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Club Spins
Though a little windy at times, the conditions were perfect for cycling on both Saturday and
Sunday. As a result, we had good numbers out in total over both days. Well done to everyone who
took advantage of the clement weather.

Saturday training spin

The Saturday morning group left Woodie’s car park at 9am and headed out the N7 towards
Limerick, turning right at Birdhill and over the river at O’Brien’s Bridge. We turned left towards
Limerick and right at the Clonlara crossroads and on to Sixmilebridge for two rounds of coffee and
a discussion on the merits of disc brakes(!) at the Cozy Cottage café. Deviating from the usual
route, the group headed on through Kilmurry, Kilkishen and back to Broadford via the back of
Doon Lough. From there it was back to Killaloe via Bridgetown, and back to Nenagh via the N7.
Legs were tired at that stage. Well done to Pat and Dan who did so much hard work up front on a
very good 105km spin.

Sunday club spins
The leisure group did a fantastic 85km spin, leaving Moynan’s at 9am and heading out past
Toomevara and turning left to Cloughjordan, through Modreeney and on to Borrisokane for a well
earned coffee stop. They were only getting warmed up at that stage because they then decided to
head for Kilbarron and on to Kilbarron Quay and Luska Quay while enjoying the beautiful views,
and headed home to Nenagh via Puckaun and Ballycommon – reluctantly as they were enjoying
the spin so much. Well done everyone.

NTW members on a Sunday spin (missing from the photo is Eoin Dillon, who took the picture)

The orange group headed towards Roscrea and left for Birr where we stopped for a coffee and discussion about certain guests on the Ray D’Arcy show the previous night. We’ll leave it at that. From Birr it was on through Riverstown and Ballingarry and back towards Borrisokane. On the way, Mike Gleeson decided to show us how well his cyclocross skills had improved since he took up cycling with a short foray into the long grass. Not quite there yet Mike. An enjoyable spin of about 90km was had by all.

 

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.

 

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NTW Awards Night & Club Updates

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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.

Eoin Woods, winner of the Corrigan Cup for Cyclist of the Year 2018, the Club Road Race Series, Club Championship Hill Climb, The Lookout Trophy, and the Club Championship Time Trial, being presented with the Corrigan Cup by outgoing PRO Selina Hynes.
Owen Hynes, winner of the Club Championship Road Race 2018, being presented with the trophy by outgoing PRO Selina Hynes.
Andy English, winner of the club Time Trial Series 2018, being presented with the J. Moynan trophy by outgoing PRO Selina Hynes.

John Foote, National Time Trial Champion 2018 (M60), being presented with a specially commissioned TT skinsuit by outgoing club chairman Owen Hynes.

David Kyle, National Hill Climb Champion 2018 (M40), being presented with a specially commissioned jersey 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

Combativity award:

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

Presentations:

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

 

Club Spins:

NTW Saturday Spin

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.

 

 

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Club Updates

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Club Awards Night & Dinner Dance, Sat. Nov 10th – last reminder
It’s less than a week to go until our club awards night and dinner dance and the excitement
is really building.  We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday evening in the Thatched
Cottage, Ballycommon at 7pm for a fun filled night. If you haven’t booked your place yet,
this is the last call out to let Jan know NOW if you are attending, and please don’t assume
that she knows you’re going if you haven’t told her directly. Jan needs to get the numbers
attending to the venue by Wednesday 7 th , so please message or call her on (087 1374354)
to book your spot. We look forward to seeing everyone and having a well attended event
on Saturday.

Congratulations!
Many congratulations to Ger and John Spillane on the birth of their first grandchild.

Club Spins, Sunday 4th November
We had a great turnout for the Sunday spins this week with in excess of twenty club
members meeting outside Moynan’s at 9am. It was great to see so many gathered, getting
ready to head off on their various chosen routes. It certainly was a fine morning for cycling.
The leisure group took in Moneygall, Cloughjordan, Borrisokane, Carney and back to
Nenagh.
The intermediate group took in Dunkerrin, left towards the Shinrone/Clough. road,
Borrisokane (where they met up with the leisure group for a coffee), Ballinderry, and home
to Nenagh via Coolbaun and Puckaun, completing a 85km route.
The racing group headed towards Thurles, turning right after The Ragg onto the
Thurles/Limerick road, into Newport (where they stopped for a coffee), and on to Birdhill
and back home to Nenagh, completing a 100 km route.

 

The week ahead:

Tuesday and Thursday: Club turbo from 7pm to 8.15pm in the Badminton Hall,
Ballycommon.
Remember anyone (current club member or not) is welcome to come and do these sessions
with us. Anyone interested will need to bring their own bike and turbo trainer (we have a
few spare turbo trainers available on a first come first served basis), and a mat or towel for
under their bike to protect the floor.
Cost is €3 per session collected on the night, and there will be a sign-in sheet for all
participants. Good luck and enjoy the sessions!

Saturday:Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. Club Awards Night and Dinner Dance  later that evening.

Sunday: Recovery club spin (!) leaving from outside Moynan’s at 9am.

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Winter Turbo Training

 

With the clocks gone back, it is that time of year again for our winter turbo training sessions. These sessions are open to anyone (not just current club members) who would like to come and join us and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening in Ballycommon Hall starting on the 30th October. The sessions will begin at 7pm sharp, so everyone will need to be setup and ready to go by 7pm. Anyone interested will need to bring their own bike and turbo trainer, and a mat or towel for under their bike to protect the floor. Remember, to get the best from these sessions it is advisable that you have real time access to your cadence and heart rate, and if at all possible your power data.

There are two main ways to achieve this, either with a capable bike computer/cadence & heart rate sensor/power meter combination, or with a smart turbo trainer and a smart phone and heart rate sensor. Of course, if you don’t have this equipment you are still very welcome to come and do turbo training with us!

The club has a small number of spare turbo trainers that anyone can use if they do not have their own. These will be available on a first come first served basis, but existing club members and anyone who did the turbo sessions last season should really be looking to bring their own and leave the spare ones for new people to try.

Rob has put a lot of work into preparing for the turbo training sessions and there will be info. sheets available on the night, so we hope that as many as possible will follow the program.

Cost is €3 per session collected on the night, and there will be a sign-in sheet for all participants.

Good luck and enjoy the sessions!

 

 

Club spins Sunday 28th October

 

We had three groups out on the road on Sunday, which was fantastic given the near zero temperature. The leisure group led the way, departing from the car park at 9am and heading out towards Moneygall, Cloughjordan, Borrisokane and back to Nenagh. Chapeau to Ger, Patricia, Cathy and Aisling! And we would like to extend a warm welcome to Aisling who has started cycling with us on our Sunday spins.

The next group out were not as brave as the ladies and decided to stick to the main roads, so we did the 66km round trip to Roscrea and back. On the way back we exchanged pleasantries (!) with the next group out, who we passed going the other way. Several of the group decided to stop for a coffee at the Obama Plaza and couldn’t resist the temptation to get a picture with the former President and First Lady.

The final group to go out left at 10am in order to give more time for a thaw to set in. The lads (Owen, Dan, Kevin, Pat) also decided to head to Roscrea and back and had a nice relaxing spin. They decided to bypass the coffee stop on the way back and in doing so avoided the ensuing drama with the Obamas and Kevin got some company for part of the way back to Ballina.

Everyone got home safe and sound, and it was great to see so many NTW jerseys on the road.

Thanks to those who submitted reports on the various spins.

Club Spins

 

TuesdayTurbo Session, Ballycommon@ 7pm 

Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon@ 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Club AGM 2018

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The club AGM for 2018 was held last Monday 22nd October in The Dapp Inn, Nenagh. A big thank you to the members who gave up their time to attend and participate in this very important event in the club’s calendar. The AGM started off with the chairman’s address by Owen, and was followed by the yearly report, standing orders, and minutes from the 2017 AGM from club secretary Jan. Kevin then presented the annual financial report. The highlights of the year were undoubtedly the successful running of the Munster TT Championships, the Open 40km TT, and the Open Road Race, and the achievements of the various racers throughout the year who did the club proud on the racing scene, especially our two new National Champions John Foote and David Kyle.

The chairman thanked the outgoing committee for their hard work and dedication throughout 2018, and after this it was time to select the new chairperson and committee for the coming year. Club chairman Owen Hynes announced his intention not to put himself forward for re-election (though he was happy to be part of the new committee for 2019 if elected), and also taking a step back this year are Selina Hynes (PRO), and committee members John Foote, Eoin Woods, Brendan Hayden, Michael Molamphy, and Peter Moynan. A big thank you to all the 2018 committee members for their time and efforts, and for helping to make 2018 such a successful year for the club. The club would also like to say a special word of thanks to Owen and Selina for the tremendous work they have done for the club over the past number of years as chairman and PRO.

And so the process of selecting a new chairperson and committee for 2019 began, and after a much needed intermission to catch our breath we finally saw white smoke! Congratulations to new club chairman Noel Kennedy and his committee, and good luck for the coming year. The new committee are:

 

Noel Kennedy – Chairman

Jan White – Club Secretary

Conor Hannon – Assistant Club Secretary

Andy English – PRO

Stephen Hogan – Social Media

Rob D’Alton – Club Captain

Liam Chadwick

Eoin Ryan

Owen Hynes

 

Kevin Byrne will continue in his role as Hon. Treasurer

 

Standing L-R: Liam Chadwick, Andy English (PRO), Stephen Hogan, Rob D’Alton, Owen Hynes,
Seated L-R: Conor Hannon, Noel Kennedy (chairman), Jan White (secretary)
missing from photo is Eoin Ryan

 

Finally we want to say a big thank you to Susan and Frank from The Dapp Inn for their kind hospitality in allowing us the use of their bar to host our meeting.

Here’s to another successful and fun year ahead for NTW!