Dromineer Duathlon: is on tomorrow at 11:00am. Arrive a little early to set-up.
Nenagh CC: Broadford Race Report
Nenagh CC were out in force today at a cold and windy race in Broadford, Limerick. 15 club members took part in the race. This is a record turn out for the club at a race and shows how good a health the racing side is in. The course was a flat one so that suited some and didn’t suit others. Once again, the club performed well and we brought home more points.
Womens Race: After months of tough training our girls finally had the chance to test themselves out at this race in Broadford. There were plenty of nerves on the way down to the race. Nobody quite knew just how well or badly they would go. It’s all well and good doing it in training but can you do it in a race?! The answer to that is definitely yes they can.
Sinnead Oakes, Rachel Clancy, Sinead Kennedy and Majella Moyles took part in what was a combined ladies / masters cycling race. The ladies had a 2 minute head start on the men but with 4 laps of a 14km circuit to do, it wouldn’t be too long before all the groups came together. The strong wind meant that cycling was strung out in places and bunched up in others. Our girls managed to deal with this well, with some commenting that the race was very easy and our own Winter Warrior races were much harder!
Coming around the final bend to the finish, we could see 3 of our girls still in the group. None got up to place in the finish but finishing in the bunch was always the number 1 objective = job well done, take a bow! Confidence should be high after this, but there is still plenty of hard work left to do. There will be much tougher tests down the line so keep putting in the same big effort ye have all been putting in until now.
A4 Race: the club had a very strong team at this race so we were expecting some good results. The A4 bunch was very big at the start line (around 70), so the lads certainly weren’t going to have it all their own way. Matty Kennedy and Brian O’Neill had already shown good form up in Monasterevin, but with the added firepower of Eoin O’Donoghue, Derek Bowen, Keith Butler and Benny Delaney on the start line, hopes were high.
Over the 4 laps many of the lads went on breakaways but nothing was sticking. It soon became clear that it would come down to a sprint finish. With so many cyclists on such a narrow road the sprint was going to be a bit of a lottery. Some lads got boxed in and couldn’t get out. Some lad fell off his bike and regained contact just in time to get up for 2nd place – well done Matty!! Brian O’Neill was another one to score for the club as he finished in 6th place. All the other lads finished well up in the bunch but outside the points. It won’t be too long now before we have another 5 lads in the A3 division. Then the fun will start! Keep up the good work!
A1, A2, A3 Race: This race proved to be pretty non-eventful. Starting with the A3 group were Kenneth Kennedy, Kevin Sherlock, Eoin Woolley and Ronan Costelloe. Kenneth and Ronan threw in some early breakaway attempts but couldn’t get away before the A1/A2 bunch caught up. This brought Shane Scully into the bunch with the lads. Soon there was a break of 8 riders gone off the front and after a few more miles the race became a bit of a stroll, with many in attendance saving their legs for a much tougher day in the hills tomorrow. We had nobody in the results at this race; lets hope that changes tomorrow.
Next up: tomorrow – Broadford, hilly road race. If you want a lift text Shane 087-2605743
Next week: Rás Luimní, Caherconlish, March 8th. Try and make yourself available for this one.