What a difference a day makes! After several weeks of cold, wet and windy conditions, there was no complaints on Sunday morning when both senior and leisure club groups were met with blue sky’s and a warm sun on the pre-arranged 120km anticlockwise spin of Lough Derg. The leisure group departed Nenagh at 8am sharp with the senior group of nine riders in pursuit one hour later. Catching the leisure group was quickly dismissed by the seniors in favour of coffee alfresco in Mountshannon to catch some well overdue rays only to find that the leisure group had done the same a short time earlier. A fast pace by both groups with the leisure group clearly enjoying the increased mileage.
Meanwhile Eoin Woods was working hard in a hilly A4 race in Cobh. Points were in sight for Eoin as he approached the line in second position with 200 yards to go but his strong efforts on the front (which we are all familiar with) were to again prove costly and deny him of points. Nonetheless, Eoin would still finish strongly as expected taking 15th spot on the line. Elsewhere, well done to Donncha Floyd who completed the Wicklow 200 on Sunday – the grueling 200km sportive. Donncha’s recent stealth training on flatter terrain in the Netherlands was clearly no hindrance to Sunday’s mountainous event with Donncha indicating how much easier it was than last year.
On Thursday we had our club race night and we had TT No.3 in the JJ Moynan TT series. The race season is flying by and the competition is hotting up. As usual we had our normal route that covered a distance of 16km. This week we had 13 members out racing. Well done to Liam Callaghan who set the fastest flat time on the night and congrats to our joint winners Stuart Witts and David Kyle who took the win when the handicap points were allocated. The league table is beginning to take shape. Liam is the current leader of the club race league table but there is still plenty of jossling behind and points from remaining races sure to count. Thanks to Jan for timekeeping and to Vic who took the great pictures of our members racing on the night, your help is much appreciated. Thanks also to those who raced on the night. Read the full report here. (Below: JJ Moynan TT3 winners – David Kyle and Stuart Witts. Bottom: Liam Callaghan setting the fastest time on the night).
The Tuesday club spin remains popular and great to mix with friends and riders from Nenagh CC. This is a great opportunity to build and improve on quality mid week mileage and training.
The new club email notification kicked into full swing this week. Some hiccups are expected to occur as with any new structure but email really does allow for the easiest method of communication. If email doesn’t suit, remember to log in to the club website or Facebook for the weekly update, news and route plans.
Next weeks spins (8th-14th June)
Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans at 6.30pm. Route as usual decided on the evening. Avg speed on the evening between 28/30kph.
Wednesday: Club intermediate spin leaving from Moynans at 7pm. Route decided on the evening. Avg speed between 25/27kph.
Thursday: Road Race No.7 in the race series. This week we have a hill climb race and the route is Dolla road down from Ballinamona cross, Dolla, and finish at the carpark at Bolingbrooke a distance of 14km. Sign on is at Moynans bike shop at 6.15pm. Group departs to the start at 6.30pm. Race starts at approx 7pm, entry €5.
Saturday: Club race training(structured 30+kph) and intermediate (26/28kph) spins leaving from Woodies car park at 9am. The route as normal will be decided on the morning.
Sunday: Club spin catering for all abilities leaving from Moynans at 9am. This weekend we have two separate spins, a longer route in the hills of Co.Clare for our senior group. Route: Nenagh-Killaloe-Ogonnoelloe-Scariff-Lough Graney-Feakle-Kilkshen-Sixmilebridge-O’Briens Bridge-Birdhill-Nenagh, a total distance of 130km. And for our leisure/intermediate cyclists we are going to cycle the ever popular UL spin. This proved a popular route earlier in the year. Please bring along a few euros on the morning for a coffee stop in the Arena cafe. The distance for this spin is 75km.
Sunday SeniorSpin Route
For any more information on club events or membership please contact our club chairperson Pat Bergin on 087 6744400.