Unfortunately we have to start with a sombre note this week… We were very sorry to hear news of the passing of one of the club’s founding members Peter Thornton during the week. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
Thursday club racing. Road Race Series, round 8
On Thursday we held the eight round of our road race series on an overcast but nice dry mild evening. Thursday’s race was a complicated route for those not familiar with the area so we had tried to make it as clear as possible beforehand but there was still one casualty to the directions as Dermot “the explorer” Kelly found himself out in front on his own after the worst part of the race was behind him but turned too early on the first exit out of Toomevara but fair play to you Dermot for doing so well on a tough course. You were unfortunate as you were doing so well before taking the wrong turning but sure it’s all a part of racing… Joseph was making his return to racing after his Greek hiatus and the few weeks off are never easy to come back from straight into a race but fair play, you hung in well for a long part of a tough course!! The tough route caused lots of splits in the groups and there was a lot of bridging to riders up the road but in the end the scratch riders proved too strong for the rest with Eoin Woods taking the win on the night and Edvins Silovs taking the runner up spot. Andy English(who needs to thank his faithful wife Lourda for dropping what she was at and bringing his forgotten cycling shoes in to him… 🙂 ) then took the last step of the podium from John foote in a two up sprint. All in all a great nights racing so well done to you all for coming out. Big thanks to Conor for timekeeping and marshalling and to John Spillane, Eoin Ryan and Joey Donnelly for marshalling. Well done and thanks to everyone out on the night!
The road race series is looking tight at the top and is far from over yet with the last 2 races needed before the new home of the trophy is decided… Great stuff lads, see ye all this Thursday for round 9!!
Sunday – NTW Open 40km Time Trial
On Sunday we held an open 40km time trial race and we had a great turnout on the day. The event attracted some of the finest time trialists in the country and thus there were some incredible times set on the day! The weather was fantastic thankfully and was a day for working on those tan lines… 🙂 The route was a testing 40km course with plenty of drags to contend with. It was the current Masters World Time Trial Champion in the 50-54 category, sporting his rainbow stripes, that proved too much for the rest of the competitors with a blistering time of 51 minutes 45 seconds to cover the 40 kms!! Although he was kept honest as Newcastle West CC man Paul Kennedy had an also fantastic time of just 52 minutes 36 seconds to take second place. And to round off the podium on the day, our very own Eoin Woods managed to beat the current Masters 40 national champion Eoin Whelan to take 3rd place with a superb time of just 54 minutes 37 seconds!! Superb stuff from everyone on the day!! And it didn’t finish there for our little club’s success story, with Michael Crowe the only A4 rider in the field to break the hour mark and thus winning the 1st unplaced A4 category. Superb, well done to you all!!
We would like to say a massive well done to everyone who took part on the day and a huge thank you to everyone who helped out run the event so successfully!! It was a big team effort and could not have taken place without everyone’s help. We’d like to also thank the Dapp Inn for the use of their premises for Sign on and also for looking after us so well after the event with lovely food and beverages!!
Link to report on Sticky Bottle: http://www.stickybottle.com/races-results/north-tipp-wheelers-25-mile-tt/
Link to photos by Selina: https://www.facebook.com/pg/northtippwheelers/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1747222958680160
Link to photos by John Coleman: https://www.facebook.com/john.coleman.9235/media_set?set=a.1878963352220540.1073742388.100003206812499&type=3
Link to photos by Joseph Donnelly: https://www.facebook.com/joseph.donnelly.1253/media_set?set=a.1936564996642950.1073741835.100008684056946&type=3
Club midweek and weekend spins:
Tuesday: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:30pm.
Thursday: Club Racing. Road race 9, The Lookout Trophy. Sign on is at Moynan’s at 6.15pm and depart to the start at 6.30pm. Race starts at 7pm sharp. Route: Birdhill – Four Sisters – Ballina – Birdhill – Yellowbridge – Coum – Portroe – Finish at the Lookout, 34.6km. Entry is €5. We hope to see as many of you out as possible on the night. See you there.
Saturday: Training spin leaving Woodies at 9am. For anyone looking to race, Greenmount CA are hosting the Munster Crit champs in Patrickswell so why not give that a go and support them, see poster below.
Sunday: This week see’s our neighbours, Portumna CC, hosting their Aughty Challenge and we’d like to see as many of our members as possible support them. See details on their poster below.
Thanks everyone and have a great week!