Well the weather just keeps giving us more reasons to be out on the bike! 🙂 It’s a simply glorious spell of weather we’re having so I hope you are all getting to enjoy it…
What a busy week!
Wild Atlantic 3 day cycle
A very well done to our members who completed 3 days of the Wild Atlantic Way the weekend before last, well done folks!
We trialled a new handicap system on Thursday evening last with a one lap race of our open race route. Everyone enjoyed the evening’s race training and we’re discussing the pros and cons of the new format at present.
You can see pictures from the evening here with thanks to Vic for the pictures.
Ring of Kerry
Congratulations to all our members who completed this years ring of Kerry cycle. This is one of Ireland’s biggest sportives and takes in the beautiful scenery around the Iveragh Peninsula. Missing from photos but who also completed was Willie Percy. Super achievement all of ye, well done lads!
NTW open race 2018
The big event of the week was our NTW open race. There has been months of long hours and hard work put into organising this event and thankfully it was a huge success on the day. The day began at McDonagh GAA grounds in Cloughjordan with sign on. We had four races on the day Women, A4. A3/Jnr, and finally A1/2. The atmosphere was buzzing with all the riders getting their last minute prep done. The route was Cloughjordan, Nenagh junction turning left on to the old N7, Toomevara, Moneygall and the finish outside the primary school in Cloughjordan. The first race of the day was the A1/2s who did three laps of a 40km course, A3/Jnr who also did 3 laps of the 40km course, A4s who completed two laps and finally the women who did 1 lap of the course.
We had one representative in the womens race and that was Claire Ni Reachtagain. Claire has only recently joined the club and really is in top form at the moment, putting her stamp in the cycling field and also has been recently upgraded to W2 in the the womens ranking listing. Claire said that she felt very comfortable during the race and that any breaks that tried to form were soon closed down. The women had only one lap to complete so seeing as the riders were able to stay together meant it was going to be a bunch sprint for the finish. Claire was very unlucky to get boxed in at the finish line but fantastically took a fine 5th place in her home race on the day which is just brilliant. Claire im sure there is a win just around the corner for you, keep up the good work.
We had 5 riders in the A4 race. The lads were comfortably positioned on their first pass trough Cloughjordan starting into the final lap. Plenty of surging along the way but any breaks were soon closed down. It came to a bunch sprint to the finish and some of our lads got boxed in and placed just outside the points with Owen Hynes finishing in 11th place and Dan Ronan just behind in 12th. Edvins, Michael and Eoin finished safely in the middle of the bunch. Well done lads.
We had one representive racing in the Junior category and that was Joseph Donnelly. He had a great race and had to complete 3 laps of the 40km circuit. Joseph was well able to hang in with the A3 riders and finished strong in the main bunch at the finish. Huge well done to you Joseph.
Congratulations to each of the main race winners on the day and thanks to everyone who came along to take part in our race.
Main race winners.
Ladies race winner: Michelle McKinney Galway Bay CC
A4 winner. Conor Madigan Panduit Carrick Wheelers
AJ Murphy A3 winner Midleton CC
A1/A2 Race winner. Matthew Sparrow Panduit Carrick Wheelers
Everyone who raced was very complimentary on the course and the way our event was run which is always fantastic to hear. There are so many people to thank for their time and help in running this event so a huge thank you to our race director Eoin Woods for leading the event organisation, Birr motor club for all their help with marshalling and signage etc., Bomber Killackey, Bawney Hayes and the team from the Corner House Pub, Austin’s Centra store, Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA Club for the use of their facilities, Dorothy Woods for providing the catering, Sean Rowe, Vic, Tracey & Selina for capturing the day by taking all the fantastic photos, Fiona from Nüdest Foods for coming along and giving out some lovely healthy snacks at sign on, Red Cross for providing the ambulance and medical expertise, Nenagh Town Council for filling the potholes on the course coming up to the event and last but certainly not least everyone who came out to help be it marshalling, sign on or whatever jobs you helped with in the lead up and on the day, you all played a blinder and helped make the event run as smooth and as safe as it could be! Massive thanks to each and every one of you!!
Full results of the NTW open race can be seen in the link here on sticky bottle and big congratulations and very well done to all the winners from all categories on the day!
Womens race photos by Sean Rowe HERE
A4 photos by Sean Rowe HERE
A3/Junior photos by Sean Rowe HERE
A1/2 photos by Sean Rowe HERE
Vic and Tracys photos of NTW road race HERE
Selinas Photos of NTW pre race start HERE
Club midweek and weekend spins:
Tuesday: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:30pm.
Thursday: Club Racing: Road Race 6. Route: Start at the Fivealley towards Limerick, left at main Silvermines turn, Silvermines, Right in Dolla, Templederry, Left at the Thurles Road(Currabaha Cross), Straight back in towards Nenagh with the finish outside the Tippo Factory. Sign on is at Moynans bike shop at 6.15 or the race start and cost is €5. Depart to race start at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm.
Saturday: Training spin leaving Woodies at 9am.
Sunday: Club spin leaving Moynans at 9am.
Thanks everyone and have a great week!