Club Notes

Nenagh Summer League: is on this evening at 7:00pm. Text Shane if you can marshal 0872605743.

Nenagh CC Junior Training: is on today at 2:00pm at the Five Alley.

Last Thursday’s Summer League: Report

The league race last Thursday proved to be the toughest race of the year so far for the back bunch. Once again there was a big front bunch and middle bunch. With only 6 brave enough for the last bunch, those lads always had their work cut out to catch the much bigger bunches ahead. When people ask at the end of the year why they haven’t improved much – think back to the time when you were asked to choose between the hard bunch and the easy bunch – which bunch did you choose to cycle in?!!

The gaps between the 3 groups were 5 minutes and just 1 minute. Even though the middle group had just 1 minute, it was always going to be hard to catch them because instead of just sitting up and waiting for the back bunch to catch them, they now believed they could stay away and therefore pushed it as hard as they could. At the turn around point the first two groups had come together. The back group had barely reduced the gap and the numbers rolling through had dwindled. Simon Ryan was putting in some hard bursts at the front and eventually they got the gap down to 38 seconds at the Yellowbridge pub.

Up front, the large bunch were still pressing ahead and a small breakaway led by Darren Dunne went off the front. They were chased down but these little surges helped keep the bunch ahead of the chase group behind. Simon Ryan, Shane Scully, Seán Yelverton, Ian O’Halloran and Aidan Gallery were killing themselves to close the gap. Coming into Birdhill the group ahead still had 25 seconds of an advantage going onto the hill. A few lads in the back bunch sacrificed themselves into the bottom of the hill to close the gap, but was there too much to do?

The answer was yes. On the way up the hill Simon, Seán and Shane passed out about half of the front bunch but there were just too many strong lads left in that bunch and they surged away again on the hill. Darren Dunne, Matty Kennedy, Ken Costelloe and a few others had plenty left in the legs and sprinted hard to the line. In the end, Darren Dunne took an easy victory. Take a look at the video to find out where you came!



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