Great weather makes for enjoyable training and racing and we had plenty of that this week. Next week is looking good too so get out there and enjoy it while you can. We do plenty of hard miles in the cold and wet winter months so make the most of the summer months.
Training: there will be another Dromineer event this coming Wednesday. It will kick off at 6:45pm. Bring your wetsuit and get in the water even if you only do a few pier to pier attempts. With Kilkee coming up in just two weeks time you need to get in shape!!
Nenagh CC Juniors: training is on Tuesday at 6:00pm, from Abbey Court Hotel. With the Youth race on next Sunday, try your best to make it to this training session for some final prep for the race on the course.
No Saturday training > rest up before the race on Sunday.
Youth Races – U/12, U/14, U/16
Final preparations are underway for the race this coming Sunday. The more marshalls we have the better so make yourself available on the day if you can. You can go on your own cycle before or after this event. Get in contact with Kevin – (086)8602011
Traffic warning: the event will take place at 10:30 in Toomevara / Grenanstown area so have patience and be careful if you are driving in the area. The club apologises in advance for any inconvenience caused.
Dromineer Series: the results of the last two Dromineer tri events are available now.
- May 27th: We had 19 ppl brave the elements, including 2 run onlys, and the 2 Hogans leading up a bike TT. Pretty much everyone braved the lake which was NOT the happiest of times (very choppy!!)!!!!! Eoin O’Donoghue was 1st man home!
- June 10th: Good turn out with 26 heads braving some form of activity. Darren Dunne was fastest overall. There was an issue with a jack-knifed tractor and trailor on the way back into Dromineer on the Bike where people got held up getting back into transition so their times are reading a little slower for some (Darren reckons he did a 56.50!!!!!!)
Mizen to Malin: just 6 weeks to go to the big event of the year. If we have the same weather as we had this week then we will sorted. Keep training, keep making payments and don’t be stressing!
Weekend Racing: It was a very big weekend for racing, with no fewer than 34 club members in racing action. There was plenty of success too, starting with the….
Boruman Triathlon: our near neighbours, the Boru tri club in Killaloe hosted their annual race on Saturday. This is a sprint distance triathlon that takes competitors 750m down the canal and onto a looped 20km bike course before running 5km through town. Once again the Boru club put on a very well organised event. The club had 20 competitors in attendance. This was the first triathlon for some, so well done for getting through it all in one piece. Darren Dunne, once again, led the way for the club with a strong performance in the men’s race. Darren won the men’s overall race. We are still waiting for the full results to be published. As soon as they are we will have a full report.
Hook or By Crook Triathlon: The latest round of the National Series took place down in Dumore East today. Eoin O’Donoghue was our sole representative at this and he did extremely well. Eoin finished in 27th place in a time of 1:09 for the sprint distance triathlon.
Skerries Triathlon: Eoin Woolley raced for the club up in Dublin yesterday. Eoin continues to improve as the season goes on. With two weeks to go to Kilkee he will be looking to improve just a little bit more. Eoin finished in 14th in a time of 1:17.
Donamon GP: the latest men’s National League race took place in Castlecoote in Roscommon today. Shane, Kenneth and Brian O’Neill made their way up to this one. In the A1/A2 league race Shane finished 4th and gained his first A1 points since promotion. This result also puts him into the top 20 in the league. The race was 70 miles in total and with perfect weather and a flat course the going was very tough, with an average speed of 43km per hour for the first 3 laps. On the 4th lap Shane got himself into the 2nd break away group on the road and they managed to chase down the 5 breakaway cyclists up ahead. At the end of that lap Shane instigated the decisive break which saw him and 3 others break clear. They quickly built a lead of 1 minute on the bunch and held this to the line. As you can guess, Shane came last in the 4 man sprint for the win. No surprise there!
In the A3 race Kenneth was forced to abandon due to an old war wound acting up. He was very active in breaks early but when it was clear nothing was going to get away he decided to pull in before the finish and rest up. In the A4 race, Brian O’Neill was going in search of those elusive two points he needed for promotion to the A3 ranks. His luck had been deserting him all season and this race was no different. As is the norm in A4 races, it all came down to the sprint lottery at the end. A car on the road caused a big crash on the fnishing straight, but luckily Brian stayed upright, only to get pipped for the points by finishing in the worst possible position in a race – 9th!
Paddy Flanagan Memorial, Newbridge: 5 club cyclists took part in this race. The course for this was pretty flat so that tempted our ladies to give the men’s A4 bunch a go. Sinnead Oakes and Sinnead Kennedy had little luck on the day though as Sinead punctured out and Sinnead got held up behind a crash and this caused her to lose contact. Stephen Hegarty was also in the A4 bunch but he had no luck either as he also punctured out. In the A1/A2 race, Emmet Murphy was making his debut since his promotion. He definitely wasn’t out of place as he got himself into two threatening breaks that almost stayed away. Unfortunately they were dragged back and he had to settle for a bunch finish. Matty Kennedy and Kevin Sherlock also took part. They were in the A3 race. Both lads are new to the A3 bunch this year and they are adapting well to the increased speed of the bunch. Matty battled well and finished in the bunch while Kevin just got distanced near the end. Both lads are improving quickly so it won’t be long before results come.
Blues 10km: there were plenty of club members at this local race today. Star performer was David Sheahan who came 2nd in a time of 36:39. Also running for the club were Eddie O’Meara, Eddie Tucker, Denis O’Meara, Enda O’Sullivan, Sinead Lee, Anthony Sherlock, Emma and Michael Buckley, Mary Duggan, Carmel Finn, Greg Starr and probably 4 or 5 more I have forgotten about. Well done everyone!
Video from Nenagh Summer League