Club Notes

Well, that sure was a busy week for the club. Plenty of training sessions and races. Things are definitely starting to heat up.

Final circuit training class: is on Monday at 7:00pm. Try to make it if you can as you won’t see it again for another 6 months! Give it one last blast.

Cold and wintry weather: is on the way for the next few days. Lucky for you, most of our mid-week sessions are indoors so you have no excuse not to train with the club.

Nenagh CC Juniors: 3 training sessions this week. The first race of the season is not far away now so try and make all 3 sessions.

  • Tuesday turbo at 6:00pm
  • Thursday 4:30 at the CBS
  • Saturday 2:30

Club Gear: has arrived so its time to collect. Kenneth will be at turbo on Tuesday if you want to collect.

Weekend racing

  • Dromineer Duathlon: the weather was awful today and in hindsight we probably should have just called this event off. Some turned up in cars but with heavy and cold showers they never got out. Only 4 ended up doing the event in the end. We will probably hold off on the Dromineer events till the clocks go forward and we can put them on mid week. The weekend events don’t seem to be well supported over the last few years.
  • Banner Duathlon: Derek Bowen made it two races in two days when he took part in this event in . Derek came 20th, once again putting in a very fast bike split.
  • Broadford Road Race: Day 2

After a successful day in Broadford yesterday hopes were high that the club could get some more good results at Sunday’s hillier race. There was a small group at the race with Shane Scully, Kenneth Kennedy and Matty Kennedy the only 3 to make the trip. All 3 had raced the day before so there was tiredness in the legs, and with pretty poor cycling conditions as well, the mood wasn’t brilliant on the start line.

In the A1, A2, A3 race: Shane and Kenneth put in two great performances. The two lads are going pretty well on the hills so a course like this suited them down to the ground. The race was 100km in distance and was a real war of attrition. The A1, A2 bunch started 2 mins behind the A3 bunch but things had all come together before the end of the first lap. Here a break of 12 riders went away, but there was a long way to go and previous experience has shown us that people fade badly in this race.

Kenneth and Shane worked well for the next two laps, but coming to the end of lap 3 Shane got himself in a break away up over the top of the hill. This break would chase the lead bunch on the road for the next two laps. On the final lap, with Shane’s chase bunch tiring, Shane broke out of the group and set off in chase of the now depleted front breakaway. On the final climb Shane had closed the 30 second gap on the 4 remaining escapees on the road, but instead of just tucking in with the lads (as he should) and recovered he pushed on ahead. It wasn’t long before 3 of the 4 original escapees had shot past him up the hill.

Shane kept a good pace up the final climb and managed to stay well ahead of the rest on the descent to take 4th place on the day and secure another 7 points for himself and the club – one more half decent result and he will be up to A1. He can say goodbye to Rás Dún na nGall then! Kenneth wasn’t too far behind in the end. He crossed the line in the top 20 and would have been in the top 3 of the A3s that started. Great stuff out of the lads!

A4 race: Matty was our sole representative in this, but funnily enough he shouldn’t have even been racing. We only learned after that Matty had already won the one point he needed for promotion down at the Lacey Cup, so he had gained promotion up to the A3 grade. Great stuff out of you Matty! In the race itself, Matty was feeling the effects of the race the day before where he came 2nd. He still performed well coming home in the bunch and finishing high up in the sprint but not quite high enough to score. It was a comfortable race for him but luckily he didn’t score as he shouldn’t have been in that race!

Next up: Rás Luimni on Sunday, March 8th – this is a big race for the club so we expect people to be there in numbers. The course is relatively flat but it is always a tough race. It is good to show support for neighbouring club races so be there!

Remember to keep training hard. It is too early in the season for taking extended breaks and giving yourself a pat on the pat!!!!!



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