North Tipperary Wheelers Training Day
On Sunday morning 17 North Tipperary Wheelers members undertook the club’s first race specific training day at the Thatch Cottage, Ballycommon. The weather was not very favourable for cycling, with heavy rain falling all morning, however it’s a testament to the dedication of the club members that they turned up in force to battle the conditions.
The coach for the day was Martin O’Loughlin from Carrick Wheelers. Martin is the Youth Development Officer for Cycling Ireland and has a wealth of experience of both racing with multiple All-Ireland titles and coaching having managed Olympic Teams in Athens & London, 3 World Championship Teams & 2 European Championships as well as 2 Youth Olympics.
The morning session was a practical one where the group hit the road for a 62km spin which took us to Nenagh, Birdhill, O’Briens Bridge, Ballina and back to Nenagh and Ballycommon via the scenic lake route through Portroe. As the group rotated around, Martin spoke to the cyclists and gave tips on any areas which he felt needed addressing.
On returning to the Thatch Cottage, we were greeted with Soup,Sandwiches, Tea & Coffee which were very welcome, before settling in for the afternoon session.
In the afternoon Martin reviewed the spin and covered topics such as winter training, nutrition, clothing and hydration. He discussed a review of 2013 and goals for 2014, weight-loss and power building to name a few. The session ended with questions from members.
Pictures from the spin are available here
The day was enjoyed by all and was a very worthwhile exercise. The hope is to have a further follow up session at a later date.
We would like to thank Martin O’Loughlin for his time and expertise, Tom Doherty and Michael Molamphy for their excellent photographs and the staff at the Thatch Cottage, Ballycommon for their hospitality.
Club Sunday Spin
Due to the training day, the numbers on the usual Sunday spin were low with 2 in the faster group covering 80km in total. The route was Nenagh – Coolbawn – Carrigahorig – Borrisokane – Cloughjordan – Moneygall – Nenagh. The leisure group had 5 members who went from Nenagh – Moneygall – Gortagarry – Borrisoleigh – Templederry – Dolla – Nenagh at an average speed of 22kph.
Remember the club spin continues at 9am every Sunday morning.