For those of you wondering about the lack of website updates – the club are currently on our end of season break. The season has ended for most and we are taking some well earned time off. There are still some informal training sessions going on – stay updated via our club Facebook page or join us on Viber. There was also some racing action from last weekend.
Club training: resumes on Saturday, October 3rd. Mark that date in your diary – big summer performances require a good winter of training.
Newbies: If you are thinking of joining our club for the 1st time then this October will be the ideal time to join as the pace will be much slower. Use September to improve your fitness a little before joining up with us. Get out for the odd swim, cycle and run. Having a little bit done beforehand will boost your confidence and make your first few days out with the club a little less stressful.
- Rás na mBan: 9th – 13th September
- Club AGM & End of Year Swim, Bike or Run: 19th September
Dublin City Triathlon: Darren Dunne had a great race at the Irish National Champs on Saturday. Up against a top quality field in this Super Series race, Darren finished in 5th place. This was a draft legal race where Darren was able to use a strong swim time to get himself into a strong bunch of 4 on the bike, chasing 2 up ahead. At this level, he is competing against all international triathletes so he was in great company on the bike. He followed up that bike leg with a strong run that was good enough to secure 5th place in his first Olympic distance triathlon. He will surely have a report up on his blog soon enough. Also racing up in Dublin was Eoin O’Donoghue. Eoin took part in the non drafting Olympic distance race and finished in 24th position.
Carlow Youth Race: Denis Allen produced his best performance of the week last Sunday in Carlow. He finished in 9th place in a bunch sprint finish. As we can all see from his summer league performances, Denis has improved a huge amount over the summer. He is putting in some serious hard work on the bike and it is now paying dividends. One big winter of training this year and he could be a big hit on the racing circuit next year.
Wexford 2 Day: Shane Scully finished up his racing season down in Wexford last weekend. Once again it was a case of good but not good enough. At the moment he always seems to make a mess of at least one day. He is just lacking a little bit of the strength and quality that the top cyclists in the country seem to have, so plenty of work to be done in the off season in order to be able to jump up to that top level.
A quick summary of the race – Day 1 – solid day with a bunch finish; losing just 30 seconds on a break of 5. Day 1 TT – good effort on this hill tt. A 6th place finish meant he moved up to 7th overall with one stage to go. A decent performance on the last day and it would be a nice top 10 finish to end the season. Day 2 – an early break of 5 go down the road. Shane gets in a break of 4 behind but they are eventually reeled in by the bunch. A break of 7 go clear immediately and Shane can’t respond as he hasn’t recovered from being in the previous break yet. The break of 5 and 7 merge and are not seen again for the rest of the day, leaving Shane to come home well behind with the rest of the bunch. This result sees Shane drop from 7th to 14th overall. Disappointing end, but some promising signs all the same.
Sean Kelly Tour: Geraldine Kyne and Mary Donnellan took part in the recent Seán Kelly Tour. This is one of Ireland’s toughest sportives so a big congrats are due for getting through it.