That’s more like it! What a weekend for cycling. It was a pleasure to be out on the bike in the sun and warmth. There were huge numbers of cyclists on the road over the last few days; not only those from the club. When the weather is like this there are few better sports to be involved with. As usual we had plenty out training and plenty out racing.
- Tuesday – Limerick Summer League, also a club cycle (ask for details on viber)
- Thursday – Nenagh Summer League at 7:00 in Gooig.
- Saturday – club cycle at 9:00 from the hotel
- Sunday – club cycle at 8:00 from Tescos also the An Post Rás starts in Dublin.
Club Night Away: plans are being made to have a club night away sometime in July. Once the rás and the France trip are out of the way we can focus on treating ourselves down in Killarney some weekend. After all the tough training we have put ourselves through since last October, I think we deserve a night on the town to show off our farmer tans. We will probably drive down early on a Saturday and go on a long cycle around Kerry, possibly stopping off for a beverage or two on the way back to Killarney. That night there will be some general mayhem followed by a shorter recovery cycle the next day before heading for home.
We don’t socialise together half enough in this club so try to make yourself available for this. More details to come.
An Post Rás: the final Nenagh CC team for the rás has been selected. We haven’t quite managed to field the full ‘5 from Nenagh’ team that we set out to do. Having three local lads on the team is still a great achievement but it just goes to show you how tough it is to get yourself to Rás standard. Taking that into account, the club would like to congratulate Mike, Kenneth and Shane for getting this far. Starting the rás is one thing, finishing it is another. Do our lads have enough done? only time will tell.
New additions to the team: the club would like to welcome Michéal O’Shea from Killorglin CC and Shane O’Neill from AquaBlue onto the team for the rás. The two lads are both doing the rás for the first time so with no team members having finished a rás, we can safely say, we are going to be the most inexperienced team there. Our combined mission is to just get through it. Each day will be a struggle but I have no doubt we will be able for it.
Support Team: we have a team of 4 helping us to get through this mammoth task. The Kennedy clan are out in force with Anthony, Matty and Sinead tagging along. Anthony will be on massage duty, Matty is the team manager and team car driver, Sinéad is the soigneur. Last but not least we have Dan Hogan who will be the team mechanic/fire builder/scavenger.
Race Blog: once again, Shane will be keeping a race blog for the rás. It will be updated every evening provided he is not in a coma. The last time Shane kept a blog, he failed to finish the race after crashing badly on stage 2. It made for a better read but Shane’s hoping for a much more uneventful diary this year!
Race Start: we are now in the final week in the lead up to the Rás. Things kick off this coming Sunday, May 22nd up in Dublin Castle. If you want a breakdown of the stages >> download the technical guide
Best Day to View the Rás: as most of ye know by now, the rás is actually passing through Nenagh this year so you don’t have to go far to show your support. The race passes through Nenagh on Day 2 which is Monday. The race comes from Birr and in the Old Birr Road via the golf club. It then heads out to Dolla before turning for Shalee; this is where the s*** will hit the fan. The rás is expected in Nenagh between 1:00 and 2:00 pm.
Weekend Racing: our rás riders took the weekend off but there were still plenty of others in racing action.
Shay Elliot Classic: this race is one of the toughest races on the calendar. It is also a classic race so you know that you are going to be up against the best. Dan Hogan was the only club member in the main A1/A2 race, while Matty Kennedy took part in the Shay3 event. Dan found the pace in the main event a little too tough but Matty had a good day in the A3 event.
Here is Matty’s report
“It was tough going today, very fast first few km, a few breaks went but none stuck. Another went after about 20k and started to get a good gap, so I jumped and bridged across, nearly killed me, but that break stayed away for the day. A few more came across, about 20 ish in total and out of that 20 there were probably 14 juniors! We stayed working and got a good gap but then we started that monster climb, Glenmalore, it broke up a fair bit, about 8 juniors crested the top together while all the rest of us were strung out, we all regrouped at the top and on the descent about 12 of us started chasing the lead group but never caught them. We came in less than a minute behind those 8 juniors that won and a good few minutes ahead of the main bunch. Happy enough, was never going to stick with them juniors on that climb but in a good break for most of the day so happy out with it. Tough course”
Youth Racing: Daniel Yon Hin continued his great form with a fine 4th place finish in the Finbarrs GP U/14 race.
Crotty Cup: we had a strong turnout of 11 cyclists at this race in Kilmilhil in Co. Clare on Saturday.
A1, A2, A3 race: Denis Allen, Eoin Woolley, Matty Kennedy, Dan Hogan and Eamon Hartnett took part in this race. It consisted of 6 X 13.5km laps. This was a handicap race with the A3s let off first. Denis Allen got himself into a promising breakaway in the A3 group. They stayed away for a few laps but when the A1 an A2 group caught the A3 group it wasn’t long before they also reeled in the breakaway. The race was won by a 3 man break. In the well depleted bunch behind, we had Matty, Denis and Eoin still left.None of the lads got into the points on this occasion.
A4 race: Brian O’Neill, Donnchadh Floyd, Pat Reddan, Will Rymer, Aidan Killeen and Keith Butler were all in this race. There was 60 in the starting bunch for this 4 lap race. Pat was making his racing debut here and hung in the bunch for a long time but eventually got distanced. He kept going right to the end though. Will and Aidan were going well too but couldn’t quite make it to the finish in the bunch. In the end, just Brian, Keith and Donnchadh were left for the final sprint finish. A crash near the line caused some chaos at the finish. All our lads stayed upright but didn’t get into the points. Brian was closest finishing in 9th or 10th place.