The Flying Mile was held on Thursday evening (6th Sept) on a measured mile in the N52 bypass in glorious sunshine! And we added a 5th man to the total who have achieved under 2 mins and that was the very-in-form Tommy Hanrahan. He clocked in at 1.59 and very well done to him. He won the 3rd group while Brian O’Neill took group two and Aidan Killeen outpaced Duncan Hodgins for group 1. A good evenings sprinting and well done to all who took part.
The weather wasn’t good early, people were still on holiday and lads were away racing but we still had a reasonable sign-on. To add to our woes, we had to change the course at the last minute as resurfacing had taken place. In stead of the Ballinderry route, we used plan B, rugby club to Ballinamona into Toomevara and finish at Lisboney – still a course of 12 miles. There was a bunch sprint finish which meant we got the time adjustments right! Duncan Hodgins just pipped Peter Moynan to third place while Pat Bergin, last years winner slugged it out with Tommy Hanrahan for the win and and it was Tommy who reigned supreme to become 2012 Club Road Race Champion.
It’s amazing the effect the weather has on club races. If it’s too wet, cold or windy only a few hardy souls turn up and if it’s too warm, sunny and dry, people have other things to do! So as last Thursday was a beautiful warm, sunny dry evening, the sign-on was low for TT6, the last in the series. The route was a 15 ml one from Rosemount, Carrigatoher to Birdhill and return. Of those who started out, two did not complete the course. Eoin Woolley punctured while Shane Scully had an disagreement with a difficult driver which sadly knocked him out of contention for an overall placing. Tommy Hanrahan posted the fastest time of the night – an excellent 37.02 while John O’Carroll was second and Brian O’Neill third. Tommy also took third place in the race result with Aidan Killeen taking a fine second place while the winner of TT6 ( making it three wins out of six!) was John O’Carroll.
In the overall result of the flat race, Pat Bergin took the win over Tommy Harahan in second and Liam Callaghan in third. The third place in the J.Moynan TT Series went to Liam Callaghan, with Tommy Hanrahan in second while the winner was John O’Carroll. Very well done to all who took part over the six races – we had 28 in all – and very well done to the winners of the “race of truth”.
Apologies for any confusion but due to the deferrment of the Tri v NTW race because of holidays, we are running the final race in the J.Moynan TT Series THIS Thursday (9th) and next Thursday (16th) will be a training spin as Billy Shanahan’s Trip to Tipp is on that Sat and Sun and is usually well attended by the Wheelers. The final result of the TT Series will be announced this weekend.
The weather was quite good – dry at least – and there wasn’t any wind to speak of but still there wasn’t a huge sign-on leading us to assume that the majority of our riders don’t like climbing hills! This race was used as a Warm-Up race to allow us to have some idea of handicap times for the Club Championship Hill Climb which will be contested in just a months time. The route was Newtown and Portroe with the finish at the school and the start was at the Belleen roundabout – a distance of 5.4 mls. Being a Warm-Up, there were no handicap times and the winner was no surprise to any of us. It was Shane Scully, who unlike his colleagues, wasn’t even puffing! Second, was a very good ride by Tommy Hanrahan and Liam Callaghan came up third. Well done to all who rode!
Next week is the last TT in the J.Moynan TT Series – a 15 ml race on the Limerick road.
Last weekend, we had two riders competing in Rás Clár and with our second placing of the year, Paddy Rohan took 4th place in the 108k A3 race. Keep it up Paddy!