It might feel like it’s the middle of winter but things are certainly hotting up in training and racing. Last week was a busy week for the club. Is there ever a quiet week? With Kilkee, Ras Dun na nGall and the National Road Championships coming up in June it is going to be one busy month.
Training: we will give ye all a well deserved rest from our Wednesday events. You will have to find some other way to occupy your Wednesday evening. Perhaps you could reaquaint yourself with your family or start that novel you always wanted to write.
Nenagh CC Juniors: training continues on Tuesday (6:00pm) and Thursday (4:20pm). Best of luck to all our junior members you are doing the junior cert or leaving cert this week. We hope ye get on great.
Lough Derg Sprint: entries are now open. Visit our >> event Facebook page for more details
Mizen to Malin: we have all our plans finalised at this stage. Everything is planned down to the final second. Expect a detailed plan on this website tomorrow. As for training, things couldn’t be going better. Everyone is getting out and doing their bit. There were a number of tough long cycles on this Bank holiday weekend with a group doing 150km on Saturday, 140km on Sunday and 130km on Monday. That is some serious going for anyone that did all 3. Well done! We might just have to turn the M2M cycle into a race. Bring your skin suits.
TriAthy: Darren Dunne continued to impress on the triathlon circuit with a top performance at the sprint distance Super Series event in Athy. This race attracts many of Ireland’s top triathletes and Darren was more than a match for them as he finished in 3rd place overall in a time of 59:42. Eoin O’Donoghue also lined up for the club and did great. Eoin Finished in 32nd in a time of 1:04. Finishing in 89th place for the club was Eoin Woolley. Will Rymer finished in 417th. Great stuff lads! Congrats also to Rachel Clancy who took 3rd place in the women’s sprint event.
Carlow GP: Ronan Costelloe and Kevin Sherlock represented the club at this race on Saturday. Both lads got on well with Ronan managing to get himself in a very threatening break that stayed away for most of the day. Unfortunately they were reeled in close to the finish and then it was a race for the sprinters, so no points were won.
Deenside Cup: Our cyclists were in racing action in Kilkenny on Sunday. We had a good turn out in both the men’s races and women’s race and once again we were very competitive.
In the women’s race, Sinnead Oakes continued her good Women’s National League form. She broke early in the race and spent most of the race out front in a group or 7 or 8. This group stayed away to the line and battled it out for the win. Sinnead did very well in the gallop but had to settle for 2nd by the smallest of margins. 2nd is still a great result. Also racing were Sinead Kennedy and Majella Moyles. Both girls found the race and the weather conditions tough but Sinead still managed a 15th place finish with Majella not too far back from that. Great work girls!
A1/A2 race: this race was the latest round of the men’s national series so a lot of the top guns were in attendance. Shane Scully took part in this race and did well. The hilly course suited him as he found himself in an early breakaway, which stayed away for the whole race (there was also another breakaway of two cyclists up the road which were never caught). In the end Shane had to settle for 11th place on the stage, as he found himself distanced by the remains of his small breakaway on the final down hill as he pedalled out due to lack of gears on the fast descent. Still its a good result and should boost his current ranking in the league.
A3 race: Kenneth Kennedy, Mike Browne and Eoin Woolley made for a strong team at this race. All 3 are preparing for Ras Dun na nGall next week so this hilly race was a perfect warm-up for that. Kenneth and Mike found themselves in a strong break early in the race, but that was brought back. Mike then managed to get himself in the next big break of the day but coming into the final hill he punctured out of the race. This left Kenneth and Eoin to fight for points. A split on the final hill left Kenneth as our last hope for points but in the wind-up he had to settle for a top 20 finish.
A4 race: Stephen Greene was our sole representative in this race. Stephen is still going through a steep learning curve with cycling racing. This was only his 2nd ever cycle race and it won’t be long before he is right at the top of proceedings. Stephen gave it a good go but didn’t quite have enough to get into the points. Tis early days for him yet.
Next race: some of the men are heading to Ras Dun na nGall next week while the women are heading up to Meath.