Finally we had some good weather to celebrate. We hope everyone got out training on Sunday. Hopefully this will be the long awaited start of some fine training weather!
Training: We don’t have any plans for this Monday. Circuit training has finished and running won’t be re-starting just yet, so get out and do something by yourself.
- Tuesday: Early morning swim + Turbo
- Wednesday: Beginner day – beginner run at 6:30 from Tescos. Beginner focused swim at 8:00.
- Thursday: Early morning swim + quality running session in the CBS at 6:30pm.
Nenagh CC Juniors: two training sessions this week – Tuesday and Thursday. Older juniors should make themselves available for the senior cycle on Saturday.
Our younger juniors heading out for a spin last Saturday!
Club Gear Order: due to strong demand, the club are going to put in another gear order soon. Let Kenneth Kennedy know what you want this week and hopefully we can have the order sent in by the end of the week. Kenneth Kennedy – 0872028964
Nenagh CC Seniors:
- Leisure cycling: preparations continue for Mizen to Malin (remember to pay the €50 deposit to Majella soon). If you are serious about this then start targeting Saturday and Sunday club cycles and don’t be always looking for a short cut! There are some Sportives coming up soon that we would make for ideal preparation – we will keep you informed.
- Women’s racing: next Saturday is the start of the women’s National League in Blarney. We hope to see all our girls out in force for this one. It’s bound to be a tough one but that’s why we have been training so hard!
- Men’s racing: 5 lads are heading up for the first stage race of the year – Rás Maigh Eo. Closer to home there is a men’s race down in Blarney. We hope people can make the effort to attend.
- Keeper Hill Challenge: the club were represented very well by Derek Bowen and junior Denis Allen. Derek raced well on the tough hilly course to finish high up in 9th overall in the elite event in a time of 2:55. Denis was the first U/18 on the day and also finished in 5th overall in the sprint event. Great stuff!
- Rás Naomh Finian: 3 of our girls were in racing action on saturday and they continued on the fine form from last week. It was a very windy race on a wide open road and that made things quite challenging. Our girls had no bother looking after themselves in the bunch. On the way back to Clonard Sinnead Oakes was feeling very strong and was able to break from the women’s bunch. This break would take her almost to the line for what would have been a very strong solo victory. Unfortunately she was just passed in the final moments by two others and had to settle for 3rd overall. This is still a fine result for both Sinnead and the team and is just reward for the effort they have put in. Sinead Kennedy and Majella Moyles both finished comfortable in the bunch, making it a very successful start to the cycling weekend for Nenagh CC.
- Rás Luimní: the big race of the weekend took place in Caherconlish, Limerick on Sunday. This event was the start of the men’s cycling league and it brought a very large sign on to all 3 races on the cards. The weather for this race was the complete opposite of previous years with sun and only a slight breeze there today. Did we have any luck? as it turns out….no!
- A1/A2 race: Shane was our sole representative in this 120km race and his sole aim was to get around without scoring any points. That wasnt hard as a breakaway of 14 riders got away on the first lap! This break was to stay away all day (although a few did drop out of it). Shane managed to get himself into the 2nd chase group on the road but they never made any real impression chasing back the breakaway and Shane had to settle for around a 20th position finish. It was great to see former club and rás rider Simon Ryan pick up what must be one of his biggest and best wins to date with a fine solo win.
- A3 race: the club were represented here by Kenneth Kennedy, Ian O’Halloran, Ronan Costelloe and Emmet Murphy. Kenneth did the best for the club on this occasion getting himself into a very promising early break. This break was caught by another larger break of 20 or so and over the next lap and a half another group broke out of it with Kenneth missing the break. He still finished very high (close to top 10) but just out of the points. Ronan Costelloe did well in the final bunch sprint afterwards. He was aggressive all day but couldn’t buy a break! It was great to see Ian and Emmet mixing it up in the race too. Both finished well in the bunch and will improve a lot in the coming weeks.
- A4 race: The club had a strong entry in this race and we were rightfully expecting some big results. This is where the club ran full out of luck. Mike Browne was first to come a cropper with a puncture ruining his chance of a win. Things were even more unlucky for Brian O’Neill as he was involved in a crash just before the finishing line when he was certain to score the points need for promotion to A3. All is ok thankfully, just a few scrapes and bruises. Keith Butler finished in 16th or so and is starting to find his cycling legs after months of humming and hawing about whether he wanted to cycle race this year! Eoin O’Donoghue was involved in every kamikaze break away on the day but as you quickly learn in A4 – they rarely stick. One day it will happen though!!
- Women’s race: Rachel Clancy was our sole representative in the women’s race and put in a fine performance to finish in 2nd overall and with that claiming a prize on the day. More success for the girls!!!