The first cycling race of the 2015 season took place today up in Monasterevin. You can read how our club got on in the race report. For the rest of the club it was another week of blood, sweat and tears.
Training: you should know what is on by now! As always, you should make a special effort to support club training sessions. If everyone decides not to train as a club then there will be no club left. Fit in 1 extra club training session this week. Go the extra mile for the club.
Nenagh CC Juniors: training is on Tuesday in the complex at 6:00pm and Saturday at 2:30pm in the CBS. The racing season has begun so it’s time for each of our juniors to focus on not missing any training for the next while.
Mizen to Malin: the routes, dates and logistics have all been sorted. Now all we need is for a deposit of €50 to be paid to secure your spot. The final cost of this trip is going to be around €300 which is extremely good value. Track down Majella this week and make the payment.
- One bunch or two? We are not 100% certain yet, but it is highly likely that there will be two bunches on the road leaving 30 minutes apart in the morning.
Club Gear: the club gear is due to be delivered this Thursday. We will let you know as soon as we have it available.
Shop local: the club can’t stress enough the importance of shopping local when possible. Cathal Murphy from Planet Tri and Tony Maher from Moynans have given the club a lot of support recently and both shops deserve our business. If you are looking for a new bike on the Internet then first bring the price in to the lads and give them a chance of matching it.
Monasterevin, Ned Flanagan Road Race: 4 club members made the trip up to Monasterevin for the first race of the season. We were represented in all categories at the race, with Brian O’Neill and Matty Kennedy in the A4 race, Kenneth Kennedy in the A3 race and Shane Scully in the A1/A2 race.
It was a fine morning for a race with the sun out and just a slight breeze. First off were the A1/A2s, followed by the A3s, then the A4s. In the A1/A2 race, Shane was quite content to make it an easy day for himself. He hid in the bunch from start to finish for a thoroughly uneventful start to his racing season. Kenneth Kennedy was a lot more active in the A3 bunch, going on a number of breakaway attempts. Nothing was sticking though so he rolled in with the bunch across the finish line.
There was more success for the club in the A4 race where Matty and Brian were racing well. They were close to the front all day and made the top pack of a splintered field coming into the finish. Both were well placed with 400m to go; Brian just got edged out of the points but Matty scored two points by finishing in 7th place. Well done Matty; it’s great to get your first points on the board!!
All 4 club members were delighted to get their first race out of the way. There were no crashes and plenty of positives to take from the day.
It has got to be said that 4 is a disappointing turn out from a club that likes to focus on racing. Why train hard in the winter and not race? It is going to be a long, boring spring/summer without a purpose to your training. On the bright side, most of the team have pledged that they will be racing in Tralee/Loughrea next weekend. It will be great to have more team mates on the start line. For the rest of ye, dust off the black and white jersey and plan your return – we need ye out there!
Next race: Sunday, Feb 22nd – races in Loughrea and Tralee.