Ten eager young Nenagh CC bikers travelled to Athenry last Saturday to take part in an interclub cycling race, the Galway Classic. Our young club members ranged in age from 10 up to 16 and we were delighted to have representatives in each category.
In the under 12 category we were represented by Odhran O’Driscoll, Ryan Haskett and Alex Reynolds. Both Odhran and Ryan have raced already (they participated in the hardest course in the country the previous month!!) and it was young Alexs first outing. The boys performed brilliantly. Odhran had a storming race to come in a fantastic fifth place. Odhran was in contention the whole way and is showing great ability on the bike. We hear that he is out training with his Dad, Ronan, practically every day so we are not at all surprised at this result, well done Odhran!!! He was closely followed across the line by Ryan, who just happened to be the youngest in the field at a mere 10 years old!. Ryan has two more years in the division which highlights how talented he is. Keep it up Ryan! Our racing newcomer, Alex, put in a mighty cycle, despite being sent the wrong way at one stage by a marshal, top stuff Alex!!
The u/14 event saw Calvin O’Brien, Christopher O’Meara, Luke Carroll, Michael Griffin and Liam Heffernan line up to represent the club. There was a big field in this race. Midway through the first lap there unfortunately was a crash at the front of the bunch. This lead to about 15 cyclists being caught up in the melee, our own cyclist, Calvin O’Brien was one of the last to slide into the mass of cyclists. Luckily Calvin escaped with only minor scratches and was quickly back up and going again, trying to catch the leaders who were unaffected by the crash. Calvins luck however was definitely not with him today as he punctured later on in the race! How unlucky! Hats off to him though, undoubtedly the most improved cyclist this year, it will happen for you next time Calvin! Christopher O’Meara put in another sterling ride today. Christopher always looks comfortable on the bike and finished well up the field. He was followed in by Luke. A mixed race for Luke. He described how he felt strong at the start, faded a small bit in the middle but finished with a powerful sprint, great start to your racing career Luke!!! Michael Griffin and Liam Heffernan were next across the line. This was Michael’s first ever race and he should be well happy with his efforts. Liam is progressing slowly but surely. Every race and training spin sees him getting stronger and moving further up the field. Well done Liam.
The u/16 event saw a grueling three lapped course and we had club members Sean O’Neill and Conor Hough representing us. The boys are in good shape. They held into the pack for two laps and showed that they are not out of their depth by any means. An incident with road traffic saw Sean distanced from his group and spelled the end of his race. Sean was not helped by being turned the wrong way and getting lost!!! Your time will come ,Sean, all the club members agree. Conor Hough held onto the group with a superb ride. He was still in contention hitting the home straight and dug deep to finish in a commendable fourth place. Conor is definitely one for the future, we will watch this space!!
Overall it was a very enjoyable day. It is brilliant to see young cyclists in the club jersey doing us proud and indeed doing themselves proud, now it’s up to the rest of our young stars to brave a race….. it’s not as bad as ye think, just ask any of the lads mentioned above!!