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Last Saturday saw the club host the Munster TT Championship for 2019, the second year in a row that the club has hosted this event, and for the second year in a row we saw an increase on the numbers participating over previous years. We had 34 youth riders taking part in the 8km race and 64 riders in the U15-M60 categories participating in the 30km race. This is a prestigious event for NTW to have been awarded, and the club is delighted and proud to be associated with it. The 30km course was the same as last year – Birdhill roundabout to the Carrigatoher (Five Alley) roundabout and return, and the 8km route for U14/U12 was also the same as for last year (Yellow Bridge to the Birdhill Roundabout). There was a strong westerly breeze blowing throughout, and while not really favouring the riders in the 30km route on the outward leg it certainly was felt by everyone cycling back towards Birdhill. Apart from a few brief showers, it was a pleasant enough day. The race HQ was The Coopers Bar in Birdhill where sign-on and medal presentations were held, and refreshments were provided before and after each event. In the youth event thirteen different clubs were represented and the winner’s medals were spread out among five different clubs. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the children taking part, and who knows there may have been a future Grand Tour winner in our midst!

In the main event Paul Kennedy of Foran cc set the fastest time of the day (38:29.4) followed by our own Eoin Woods with a time of 40:09.9. NTW were represented by 5 club members and ended up with three medals – two winners (Eoin Woods M40, and John Foote M60) and a third place (Edvins Silovs A2), a great return again this year. Also representing the club were Brian Hennessy (A4), and Andy English (M50). Well done to all. A full list of results can be seen here and there are some excellent pictures of the event on our Facebook page. A big thanks to club members Selina Hynes and Vic Nott for taking photos, and many thanks to John Coleman for allowing us to share his photo album.
A big thanks also to all the clubs and individuals who came from far and wide to participate, and for their patience while we prepared for the presentations and waited for us to post the results.
The club would like to thank Dinny Ryan of The Coopers Bar in Birdhill who took care of us on the day, and the medics who would really have taken care of us if we needed it! A big thank you goes to everyone who contributed in any way to make this another well run and successful event, and we look forward to running it again in 2020.
Finally, the club would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank race director Eoin Woods and co- director Conor Hannon who did a fantastic job in organizing the event. Well done lads.

Some of the many competitors in the youth event on the start line at The Yellow Bridge

 

Eoin Woods – winner of the Munster TT (M40) and second fastest time overall being presented his medal by Selina
Hynes

 

John Foote – winner of the Munster TT (M60)

 

Edvins Silovs – third in the Munster TT (A2)

IGM
A club IGM will take part in Rocky’s Bar Nenagh next Monday night(17th) at 8pm. It is important that all club members attend to discuss all matters relating to the club. It’s your chance to have your say regarding the running of the club and the direction for the coming year, so please do your best to make sure you are in attendance.

Club gear
A full and up to date list of all on-hand club gear has been posted to the website in the “Join us” section. If you would like to purchase any new kit please contact Jan.

Vouchers
Please note, all outstanding club issued vouchers for club gear / Moynan’s bike shop should be used before 30 th June.

Club Racing
The second half of our racing year kicks off on Thursday night (13/06) with RR1 in the Summer Series 2019 taking place. Like the Spring Series, this will consist of four races with the best three results counting. Feedback was very positive regarding the format for the Spring Series as it makes the races more competitive so we would encourage more of you to come out and participate. It’s good craic as well and racing really strengthens the legs!
Summer Series RR1 route:
Start time – 6:45pm sharp (sign on 6.30pm at the start line)
Distance – 50km
Route: Start at Upper Clashnevin (just after the motorway bridge heading towards Toomevara –
Toomevara – Moneygall – Rounding the first roundabout at Roscrea – Moneygall – Toomevara –
Upper Clashnevin.

The week ahead:
Tuesday 11/06: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm
Thursday 13/06: RR1 Summer Series (see above) at 6.45pm, sign-in at 6.30pm
Saturday 15/06: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am. (check first)
Sunday 16/06: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.

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Munster TT Championship 2019
NTW will host the Munster TT Championship for 2019 this coming Saturday 8 th June. This is a
prestigious event in the Munster cycling calendar, and the club is delighted and proud to host the
event for the second year in a row following on from a very successful event last year.
The 30km course is the same as last year (Birdhill roundabout to Five Alley roundabout and
return), and the 8km route for U14/U12 is also the same as for last year (Birdhill to Yellow Bridge).
All the event details and routes can be seen below. Please keep an eye on this website and our
Facebook page for further updates. Sign-on will open at The Coopers Bar, Birdhill at 9am. All club
members who are helping out at the event should make their way to The Coopers for 9am.

Senior Route
U11-U14 Route

Club racing
TT3 in the J Moynan Series was held last Thursday night over our usual route on the old Limerick
rd. Well done all for participating. There were some very good times posted and hopefully these
will translate into some silverware for our TT riders as the season progresses. Results on the night
were as follows:
Route: Roundhill Pub – Five Alley – Yellow Bridge. 16km
Group 2: Noel Kennedy, Gary Rowan, Liam Callaghan, Andy English
Group 3: Dermot Kelly, Martin Quigley, John Foote
Andy English 22.36
John Foote 22.56
Liam Callaghan 23.46
Gary Rowan 24.24
Dermot Kelly 27.51
Martin Quigley 28.06
Noel Kennedy 29.12
Thanks to Jan for officiating and Conor for marshalling.
The overall racing results table will be updated this week and posted in the Club Racing section of
the website, so you will be able to see how you are doing as you chase victory in the various
competitions.
There is no club racing scheduled for this Thursday 6 th June.
The next race will be RR1 in the Summer Series on 13 th June.

The week ahead:
Tuesday 04/06: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm

Thursday 06/06: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm
Saturday 08/06: Munster TT Championship at The Coopers Bar Birdhill, sign-on 9am.
Sunday 09/06: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.

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Munster TT 2019

Please note that the Munster TTs will be held on the 8th of June as advertised. The date in this weeks Nenagh Guardian (1st June) is incorrect

Club racing
Road Race #4 (the final race in the Spring Series) was held last Thursday night, the 23 rd of May.
The race also doubled as The Lookout Trophy for 2019. The route changed this year as the finish
was not at The Lookout itself, but instead the riders passed it on the way to the finish line.The race
began at the Portroe roundabout on the Nenagh bypass and headed to the finish line just after the
crest of the hill on entering the village of Ballina (approx. 20km). A short but lumpy route,
participants also had to race up Portroe hill – which is a tough task.
Major young talent, riding with Kanturk cc O’Leary Stone, Daniel Yon Hin was first home. Well done to Daniel, he left the rest of the field in his wake going up Portroe hill. From a club competition perspective, the winner of Lookout Trophy for 2019 was Andy English. Second and third place on the night in that competition were Cathal Hanrahan and Eoin O’Connor. Super effort all.

NTW Road Race #4, Lookout Trophy
Route: Portroe Roundabout – Newtown – Portroe – Ballina.
FINISH ORDER (for The Lookout Trophy):
1 Daniel Yon Hin
2 Andy English
3 Cathal Hanrahan
4 Eoin O’Connor
5 Liam Callaghan
6 Gary Rowan
7 John O’Carroll
8 Patrick Yon Hin
9 Nanno Vuyk
10 Michael Glesson
Rob Dalton DNF (puncture at bottom of Portroe Hill)

 

The Spring Series for 2019 was also decided on the night, results below:
Winner Group 1 – Edvins Silovs
2nd – Eoin Woods
3rd – Daniel Ronan
Winner Group 2 – Andy English
2nd – Nanno Vuyk
3rd – Rob Dalton
Winner Group 3 – Cathal Hanrahan
2nd – Mike Gleeson
3rd – Brendan Hayden.
Congratulations to all and thank you for supporting the club racing. Roll on the Summer Series
A big thank you to Conor Hannon and Noel Kennedy who officiated / marshalled. Without you
guys there is no racing. It’s much appreciated by all of us. Thanks to Selina for the photos.

TT3
Thursday 30 th of May will see TT3 (of four) in the JJ Moynan Series taking place over our usual
16km course. It’s usually over the final two time trials that the times start to drop, so we are looking
forward to a few new personal bests and maybe even a new club record.
Sign-on will be at The Roundhill Pub from 6.30 to 6.45, with the start time at 6.45pm sharp. Please be on time.
We encourage all club members to come out and participate/support the club racing.
NOTE: Change to sign-on for 2019
Please note, sign on for club racing is to be at the race start line and will no longer be available at Moynan’s bike shop
before ANY club race this year.

NOTE: Well done Daniel Yon Hin (with Kanturk cc O’Leary Stone) who
won the A3/Junior race in the Kilmessan GP last weekend. Fantastic result Daniel!

Club members participating in The Tour de Conamara
Sixteen club members made the trip to Clifden in Co. Galway last Saturday for this year’s Tour de
Conamara. This sportive is part of the Skoda Series and therefore is an extremely well run event
featuring both 140km and 80km routes through the stunning Connemara scenery. The lucky 80km
group got to cycle The Inagh Valley, possibly the most picturesque 20km in Ireland. The weather
wasn’t as kind to us as last year, but aside from a little mist at times it remained mostly dry. A
small group stopped in Leenaun to take on some extra calories for the last 40km, a move which is
in danger of becoming a tradition! A good sized group stayed over on the Saturday night in the
Renvyle & Letterfrack areas, where there is lots of accommodation. A few lads even turned a
youth hostel into an old folk’s home. A great time was had on Saturday night in Renvyle House.
All in all, this is a highly recommended sportive and it’s no wonder it sells out within a day or two,
so please note that if you think you’d like to take part next year.

The week ahead:
Tuesday 28/05: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm
Thursday 30/05: TT3 starts at The Roundhill Pub at 6.45pm, sign on at 6.30pm
Saturday 25/05: Red Group spin leaves Woodies at 09:00. Check whatsapp first though.
Sunday 26/05: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.

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NTW will host the Munster TT Championship 2019
Following on from the resounding success of running this event last year, North Tipperary
Wheelers are proud to announce that the club will host the Munster TT Championship for 2019 on
Saturday 8 th June. The highly praised 30km route will be the same as last year (Birdhill roundabout
to Five Alley roundabout and return) and we look forward to attracting another strong field of
competitors this year. Details of the event are included on the event poster below. Please keep an
eye on this website and our Facebook page for further updates.

Club racing

Cathal Hanrahan and Andy English – winners of RR3, Groups 3 and 2

Road Race #3 in the Spring Series was held last Thursday night. The route was: The Roundhill
Pub to the Five Alley roundabout, back to the second left turn off for Silvermines, and finish
outside the community hall in Silvermines. Well done all for participating. Results on the night were
as follows:
Group 2:
Andy English
Nanno Vuyk
John O’Carroll
Gary Rowan
Rob Dalton
Ian Kennedy
Group 3:
Cathal Hanrahan
Martin Quigley
Mike Gleeson

Going into RR4 this week it is neck and neck between Nanno Vuyk and Andy English in Group 2
(both on 26 points), all to play for in Group 3 with just two points separating Cathal Hanrahan,
Brendan Hayden and Mike Gleeson. This week’s race should be a cracker!
The next and final race in the Spring Series will be RR4 which will be held this coming Thursday
23 rd May. This race will double as the lookout trophy race for 2019 and we would like to see a good
turn-out of club members to compete for one of the main trophies in the club race calendar. The
route is as follows: Start at Portroe roundabout (off Nenagh bypass), Newtown, Portroe, finish on
the top of the hill just as you enter Ballina village.
Sign-on will be at the Portroe roundabout at 6.30, with the start time at 6.45pm sharp. Please be
on time.

We encourage all club members to come out and participate/support the club racing.
NOTE: Change to sign-on for 2019 Please note, sign on for club racing is to be at the race start line and will no longer be available at Moynan's bike shop before ANY club race this year.

Club members participating in sportives
Joe Donovan, Stephen Hogan and Andy English participated in the Cycle 4 Sick Children (C4SC)
annual tour on Sunday 19 th May. A really well organised and very enjoyable spin was had by all.
Thanks to C4SC for the contribution they make towards improving the lives of sick children.

Stephen, Andy & Joe @ C4SC Awareness Tour 2019

A group of up to ten members from the club will take part in “The Tour de Conamara” next
Saturday. Starting from beautiful Clifden, the tour brings the participants around an extremely
picturesque route featuring some of the best scenery in Ireland. There may even be some
unscheduled stops along the way! If you have not done this sportive then you should seriously
consider it as it is one of the best in the country.

The week ahead:
Tuesday 21/05: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm
Thursday 23/05: RR4 starts at the Portroe roundabout at 6.45pm, sign on at 6.30pm
Saturday 25/05: Red Group spin leaves Woodies at 09:00. Check whatsapp first though.
Sunday 26/05: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.

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Club Tour 2019

Group 2 receiving last minute instruction before the gran depart

We woke up on Sunday morning to find the countryside bathed in sunshine, and with a very good
forecast for the day ahead we were all eagerly looking forward to this year’s club tour around
Lough Derg, otherwise known as “Le Tour de Lough Derg”. On arrival at The Lakeside Hotel, there
was Jan already busy with the preparations for the day ahead, getting ready to open for sign-on at
8am and unloading a car full of food, water, and large thermos flasks for the food stop at Portumna
Forest Park. This lady deserves all our gratitude for the amount of work she gets through to make
these events happen, a lot of it behind the scenes that we never see. Thank you Jan.
Soon the rest of the committee and club members started to arrive, and everyone busied
themselves with one task or another in order to ensure that everything was in order so that we
would run the best event possible for participants and members. There is a great buzz around the
place always at this time, a great sense of fun and anticipation mixed with a little anxiety that all
will go off without a hitch. Tea/coffee and some refreshments were available at sign-on and were
welcomed by the participants that travelled to the event – some from considerable distances. The
beautiful Lakeside Hotel deserve a special mention here as they had everything ready for us and
were extremely helpful, so a big thanks to the staff and management at the hotel from NTW.
Marshalls and lead car ready, and NTW club members wired with two-way radios to help keep
things in order, the leisure group were given some last minute instruction and encouragement by
club chairman Noel Kennedy and then departed Ballina on their journey around the lake, turning
right over the bridge into Killaloe and the morning sunshine. The Gardai were on hand as usual to
provide safe passage through the twin villages, and we would like to extend our thanks to them for
helping as always to enable the event to start so smoothly. About thirty minutes later the second
group departed, this group having a faster targeted average of 28km/h for the whole route, and
finally at around 10.30am the fast group departed. There was an extremely strong field in this
group with our strongest riders being accompanied by some of the strongest cyclists around, and
by all accounts the pace to Portumna was scorchio, averaging around 42km/h!
Each group had designated road captains and a lead car driver with radios to keep the group safe,
call obstacles and control the pace (group 1 and 2 only were controlled). We had a half-way food
stop at Portumna Forest Park and participants enjoyed some very welcome refreshments with Jan
and Lourda making sure everyone was quickly looked after. After the food stop each group
departed the park on the homeward leg of our tour that took us over the rolling hills of Terryglass,
Ballinderry and Coolbaun, some challenging hills indeed but everyone got over them ok. After a
short regroup in Puckaun, we headed on towards Nenagh and the Portroe roundabout from where
the participants could finish the tour at their own leisure or push on and test themselves for the
final 15km.
Those that have done the tour before or who know the route know that there is a sting in the tail
awaiting them known as Portroe Hill. 1.7km long with an average gradient of about 7% for most of
that, and a few much steeper ramps thrown in for good measure, it certainly is a test for tired legs
that have done over 100km at that stage. It was great to see people grinding it out to the top of the
hill and to cheer them on with the encouragement that it was more or less down hill all the way
home. Once the tour was completed, participants had access to the shower facilities in the hotel’s
leisure centre and were served delicious hot food upstairs in the luxury of the hotel ballroom.
Everyone made it back safe and sound, and thanks to Noel, Eoin and Lourda who made sure that
anyone who needed a lift back to the hotel were supported. We are delighted with the way the day

went for the club as “Le Tour 2019” built on previous tours and maintained the high standard that
we set ourselves for the running of all events in North Tipperary Wheelers.
And then Tipp beat Cork. Excellent (but they’re not gone yet!)
We would like to thank the many people who made our day the success it was. Thanks to the
committee for their hard work in organising the tour and all the time they spent making our tour
safe and enjoyable. Thanks to all our valued club members and their family members for helping
at the food stop in Portumna, and thanks for making all those sandwiches and providing delicious
food – of which there was no shortage. Thanks to Noel, Eoin (Ryan) and Eva for spending their
Saturday evening putting up the signs and road marking – excellent job done. Thanks to John
Sheedy and BikeMarshals (bikemarshals.ie) who did an incredible job all day long in ensuring the
safety of everyone on the road. Thanks to our group road captains, lead car drivers and broom
wagon driver for looking after each group on the road. Thanks to our photographer Michael
Molamphy who did an absolutely super job with the photos capturing the essence of the day.
Thanks again to “Munster Medics” for providing medical and ambulance services, you really are a
thoroughly professional outfit and a pleasure to work with. Thanks to all our members for coming
out to support our tour and thanks to all our visiting clubs and individuals for taking part, we hope
you enjoyed your day with us. We enjoyed looking after you all. We did not have an official charity
partner this year but we will be presenting a donation to North Tipp Hospice in the coming weeks.
A special word of thanks to all those who generously donated money to the hospice bucket, every
little bit helps.
Finally, well done and thanks to club chairman Noel Kennedy for co-ordinating the event and all
the hard work he did in the background. Roll on 2020.
Great pictures of the tour can be seen on our Facebook page, click here

A group of “merry men” eager to get going
An excited group of NTW members looking forward to the day ahead
Two members of Kilbehenny CC getting acquainted with the dreaded Portroe Hill

Club racing
Club racing will resume this Thursday 16 th May with RR3, the third race of four in the Spring
Series. This week’s route is as follows, see map below also:
-Start outside the Roundhill pub
-Head towards Nenagh
-Rounding the roundabout at the Five Alley
-Head back towards the Roundhill
-Turn left at the Silvermines turnoff
-Finish is at the hall in the village of Silvermines. Total 27km
Sign-on will be at the Five Alley with the start time at 6.45pm sharp. Please be on time.
We encourage all club members to come out and participate/support the racing.


NOTE: Change to sign-on for 2019 Please note, sign on for club racing is to be at the race start line and will no longer be available at Moynan’s bike shop before ANY club race this year.

Club Racing Results:

TT2 handicapped results, race won by Eoin O’Connor

 

Moynan TT League Standings
2019 Spring League Standings

The week ahead:
Tuesday 14/05: Club spin leaving Moynan’s at 6.30pm
Thursday 16/05: RR3 starts at Roundhill Pub at 6.45pm, sign on at 6.30pm
Saturday 18/05: Red Group spin leaves Woodies at 09:00. Check whatsapp first though.
Sunday 19/05: Club spins leave Moynan’s at 9am. Routes to be decided on the morning.