Amazingly enough, we had a second dry, sunny evening for our Thursday evening racing and this week it was TT 5 in the J.Moynan TT Series. The course has been used before and is a hard one – Moneygall to the first Roscrea roundabout and back – a distance of 15 miles. On this occasion, however, there was a very strong head wind on the return journey which lowered some riders times and certainly drained them! In the race for fastest time, there was absolutely no beating Shane Scully who was 57 seconds ahead of Hugh Flannery who was making his debut in the club’s TTs. Third place went to an ever-improving Tommy Hanrahan. The race winners however saw a turn-about situation as two riders in particular rode well inside their time allowance, showing a good improvement. Third place went to Duncan Hodgins; second was taken by John Foote while taking his first win with the Wheelers was Stuart Witts. It was another strong sign-on and well done to all who rode!
For the first time in ages, we had a DRY Thursday evening and this fact was mirrored in a large sign-on, All the riders were so grateful not to be drenched before finishing! It was the second Two-Up TT and the route was the 10 ml course from Yellow Bridge to Birddhill and back. There are no handicaps or time bonuses in this race as the riders work with each other to gain a good result. When all the pairs were in, it was surprising how close the times were. Third fastest on the night were the duo of John Foote and John O’Carroll while Kevin Sherlock (fresh from his Ironman exploits) and Andy McLoughlin took second place just 7 seconds behind the winners, Liam Callaghan and Brian O’Neill. Well done to all on a very exciting race!
At last, the report on the 9.5 ml road race which took place on Thursday 28th June, in as usual, horrible wet weather conditions! The course was from the Birdhill roundabout to the Five Alley and in spite of the inclemency of the weather, there was once again a good sign-on. The fastest three on the night were Shane Scully, Tommy Hanrahan and Pat Rohan while the race win went to our visitor from Limerick CC, Andy Kett with Kevin Byrne taking a close second place and Shane Scully in third.
The next race is on Thursday 12th July at 6.30pm and is a hill climb from the Belleen roudabout to the top of Portroe Hill – a distance of 5.4 mls. Meeting place is Moynan’s shop.
At last, the result of last weeks road race, which was over a course of 19.5 mls and was ridden in horrible wet, windy weather. The course was Dolla through Silvermines to the Limerick road then a left turn to Birdhill roundabout then all the way back to the Five Alley. The weather really was diabolical but there was still a fairly good sign-on of hardy souls. The fastest time on the night went to Pat Bergin with Eamon Hartnett and Liam Callaghan hot on his wheel! When times were adjusted Kevin Byrne claimed third, a great effort as he has had little chance to ride lately, while John Spillane took second on the same time as the winner, John O’Carroll, who is in flying form at present. Very well done to all those who turned out to ride – everyone deserved a prize!
Well done to all our riders too who took part in the Tour of the Burren on Saturday last – also ridden in wet and windy weather and to all the members of the Nenagh Triathlon Club who took part in “Hell of the West” in Kilkee on the same day and a special shout out for Shane Scully who took second place!
For TT4, we were back to the wet, cool weather – a horrible evening for racing but in spite of that a good number of hardy souls turned out for the time trial. We reverted to the lImerick road route – Yellow Bridge to Birdhill roundabout and back – a distance of 10 mls. The fastest man on the night was Shane Scully in a time of 23.41 and remarkably, Pat Bergin and Liam Callaghan clocked the same time – 24.46 while Tommy Hanrahan just missed out with 24.47. When the time adjustments were made, Tommy Hanrahan retained third place while John McCarthy claimed second and Margaret Hogan took her first club win. Both John and Margaret rode well within their handicap and since TT1, Margaret has improved her time by over 3 mins. A great achievement! Cliodhna McGrath and Stuart Witts both rode their first TT with us and showed very respectable times. Well done to all who turned out on such a miserable evening!