Hi all, we hope you had a good week. Its hard to believe that another year has passed by for the club and on Monday night last we held our Annual AGM in the Dapp Inn, Nenagh. We had a very good turn out of members on the night which is always great to see. The committee spoke in length about the various happenings that went on in the club over the past year and there was an open question and answer time where members had a chance to ask questions about different aspects of the club. We also had a new committee elected on the night with some new faces which is great to see and we would like to say best of luck to the new committee in the year ahead. We would like to say a huge thank you to the outgoing committee for there input to the club over the past year. We would like to thank all the members that turned up on the night and we would also like to thank Frank and Susan of the Dapp Inn who looked after us. We would like to introduce you to our new NTW committee 2017 pictured below.
We had our usual winter turbo training this week and we had a great turnout on both nights. Rob was leading the class on Tuesday night calling out instructions and we have heard that his taste in music has improved and there was no squeaky turbos to be heard this time around.
We had another great turnout on Thursday night and a few more ladies this week which was great to see as well and it’s also great to see so many members getting in some good winter miles. Eva and Peter gave a masterclass in cycling on rollers and we have to commend you both on staying upright on the bikes! Well done to everyone who was at the sessions.
National Hill Climb Championships
On Saturday Club member Pat Bergin travelled to Ballyfad in Gorey Co.Wexford for the National hill climb championships. It was a very tough 1.7km climb with an average gradient of 8% meaning it was a energy sapping course. The very best in the country decided to turn up on the day including riders from the north so everyone was out in force to try take the title. The weather was great for the event, they had a slight tail wind so the times that were posted were very good. Pat was very happy with his power output for the climb which meant his training and preparation for the event went very well but it wasn’t enough to get him a medal as he finished in 7th place which was still a fantastic achievement in such an elite field. Pat would like to thank Paul Nevin (busters boot camp) for helping him with his preparation an also John Foote (Ballinderry sports therapy) for all his help on the day, it was very much appreciated.
Also on Saturday a few of the lads took advantage of the very nice morning to get some good winter miles in. They were kept honest with their efforts as usual by Eoin who made sure they kept the tempo going and they all very much enjoyed the spin! Liam in particular was getting some great encouragement… who it’s fantastic to see getting back to full fitness again, fair play to you sir! Very well done to you all!!
On Sunday we had a great turnout for our club spin which is great to see and the weather gods were with us yet again with the sun shining for the lads and ladies on the morning. Below is a great report from this weeks leisure group mentor Noel Kennedy.
“This mornings mentoring session had almost perfect weather conditions, dry with cool temperatures which were promised to increase during the morning. It didn’t start out quite as planned with the mentor getting left behind in the car park. After leaving at 9:05am a chase ensued to catch the most punctual group of cyclists in Ireland! Our small group after regrouping on top of Portroe, settled quickly into formation and as the kms passed by, we traded lots of tips and tricks. Stopping briefly for a break in UL Arena cafe with the other groups, we set off again in the direction of home, we discovered quickly that we had a strong headwind to contend with on our journey but a nice steady pace was set with everyone sharing the workload while practicing a few bike skills along the way. We all rolled safely into Nenagh town together and it was described as a very enjoyable training spin and I think we can all agree we learned something new! Thanks for the spin guys it was very enjoyable”
Club dinner and awards presentation.
Keep this date in you diaries folks as its getting very close now, 12th November. Its party time so we have our club awards dinner in the Thatched cottage, Ballycommon. The dinner is at 7pm and it costs €26pp for a three course meal which we think you’ll all agree is great value so make sure you come along and let the hair down for what will be a great night. We welcome everyone so bring your family and friends along for a fun filled night. You can contact Jan on 0871374354 to confirm your place. Please note we need to know if you intend to join us on the night by no later than Monday the 7th of November. See ya then 🙂
This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:
If any of ye want to do any spins out on the road don’t be afraid to put up a message on WhatsApp looking for company.
Tuesday: Club turbo training session from 7pm to 8.30pm in Stereame. Contact Pat on 087 6744400 for details and directions.
Thursday: Club turbo training session from 7pm to 8.30pm in Stereame. Contact Pat on 087 6744400 for details and directions.
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.
Sunday: (Leisure Group Mentor: Owen Hynes) This week we’ll continue with another route that has plenty of opt out points if you want to cut it short but also some optional climbs if you want to include a little challenge. The route is Moynans – Cloughjordan – Moneygall – Army Hill – Toomevara – Dolla – Silvermines – Right onto Limerick Rd – Left onto Boher Rd to Ballina – Return to Nenagh via four sisters, 85km.
For the shorter options: Turn around in Moneygall, 43km; Challenge yourself with Army hill and back via Toomevara, 45km; Turn back at Ballinamona Cross, 47km; Turn back in Dolla, 54km; Turn back in Silvermines, 58km; Turn back at Shalee cross via Capparoe, 63km; Return via Limerick Rd, 71km.
Have a great week out there folks!!