The first race of our club time trial league got off to a solid start with 17 people taking to the start line at the hospital. Thankfully nobody’s final destination was the hospital, although Simon almost got to Thurles before copping that the Nenagh definition of a village merely involves a couple of houses in close enough proximity to each other! (sorry Simon!)
The first time trial of the year is always the hardest both physically and mentally. It’s good to get it out of the way. I wouldn’t worry too much about the times for your first attempt as you will see your time drop over the next few weeks. At the moment most people are just figuring out how to pace the distance correctly. Some paced it well and some didn’t. Plenty to work on for the next TT.
5 lads took on the 19 mile TT route, with Shane Scully fastest on the night. Shane finished the hilly course in 49:00. Hugh Flannery, Gary Scully (tied for 2nd and 3rd place), Kevin Sherlock and Ronan Walshe all attempted the long distance course for the first time. There were 11 in the 14 mile TT, with Keith Butler recording the fastest time of 34:50. The fastest time would have gone to Simon but he cycled an additional 5 miles! Derek Bowen was taking part in this TT league for the first time and recorded the 2nd fastest time of 36:08. Andy McLoughlin was 3rd fastest on the night. Anita Egan was our sole female entry and she finished in 44:00 mins. Only Darren Dunne took on the 9 mile challenge. Darren lowered his PB for the course but, without tri bars, never threatened the course record. All three course records still stand after tonight.
To see times from 2013 >> click on this link
Eoin Sheehan, who is currently out injured from triathlon, was the timekeeper/photographer for the evening and a good job he did too!