Bike Training: The club are going to start evening cycling this week. These are not to be missed if you are serious about improving your biking ability. Once the clocks change next week we will have a bit more time to play around with. All are welcome.
- Tuesday, March 26th – 10km time trial – This will start at 6:00pm sharp from the pool. The route will be out the Dublin Road to the first roundabout and back. People will be let off in one minute intervals. Take it as hard or as easy as you like for the first one. The important thing is that you turn up and get used to time trialing. There will be a group leaving from the pool at 5:00pm to go on a warm-up cycle.
- Thursday, March 28th – 17 Mile Chain Gang Cycling – this will start at 6:00pm sharp from the Five Alley Pub on the Limerick Road N7. The route takes you to Birdhill and back. Cyclists will be put into ability based bunches and handicap times will be given. It is advisable to warm-up before this.
- Saturday Club Cycle – There is no scheduled club cycle this Saturday, we reckon you deserve the bank holiday off, but keep in mind that the following weekend is the final Dromineer Duathlon race!!
Run Training: Tonight’s run will be at 6:30 as normal, but as of Monday the 1st April this will be beginning at 6pm. It is not a track session, its a long run that is either 3, 5, 7 or 10 miles long. Fridays run will be a track session and will start at 6pm.
SIAB Schools Cross Country International: Darren Dunne and Killian Cullagh were in Wales representing Ireland over the weekend. Both lads did the club proud with Darren finishing in 17th place and Killian in 31st. This is a fantastic achievement for the lads so make sure to congratulate them!
Ennis Duathlon: Sinnead Oakes secured a prize for the 2nd week in a row with an excellent 2nd place in the Ennis duathlon on Sunday. The distances were: 2.7k run / 16.85k cycle / 2.4k run.
Bike Racing: The club had representatives at two races this weekend. First up was the Lucan GP with Kevin Sherlock, Gary and Shane taking part. The lads were competitive throughout but no points were scored on the day. Next up was the first big race of the season in Carlow. The Des Hanlon Memorial is a tough race with a huge sign-on. Most of our bike racing team managed to free up their calendar so as to attend this (the usual excuses were given by the usual suspects!).
The best result for the club came in the A4 race where Kevin Moyles came home in 2nd place and with that earned promotion up to the A3 category for future races. Well done Kevin! Kenneth Kennedy finished just outside the top 10 and Hugh Flannery punctured out early. Eoin Woolley also took part and battled hard to finish this very tough race. In the A3 race, Gary Scully punctured out in the exact same spot as Hugh. Shane got himself into an early breakaway that stayed clear up to the 45 mile mark but they were caught. In the end, Shane finished around 15th. Eamon Hartnett came home soon after in the bunch.
Next up: Rás Chonemara 3 day stage race = rest week for most.
Club Table Quiz: The club would like to thank everyone that came to support the club on Friday night in Rockys. Thanks also go to Cliodhna McGrath and Mary Donnellan for their work organising it. Plenty of money was raised for the club so the committee can go on their fact finding mission to Hawaii next year.