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A very good evening to you all. We hope that you enjoyed your week and weekend. What another successful week for NTW as we have yet another Masters National Champion amongst us…Its another week in photographs 🙂

 

National Hill Climb Championships 2018

David Kyle National Masters 40 Hill Climb Champion 2018

David Kyle headed up to the north of the country at the weekend to take on the very tough National Hill Climb Championships that were hosted by Foyle cycling club. The race took place on the very steep Scalp Mountain in Co. Donegal.  A climb of 484 vertical meters in a distance of just under 6km. It looked very steep from the photos anyway. David completed the course in an incredible time of 20.47. Huge congratulations to you David on behalf of us all here in the club, mighty achievement and our second National Champion in the club. Unbelievable stuff…

To see full results please see the attached link here 

David Kyle powering his way to victory in the National Masters 40 Hill Climb Championship 2018

 

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Saturday training spin

Its the time of the year when the coffee breaks are really enjoyed.  The lads had a great spin on Saturday morning and a very nice looking coffee stop… 🙂

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Sunday club spin

It’s great to see such big numbers turning out again for the club spins after the summer season and here’s to more nice winter morning spins and warm cups of coffee. 🙂 The weather held up great for the spin and the lads(and ladies) decided on keeping the route as flat as possible to help keep the group together on the morning. Although I don’t think we actually have any flat routes out of Nenagh, just levels of difficulty… 😉 They headed out towards Thurles and from there on to Templemore where they pulled in for a well timed coffee break and even a few buns with thanks to Eoin Woods which were quickly disposed of by the hungry mob 🙂 From there it was onwards to Roscrea and then back to Nenagh to finish off a great metric century spin. Well done everyone on what was a great morning out on the bikes!

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Key dates for your diaries

Club night out

We will be having our annual club night out on Friday night the 12th of October in Una Powell’s pub, Summerhill. It’s a chance to really relax after the busy cycling season and enjoy a chat and one or two lemonades… 😉 Hope to see you all there to celebrate what a season we’re after having!! Ye all deserve it so come on out and enjoy a great night among friends.

AGM 

This years AGM takes place on Monday night the 22nd of October in the Dapp Inn, Nenagh at 8pm. This is every members chance to have their say on what the club does for the next year so please come along on the night, we need you all there.

 

Awards Night

This takes place on Saturday night the 10th of November in the Thatched Cottage Ballycommon. Full details to follow but mark the date in your diaries folks, it is always a great night!

 

 

Club Spins

Tuesday: club spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm.

Thursday: club spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm.

We would advise you all to bring along some high vis clothing and lights for the bikes as the evenings are really closing in. Be safe be seen! 

Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies carpark at 9am. 

Sunday: We will be supporting the Trip to Tipp annual cycle. This is always a great day out on the bikes so we would love to see as many members there to support as possible…

Have a great week everyone!

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The weather has been very changeable for the last couple of weeks and the winter is really creeping in on us quickly but there is supposed to be a little improvement this week so get out and enjoy it while you can! Our updates are in pictures this week so short and sweet.

Munster Hill Climb Championships

David Kyle was in action in the Munster Hill Climb Championships that took place recently hosted by Southside Wheely Wheelers. He was talking part in the M40 category. Its a short hill climb where riders are let go at 1 minute intervals. Just because its a short climb, do not let this deceive you! Its a 1.2km climb of ‘The Lacka’, averaging just under 11 per cent and with a peak incline of 15 per cent and an elevation gain of 119 vertical meters, Ouch! David took second place on the day in a superb time of 04:16 just 6 seconds down on the winning time which is great going. David took home the silver medal which is a fantastic achievement.  Congratulations David on behalf of us all in the club. You can see the full results of the Munster Hill Climb Championships in the link here

You can see some super pics of the days action by John Coleman in the attached link here

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Limerick CC Tour

Nanno Vuyk, Daniel Ronan and Rob Dalton took part in Limerick CC’s annual tour last weekend. Well done lads. Always a very well organised and run event.

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Sunday

Well done to all the club members who took part in this years great Dublin bike ride that took place today.  Great going and thanks for sending us the great photos.

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Sunday club spin

Traditionally reserved for the Spring, the Lake was chosen as the route for the Sunday Club Spin. 12 riders struck out on a crisp but promising morning and headed the anti-clockwise route. A nice steady roll over ensured a consistent and smooth pace. Four riders turned in Portumna and headed back as they had planned a shorter spin. The sun was out and the eight continued onwards towards the coffee stop in the Half Barrel in Whitegate where they enjoyed an extended stay and chat and the lovely refreshments sponsored by Spain Construction… Fair play Roger! 😉 The pace picked up from Whitegate but in fairness to all they did their turn at the front into a strong headwind, a few matches were lit so we regrouped at the top of Ogonnelloe and enjoyed a brisk leg to Killaloe. Andy who cycled into Nenagh swung off for a full English and the rest of the group headed over the bridge towards the four sisters. The wind never seemed to be at their backs and the N7 was not any different. The pace picked up again and the group fractured but all riders made it back to Moynans with a smile on their faces. It is great to see the progress that many of the new members have made this year so keep up the good work but it will mean more lake spins 🙂 Well done to everyone on the club spin this morning for completing the lap of the lake…

 

Club Spins

Tuesday: club spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm.

Thursday: club spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm.

We would advise you all to bring along some high vis clothing and lights for the bikes as the evenings are much darker. Be safe be seen. 

Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies carpark at 9am. 

Sunday: Club spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 9am.

Have a great week everyone!

 

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What a week, yet again…

John Foote, our National Masters Champion is crowned.

The National Masters TT Championships took place on Saturday in Shannon, Co. Clare so not too far a journey for our three members John Foote, Eoin Woods and Michael Crowe to travel.  The course has been trialled and tested over and over for the last few weeks coming up to the event by the lads, mentally mapping the course in their heads. There was a big entry for the Masters National TT this year so as you can guess some big names and stiff competition to deal with.

John Foote fantastically took the title of National M60 TT champion 2018 in a time of 35′ 39.93″ over a 23km course. John has always been noted for his Time Trialling abilities over the years winning various medals in both county and provincial races. This was his time to shine and achieving his ultimate goal. He is the only member of the club, as far as we are aware, who has ever held this prestigious accolade. Superb going John!! A very proud day for NTW and most definitely a proud moment and achievement for John…

M60 National Time Trial winner 2018, John Foote. Picture by Coolbawn Cross Photography.

 

John Foote powering to victory in the National Masters 60 Time Trial 2018. Picture by Vic Nott

 

National Masters 60 TT winner 2018, John Foote

 

Well done has to go to Eoin Woods who raced in the National M40 TT category and Michael Crowe who raced in the National M50 TT category. They both set some brilliant times out on the course amidst the best riders in the country. Eoin was very unfortunate to just barely miss out on a medal place, finishing in 4th place.We are sure your turn is not far away Eoin!  Michael crowe finished in 8th place, very well done to ye lads…

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To see all the lads in action in the Nationals you can see them in the link here and photos thanks to Vic & Tracy.

More photos of the National Masters TT  in the link here thanks to Richard Quinn.

Link to sticky bottle here 

Link to full results of National Master TT on sticky bottle here

 

HSE tour de Midwest 

Well done to club member Dermot Kelly who completed the HSE Tour de midwest on Saturday, A very enjoyable and well organised event by all acounts. Dermot pictured with his daughter Niamh.

Rebel Tour

Well done to club members Sean, Pat and Mike who completed the tough Rebel Tour on Saturday. Great going.

Conquering the infamous Stelvio 

Kevin, Gary and Pat enjoying some quality cycling in Italy. Well done lads.

 

 

Sunday Open Racing

National Masters and A3 Road Race Championships in Shannon. 

Sunday John Foote was racing in the National Masters 60 Road Race championships which were taking place in Shannon. John was in the main bunch from the start but the bunch broke up on the second lap and 8 riders including John went clear. There were a lot of little digs throughout but it all came back together for the finish. John was unfortunate to suffer cramping on the last lap and the drag up to the finish put paid to his race but he crossed over the line safely in the bunch. John very much enjoyed the experience. Well done John.  David Kyle was taking part in the National Masters 40 Road Race and also finished his race safely in the bunch. Very well done to ye lads!

There will be no club updates for the following two weeks as your PRO is taking some time off but we will have all the updates again for you on my return…  

 

There will be no club updates for the next two weeks so we will be posting up two weeks worth of club spins which you can see below.

Club midweek and weekend spins:

Tuesday: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm.

Thursday: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm.

We would advise you all to bring along some high vis clothing and lights for the bikes as the evenings are much darker. Be safe be seen. 

Saturday: club training spin leaving Woodies car park at 9 am.

Sunday 16th : We will be supporting our neighbouring club, Limerick CC at their annual tour. Always a great day out and we would love to see as many as possible there on the day. 

 

Also very best of luck to those taking part in the Munster Hill Climb Championships on Sunday…

 

 

Tuesday 18th: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm.

Thursday 20th: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm.

We would advise you all to bring along some high vis clothing and lights for the bikes as the evenings are much darker. Be safe be seen. 

Saturday 22nd: Training spin leaving from Woodies carpark at 9am. 

Sunday 23rd: Club spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 9am.

Have a great couple of weeks everyone!

 

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The dust has settled on yet another great week in the club. Well done to everyone who took part in sportives, charity spins and open racing, the club colours were really out in force!!

Saturday

A few photos below of Ronan Dodd who took part in the Limerick 95 charity spin to Kilkee via Tarbert on Saturday. Looks like you had a great day Ronan, very well done.

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Sunday 

 

Sean, Roger and Pat at the UDCC tour on Sunday. Missing from picture Fergal Walshe.

Well done to the lads who took part in the UDCC Upperchurch Drombane cycling club tour on Sunday. As usual well done to UDCC, a fantastically well organised event.

 

Open Racing.  Charleville 2 day 2018

There was a huge entry for this years Charleville 2 Day, a race that indicates the end of the racing season for most and its a very tough two day energy sapping event, but one that everyone seems to come back to do every year. We had 6 members racing at the weekend. Daniel Ronan, Owen Hynes, Michael Crowe and Nanno Vuyk in the A4 category and Eoin Woods and Joseph Donnelly in the A2/A3 category.

A4 Stage 1

The weather was ideal for racing on Saturday with light breezes and sunshine throughout. There was a neutralised zone for 3k out to the race start which was on the outskirts of Charleville town. The race consisted of 3 laps covering 86km of rolling roads with a few hard kicks thrown in for good measure. The route took them to Dromina, Dromcoliher, Milford, Newtownshandrum with the eventual finish on the main road back into Charleville on the R515. The Peloton held mostly together for the entire race despite several attacks being attempted but were shut down before they became a threat and so Dan, Mike and Owen finished safe in the main bunch sprinting to the line and losing no time on GC and Nanno finished a few minutes back but importantly everyone was safely home. A few photos thanks to Selina of stage 1.

 

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A2/A3  Stage 1

Eoin Woods and Joseph Donnelly were taking part in this race. They had to cover three laps of the same course as the A4s. Eoin Woods finished safely in the main bunch. Joseph unfortunately did not finish the course but gained some valuable race experience from the event. Well done lads.

A4 Stage 2 TT

After a two and a half hour wait between stages, Stage 2 was a little over 6km Time Trial from outside Kilmallock town to Garrienderk just outside of Charleville town.  This was a flat course aside from a little humpback bridge, so as expected there were going to be some very fast times recorded. Michael Crowe 8’41”, Daniel Ronan 9’05”, Owen Hynes 9’27”, and Nanno Vuyk 9’34” so after two stages that left Mike in 8th overall on GC and in the team event, they were lying in 2nd place. A few Photos thanks to Selina of A4 TT stage 2.

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A2/A3 Stage 2 TT.

The A2/A3 second stage always takes place on the morning of day 2 and this meant an early start for Eoin on Sunday Morning. There was a strong breeze blowing out on course and it was a headwind all the way to the finish line. Despite this, Eoin dug deep and had the fastest time on the morning of 8’14” which is just incredible and with that secured him the stage win. Huge congratulations Eoin!!

Eoin Woods powering to victory in the A2/A3 TT on stage 2. Picture by Sean Rowe

A2/A3 Stage 3

After Eoins TT stage win that morning he was going into stage three 3rd overall on GC and this was a day for the climbers, a day for conquering the mountains of Ballyhoura, not once but 2 times. Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse in the afternoon and heavy rain started pouring down making descending the mountain road treacherous and after an hour and half of racing Eoin was stopped in his tracks by a crash right in front of him but luckily stayed upright himself but getting around the crash cost him enough time to lose contact with the main bunch and after trying but with no group to work with to try and close them down, decided to call a halt to his race.  Hard luck Eoin but a superb performance out of you at the weekend and a great win in the TT netting you some valuable points. Onwards and upwards to next weekend! Photos thanks to Sean Rowe.

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Eoin Woods who took the Stage 2 win in the morning TT in the Charleville two day. Pictured collecting his prize and the winners jersey from Counsellor Ian Doyle left and General Manager of the Charleville Park hotel Declan O’Grady right.

 

 

A4 Stage 3

The third mountainous stage was all that was left to concur for the A4s but this stage is never an easy task with the route being the same as the A2/A3s. The Ballyhouras is a tough climb and to have to take it on twice racing is no easy feat… Daniel thankfully didn’t get caught in any of the crashes that happened on the descent off the Ballyhouras and managed to stay with the main peloton throughout. There was a big attack from one of the Kilmallock riders on the first ascent of the main climb of the day and he put in a superb effort to pull out a big gap which went to nearly 3 minutes at one stage! However the GC leader had a strong team protecting him and it was always going to be difficult to hold a solo break but he deserves some serious kudos for the effort as he was only reeled back in with about 4km to go by a very hard working peloton! Daniel was one of the instrumental riders here driving the pace on the way in and still had enough left in the tank to contest the sprint to the line, taking a brilliant second place and with this placing, Daniel is now upgraded to A3 ranks!! Superb result Dan and really well deserved!!

On GC Dan Ronan finished 10th, Michael Crowe 24th, Owen Hynes finished 33rd and Nanno Vuyk finished in 48th place. Well done lads.

In the team event NTW team consisting of Daniel Ronan, Owen Hynes and Michael Crowe placed 4th.

Daniel took a fine 2nd place in the final sprint to the line on stage 3 of the Charleville 2 day. Picture by Sean Rowe.

 

Daniel Ronan who took 2nd place at the Charleville two day stage 3 race and is now upgraded to A3. Pictured collecting his prize from counsellor Ian Doyle left and the general manager of the Charleville Park Hotel, Declan O’ Grady to his right.

You can see the great photos by Sean Rowe of the A4 race from stage 3 in the link here and the A2/A3 race in the link here.

Results of Charleville 2 Day

To see full results and final GC placings you can see the full details in the link to Sticky Bottle here.

Big thanks must go to John Foote, Liam Callaghan and Selina Hynes for giving up their time to drive support cars for the event and look after everyone so well over the two days!

Club winter gear order

Final call everyone, if any of you would like to order any club winter gear can you please let us know by Friday next, 7th of September.

 

Club midweek and weekend spins:

Tuesday: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm. Please note the change of time as the evenings are well and truly closing in now. Don’t forget it’s the time of year to start using lights and Hi-Vis again.

Thursday: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm.

We would advise you all to bring along some high vis clothing and lights for the bikes as the evenings are much darker. Be safe be seen. 

Saturday: Very best of luck to everyone doing the Rebel Tour.

Also starting on Saturday is the National Masters and A3 championships. The Time Trials are being held on the Saturday with the road races being held on the Sunday. More details are available here and we wish all of you taking this on the very best of luck!

Sunday: Club spin leaving from Moynans bike shop at 9am. Everyone is welcome to give these spins a go. 

Have a great week everyone.

 

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Autumn is finally here and the club racing has ended for another year. Thanks to everyone who has supported and helped out in any way with the races throughout the season. You can all relax now and enjoy some well deserved time off. The updates are short and sweet this week.

Some of our members who enjoyed an evening spin out to the Obama Plaza Wednesday and took the time to get a great photo with the new monument of Michelle and Barack Obama in Moneygall. Loving the pink helmet on Michelle. Well done all and thanks for sending us the picture.

Thursday Club Racing, The Flying Mile results

Thursday last seen the final race on the club calendar take place, which was the Flying Mile. It was a short TT of 1.6km and your aim was to go as fast as you can and cover the mile (1.6km) course in the shortest time possible. Our winner of the 2018 event was Andy English who set a super flat time of 2 minutes and 8 seconds which was the fastest on the night and also enough to give him the win after the handicaps were applied. This gives him the title of this years Flying Mile winner. Congrats Andy and well done to everyone out on the night. Thanks to Jan and Conor for time keeping.

The NTW Flying Mile winner 2018, Andy English

Open Racing

The club is really producing fantastic results this year in the open racing scene which is just brilliant to see.

Women’s Cycling Ireland Intermediate League 2018

On Saturday last club member Claire Ni Reachtagain was racing in the final round of the inaugural Cycling Ireland women’s intermediate league in Corkagh Park. Claire has been putting in some stellar performances during the league and season and has achieved so much in her first year of cycling. Claire took the Sprint for 2nd narrowly ahead of Ewa Kuras (Galway Bay CC) and the result moved Claire up to 2nd Overall in the final League Standings which is fantastic. Super stuff out of you Claire and very well done on all your achievements to date. What a year for you. See below some great photos of Claire in action in the attached link.

 

Claire accepting her prize from Rosin Kennedy at Corkage Park after taking 2nd place in the final round of the intermediate league and also took 2nd overall in the inaugural Womens Intermediate League 2018

You can see photos of Claire in action in the Womens Cycling Ireland photos here 

Sunday 

Munster Road Race Championships 2018

There was a fine showing of club members racing in the Munster Road Race Championships on Sunday in Blarney, Co.Cork. Congratulations and well done to John Foote who took second place in the M60 category and who secured the silver medal to add to his collection, absolutely great going John. Well done to everyone who took part in the races, great to see so many NTW out in force. You can see all the fantastic photos by Sean Rowe of the lads racing on Sunday in the Munster Road Race Championships in the link here

John Foote powering home to take the silver medal in the M60 Munster Road Race Championships 2018

Club midweek and weekend spins:

Tuesday: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm. Please note the change of time as the evenings are well and truly closing in now. Don’t forget it’s the time of year to start using lights and Hi-Vis again.

Thursday: club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop Nenagh at 6:15pm.

We would advise you all to bring along some high vis clothing and lights for the bikes as the evenings are much darker. Be safe be seen. 

Sunday: We will be supporting our good neighbours, UDCC, Upperchurch Drombane Cycling club who are hosting their annual tour and we would love to see as many there as possible. 

Also for our racers, the very best of luck to you all in the Charleville two day that takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

Have a great week everyone.