There were 9 million bicycles in Nenagh……. that’s a fact……….well, actually we didn’t have quite as many bicycles on display today in Nenagh as there are in Beijing, but there were quite a few all the same. It was a proud day for the triathlon club as we held our first junior cycling training day in the Nenagh CBS grounds. This training session came after our senior cycle and gave us a combined senior & junior club turnout of 47 cyclists.
Youth cycling: It is great to see youth cycling return to Nenagh after a long break and judging from today’s turnout there is definitely an appetite for it. There were 30 youth cyclists at this training session with ages ranging from 10 – 18. After our sign-on and brief introduction, the group were split in three and brought to one of three stations where our coaches put the cyclists through their paces. A lot of the work was done on the track, where the children learned many of the skills involved with cycling in groups. There was also a cyclo cross course to practice on and a skills section for the younger cyclists. The time flew by and everyone had a great time.
Next training session: this first training session was just a pre-Christmas introduction to cycling. Our weekly training sessions will begin in January, so check out this website in the New Year for more details. Spread the word because we want 40+ at the next one!!!
Senior Cycling: There were 17 cyclists out this morning to tackle the Nenagh – Roscrea – Birr – Nenagh route. Andy McLoughlin was sporting a helmet camera for the day so everyone was on their best behaviour! The bunch made good speed out to Roscrea where we then split in two for some interval work. Last week, the first bunch managed to stay away for the 10 mile, but their numbers were down a bit this week and the racing group dragged them back just before Birr. The short food stop in Birr allowed everyone to get a break and get ready for the trip back home. On we went to Borrisokane with the wind making things a little tough for the bunch. The pace dropped but we were still moving along nicely as a bunch. The final interval session was from Borrisokane back to Nenagh with the first group getting a 5 minute head start. The racing team made good time back to Nenagh and caught the depleted front bunch a few mile from home. There were a few tired bodies in the bunch as we hit Nenagh but that is always going to happen in such a mixed ability group. Just keep training and life in the bunch will become a whole lot easier.
Next up: there will be a special event next Saturday to build up a thirst for the club night out. We don’t know the exact details yet but we want this cycle to be well supported = postpone your Christmas shopping to Christmas Eve!!!