Lough Derg Sprint: Looking for volunteers to help out this evening down in Dromineer in preparation for tomorrow’s Triathlon. If ye could be down in Dromineer from 6:00pm it would be a great help. Also if club racers and marshalls could bring sandwiches, wraps, buns, drinks with them for all competitors and visitors tomorrow. You can drop off either this evening or anytime after 7.30am in the morning.
Mizen to Malin: A meeting will be held on Monday evening at 7:00pm, Rockys Pub to answer all questions and go over last minute details. Can those of you who still owe money towards Mizen to Malin challenge please drop down to Majella before Monday evening.
Darren Dunne: is racing abroad in the Irish colours once again this weekend. The club wish him the best of luck.
Saturday morning cycle: There will be an extremely early club cycle tomorrow morning leaving Tesco’s car park at 5:30am. Route will be Portroe, Birdhill, ramp few times and back to Nenagh via Coum. Cycle should only take 3 hours max, so those marshalling will be back in time to be down in Dromineer to help out.
Sunday cycle: starts at 8:00am at Tescos. This will be the last chance for most people to get some decent mileage in before Mizen to Malin next week.
Sunday racing: some cyclists are heading up to Mullingar on Sunday. Best of Luck.
Nenagh Summer League: Race Report
Despite wet conditions in the lead up to yesterday’s league race there was a still a healthy crowd in attendance. One man who didn’t look too healthy was Gary Scully who was making his triumphant return after a year out. It was good to have him back for the few mins he lasted in the bunch before he punctured. Typical!
There were 30 others on the start line so that made for 3 bunches on the road. Many chose to go in the first group, which is raced at a controlled pace. They got a 7 minute head start on the middle group who in turn had 3.5 minutes on the scratch group. Many of the top lads were missing from the scratch group so they had their work cut out to catch the groups ahead.
Out on the road and the first two groups are moving along nicely. They still had a nice advantage at the turn around point. The scratch group had already lost 3 cyclists and often were reduced to just 3 or 4 rolling through. This hampered their progress, so it was looking increasingly likely that they wouldn’t catch the groups ahead. There was no break aways from the scratch group as they all had to work together if they were to save the day.
Coming into Birdhill and there was still a big group out ahead. Matty Kennedy, Keith Butler and Kenneth Kennedy buried themselves into Birdhill and going up the first bit of the ramp. They were leading it out for Shane Scully and Paul Kennedy to go chasing down the bunch ahead.
One by one they chased down the group ahead and by the flyover they were out ahead. The finish this week was moved 400m further up the hill so there was plenty of hard work still to do. In the end, Shane just about managed to hold Paul off. That was another close and exciting race.
Thanks to our marshals: Gillian Mounsey-Kennedy, Bertie Sherlock, Pat Reddan and Derek Bowen. And thanks to our marshals for last Thursday, who we forgot to mention last week, they were Anthony Sherlock, John Gleeson, Bertie Sherlock, Pat Reddan and Jerry O’Mahoney.