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A lot of news this week so let’s get to it!

Edvins Silovs wins at Dungarvan:
North Tipperary Wheelers are celebrating yet another win by club member Edvins Silovs, this time
in the Dungarvan CC Open Race (A3/jnr.) held last Sunday. With his A4 win at Ras Luimni a few
weeks ago Edvins gained promotion to A3. He followed this up with a very strong performance in
the NTW Open Race where he was in a breakaway that led for much of the race before being
caught a few kilometres from the finish. Edvin’s superb form and performances have continued,
adding this win in Dungarvan to his palmares for 2019, and it seems that the sky is the limit for this
extremely talented rider. At this early stage in the season who would bet against Edvin’s gaining
promotion to A2 before the year end. Well done Edvins!!!

Club racing
The NTW club racing season got off to a flying start last Thursday with the first of four time trials in
the JJ Moynan TT Series for 2019. In very cold and wet conditions, eleven brave souls left it all
on the road over the 16km course. Our TT course was the usual one starting from the Roundhill
pub, on to the Five Alley roundabout, and finish at the Yellow Bridge. The best time on the night
was set by Eoin Woods. Full results will be available online in due course at
https://www.northtippwheelers.com/clubracing/club-racing-results/, but for now please see the flat times listed
below. It was great to see a few new faces taking on the race of truth! A big thank you to Jan who
officiated on the night.

On Thursday 11 th April the first road race of the season will be held. This week’s route is from the
Five Alley Pub – Birdhill Roundabout – left up the ramp to the first Applegreen roundabout –
Birdhill roundabout – finish at the Five Alley pub, 32.2km.
Sign-on will be at the Five Alley with the start time at 6.45pm sharp. Please be on time as
evenings are still short, and ensure you have lights.
We encourage all club members to come out and participate/support the racing.

NOTE: Please read the information regarding the format and rules for the 2019 season club
racing in the “Club Racing” section of the website. It is important that anyone taking part
be aware of this information.
Please ensure that your cycling Ireland licence is up to date and renewed.  If it’s not up to
date for the 2019 season you won’t be able to take part in the race as you won’t be covered
by insurance – and remember that you need a Limited Competition Licence.

Club Spins:
It was a glorious weekend for cycling and we had a good number of club members out on Sunday,
no doubt delighted that the cold and wet midweek weather had moved on, although the early
morning was still a bit chilly until the fog had burned off. There was a large turnout for the leisure
group spin (no report available).
We had about 14 out for the orange/red combined spin who took in Thurles, Templemore and
Roscrea before heading back to Nenagh, just over 100km. Offers of extending the route to Birr
were vigorously debated and ultimately overruled! Continuing the recent Sunday tradition of eating
well, a few of the group tucked in to some very delicious doughnuts in the service station on the
way out of Templemore. This could yet prove to be a popular route. A very enjoyable spin except
for one minor mechanical, and all returned safely.

The week ahead:
Please remember that the evenings are still not that long so lights and hi vis clothing are required
if you are planning on being out near dusk.
Tuesday: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6pm (lights and high viz a must)
Thursday: RR1 (see above), start time 6.45pm sharp from the Five Alley pub.
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. (check first)
Sunday: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.

Pictures of race winners from the recent NTW Open Road Race:

Conor Hennebry – Team Dan Morrissey MIG.ie Pactimo – A1_A2 winner being presented with his
prize by John Caulfield of NTW.


Archie Ryan – Zappi Racing – A3/Junior winner being presented with his prize by Bawny Hayes.


David O’Sullivan – St. Finbarrs CC – A4 winner being presented with his prize by John Foote of
NTW.


Noel Marshall of Backballer who presented foam rollers to the race winners.

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Club Spins:
It was a glorious weekend for cycling and we had a number of different groups out on the roads on
Saturday and Sunday. First up on Saturday morning were Eoin, Nanno and Owen who did a nice
80km spin taking in Dolla/Templederry/Templemore/Dunkerrin and back to Nenagh. Most of us
heading to Mallorca for the 312 are experiencing a little 312 anxiety I think, so I’m sure the boys
welcomed the chance to get a good spin in. In the afternoon, two boys who don’t suffer any such
anxiety – Eoin and Pat, were out burning up the road.
On Sunday a group of twelve went for a super spin taking in Dolla and Bollingbrook, down into
Doon (first coffee stop), Cappamore and on to Annacotty in Limerick where they turned for home.
On the way back they headed through Castleconnell, O’Briens Bridge and into Killaloe. There was
a split at this stage as the early season legs were getting tired, and it is also at around this stage
that the smell of fresh scones seems to overpower Cloughjordan men, and the call of The Wooden
Spoon was just too strong to ignore! The rest of the group headed back by Portroe. A super spin
well done. The Wooden Spooners took the easy route home, but fair play to them too as they were
carrying a lot of extra weight at that stage!

Sean, Roger & Paul

Club Racing Season starts this Thursday:
NOTE: Please read the information regarding the format and rules for the 2019 season club
racing in the “Club Racing” section of the website. It is important that anyone taking part
be aware of this information.
This coming Thursday night April 4th sees our club racing season kick off again, starting with the
first in the J Moynan TT series – TT1. The route is: Roundhill pub – Five Alley roundabout -Yellow
Bridge (16km). Sign on is at Moynan’s bike shop, leaving at 6.15pm for the race start at 6.45pm
sharp. Entry fee is €5. Everyone is welcome to give these races a go so come out and have a bit
of fun. See you there. Please make sure that you have lights and high viz for the spin home after
the race.
Please ensure that your cycling Ireland licence is up to date and renewed.  If it’s not
up to date for the 2019 season you won’t be able to take part in the race as you
won’t be covered by insurance…and remember that you need a Limited Competition
Licence.

 

The week ahead:
Now that the clocks have changed and we are back in Summer time the Tuesday spins will
resume again this week. Just remember that the evenings are still not that long so lights and hi vis
clothing are required if you are planning on being out near dusk.
A quick note of gratitude to Rob for the tremendous effort he made in running the winter turbo
sessions, and to all who supported it. Thanks to Liam Chadwick for organizing the hall again for
us. Also if you have left your turbo or anything else in Ballycommon then that needs to be
collected during the week.

Tuesday: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6pm (lights and high viz a must)
Thursday: JJ Moynan TT1, leaving Moynan’s at 6.15 sharp (see above)
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. (check first)
Sunday: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.

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Conor Henerbery Winner A1-A2 North Tipperary Wheelers Road Race 2019

Huge Turnout for Wheelers Open Road Race.

Over 220 riders from all over the country descended on Cloughjordan from early Sunday morning to
take part in the second edition on the North Tipperary Wheelers Open Road Race. Conditions were
perfect for racing with all three groups setting a blistering pace from the off. The 40Km circuit took the
riders from Cloughjordan to the N7 junction at Nenagh for a left turn to Toomevara and Moneygall
before completing the loop. The A1/A2 and A3 riders completed 3 laps while the A4 competitors were
required to do two. All three finishes were keenly contested with former An Post Chainreaction cyclist
Conor Hennebry coming out on top in the elite event. The A3 race was won by Irish International rider
Archie Ryan who rides with the UK based Zappi Racing while David O’Sullivan of the Cork based St. Finbarr’s
CC was the victor in the A4 race.


It is a tribute to the North Tipp Wheelers organizing committee and race director Eoin Woods that many
of the leading cyclists in the country chose to participate in this race which is just in its second year. The
inaugural event last year attracted 160 riders. North Tipperary Wheelers would like to thank everyone
who helped make the event such a success, in particular the committee of Kilruane McDonagh’s
sportsfield who made their superb facilities available as race HQ and all those who volunteered in so
many ways to ensure that the event went off without a hitch. Here’s to 2020!

– Michael Molamphy

A1/A2 Race Results

  1. Conor Hennebry  – Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo
  2. Jamie Blanchfield  – Panduit Carrick Wheelers
  3. Keith Gater  – Waterford Racing
  4. Conor Kissane  –  Killarney Cycling Club
  5. Matthew Sparrow  – Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo
  6. Stephen Murray  – Strata 3-VeloRevolution
  7. Hugh Power – Bandon Cycling Club
  8. John Brosnan – Killarney Cycling Club
  9. Daryl Kearns  – Panduit Carrick Wheelers
  10. Joel Luke  – UCD Cycling Club

A3/Juniors Race Results

  1. Archie Ryan – Zappi Racing
  2. Jurgen Simpson – Limerick Cycling Club
  3. Karl Fogarty Club – Rothaíochta na Sionainne
  4. Indrek Mannik – Blarney CC
  5. Martin Casey – Ossary CC
  6. Stephen Griffin – Tralee Manor West BC
  7. Denis O’ Connor – Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club
  8. David Donovan  – Upperchurch Drombane Cycling Club
  9. Leonard O’Keeffe – Midleton CTC
  10. Fran Brannigan – Slievenamon CC

A4 Race Results

  1. David O’Sullivan – St Finbarr’s CC
  2. Tim Ling – Seven Springs CC
  3. John Crowley – Killarney Cycling Club
  4. Richie O Sullivan – Unattached
  5. Michael McConigley – Tullamore CC
  6. Ken Ralph – Burren CC
  7. Dave Beary – Limerick CC
  8. Padraig McHugh – Seven Springs CC

 

  1. Niamh O’ Dwyer – TC Racing
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NTW Open Road Race- 24 March 2019

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Big time cycle racing returns to North Tipperary this weekend with the second
running of the North Tipp Wheelers Open Road race. The inaugural event last
year received widespread acclaim for the course, the organization and hospitality
afforded the riders who had travelled from all over the country. The local club
received a boost this year with the event being offered an even better slot on the
Cycling Ireland calendar as it is now positioned at a perfect time of the year when
most of our top cyclists are reaching their peak during a busy racing season. Once
again race headquarters will be McDonagh Park, Cloughjordan, a venue which is
ideal in terms of access, hosting and parking. The event will see the country’s top
cyclists battling it out against each other over the course from Cloughjordan to
Nenagh, Toomevara and Moneygall before returning to start/finish line.
There will be three races on the day; the elite A1 and A2 riders will cover three
laps, the second grouping involves the A3 and Junior riders who also cover three
laps and the A4 cyclists will race two laps. North Tipperary has gained a reputation
for hosting major cycling events in recent years from the Rás to the Visit Nenagh
Classic and now the Wheelers Open Road race. Riders invariably comment on the
welcome and hospitality and we know that the event on Sunday will be no
different. The public are invited to come out on the course and show their
support.


This is an ideal event from a spectator’s point of view as with three groups on the
road there will never more than a few minutes between riders passing. Entries for
the race are being taken on the day with sign-on in McDonagh Park from 9.30 to
11.00. The first race is off at 12 noon. For more information please visit:
www.northtippwheelers.com

-Michael Molamphy

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Edvins Silovs wins at Ras Luimni:
There is really only one story that everyone is talking about this week, and that is the superb win
by club member Edvins Silovs in the A4 category at Ras Luimni last Sunday. At around 2.25pm
last Sunday, word filtered through (thanks Ross!) that at 45km in the A4 race a NTW rider was 2-3
minutes clear of a chasing group who were themselves about 40 seconds clear of the main field. It
was almost a certainty, barring a mechanical, that we were going to have a winner in this
prestigious race. And that’s how it finished, with Edvins winning the race by a scarcely believable 3
minutes (approx.) margin. It was an outstanding performance by Edvins, and the club are buzzing
and very proud of his achievement. It really sets Edvins up to win more silverware this season and
his elevation to A3 is surely only a formality. Well done Edvins!

Club Spins:
Sunday Orange/Red Group club spin:
The Rob Dalton award for “Manning Up” this week goes to Mike Gleeson and Amy Judge who
braved the elements and went out on a spin last Sunday while the rest of us were enjoying the
central heating. The two guys battled the conditions and headed in to the AppleGreen and back to
Steeples for tea and scones. Fair play guys, you showed the rest of us softies up.

Amy Judge & Mike Gleeson

*** DATE FOR THE DIARY / SAVE THE DATE:
Again, to all club members, please offer your time to help out on the Open Race:
Our club will be running our Open Road Race on Sunday 24 th of March. This event was a major
success for the club last year and really put us in the spotlight as it was very well run, and we had
good numbers taking part. A huge amount of work goes into running an event like this, and a lot of
it goes on in the background in the weeks and months leading up to the day. We really need
every member of the club to do their best to help out on the day, and to support their fellow
club members who devote so much of their time into organizing the race. We are always in
need of marshals on the day in order to ensure the safe running of the event. So please, Save the
Date!

The week ahead:
Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm (see the whatsapp group for updates)
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. (check first)
Sunday: Club spins leave Moynans at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.
Depending on the weather we may do a turbo session instead, so keep an eye out on the club whatsapp and facebook