The main event of the week was the club Awards Night on Saturday night in the Thatched Cottage in Ballycommon, where club members were recognised for their many achievements during the cycling year and got the opportunity to enjoy themselves and each other in a non-cycling setting and have a bit of craic. Trophies were handed out to the main competition winners, prizes to those who featured in club races and TTs, and presentations were made to people who made important individual contributions during the year. Presentations of specially commissioned items were also made to John and David to mark their exceptional success at national level this year. We enjoyed a fantastic meal and all in all it was a great night. Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of the night. Thanks to Joseph Donnelly for the great pictures of the night which you can see in the link here and thanks to Jan, Selina and Owen for presenting the prizes and gifts, and for organizing the spot prize raffle. Pictured below are the main prize winners and recipients on the night, and congratulations to you all.
John Foote, National Time Trial Champion 2018 (M60), being presented with a specially commissioned TT skinsuit by outgoing club chairman Owen Hynes.
Other award recipients on the night were:
Most improved cyclists on their first year with the club:
Mike Gleeson, Paul Madden, Sean O’Neill
John O’Carroll, Nanno Vuyk
Club racing & TT performances:
Lulu Donnelly, Rob Dalton, Selina Hynes, Martin Quigley, Michael Crowe, Liam Callaghan, Joey Donnelly, Edvins Silovs, Joseph Donnelly, Dermot Kelly, John Foote, Luke Donnelly
Flowers to Jan White for all her efforts in running the club during the year
Flowers to Selina Hynes for all the work she has done for the club for the past five years
Flowers and gift to Lourda English for helping the club out at critical times during the year
Saturday training spin
The Saturday morning group headed towards Ballina, across the bridge into Killaloe and left towards Limerick, right at the O’Briens Bridge and on to Sixmilebridge via Bridgetown and Broadford. A well deserved coffee break was taken full advantage of at the Cozy Cottage Café in Sixmilebridge, before the legs were tested again immediately upon restart on the uphill at the back of the Cratloe Hills. The group headed home via O’Briens Bridge and Birdhill. Most covered around 100km, with Eoin doing a bit more. A great spin which set us up nicely for the awards later that night.
Sunday club spins
Six of the leisure group (including some of the party goers from the previous night!) headed in towards Limerick as far as Lisnagry where they turned for home, stopping at Daly’s cross for a coffee. The rain caught them on the way back unfortunately, but some brave souls still headed up the ramp at Birdhill for an extra burn in the legs!
The orange group were low on numbers on Sunday, of course this had nothing at all to do with the fact that most of the group were enjoying themselves the night before! Roger, Duncan and Eoin Dillon were the hardy men who braved the elements. They headed in towards Limerick also, turning at Herbert’s pub and stopping at Daly’s cross for a coffee on the way home. Duncan set a brisk pace on the way home to avoid the impending rain, with the two other lads working hard to hang on. At least this is Roger’s version of the story anyway! On the way, the group was harassed by a passing motorist and passenger who questioned the Miss Daisy pace. An enjoyable spin of about 63km according to the lads.
The week ahead:
Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am.
Sunday: Club spin leaves Moynans at 9am. Route to be decided on the morning.