the climbers back in and lost too much time to get back into contention in the GC but that didn’t stop him putting in a great effort on the horrible climb up Tickincor with it’s brutal gradients and clawed back a few places with a fine effort. Very well done Owen! Great going and great to see the club colours flying. Owen said he wanted to thank Clonmel CC for running such an excellent event and will definitely return next year to give it another go hopefully with a few more of the lads for company.

 

This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:

Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm

Thursday:  J Moynan Time Trial 3. Sign on is at Moynans at 6.15pm and depart to the start at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm sharp. Route: Starting at the Roundhill Pub – Five Alley Roundabout – Yellowbridge 16kms. Entry is €5.

 

Saturday: intermediate cycle 40/50km in distance,  leaving Woodies at 7.30am.  Anyone who wants to is very welcome to join in on this spin. You can contact William on 086 2447888 for more details.

Saturday: Use the Whatsapp group to organise a Saturday spin for anyone that wants one.

 Sunday:  Leaving at 9am from carpark at Moynans.

Depending on numbers present, we’re going to split into three groups with defined speeds.

The 3 groups are;

  1. Firstly a “Green” group that will be for beginners/leisure and that group will be in the region of 20-24kph.
  2. The next group will be the “Orange” group which is an intermediate group and will be controlled at 25-27kph average.
  3. Finally we’ll have a “Red” group which will do in the region of 28-32kph average.

We’ll split into the different groups in the carpark, with Red leaving first, then Orange and finally Green. The orange and red groups will cover the same route but there is also a green group spin that should only take about 2 hours cycling and includes a coffee stop.

For anyone reading this and sitting on the fence about whether to come out and give it a go, come on out and try it. You’ll be well looked after, just come in and be ready to leave on your bike at 9am from Moynans.

This week’s Green route is: Moynans – Limerick road – Turn right for Boher – Ballina – Birdhill – Applegreen for coffee – Back to Nenagh, 48km.

And for the Orange & Red it’s: Moynans – Capparoe – Shalee – Newport – Birdhill – towards Nenagh – Left for Boher – Ballina – 4 sisters – Silvermines – Dolla – Ballinamona cross – Toomevara – Nenagh, 88km.

 

We hope you have a great week everyone and hopefully we’ll see you out and about on the bikes during the week and weekend…

Club Notes / This weeks spins

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Hi all, we hope ye have all had a good week, with a mixed week of weather  we hope ye have all been able to get out on the bikes.

Tuesday

On Tuesday we had our normal evening club spin, On the night we had 9 members out they set off from Moynan’s and headed for Cloughjordan, Moneygall and from there the group headed to Toomevara where turned left and continued on to Balanamona Cross, Dolla, Slivermines and on to the N7 from where they headed for home covering a total of 70km on the night.

Wednesday

Bike for Life

We have completed week 6 of our BFL course and it is great to see the confidence building amongst the participants while out on the road.   This week we spoke about what to eat and drink before, during and after a cycle.   Again we split the participants into two groups, the first group completed a 37km spin and the second group did a 30 km spin, a fantastic achievement for both groups, you should all be very proud of how far you have come in 6 weeks, kudos!  We look forward to seeing you all next week for a longer spin.  Don’t forget to go for a couple of practice cycles during the week.

 

Thursday

On Thursday evening, we held road race number 5 on the race calender. We had another good turn out on the evening, the race organisers decided to throw in a few hills this week to shake things up a bit. The route was The Meat Factory, Borrisokane, Carrigahorig, Terryglass, Balinderry, Puckane with the finish on the Puckane Road just before Nenagh. We had three groups on the road, A bad shower of hailstones battered the groups as they were heading through Ardcroney which would not have helped them only making them cold but the sun again came back to dry the lads out and it stayed around for the rest of the race, congrats to Joey Donnelly on taking the win on the night and to Pat Carr who came home second and to Peter Moynan who completed the podium, Massive well done to everybody who raced on the night and we look foward to see ye all again on Thursday for more of the same. Thanks to Jan for doing sign on and the start and finish, to Conor and Mike for marshaling and to Vic and Tracy and to Selina for the fantastic pictures on the night.

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Friday

On Friday morning last we had four NTW members Rita Quinn, Cathy McLoughlin, Patricia Finn and Maura Ryan set out on a charity cycle from Dublin to Belmullet over two days in aid of Br Kevin’s charity for the homeless, the members covered a total distance of 300kms. Kudos to each one for ye.

Sunday

On Sunday we had our club spin, we had a good turn out of members who headed out from Moynan’s on to Portroe and from there they headed on to Ogonnelloe and to Tuamgrany and on to Bodyke from there they headed to Broadford and on to O’Briens Bridge from there to Dalys Cross to Birdhill and back to home covering a distance of 100kms, Kudos to all. 

 

Sunday

On Sunday we had a few club member head off to take part in few sportives, We had Anita Egan, Stephen Hogan and Gerry McGarry head off to take part in the C4SC awareness tour, they said it was a good day and it was well organised, they had a strong head wind for the first half but the group stayed together, they had a well stocked food stop at the 80km mark, they then had a nice tailwind that carried them all the way home an enjoyable 120km spin for them all, some of the cyclists also did the light up for Smiddy on the day well done to ye.

Also on Sunday we had Michael Crowe who headed off and took part in Ossory CCs The Cut Callenge, Fair play to you.

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This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:

Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm

Thursday: Club road race 6. Sign on is at Moynans at 6.15pm and depart to the start at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm sharp. Route:Route: Toomevara side of motorway bridge after the roundabout – Obama plaza roundabout where you turn back into Moneygall – Turn left up over Army hill – Toomevara – finish is back at start line. Entry is €5.

Saturday: intermediate cycle 40/50km in distance,  leaving Woodies at 7.30am.  Anyone who wants to is very welcome to join in on this spin. You can contact William on 086 2447888 for more details.

Saturday: Use the Whatsapp group to organise a Saturday spin for anyone that wants one.

 Sunday:  Leaving at 9am from carpark at Moynans.

Depending on numbers present, we’re going to split into three groups with defined speeds.

The 3 groups are;

  1. Firstly a “Green” group that will be for beginners/leisure and that group will be in the region of 20-24kph.
  2. The next group will be the “Orange” group which is an intermediate group and will be controlled at 25-27kph average.
  3. Finally we’ll have a “Red” group which will do in the region of 28-32kph average.

We’ll split into the different groups in the carpark, with Red leaving first, then Orange and finally Green. The orange and red groups will cover the same route but there is also a green group spin that should only take about 2 hours cycling and includes a coffee stop.

For anyone reading this and sitting on the fence about whether to come out and give it a go, come on out and try it. You’ll be well looked after, just come in and be ready to leave on your bike at 9am from Moynans.

This week’s Green route is: Moynans – Old Birr road – BikePark Ireland for coffee – Ballingarry – Borrisokane – back to Nenagh, 49km. If any of you want to push it on a little further then by heading on to Riverstown after the coffee before returning to Borrisokane would push it out to 66km.

And for the Orange & Red it’s: Moynans – Cloughjordan road – Left onto Ballygibbon hill – right onto Old Birr road – Borrisokane – Riverstown – Right onto Old Birr Road – 2nd left after Bikepark Ireland for Milltown – Roscrea – Moneygall – Toomevara – Nenagh, 102km.

We hope you have a great week everyone and hopefully we’ll see you out and about on the bikes during the week and weekend…