It was a very successful weekend of racing for our triathlon and cycling clubs. It is great to see the good work people are putting in getting rewarded. This is why we train hard in the winter. If you haven’t started back racing yet then open the racing calendars and plan your season. We would love to see you racing in the club colours next week!
Read our racing reports from Limerick and Tralee below.
Training: Bertie’s circuit training is on tomorrow at 7:00pm. If numbers are decent we will continue this session for one extra week. If not we will finish up tomorrow evening. It’s a long hard season and you need to have core strength to get through it!
Mizen to Malin: deposit of €50 is due to Majella Moyles. Try and give it to her this week if you can.
Dromineer Duathlon: we are hosting our first Dromineer Duathlon on March 1st at 11:00am out in Dromineer. We need as many people as possible to support this. All are welcome to take part. As always the cost is free. Tea and biscuits served afterwards!
North Tipp Sprint: entries are now open. Please help spread the word and like our new event Facebook page > www.facebook.com/northtippsprint
Nenagh CC Juniors:
- Tuesday: turbo training at 6:00pm
- ** Thursday: training after school at the CBS. Meet at 4:30pm.
- Saturday cycle: older juniors should join in with the senior cycle this weekend.
- Limerick Duathlon: congrats to Darren Dunne who was 2nd overall in this race and top junior. Darren is beginning to return to form after injuries interrupted much of his off season training. Darren was just 1 minute behind Irish elite triathlete Aaron O’Brien, finishing in a time of 47:13 for the 4km run, 14km bike and 4km run route. Also competing were club legend in his own mind Keith Butler who finished in 15th place, Bill O’Brien who finished in 39th and Derek Bowen who finished in 43rd. Great stuff lads!!
- Lacey Cup, Tralee: the Nenagh CC cyclists were also in action, with 8 club members making the trip down to Tralee for the first cycle race on the Munster calendar. The weather on the way down was absolutely brutal but by the time the race started things had started to clear. There was still a stiff breeze to contend with as well as two mountain climbs to negotiate, so things were always going to be tough.
The A1, A2, A3 race was first to pull out, with the A3 bunch getting a 2 minute head start and the A2 bunch getting a 1 minute head start. There were around 150 in this race with many of Ireland’s top riders in attendance so the pace was always going to be hot. The club was well represented in the A3 bunch with Kenneth Kennedy, Kevin Sherlock, Ronan Costelloe, Ian O’Halloran, and Cathal Murphy. Shane Scully followed close behind in the A2 bunch.
All 3 bunches came together at the foot of the first climb, so the pace was pretty hot going up. However, it was the downhill and flat sections after the hill that did the damage with line outs and people dropping wheels all over the place. Kenneth and Shane were the only two to survive the mayhem on the road and cycled with the bunch safely to the foot of the last climb.
The two boys cycled well on the last climb with Kenneth pushing the pace for most of it. On the downhill towards the finish the lads found themselves in a bunch of 10 with a whos who of top Irish riders. No doubt all the rest hadn’t a clue who the two eejits in black and white were! The top 4 places were already gone as there was a break down the road but the 10 remaining on the road had plenty to sprint for. Both Shane and Kenneth would be the last two men you would pick for a sprinting team so the odds of a top finish weren’t looking good. In the end, Shane scraped into the prizes with a 12th place position with Kenneth just behind.
In the A4 race the club were represented by Mike Browne and Matty Kennedy. The two lads found the going very easy for almost all of it. Both were keeping their energy in reserve for the final climb where the final positions are usually decided. Mike Browne went on an early break away and pushed it hard up the climb. At the top he found himself in a group of about 15, with Matty stuck just behind in no mans land. Coming towards the finish, Mike was well positioned to finish well and claimed a fine 4th place finish in his first race of the season. That should secure Mike 5 points and edges him ever closer to a promotion to A3. Great cycling lads!
Next Cycling Race: the Nenagh CC girls make their racing debut next weekend in Broadford. They are racing on the Saturday. There is also a men’s race on both Saturday and Sunday so try and make it to at least one of them.
tough day at the office!
Grandad Dunne with his hat and scarf on. All he’s missing is a pipe!
Derek pushing hard on the bike
Keith Butler mauling the marshall