Another gritty but very enjoyable spin this morning, with the group stopping at Borrisoleigh for coffee. The tab this morning was on Liam Callaghan. 73kms covered at a good pace, considering the climbing involved from Dolla to Bolingbroke, and incident-free.
As Liam, our Group Leader, said “Great spin, had it all, cold, muck, railway crossings, hills.” Add to that, some right good slagging, and a good coffee shop. Talking of which, the coffee was sponsored, in a partnership of sorts, by Sean and Paul. Sean agreed to cover the first €50, with Paul volunteering for the balance. When the bill for €58.50 was presented, Paul collapsed to the floor, clutching his wallet tighter than his heart. The lads reckoned that a tip would have rightly done for him.
The spin took in the Limerick Road to beyond the Railway Crossing>Castleconnell>O’Brien’s Bridge>Killaloe>Bothar Road, and back to Nenagh. All in all 71kms. Cold and wet at times, always gritty, but not at all bad for an early January morning.
The photo above includes Michael óg (green shorts) with his new bike. It excludes Liam Callaghan, Club Chairman, who took the photo while standing in the middle of a busy road. Good one, Liam!
Here we have Roger with pastry and coffee. Roger is on a ‘Marie Antionette’ diet, whereby he swaps out bread for pastries. Roger found the diet on the internet. He has found that the diet largely offsets the loss of calories on Club spins, a loss which, to directly quote Roger, is “wrecking my figure”.
Here we have Mike on his third puncture (no, really, THIRD). Fortunately, Peter (our resident and much prized mechanic) was on hand to help out, as always. Peter had a busy day of it, doing at least the price of a Washing Machine service with his puncture repairs.
Another Sunday morning, another Coffee Stop down. A breezy day didn’t stop these coffee aficionados in their tracks. Brew up was sponsored by Sean O’Neill.
NTW members take a break during their 60km spin; Nenagh>Borrisokane>Cloughjordan>Obama Plaza>Nenagh. Weather was intermittently wet and cold. The road back was very gritty – we eat more grit than Christmas Cake over the couple of days. Average speed was 28kph – we’d have gone faster but for Roger’s wobbly wheel (as if he’s not wobbly enough!) Thanks to Gerry for the coffees.
Sunday morning spin, 19th December. Some 91kms or thereabouts; Nenagh>Toomevara>Moneygall>Army Hill>Borrisoleigh>Templederry>Dolla (Coffee Stop)>Silvermines>N7>Birdhill>Nenagh.
Thanks to Mike Gleeson for the tea and biscuits.
Missing from the pic is John O’Carroll.
Thanks to Peter Hynes for the puncture practice on the way back.
The Lads enjoy a Coffee Stop in Borrisokane (generously sponsored by Peter Hynes) on Sunday morning. The weather was both very bright and cold, with the odd icy spot to be seen. The 90km + route took the lads from Nenagh to Roscrea, on to Birr and Borrisokane, and back home to Nenagh.
NTW riders rest up at O’Brien’s Bridge coffee-stop on their 75km Sunday Spin. They proved they were neither ‘fair-weather’ cyclists or just pretty faces on a very cold and drizzly Sunday morning.
Many thanks to Roger Spain and Spain Constructions, who generously paid the coffee-shop bill.
There was a large turnout for the Club spin, on a bright and cold Sunday.
We held our AGM earlier this week at the Rugby Club. It was well attended, ran smoothly, and was marked by constructive discussions on a number of issues.
The meeting stated with Liam Callaghan presenting Jan White with a bouquet of flowers and a restaurant voucher to mark her stepping down as Club Secretary after 27 years of service. Jan’s length of sterling service to the Club is remarkable, serving both as a tribute to Jan’s personal qualities, and also perhaps as a hint as to why members are reluctant to volunteer for the Committee!
Liam presented Awards to the Winners of the NTW 2021 Club Races
Committee Members were elected for the following year
The Tri-Club had a very successful and enjoyable End-of-Season spin on Saturday, 25th September. The route, from Nenagh to Broadford and Scariff, and back via Killaloe, was 95kms long, taking in a welcome coffee-stop in Broadford. The spin, by Tri-Club and Nenagh CC members, was joined this year by up to 12 members of NTW.
Very pleasant spin this evening, with 8 out, a mixture of fast and not so fast riders. 63kms covered at just under 30.0kph. New ‘rule’ of reasonably paced start was applied, and again worked well.
And the evening’s soccer score was:
Mechanicals 4 – 0 NTW (Brandon o.g, 39m, Brandon o.g. 62m, Brandon o.g. 80m, Eoin o.g. 92m.)
NTW’s manager has transfer listed our young centre-half, saying he’d let him go on the cheap.
Man of the Match was Eoin, who had a lot of gas (Roger had some too).
We’d a very enjoyable spin this evening, with some of the coaching lessons being successfully applied for the first time. There were 10 riders out, covering 59km @ an average of 29.5kph.
The most important lesson applied was a reduced pace for the opening few kilometers. Instead of the usual ‘greyhounds out of the traps’ approach (and heart beating like a jackhammer), there was a more sedate 27-28kph start to the spin. It enabled muscles to rev up naturally, and avoided shoving riders nearly into the red early in the spin. As the spin progressed the pace picked up naturally, and we achieved a respectable average of 29.5kph almost at our ease. That reasonably paced start, which had been emphasized by the coach, helped ensure a very comfortable spin, without significantly impacting on the average speed.
Another aspect of the spin was a greater ‘smoothness’, without any impact on pace. The rolling over was more regular and frequent, ensuring nobody was up front for too long. Also there was less overall injection of pace during the rollover, making for a less ‘raggedy’ technique.
Lastly, and this is a first this year, but the group departed town as the one group, rather than separate little groups. This was partly achieved by one brave rider playing traffic cop on the departure from the car park!
What’s striking is that there was no rocket science in any of these techniques. They were all known and practised by the club over the years. Unfortunately, it seems the club lost a lot of good habits, replacing them with bad habits, but we seem to be on the way to relearning them (personal opinion there.)
Results and photos of this morning’s Road Race can be found under the ‘Races’ Page
Some of the lads participated in today’s Lough Derg SOS Tour, opting for the longer 145km route. Just a bit late for the pic was Brandon, who had his own SOS moment in Coolbawn!
We had a very good spin this evening, 49km @ 32.2kph. It was notable in that it included Jamie Blanchfield of Premier Endurance, who was along to observe cycling technique and the dynamics of our group spin. We had eight out, excluding Jamie, fairly evenly balanced between the faster and the less fast cyclists. The general consensus was that it was one of the best and smoothest spins we’ve had in a long time, despite the mixed abilities within the group. Some of the faster riders would have been comfortable at a faster pace, and different riders had different subjective experiences of the spin, but nobody was overstretched, and overall there was a lot of satisfaction with the spin. Mind you, and this is a personal opinion only, but I suspect that the spin might have been less smooth and the average speed higher if the A pupils hadn’t felt that the Inspector was closely observing them!
Jamie, despite his tender years, is an experienced and calm coach, and outlined some areas for improvement in respect of individual technique, e.g. cross-chaining and speed on climbs, but more pertinently had some constructive observations of the group dynamic e.g. half-wheeling, first 10 minutes being too fast, etc. It led into a constructive group discussion of the core issue of mixing fast and less fast cyclists in the one group. Jamie outlined a number of possible solutions, all of which have been implemented (with varying degrees of success) across other cycling clubs. The concept of a Group Captain for the the cycling group(s) was one of the recommendations.
To those members who couldn’t make it this evening, you missed out. The good news is that Jamie will be attending next Thursday’s spin, on basically the same route (not too long). Hope you can make it.
NTW have booked a cycling coach called Jamie Blanchfield (Premier Endurance) recommended by Aidan Hammond. Jamie will join us on our club spin on Thursday the 19th and 26th of August. He will give us general tips on route and advice on how best to manage groups and work the group so that everyone gets what they are looking for out of the group spin. Following the 2 spins he will give us feedback and if necessary meet with us again.
The club are paying the coach’s fee but numbers are limited. If it works we can try it again with other sub groups.
If you have any questions or points you would like us to put to Jamie in advance then please message Eoin Dillon or Liam Callaghan.
Congratulations to Eoin on his Silver Medal win at the National TT (M40) this weekend. That makes it a hat-trick of wins this season, as he adds to his Munster TT Gold medal (M40) and his Gold Medal in the National Track Pursuit (M40).