Club updates and spins

Another week has come and gone. We hope it was a good one folks… Here is a brief overview of the week gone by in the club.

Limerick CC summer league

On Tuesday evening last Eoin Woods, Nanno Vuyk, Daniel Ronan, Eoin Ryan and Rob Dalton attended the first league race of the Limerick CC’s summer league season. It was a dull evening but the rain held off thankfully. All the lads finished strong on the evening with Eoin Ryan placing in 10th position in the race after his group managed to keep ahead of the chasing bunches until the last stretch earning a few points on the night. Very well done Eoin and well done to all of you who raced on the night, great going.

Club Racing

Thursday

On Thursday last our road race series kicked off with great numbers turning up on the evening. Congratulations to Luke Donnelly who took the honours on the night and well done to everyone who raced and thanks again to everyone who helped out on the evening, Jan, Conor, Willie, John Spillane, Vic and Selina.  To see the full results and race video you can click on the link here and to see the photos of the race you can click on the link here 

We look forward to the next road race on Thursday.

NTW road race 1 winner Luke Donnelly pictured celebrating with Rob and Nanno

Weekend spin report

Saturday race training

Ground Hog Day by Rob Dalton

The Saturday morning race crew, 6 strong (Edvins, Michael, Rob, Nanno, Daniel and Liam) headed out from Woodies at 9. The chosen route was the familiar and well-travelled Lake Spin. The weather was good and the pace was high from the start. The lights in Ballina offered some rest bite but normal service resumed on the green light. The sport of cycling has thrown up some great battles, Coppi V Bartali, Anquetil V Poulidor, Lemond V Hinauly and closer to home Kelly V Roche. However, it is not very often you get to witness an epic battle of style between two riders first hand. In the red corner, wearing very little and half frozen we had Michael “Ma-hog-any” Crowe and in the other red corner, we had the challenger, Edvins “The Puncher” Silovs. Round one kicked off just outside Killaloe on route to Ogonnelloe. Not sure who won it as we were too busy holding onto wheels and tapping Garmins to make sure the speedos were working.  Round after round and drag after drag was eaten up but our prayers were answered when Liam suffered a puncture just outside Whitegate. With a truce called, we rolled into town and enjoyed some coffee and a scone in the newly pained Half Barrel Pub. The sound of the bell interrupted a story Mike was telling the group about pigs. It certainly kept the groups attention and had a very interesting twist in the tale. We were back in the saddle in the knowledge we had a gale of a headwind to contend with once we hit Portumna. This did not dampen the spirits nor the competition that started just where it let off. The Puncher would punch, Ma-hog-any, churning out a steady wattage would slowly reel him back in and then take the lead. A few minutes later, the Puncher would ham-bush the group and surge twenty yards ahead only to be reeled back again by Ma-hog-any Mike.  The rest of us showed little allegiance to either corner and were ar mhuin na muice as we jumped from wheel to wheel to hold onto the best seats in the house. The problem with the lake is it is the whole hog or nothing, so no time for swining and it was just a case of putting your head down and keep going. I do not think I can remember a group being so happy to ride over the potholes of Borrisokane before. They really need to do something about the road surface in that town; sooner or later some rider will end up in a hambulance. Rob pulled a hamstring so turned right after Ardcroney to head through Knigh Cross and onto home. The rest of the group continued past the meat factory and into Nenagh. So who won the fight I hear you say?  It’s a hard one to call, both riders are still friends and have even committed to being pen pals so we will have to see what happens next week.

Saturday Bike fit day with Aidan Hammond of Bikefit Ireland.

The club wishes to extend its thanks to Aidan Hammond and Michelle for travelling to Nenagh to provide the club with another bikefit day and everyone who attended was very happy indeed with the service. Thanks also to Peter and David Moynan for hosting the event in their shop, very much appreciated. Just a few pics of some of our members at the morning fitting.

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Sunday

Club spin

In the hour before the group’s departure the rain had been falling hard, well clearly hard enough to deter some riders! Despite this at the appointed time ten riders headed off in overcast but not actually wet conditions. The group headed out the old Limerick Road turning off at Birdhill and headed over to O’Brien’s Bridge where they crossed the river and turning north they headed towards Killaloe and over the river once more and back to the main N7 via the four sisters. Having reached the Limerick Road three riders headed straight back to Nenagh whilst the remaining seven, headed for Silvermines and on to Toomevara. With the wind behind them the final spin back to Nenagh was completed at a very fast pace and all in all it was an enjoyable 76km spin.

Well done folks and thanks Mike Holden for the report.

Open racing 

Racing in Blarney by Claire Ni Reachtagain. Round two of the Women’s national League…

A field of 22 female riders lined up to race the second round of the National Road Series in Blarney today. The wet and windy weather was unrelenting for the entire 72km rolling 2 lap circuit. Early on in the race there was split in the bunch and I was in the second group of 9 riders. We worked hard together and caught four riders from the breakaway about 24km into the race. At that stage three riders from the original break had pushed on ahead and were totally out of sight.
Onto the second lap of the circuit, I almost got dropped from the bunch but managed to will myself on to get back up and sit on the wheels. We were now down to 7 riders and again worked together through the muck and wet. On the final climb the pace picked up. Myself and a rider from Galwaly Bay CC got dropped but by then we were almost on the home straight. The sprint finish between the two of us proved too much for my legs. I finished in I think 9th or 10th place, not quite sure. Had a great ride despite the conditions and again learned a lot of new skills and the importance of working together! On wards and hopefully upwards to the 3rd round on the 10th June!
Massive well done Claire, great achievement.  Keep up the great work.

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Club Tour

NTW “Le Tour De Lough Derg” online registration is now open

We are delighted to announce that our online registration for our NTW “Le Tour de Lough Derg” is up and running and you can register for our event online now. Why not take advantage of our early bird registration that is available until May 6th. Online booking closes on Saturday May 12th. You can book online in the link here..

Have a look at our Tour event on our Facebook page here

Thanks everyone and we look forward to seeing you all there.

 

 

Club midweek and weekend spins

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

LCC’s Limerick Summer league April 17th for any of our racers. Roll-out 7pm and sign on is at Gooig (R445) from 6.30pm.

Thursday: Club Racing: Road race 2. 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: Starts just after the motorway bridge heading towards Toomevara, Moneygall, Cloughjordan and finishes at Rathnaleen just before the old N7 into Nenagh. 35km.  Entry fee is €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.