It was a fairly busy week in the club, at least in the background! We had the normal training spins take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and both had a good turnout of members on each spin.
Wednesday evening we took delivery of our brand new look club gear, so as you can imagine we were very excited to see how it turned out and we were certainly not disappointed… we’re loving the new look! It was a busy night sorting all the orders for our members to collect. The feed back from everyone so far has been very positive so that’s great to hear. We would like to thank Aidan Crowley of Velo Revolution for his help over the last few months in getting the design finalised and for getting the order to us very quickly given how busy a time of year it was when the order was placed. Here is a look at the new gear 🙂
Don’t forget, a note to all club members, you can collect your free gift compliments of the club from Jan when you are collecting your new club kit or when you are in town one of the days, see link here for details.
New look club skin suit
Thursday evening unfortunately we had to postpone road race No.10, the last in the road race series, due to the thunder storms which were forecast, the safety of our racers was our priority. We will be running the race this coming Thursday evening so you all have that to look forward to 🙂 See you there.
On Sunday due to alternative attractions there was a relatively modest turnout for the Sunday morning spin with a total of 13 riders lining out, four from the racing group and nine intermediates. This weeks intermediate route was Nenagh – Dunkerrin – Templemore – Borrisoleigh – Dolla – Nenagh, 71km. Conditions were dry and little on the cool side at the start with a moderate breeze. The nine intermediates completed the 71km spin at an average speed of 27kph. A particularly enjoyable feature was the section from Borrisoleigh back to Nenagh where a “drop out” system was used to deal with the headwind and the many bends that are a feature of the route. This involved the 9 riders cycling in single file, as close as possible to each other, with the lead person dropping out and joining the back of the group every 2 minutes or so. This had the effect of minimising the headwind and maximising safety on the twists and turns of the Thurles road. A good training exercise for the intermediate group. Meanwhile four of our racing group took on an extended route Nenagh – Dunkerrin – Templemore – Borrisoleigh – Dolla – Old N7 – Birdhill – Ballina – Portroe – Nenagh 112km. The new routes are being enjoyed by all our members and there is something there to suit everyone. Keep up the good work everyone.
Also on Sunday we had club member Eoin Woods racing in Mullingar, Co.Westmeath. He said it was a very fast paced race as the route was flat. It was dangerous at times with lots of elbows being thrown and it came down to a bunch sprint at the end. Eoin finished just outside the points in 11th place so very well done Eoin, it won’t be long before we have another racer in the A3 category!
Next weeks Club Training rides (20th -26th July) are as follows:
Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm. Avg speed on the evening between 28/30kph.
Wednesday: Club intermediate spin leaving from Moynans at 7pm. Avg speed between 25/27kph.
Thursday: We will be having another go at running the last race of our Road Race series which had to be postponed due to the bad weather last Thursday evening. The route again is Ballywilliam Creamery – Five Alley roundabout – Back to Silvermines turnoff – Dolla – Ormond Stile (Top of climb before Templederry descent), 32km RR. You can sign on at 6.15pm at Moynans bike shop or at the start line. Group departs to the start at 6.30pm and race starts at approx 7 pm. Entry is €5
For the weekend spins we have a couple of new routes for you to try out. It is always nice to cycle somewhere different. See the maps below for full details of route. Both spins leave from Moynan’s at 9am and everyone is welcome to join us on the morning.
Senior spin route:
Leisure/Intermediate spin route:
Also on Sunday there is an alternative of the Billy Butler cycle starting from Birr if anyone wants to do this challenging tour we have a few members interested in going.
We hope that you all enjoy a good week.
For further information on any club events or if interested in joining the club, please contact Pat Bergin 087 6744400