A very good evening to you all. We hope you all enjoyed your weekend. The days are really beginning to shorten now and its getting dark very early. Autumn is here with a bang.
Tuesday club spin:
We had great numbers out on Tuesday evening and the lads were very lucky as there was a very angry looking sky but it held off and the most the guys came across was a few light drops of rain thankfully and were even greeted with some nice sunshine towards the latter end of the spin. A few of them had arranged to meet up early for a good tough interval session out the Dublin road and they did a good tough hour long session before heading back to Moynan’s to meet the rest of the lads there and continue on out at a fine strong pace to Cloughjordan where a couple of the early starters turned for home and the rest headed on to Moneygall and then to Toomevara. On the homeward journey after Toomevara most decided to lengthen the route a little more, as the evening had brightened and they had covered the ground so quickly, by turning left for Grennanstown and heading over to Ballinamona Cross and on to Dolla before returning back to Nenagh. Another great evening on the bikes! Well done everyone 🙂
Thursday: Club racing
NTW Road Race No.10 Results 16/08/2018
Well that is it for another season of road races(we still have our usual season finishing Flying Mile this week). It has been a great few months of good tough club racing and what a finale it was. Conditions were deplorable out on the course and the rain fell hard and it was the first evening it felt very cold. Autumn is definitely setting in on us quickly.
To summarise the race, each group maintained their set time gaps and were holding a fine pace out to the Fivealley and by the Yellowbridge on the way back out the old Limerick road were still in their respective groups. They were all working very well together to chase down Dermot who was currently the race leader despite the torrential rain that was beating down hard on them. By the Silvermines turnoff a few breaks had formed on the road where John Foote had distanced himself from Roger and then in the chasing group behind, Andy had distanced himself from Nanno and so the chase was on by both the lads to try reel in Dermot. That was not to be the case as Dermot had put in an unreal effort to hold such a commanding lead against the chasing John and Andy by at least 2 and 3 minutes respectively coming into the Silvermines where he had dug deep on the tough drag into the village but once you leave the Silvermines the road levels and it’s a fast pace to the finish line in Dolla and Dermot continued his super effort all the way to the line to take a hard fought solo win and the top spot on the podium. After a few close runs and podiums earlier in the year, this is his first win in the club road races so a very well deserved win indeed. Mighty stuff!! We have to say congrats also to John Foote who took a fine fought second place and to Andy who took third spot on the podium. Great going all round. Well done to everyone who braved the elements on the night and supported the race, it was great to see ye and well done. Thanks to Conor who marshalled for us and to Jan who did the time keeping for us and thanks to Selina for the photos of the evening which you can see in the attached link here.
A special thanks to everyone in the club who has supported and helped with all the races that the club has run this year, your help has been hugely appreciated…
With this race finishing off our road race series, it was Eoin Woods who, on the last evening, stole the trophy away from John Foote who had one hand on it for the last few weeks and serious kudos to him for an incredibly valiant effort in taking the fight to Eoin on the night with a very strong second place finish on the last night himself but Eoin continued to prove too strong for his own category competitors and took another win in his category in the last road race to pip John by just 3 points for the series trophy and Andy not far behind in third!! A very close fought series so big congratulations to Eoin, hard luck and very well done to John and the rest and also very well done to all of ye for coming out to take part during the year! See the final top 10 in the series below and for the full results check the file on the results page here.
And that’s not all that was decided on Thursday night as Eoin Woods continued his sweep of most of this years trophies when he also retained the Corrigan Cup and with it the Cyclist of the Year title! We all know how strong this man has become over the last few years but we’re delighted he was kept honest and it was a very hard fought title this year with places swapping for the last several weeks but Eoin just proved too strong in the last few races when the bigger hills came into play and proved that all his hard work of the last few years has paid off for him showing superb form for the last number of weeks! A special mention has to go to Andy English, who in his first year racing with the club has absolutely took on everything that was thrown at him and just kept getting stronger, relishing in the challenge every week. Andy, you should be very proud of your achievements this year, and we have no doubt that you will need to clear a bit more space for silverware next year if you keep it up!! And Dermot Kelly, another incredible amount of work put in over the last year and again has come on so far. After having to start so many races on his own being the only one in his category to turn up in the latter end of the season, he really kept plugging away, getting stronger and taking an incredibly well deserved win this week! He was just missing one counting road race or he would have also been right at the top of the leader board fighting it out with Eoin and Andy for the top spot this year… Superb stuff gentlemen we commend you all! See the top 10 below and again for the full results check the file on the results page here. A massive thank you to all the helpers who have turned out each week to run and marshal the races, they could not happen without all your help!!
Saturday: Winning ways for Daniel in Kilmallock.
On Saturday we had a fine showing of members racing in Kilmallock Daniel Ronan, Edvins Silovs, Michael Crowe, Eoin Woods, Joseph Donnelly, and David Kyle.
Rás Cill Mocheallóg was a hilly course, two laps taking in the Ballyorgan climb each time around. This was going to be a day for the climbers… The race got very split up due to the climbs and Edvins tried to establish a break in the A4 race after ascending the Ballyorgan climb the second time around but he was reeled back in by the strong remaining bunch. Daniel kept his powder dry and saved himself enough to have a go at the sprint finish between the largely reduced peloton and took a fine, hard fought win. Incredible going Dan!! We’re not surprised as you have been knocking on the door lately and it just goes to show when you persevere and keep working, your day will come. Well done and congratulations from us all. Well done to everyone who travelled to and took part in the race, great to see NTW in the mix.
Sunday: Club spin
We had three groups meet at Moynans Bike shop, which is great to see. Each group did their own different routes. One group headed over the hills of Dolla, Rear cross, Newport, Limerick and home via the old N7 to Nenagh. 90km and an enjoyable spin was had by all. The next group headed out to do a pacy lap of the Lough and get a good training spin in the legs. They enjoyed a coffee stop in Blás Café, Portumna where we heard that the apple pie and custard went down an absolute treat. Once back on the road they continued back to Killaloe and home via Portroe to Nenagh, a good 120km in the legs. We’re not sure where our third group cycled today at the time of writing but im sure they had a great day out on the bikes so well done to ye also. Well done to everyone who was out on the spins this morning.
Club winter gear order
Club midweek and weekend spins:
Tuesday: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm. Please note the change of time as the evenings are well and truly closing in now. Don’t forget it’s the time of year to start using lights and Hi-Vis again.
Thursday: The Flying mile. A fun short TT of 1 mile in distance where you try to see how fast you can cycle the mile (1.6km). Road bikes only and no aero helmets, clothing, tri bars or TT bikes allowed!! Sign on is at Moynans at 6.15pm and departs to the race start at the Roundhill. The event starts at 7pm sharp as light is fading fast in the evenings. This is just a bit of fun to end the season so we would love to see ye out for the final club race of the season. Route: Start at the Top of the yellow bridge straight just after the Silvermines turnoff and the finish is outside the old Yellowbridge pub. Entry €5.
We would advise you all to bring along some high vis clothing and lights for the bikes as the evenings are much darker. Be safe be seen.
Saturday: Training spin from Woodies at 9am.
Sunday: Club spin leaving Moynans at 9am.
Also for our racers, the Munster Road Race Champs is on in Blarney, the very best of luck to any of you taking part. Remember it’s online registration only.
For our non racers, see poster below of a nearby event being run by Tullamore CTC
Thanks everyone and have a great week!