The second race of our TT series attracted a big crowd. Maybe it was the fine weather, maybe it was the chance of glory, maybe it was Eoin Sheehan’s culinary skills, maybe it was to catch up on the gossip, whatever it was that brought 25 cyclists to the start line we hope you got something out of it! The fine weather led to a huge number of new PBs being recorded on the night, with the men’s 19 mile record being broke and a very fast new female record being set too.
Things kicked off from the hospital at 7:00. Everyone was let off in 30 second intervals due to the large numbers at the event. There was plenty of bike bling on show but it doesn’t matter how light and aerodynamic your bike is Keith when your belly is hitting the cross bar!!
(if you think your time is wrong then let us know)
To see times from 2013 >> click on this link
19 Mile Race
First off were the 19 milers with a record number of 11 looking to go under the hour for this tough course. Sinnead Oakes and Julie White were the first two ladies to ever attempt the longer distance and after nearly an hour of cycling there was just 19 seconds separating them both at the finish line. Sinnead got the upper hand on this occasion finishing in a new record time of 58:04 with Julie finishing in 58:23. Both times are very fast for their first attempt.
In the men’s race, Gary and Hugh both turned up with increased fire power this week as they looked to get the upper hand on the other after they both recorded the same time last week. In the end Gary did enough on the flat sections to beat Hughie to 2nd place finishing in a time of 50:30 with Hugh finishing in 3rd, 30 seconds back at 52:00. Shane Scully took the win again this week setting a new course record of 48:19. Most of our lads are now ducking well under the hour mark and this is great to see.
14 Mile Race
There were 13 lads on the start line for this. Keith Butler was looking to take the win and improve on his time from last week. He delivered the goods by lowering his time by 2 seconds to 34:48 and with that he took the win. Matty Kennedy was making his TT debut for the club and plenty was expected. After an initial false start he regrouped to record the 2nd fastest time of the day with a 37:30. It was young Ross O’Meara that took the final position on the podium with a time of 38:25. This was a big improvement from last year which is great to see. There was only 2 minutes separating 8 riders in this TT so with a bit more cycling you could see yourself moving up the rankings very quickly.
9 Mile Race
Mary Donnellan was the sole entrant in this race. She put in a great effort and finished in a time of 33:27. Great work.
Next Race: We will be taking a break from the TT league next week as the 4th race of the Dromineer Duathlon Series will be taking place on April 23rd. The TT league will resume the following week – April 30th.
Remember – the Nenagh Summer League takes place tomorrow. We need our club members to support this. The race starts at Gooig at 7:00pm and we roll out from the Stereame Car Park at 6:10 SHARP. Either cycle out to the start or drive out to Birdill and park your car there.
Ha ha proof!!! Very cosy John!!