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…