We hope that you all enjoyed a lovely Easter and finally with the time change we have nice extended light in the evenings to work off all the chocolate extravagance from last weekend! 🙂 The weather hasn’t been very kind over the weekend but we still had a few hardcore members take to the roads .
Sunday despite the cold and rain we had 17 brave souls out on the road. The weekend spin was the upcoming Kiladangan GAA route, the 120km loop, but the weather was so miserable that they decided to do half the route instead on the morning. The group cycled together out to Puckane and from there the groups split. They cycled on to Ballinderry, Borrisokane, Carrigahorig, Terryglass and back to Nenagh via Ballycommon. The groups rejoined once again at the coffee stop in the Thatched Cottage, Ballycommon where some warm scones and coffee were greatly received. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Thatched Cottage for catering for us and to Kiladangan GAA for kindly looking after the food stop for us which was very generous indeed and we are really looking forward to supporting your event on April 10th.
We had four members representing the club in Ras an Laois on Sunday last, Kevin Byrne, John Foote, and Nanno Vuyk in the A4 category and Eoin Woods in the A3 category.
In the A4 category it was Kevin Byrne, Nanno Vuyk and John Foote’s first race of the season. It was a very fast paced race from the off and we learned that Kevin and John were lucky to avoid a crash halfway around the final lap where two unfortunate riders came down hard in front of them and they had to quickly maneuver themselves around the fallers but the lads were able to hang on and finished safely in the first bunch. A special well done to John Foote on making an incredible comeback from injury and finishing so strongly! In the A3 category Eoin Woods was very unfortunate and was unable to finish out his race due to a puncture. Your day will come Eoin, keep going, we’re hopeful at this stage you’ve used up all your bad luck for the season! Well done to everyone who raced on the day and good luck in the season ahead.
Just a heads up, that on Thursday evening April 7th our club racing will resume for the 2016 season and we would like to encourage all members to come out and enjoy the racing. The season opener will be the JJ Moynan TT1 which is a 16km Time Trial on the old N7 starting at the Roundhill Pub and the route being the Roundhill pub – Fivealley roundabout – Yellowbridge. This is an excellent introduction to racing and for those new to the club, all racing is handicapped with points being awarded in different categories according to ability. Don’t be afraid to come out and see what it’s all about. There will be a category for you and in a TT you are only racing yourself! The race calendar will be published shortly. Sign on will be at Moynans bike shop, Nenagh at 6.15pm and start time is 7pm sharp at the Roundhill and entry is €5. See you all there!
NTW Open TT League
As you may now be aware the club is holding an open TT league starting on April 8th. This league is open to anybody holding a limited competition or open race licence. We are very excited about this event and we hope it will draw good support, the league will be held over 20 weeks on every Friday evening for the summer and it’s 12 TTs to count out of 20. There will be great prizes for the top 3 in each category at the end of the league.
This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:
We are returning to our club training spins on Tuesday evenings when the clocks go forward and they will leave from Moynans shop at 6pm, but if the weather is unfavourable we will have the option to do turbo sessions instead.
Tuesday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop, Nenagh at 6pm sharp. Route decided by the group.
Wednesday: Club evening spin leaving from Moynans at 7pm.
Thursday: Club training spin leaving from Moynans bike shop at 6pm sharp. Route decided by the group.
Saturday: intermediate cycle 40/50km in distance, leaving Woodies at 7.30am. Anyone who wants to is very welcome to join in on this spin. You can contact William on 086 2447888 for more details.
Normal club training spin will be leaving from Woodies car park at 9am. The route will be decided on the morning by the group. Keep an eye on WhatsApp for details closer to the time.
Sunday: We’ll have our normal 9am spin leaving Moynans and this week’s route is: Moynans – Dolla – Templederry – Borrisoleigh – Templemore – Dunkerrin – Moneygall – Cloughjordan – Borrisokane – Nenagh. With this loop people can cut back early from Moneygall making it 75km, turning back at Cloughjordan would make it 82km or the full loop to Borrisokane will be 92km. Ye can decide on the morning if ye want to stop for coffee and you’ll find the Obama Plaza falls nicely at 55km if people want to stop. 🙂
Keep an eye on our WhatsApp group chats for any updates or changes. If you want to be added to the NTW leisure/ intermediate or Race Training WhatsApp groups just download the app and let us know to add you. Contact us on northtippwheelers.com