Dromineer Duathlon: the first Dromineer Duathlon will be taking place on the first weekend in March. It is likely to be on Sunday, March 2nd, but we still have to confirm that. Once the clocks go back in March we will restart the Wednesday evening Dromineer races. Mid-week races seem to suit more people so try and go out of your way to support the Sunday race and we will be back on Wednesdays after that.
Limerick Duathlon: best of luck to all our club members who are heading in to Limerick on Sunday for the Limerick duathlon.
Swimming: it was great to see much better numbers in the pool this week. The lanes were packed out on Wednesday evening for our beginner focused swim. The morning swims were also well attended. Now that the weather is improving and the North Tipp Sprint is only 8 weeks away we expect to see even more in the pool.
Monday training switch: Bertie’s circuit training will be finishing up at the end of February. As usual, it will be replaced by a Monday evening run in the CBS. Further details to follow.
Saturday training: make a special effort to be at this Saturday’s training session at 2:30pm in the CBS.
1 on 1 coaching: great opportunity for some of our junior members.
As always, the club endeavours to assist our junior members to be the best they can be. We have a number of cyclists that seem to possess the right attitude to go far in the sport and we would like to help these cyclists along.
The club are offering our older juniors (anyone that cycles from time to time with the senior group) the chance to avail of one on one coaching – numbers are extremely limited – only being offered to juniors that are serious about cycling and have been turning up to training regularly.
Shane Scully will be in charge of this coaching programme and will put together your training / racing plans for 2015. Shane has helped our very own Irish Junior Triathlete Darren Dunne in the past so knows what it takes to make it to the top as a junior. The cost of this coaching will be free – just bring plenty of enthusiasm!!
Making it to the top takes serious commitment and isn’t for everyone. Most people like the idea of being a top sports person but lack the will power and dedication needed to be one. Cycling certainly has to be your number 1 sport. Currently nobody in the club is putting in close to the effort required to make Munster / Irish teams in the future. We hope to change that.
Have a serious think about it and if after that you really want to commit to cycling then text Shane 087-2605743 and let him know. Juniors will be taken on on a trial basis for 2 weeks to see how things work out. Again, numbers are extremely limited for this. No time wasters/excuse makers need apply!!!!!
We have another big weekend of cycling coming up. There are races and training spins aplenty to choose from. Staying at home on the couch is not one of the options available!!!
Saturday Spin: We are going to repeat the planned route from last week – this time, hopefully, minus the fog! The route is the Nenagh – Roscrea – Templemore – Borrisoleigh – Templederry route. The usual interval work will be included. Try and make this session even if you are racing on Sunday. If you have signed up for Mizen to Malin then use the weekend cycles to get good miles in your legs.
Sunday Spin: will be leaving from Tescos at 8:00am. This week we will be back doing the lake cycle.
Sunday Racing: the racing season gets a proper start this weekend with the Munster and Connaught racing seasons both kicking off. There are two races available to club members. As always we would encourage our members to opt for the Munster race and avoid seeking out the ‘easier’ races. However, with Loughrea being just up the road we can understand why people might target that one instead.
- Main race: Lacey Cup, Tralee – should be 10 or so of us heading dow to this race. Forecast isn’t looking the best sure, that’s racing for you. There is a handicapped A1/A2/A3 race and a separate A4 race. The race is 75km and it starts at 12:00.
- Alternative race: West Coast Wheelers Open Road Race, Loughrea. There is a handicapped A1/A2/A3 race (85km) and a separate A4 race (55km). Starts at 11:40.
Saturday cycle route