Sorry for the delay in getting these club notes up. Our club Internet nerd was away up in Donegal for a few days.
Wednesday: we are going to have another Dromineer event on Wednesday. We would like for people to do the swim, bike and run, but it is up to you what you want to do. The event will kick off at 6:45pm. The weather is supposed to be very nice so get out there and make the most of it.
Nenagh CC Juniors:
- Now that school has ended, the after school Thursday training has finished up for the year. The focus will now be placed on our Tuesday training at 6:00pm and Saturday at 2:30pm. Try your best to make it.
****************CALLING ALL CLUB MEMBERS******************
As you may (or may not) be aware, the club is running a Nenagh CC Youth Race on Sunday June 21st. This is a big deal for the club and we want it to run as smoothly as possible. Hopefully this will be the start of a great new youth race on the racing calendar but we can’t make that happen without your help. We are looking for volunteers to marshall on the day between the hours of 9.30-12.30. Any handy photographers would be greatly appreciated as well to scatter around the course. Also if anyone that is willing and able to bake/make sambos we’d really appreciate it. If you are available please drop Kevin Sherlock a text on 0868602011. Cheers Nenagh CC/TC Committee
Club Gear: has arrived. Collect and pay Kenneth sometime this week if you can. The best time to catch him will probably be at the Nenagh Summer League on Thursday.
Mizen to Malin: keep dropping down money to Majella when you get the chance. Don’t just leave it all to the last day. Just in case you didn’t see this earlier in the week – download Thursday/Friday plan for M2M
Rás Dun na nGall: the big stage race for the men in 2015 took place over the weekend in Ardara in Co. Donegal. This A2/A3 race is one of the toughest stage races on the calendar with 3 hilly stages and a hill TT to get through. Just finishing the race is an achievement. Our club are relatively inexperienced when it comes to racing at this level, so even just having a team there is great progress. Kenneth Kennedy was the senior member of the team with a number of stage race finishes to his name. Mike Browne and Eoin Woolley made up the rest of the team and both were looking just to finish – a high placing would be a bonus!
Stage 1: the wind was the main talking point from the 1st, 2nd & 3rd stages with strong gale force winds blowing, thereby making each stage very tough and a little bit dangerous. This 50km first stage was a real lung burner but all 3 lads managed to hang on in there and each finished in the well depleted bunch. This was a good start to the weekend.
Stage 2: was a 3.2km TT up a mountain and straight into a headwind = brutal. The 3 lads were last to go on the day and the wind seemed to have picked up even more as we moved towards the afternoon. The 5 mile warm-up brought the lads to the start line with 2 mins to spare – that was cutting it very fine to say the least! Adrenalin was pumping and the lads pushed hard up the mountain. There were no thoughts of holding back and taking it easy for the stage to come. Kenneth Kennedy faired best on the stage with Mike just 5 seconds behind and Eoin 1 minute behind that.
Stage 3: all was going well up until this 80km stage. The first signs of cracks started to appear with Eoin Woolley losing contact with the group around the half way mark. He had a tough battle ahead of him but managed to get himself into a small bunch and they worked well to the line. Mike Browne was going very well until he came down in a crash. He got up and dusted himself off but with his brakes rubbing badly he soon burnt all his matches and had to cycle the last 10k to the finish at a very slow pace. This was a tough break for Mike. Kenneth was continuing to perform well and was unlucky to no get into the final break which came in 1 min ahead of the main bunch. After this stage, Kenneth was in 36th, Eoin was 75th and Mike Browne had fallen to 93rd (out of 159).
Stage 4: this was the toughest stage of them all and it was great to see the lads really pumped up to do well in this one. The legs might have been tired but they were going to give it their best shot. After the crash yesterday, Mike was very determined to put things right today. Himself and Kenneth were very comfortable at the front of the bunch all day but the team of the yellow jersey was letting nothing away. Eoin clung on to the bunch for 80km of the 100km stage; finally going out the back on the 2nd last cat 2 climb. Once again he found himself in a small group and he would work well with them all the way to the finish. Up ahead, Kenneth went on a break before the final ascent of Glengesh. He was looking to catch people out as the bunch stalled before the big cat 1 climb. That move was closed down and the bunch crawled over to the final climb. This finish is one of the hardest finishes in Irish cycling and the lads did great. Mike bounced back well after the previous day and got up jest before Kenneth.
The final placings show Kenneth in 33rd, Mike in 82nd and Eoin in 83rd. This was good enough for 12th team out of the 25 teams that entered. Tha lads were all delighted to have gotten through the race. Valuable experience has been gained and they would strongly recommend stage racing to the rest of the club.
Meath GP: our ladies team were also in action this weekend. They were up at a women’s race in Meath on Sunday. Once again the ladies did very well and got themselves into the prizes. Sinnead Oakes continued her run of good form finishing in 2nd place overall. Sinead Kennedy got in amongst the prizes too with a 6th place finish. Majella got caught behind a crash but battled on well to finish in 13th place overall. It is great to see all the girl’s hard work over the year rewarded. There are races almost every week now for the next while as the girl’s continue to build towards Rás na mBan.
Leahy Cup, Cobh: the club had just one representative at the local Munster race this weekend. Emmet Murphy finished safely in the bunch at this race. It was a very hilly circuit so Emmet was happy just to get through it.
Where is everyone else gone??? Plenty of races still left to do so don’t be even thinking about giving up just yet. You set yourself a goal at the start of the season – don’t give up until you have reached that goal. Things get easier as the season goes on!
Next race: National League race in Roscommon and a race up in Kildare – both on Sunday.