The final big event of the year is nearly upon us. We have already had our Lough Derg Sprint, Mizen to Malin Cycle, Youth Cycling Race and our annual expedition to Kilkee; now it’s the turn of Rás na mBan. Nerves are starting to set in as Wednesday’s start date looms large. That is not the only big news from the club recently.
The Big Wedding: everyone in the club would like to congratulate Stephen Hegarty and Úna O’Doherty who got married on Saturday. The club wish ye all the best in the future.
Club AGM + End of Year Activities: takes place on Saturday, Sept 19th out in Garrykennedy. As usual, the AGM will be short and sweet so as not to interfere with our End of Year drinking session. Come out to Garrykennedy and celebrate the finishing of a great year for the club. We have all shared the pain throughout the year so now it’s time to share joy of a job well done. You will then have two weeks to sober up before pre-season training kicks off once again in October!
Training resumes: Saturday, October 3rd – cycling starting at 9:00am from the hotel.
Lost Sheep Half Ironman: 3 club members took on Ireland’s toughest half Ironman challenge down in Kenmare on Saturday. With a series of tough climbs to negotiate and a strong wind to contend with, finishing this race was an achievement in itself. First home for the club was Eoin Woolley in a time of 4:59. Next home was Derek Bowen in a time of 5:24. This is what Derek had to say afterwards “Well finished my 3rd half ironman. Slowest time yet due to headwind for most of bike and suffering from cramps on the run 5hrs25mins. 25 mins slower than last year but it’s done anyway.” Jerry O’Mahony finished in a time of 5:42. Great stuff lads!
Charleville 2 Day: the last A2/A3 and A4 stage race of the year took place this weekend and the club were represented by Mikey Browne, Ronan Costelloe and Keith Butler. In the A4 race, Keith had a good first day finishing near the front of the bunch in the top 20. In the TT later that evening Keith decided to just use his road bike so sacrificed a lot of time on the road and his chance of a top overall finish were gone. On Sunday’s final stage, Keith lost contact with a breakaway group on the final climb. He worked hard in the next group on the road and finished in 33rd. That saw him move up into a final overall position of 34th.
In the A2/A3 race, a crash in the neutralised zone on stage 1 contributed to both Ronan and Mikey missing out on a large breakaway early in the stage. This break stayed away and put 3 minutes into the main bunch. Mike finished the stage in the top 20 but an overall placing was now looking difficult for the two lads. In the TT, Mike put in a decent effort to finish 36th with Ronan finishing in 81st – they were now 34th and 67th overall. The final hilly stage was a tough one, so it was great to see Mikey getting himself into the early break of 7. That break swelled to 12 before hitting a tough hilly section. Some tough attacking on the hill led to Mike going deep into the red and getting blown out the back. It took a while to recover but eventually he fell in with a group further behind and took it easy to the finish line and a 48th place position. Ronan crossed the line in 63rd. The final overall positions for the two lads were Mike in 48th, and Ronan in 61st. Great stuff! Put the feet up now and rest for a while, before we start back again in October.
The club would like to wish Dan Hogan a speedy recovery after he came down badly during the race. Dan is a member of the tri club and has often been out training with us. Let’s hope he recovers quickly.