We had a record turn out at this weekend’s cycling races. 27 club members were in racing action. Read all about it below
Club Events Meeting: was postponed today. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday. Likely location will be the leisure centre at 7:00pm.
Club Gear: final call for gear – if you want some then text Kenneth 087-2028964
Training: we still haven’t made a final decision on Monday training. Bare with us; we will sort it at the club meeting on Wednesday. There are not too many weeks left to the North Tipp Sprint so try and get to as many training sessions as possible over the next few weeks.
Nenagh CC Junior Training: training is on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with a race on Sunday in Dungarvan.
Youth racing: Loughrea 11 of our younger cycling club members got their racing season off to a good start up in Loughrea on Sunday. We had competitors in all 3 age categories. The pace in all 3 races was very quick and it proved to be a tough day for some but don’t be too disappointed; it’s a long a season.
- U/12: Ryan Haskett, Aoife Duggan, Emily O’Keeffe, Conor Kirby and Ciara Sherlock took part in this race. Ryan was the first home for the club on the day. Ryan has improved a lot in his 2nd season. Emily had a terrific debut race and finished very high up. Not long behind were Conor, Ciara and Aoife. Great work out of everyone!
- U/14: Odhran O’Driscoll, Daniel Yon Hin and Michael Griffin made the step up to U/14 racing this year and this meant it was always going to be a tough race for them against the older boys and girls. Things were made even tougher for Michael when he missed the start. The 3 boys battled hard and put in a great effort. They have improved hugely from last year and this race will really benefit them.
- U/16: this was our most competitive age group with Denis Allen, Seán O’Neill, Tom O’Meara and Calvin O’Brien all competing. Calvin is only a first year U/16 so was really up against it. Denis, Seán and Tom didn’t have that excuse but didn’t need it as they were flying it. All 3 were tucked nicely in the bunch. Unfortunately, a crash caused Seán and Tom to lose contact with the bunch. Luckily, Denis got through unscathed. Denis was doing great right up until the end when he lost a wheel on the final corner and had to settle for 7th place. This is still an excellent results. Nice work boys!
Senior racing: Carlow The big race for the men and women this week was down in Carlow. The Des Hanlon is the first classic of the year and it brought a huge turnout of over 500 to Carlow for a great day of racing.
Men’s race: We had competitors in all the days racing. It was a good day for the club although the amount of points brought home doesn’t reflect it fully.
A1/A2 race: Shane Scully wore the club colours in this 160km race and it went well for him. After 90 miles of racing he was in with a great chance of a top 10 finish. There was some misfortune in his final position of top 15 and to rub salt in the wounds he also lost out in a sprint finish for top A2 rider after being caught with 3 miles to go. Still it was a decent performance and a good sign for the rest of the season.
A3 race: Kenneth Kennedy, Ian O’Halloran, Ronan Costelloe and Cathal Murphy lined up for the club in this 120km race (Matty was also there but suffered a mechanical at the start). Kenneth Kennedy stuck to his pre-race plan of breaking straight away but unfortunately in a peloton of over 200 riders nobody was brave enough to go with him and after 5km out alone he gave up the break and went back to the bunch. The hills were taken at a lightning speed in this one with the juniors tearing it up. Kenneth and Ronan dealt well with the attacks and coming into the finish they were still in the bunch which was now down to under 50 riders. With a break of 5 already across the line there wasn’t much to play for in the sprint. No points were won but again th performances from the lads was encouraging.
A4 race: Mike Browne made a return to racing here. After the disappointing puncture in Rás Luimní, he was eager to do well here and gain the final points needed. Mike was the main man in this race as he pushed the pace on all the hills looking to break the elastic and get away. Up and over the top of the last he dragged 4 others with him but they were caught before the end by another 20 so that left 25 to battle it out in the final sprint. Mike managed to get into the points with a 6th place finish which is enough to see him promoted to the A3 division. Congrats Mike!!
Women’s Race: there was also a women’s race on in Carlow. Although the field was small for this, it proved to be a very tough, competitive race. Sinnead Oakes, Majella Moyles and Sinéad Kennedy once again represented the club unbelievably well. They were pushing the pace and making their presence felt throughout. Sinnead Oakes continued her excellent early season form with a fine 4th place finish in this race. Sinnead got herself into a break with 3 other girls and pushed hard to the line. Sinéad Kennedy wasn’t far behind coming in with 3 girls ahead of the bunch. Majella finished safely in the bunch. They are all making things look very easy.
Senior Racing: Loughrea it wasn’t just the youths in racing action up in Loughrea, Benny Delaney, Keith Butler, Eoin O’Donoghue, Noel Kennedy and Brian O’Neill were racing too in the A4 race. Brian was our top performer in this, finishing just outside the points in 9th place. I am not sure if Brian is happy or sad to miss out on the point needed for promotion to the A3 category; with the Visit Nenagh Classic on the horizon I am sure he wants to do well in the A4 race. The other lads finished safely in the bunch, except for Noel who was unlucky to get caught behind a crash on what was his debut race.