Hi all, we hope you had a good week.
Tuesday and Thursday evening we had our usual winter turbo training sessions take place and they are going very well with members getting in some very good base training.
We had good numbers out again for our club spin and on the morning they had enough numbers to split into the 3 groups. Below is a report from the Red group.
Red group report
Today we welcomed National Masters Champion and former club member, Sinnéad Oakes to the red group. We completed the designated route with ease, losing just three at Ballinamona with the Leaving Cert becoming a modern excuse for short cuts, with one (very, ahem) mature student repeating this years exam! Overall all riders, John (S), John (O’C), Joey, Noel, Sinnéad, Nanno, Peter, Eva, Duncan, chipped in a super effort today to produce a solid, structured training session. If we can keep this kind of training effort up, NTW will be a force to be reckoned with. Kudos to all, enjoy the recovery but only till Tuesdays turbo!
Thanks to Noel for the report.
We had a few club members head out for a training spin around Lough Derg, A good solid training ride was had by the cyclists with Liam looking just a little bit more mucky that the others at the end.
Club Open Nights
Cycling Ireland Insurance
To all members, please note that your 2016 cycling Ireland insurance has now lapsed since the 31st of December. To renew, if you have not done so already, log in to your account through cycling Ireland, and follow the simple instructions to renew your insurance as it is a requirement for every member to be insured while out on their bike.
S**t’s About To Fly
As this week sees the slurry spreading ban lifted in our area, all cyclists heading out on group spins are requested to have mudguards fitted to their bike and cycling glasses are advisable. Expect roads to have slurry residue on them, a proven cause of eye infections, an apple a day won’t keep that one away!
This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:
If any of you are heading out for a winter spin put up a message on WhatsApp and you may get a bit of 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.
Saturday: Winter training spin leaving 9am from Woodies carpark. Route is decided on the morning by those present. If anyone wants to change the time for this put up a message on the Whatsapp group and see if it suits everyone.
Sunday: Leaving at 9am from carpark at Moynans. (This weeks mentor is John Spillane)
Depending on numbers, we’re going to split into three groups with defined speeds to try and help people get back out and make progress in both technique and fitness.
The 3 groups are;
- Firstly a “Green” group that will be for beginners/leisure and that group will be held at 20-24kph average. This group will have a senior rider mentoring and controlling the pace to ensure it stays low enough for any beginners. If we don’t have anyone who wishes to ride this slow then the mentor will go with the Orange group.
- The next group will be the “Orange” group which is an intermediate group and will be controlled at 25-27kph average. We have plenty of intermediates that are fit enough to control this group but for the next few weeks if we could get another senior rider to volunteer to go with them to help fine tune the groups riding etiquette and control the pace so the group works well together and doesn’t split, the same way the senior group works, it would be much appreciated.
- Finally we’ll have a “Red” group which will do in the region of 28-32kph average depending on who is out.
We’ll split into the different groups in the carpark, with Red leaving first, then Orange and finally Green. The routes will be similar with the same start, middle(coffee stop/change groups) and end. The orange and red groups will cover the same route but there is also a green group spin that should only take about the 2 hours cycling. For anyone reading this and sitting on the fence about whether to come out and give it a go, come on out and try it. You’ll be well looked after, just come in and be ready to leave on your bike at 9am from Moynans. Ask one of the lads to point out that weeks mentor to you and introduce yourself to them so they’ll know if they have any newcomers.
By all means don’t be afraid to have a go at moving to a faster group than normal as there will still be plenty of chances to cut it short or change groups at the halfway point.
So, for this week’s Green route, it’s: Moynans – Cloughjordan – Old Birr Rd – Coffee @ BikePark Ireland Back to Nenagh
And for the Orange & Red it’s Moynans – Cloughjordan – Shinrone – Birr – Left after Riverstown to take old Birr Road – BikePark Ireland for Coffee @ 50km – Ballingarry – Borrisokane – Nenagh
Have a great week out there folks!!