Club updates and spins

A very good evening to you all, well where did that week go?  It’s great that the club is becoming active again after the winter turbo season as it turned out to be and great to see so many of you out on the road again. Below is a brief report of the week and weekend activities and the week we seen our club racing return.

Club Racing

A selection of great photos taken by Vic Nott of Thursday nights first race of the season the J Moynan TT1. Congratulations again to Michael Crowe and Luke Donnelly who took joint first place on the night after handicaps were applied. See the attached link for full report and results.  TT1 Results

 

 

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Weekend spins

Saturday

The Saturday Race Group spin was short a few of the usual suspects this week. Rob, Pat, Andy, Nanno, Michael and Dan headed out the old Birr Road to collect Woodsie. After a quick chat about the route, the group decided to change from the usual lake spin in favour of a more testing route. This took them on to Cloughjordan where they turned right in the Village heading back towards Nenagh. With Woodsie and Pat dictating a nice pace they made their way across some unfamiliar Paris Roubaix type parkour until they came out on the R499 where they turned left up Dolla at the Eagles Nest to expand the lungs and get the heart rates up. After a quick regrouping at the top of Bollinbrooke and with Andy rueing the fact he went with the winter steed they headed onto Kilcommon, Rear Cross and Newport. Splendid sunshine and spectacular views (not that they got a chance to see them) made the fast-paced run into Newport even more enjoyable. However on entering Newport at high speed the group narrowly avoided disaster when a car pulling a trailer almost took both Pat and Rob out when they over took the group leaving inches to spare. Talks of a coffee stop were silenced as Michael took the group through the sleepy village at high speed. The group turned right onto the lumpy R504 to Birdhill. The group now fractured and down two riders pushed in the N7 for home. Michael and Woodsie sat on the front and pushed a nice pace all the way to the Five Alley where Rob who was smoking cigars at the back of the group all day jumped to pip Pat on the line :). They missed the rain and everyone put in a tough 4+ hours on the bike. Chapeau to Andy who cycled in from Killaoe to join the spin, this will no doubt stand to you in the upcoming events.

Sunday

It was a very overcast morning but thankfully dry as 13 members struck out towards the direction of Portunma. 10km into the ride an ‘incident’ a puncture, a fair amount of confusion and some colourful language was enhanced and some bike handling skills being brought into force by Paul,  practicing his front wheel wheelies and Peter demonstrating how to get a brand new jacket nicely worn in by rubbing it up and down the tarmac and then covering it in mud. Somehow Peter’s compensation was the honour of being allowed to fix Roger’s puncture! (What a team). Joking aside this highlighted the potential dangers and the need for diligence when riding in a group.  Thankfully everybody was ok. Turning right before Portumna they looped around through Lorrha before heading back via Terryglass. With no coffee stop, sugar levels were dropping and several of the group took it in turns to fall off the back as tired legs were persuaded to negotiate the various climbs to Puckaun and back into Nenagh. It was a great 70km spin and a good effort by all considering it’s only April. Well done all…
Thanks Rob and Mike for the reports. Look forward to next weeks instalment 🙂

Club Tour

We will be continually advertising our upcoming club tour here so please do spread the word. It will be a great day out and we look forward to seeing you there.

Club midweek and weekend spins

Summer time spins resume again now that the clocks have changed and that the evenings are thankfully getting longer.

Tuesday: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6pm. Hi vis clothing and lights required.

LCC’s Limerick Summer league returns again on Tuesday evening April 10th for any of our racers. Roll-out 7pm and sign on is at Gooig (R445) from 6.30pm.

Thursday: Club Racing: Road race 1. Sign on is at Moynans bike shop, Nenagh, at 6.15pm. leave for the race start point at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm sharp. Route: Fivealley pub- up the ramp to the Applegreen – Fivealley pub. 32.2km. Entry fee €5 .
Please ensure that your cycling Ireland licence is up to date and renewed for 2018 season, if it’s not up to date you won’t be able to take part in the race as you won’t be covered by insurance… 

Saturday: Club training spin leaving Woodies at 9am.

Sunday: Club spin leaving Moynans at 9am.

Have a great week everyone.