What a great weekend that was for training and racing. Hopefully, everyone made the most of the sunshine and got in some quality training.
It’s looking like good weather for the coming week. With turbo now finished for the next six months, the club will be out on the road tomorrow and Thursday evening of this week. Unfortunately that means that our Thursday running session has now finished up but as you know by now, that was replaced by the Monday evening run session at 6:15pm in the CBS.
So here is what you have to look forward to for the next 3 days
Morning – swim session at 6.40 pool.
Evening – club will be cycling the Nenagh Summer League route. We will be leaving Stereame car park at 6.00pm, or if suits, meet us at Birdhill at 6.40.
Wednesday – is our beginner day
6:30pm – beginner run from Tescos
8:00pm – beginner friendly swim in the pool
Thursday – is a big day for the club as our Nenagh Summer League kicks off. Be there!
Morning – swim session at 6.40 pool.
Evening – D-Day for the summer league. Nervous?? well you should be, cos its going to be a tough one. Luckily for you we have 3 different groups from which to choose from. Make this training session an essential part of your training program – write MUST NOT MISS on your calendar every Thursday for the next few months!
We will be riding out to Gooig from Stereame car park at 6.00pm, or if suits, meet us at Birdhill at 6.40.
Nenagh CC Juniors
Our juniors have a big 3 days of cycling coming up. Try your very best to make it to all 3. Sure what else would you be doing during your holidays. At the end of the week you have a race in Fermoy. Embrace the pain!
Tuesday: Kevin Sherlock will be bringing the pain at this session. Meet up at 6:00pm outside the CBS at the Abbey Court Hotel car park. This session finishes at 7:30pm.
Wednesday: we will be meeting up at 10:00am at the Five Alley. We will aim to be back between 12:00 and 12:30.
Thursday: our juniors have two options
- Nenagh Summer League – our older juniors that have ridden with the senior group on Saturdays in the past should aim to make this training session. The senior riders will cycle out from Nenagh at 6:00pm but feel free to get a lift out to Birdhill as the total distance covered will be too long for some. You will all be cycling in the first group on the road with fellow Nenagh CC seniors. Show no mercy!!
- For our younger juniors – there will be another meet up at 10:00am outside the Five Alley. This will be a 2 hour cycle.
Weekend Racing: Things are starting to hot up in the racing world. Lots of people in racing action this week. You have already heard about TriLaois but there were also some other events taking place.
Rás an Laois: there was a strong turn out from the club at this nearby race. We had all our heavy hitters out at this event but nobody managed to seal the deal and win the race.
In the A4 race, they don’t come much heavier than Keith Butler. Keith was also accompanied by Benny Delaney on the start line. Both had realistic hopes of winning the race, but as is so often the case, this race came down to the lotto that is the A4 sprint finish. The lads had positioned themselves nicely all race, but a 3 man break away in the last few km led Keith to burn a few matches too many in chasing them back. Coming into the sprint, the road was packed from ditch to ditch, making it hard to get your sprint right. Keith managed to cross in 12th with Benny just behind. Close, but not close enough.
In the A3 race, we had 7 lads who were all looking to get in the points. Kenneth Kennedy, Kevin Sherlock, Emmet Murphy, Mike Browne, Ian O’Halloran, Cathal Murphy and Matty Kennedy made for a seriously strong A3 team. They showed their strength at the front of the bunch all day going on break after break. Nenagh CC made up half of the top 1o for much of the day. Unfortunately Kevin’s race was cut short with a puncture and Matty came down in a crash so two of our top lads were gone. The strongest break of the day was from Kenneth Kennedy who looked to have made the winning break away but the pack behind were determined to make a sprint finish of it and caught them late in the race. As is often the case, it came down to another sprint finish. There was a big pack so contesting the sprint can be a little precarious to say the least. Emmet was closest to scoring but was badly hampered on the run in. So, no points were scored but that is only a blip. Next week in Fermoy things will be different!
In the women’s race, we only had one competitor in the form of Sinnead Oakes. After a tough few days previous on the bike, Sinnead performed extremely well. She was strong in the pack but was probably guilty of doing too much work chasing down – let others do that – sit back, relax and save your energy for breaking! Sinnead just missed out on the prizes but won’t be too put out by that as this was just a glorified training session. There are bigger fish to fry later in the season.
Rás Mumhan: Shane Scully competed in this tough stage race in Kerry over the weekend. This 4 stage race is probably Ireland’s toughest race after the An Post Rás with lots of foreign teams mixing it with the best riders in Ireland. Unfortunately, Nenagh CC didn’t have a team for this race so Shane had to guest ride with the Burren Cycling Club for the weekend. So how did his race go? Rubbish is the simple answer. Shane found the pace too hot the handle at vital times and was punished accordingly. Cycling is a tough sport and you are going to have days and weekends like this. Don’t let it put you off. The correct response to doing poorly at a race is to use that humiliation as extra motivation for getting things right. Expect the next Saturday spin to be a killer!!
Etape Rás Mumhan: 7 club members (should have been 9 but some people slept it out!!) made their way down to Kenmare to take on the Queen stage (toughest stage) of Rás Mumhan on Saturday. This stage took Noel Kennedy, Sinnead Oakes, Anthony Sherlock, Aidan Killeen, Brian Maloney, Ned Gleeson and John Gleeson. Measuring 140km in length and taking in 7 big climbs including the cat 1 climb the Healy pass, this cycle was always going to be a tough one. With Mizen to Malin creeping closer tests like this are important and it is great to be able to report that all made it through the day in one piece. Although this is just a sportive, many of our club members took it quite serious and went has hard as they could. This caused some to blow up but we won’t name names! For others they kept that high pace going to the end and had a fine average pace in the end. There might be a report of this soon so I won’t get into the gory details. Great stuff lads!
Photos from Portlaoise