Another big week of sporting action has just passed by and, as is the norm for this time of year, there is another big one to come!
- our popular Monday track session is on tomorrow at 6:15pm in the CBS. Bring a watch! There was about 25 at this last week so there will be plenty of people there to keep you company.
- Usual Tuesday and Thursday swims are going ahead
- Wednesday swimming – there might be a few still heading to this but it won’t be an official club session – the rest of us will be out in Dromineer. It would be great to have you out there too.
- Don’t forget the Nenagh Summer League on Thursday! Our first group is being controlled very well now so consider giving it a try.
Nenagh CC Juniors – there could possibly be a race this weekend to attend. We will let ye all know for certain later in the week. Before that we have some training to do!
- Tuesday – 6:00pm at the hotel with Ronan & Kevin – could be a cool track set in the CBS
- Wednesday – for those that want a bonus session of can’t make the other days – head out to Dromineer for 7:00pm for a time trial. The kanturk 3 day is coming up soon and that has a time trial in it so its important to prepare!
- Thursday – after school at 4:20 – out to Toomevara circuit
- No Saturday 2:30 training – older juniors need to go out with the seniors at 9:00 from the hotel
****** Dromineer Duathlon************************************************************
is on this Wednesday at 6:45pm out in Dromineer. Spread the word.
– Triathletes – this is your thing. Practice makes perfect. Learn how to run off the bike and do transitions.
– Cyclists – use this as a good opportunity to do a timed TT.
– Runners – use this as a good opportunity to do a timed 5k.
Mizen to Malin – you have 12 weeks left so get moving!
Sligo Triathlon: Will Rymer got his triathlon season off to a start at the Sligo Triathlon today. It was a great day for racing as you can see! Will did great finishing in 105th in a time of 1:34 (think that includes the ice cream stop).
Visit Nenagh Classic
All the top cyclists converged on Nenagh this week for the latest round of the National League. This race was also a classic so you know what you are letting yourself in for when you sign up – long and hilly! Cramping seemed to be the big problem in today’s race, well…..that and crashing as always. Nenagh CC had 20 in the race. This is how they got on:
A1/A2 race: Shane Scully took part in this race and did well; bouncing back after the disappointing showing down in Rás Mumhan. The 160km course was a real war of attrition as the miles ticked by the bunch of 150 started to whittle down. Every hill saw a few more cyclists out the back. Shane managed to hang in the main bunch and was feeling good on the hills. There was a break of 9 or so a minute or so up the road but there was still plenty to play for with prizes going for the top 20 on the day. By the time the bunch reached the top of Seáníns there were just 14 remaining. The road back from Toom to Nenagh was fast but the break ahead stayed away handily enough. Turning on to Pearse St for the sprint finish, Shane was placed at the back of the small bunch when two lads in front of him came down after an incident with a motor bike. Luckily Shane squeezed through the two of them without falling and got over the line safe and sound. Unfortunately, he had to settle for 21st overall – just outside the prizes – and 2nd in the A2 category.
Women’s Race: our 4 ladies were once again in racing action today. It was the latest round of the women’s National League and there was a fine turn out for this one, with plenty of good cyclists in the bunch. Sinnead Oakes, Sinead Kennedy, Majella Moyles and Rachel Clancy took part in this 84km race. They were doing the same route as the A4 men’s race so had two tough climbs to navigate. Just like the men’s races we had some misfortune with Sinnead Oakes coming a cropper and having to abandon, while in a very promising position and going well. Sinead Kennedy was in the same group as Sinnead at the time so the hopes of the club rested on her shoulders. As they got into Toom could she stay with the bunch to the line? Of course she could. Sinead did really well, finishing around 15th or so in the remains of the bunch. This was a tough day at the office but you are always going to get days like that!
I am sure one of the girls will send on a report soon enough!
maybe one of the lads could write one too?!!
A3 race: We had a strong team for this event but as has proved the case in the past here at the Visit Nenagh Classic the juniors that turn up just have a knack for getting in those winning break aways. Kenneth Kennedy was very active early on as he got himself in a 3 man breakaway that led from Nenagh out to the top of Portroe. They were absorbed on the way to Ballina. Also in the bunch at this stage were Cathal Murphy, Kevin Sherlock, Con Kennedy, Ian O’Halloran, Emmet Murphy, Ronan Costelloe and Mike Browne. Some were feeling better than others!
As the race passed through Chapel hill and then Coum a junior break established. Kenneth tried hard to chase them down for the other lads. After crashing on Tuesday he knew he wasn’t going to be at the races today. The A3 bunch continued to chase until Seánins – I think they were 1.5 mins back at this stage. Mike Browne did best of our lads up this killer of a hill and crested with 25 others who powered back to Nenagh with Mike finishing safely in the bunch. Ronan Costelloe came down in a crash in this one and although he got back on the bike, this badly hampered his race.
A4 race: Keith Butler, Eoin O’Donoghue, Brian O’Neill, Noel Kennedy, Derek Bowen, Benny Delaney and Stephen Greene lined up at the start line for this one. The lads knew the course very well and expectations were high. They helped to drive on the pace in this large bunch – probably burning one or two candles too much in the process!!! This was a fast race so it was hard at times to stay with the bunch. Brian was one of a few suffering from cramps today so that killed his chances. Keith was suffering from obesity but that didn’t stop him from almost winning the KOH at the Golden Mile (probably thought it was the Golden Arches!). There was just 25 left in the bunch on the way back to Nenagh with one lad away on a solo break. In the sprint for second, Derek Bowen timed his sprint well and picked up an 8th place prize and some points. Great going. Keith was 15th or so.
For those that raced – Well done. Things might not have gone exactly how you planned during the race but don’t let that put you off. Jump back into the thick of things early this week and turn things around.
Derek crossing the finish in 8th place!
Ronan + Ian and Emmet on Seáníns
Sinead Kennedy on the Golden Mile
I love hills!