February has arrived so that means the racing season is upon us. Just two weeks to go now until the cycling racing kicks off. Time to start taking things serious. It was a pity we missed out on our club race on Saturday but never fear, we have another winter league race coming up this Saturday, Feb 6th.
Last Sunday’s cycle: there were 14 cyclists out on Sunday for a tough cycle around the lake. After missing out on Saturday’s cycle everyone was eager to put in a good effort. The rollovers started early and finished late. The traditional coffee stop in Mountshannon was also kicked to touch, which was a good thing considering it was a rather damp morning on the bike. The bunch split in Ardcroney, with the rás lads pushing on ahead. They had an extra 6km to do so they were going to have to push hard in order to see the other bunch again. An hour of two-up rolling took the ras group past Portumna; a short distance down the road the other group came into sight. This was too early to be catching them, but a mechanical problem had delayed the second group early in their cycle so nothing could be done.
There was no merging of groups this time. Each group were to push on by themselves. Both groups pushed a nice pace over to Killaloe. The rás group continued to push all the way home. There were a few tired legs in the group but that was to be expected. The second group held a great pace for most of the cycle and eased off a little on the way home. Final average speeds of 33.2km and 30.6km / hr for 120km show how good an effort was put in by all. Fair play to everyone for giving this a go – it’s not easy!
Winter Warrior League Race 2: is rescheduled for this coming Saturday, Feb 6th. The same route, distances, start time etc. apply.
Start of the Racing Season: with 30 registered racers in the club we are hoping for at least half of those to consider opening their racing season on Feb 14th. There are two races on the calendar. Most people will be going to Loughrea. This is an A1, A2, A3 combined race with a separate A4 race. The course would be considered hilly-ish. There is also a race up in Monasterevin. This race happens to have separate A3 and A4 races so that might interest some; it is also a flatter/shorter course. Pick one race and let the group know which one via our Viber account ‘Nenagh CC Racing 2016’.
Cycling Ireland Licences: thanks to everyone for making the effort to take out a license. For those still dilly dallying over it – hurry up!
Club Gear: another order is going in soon so get onto Kenneth
Getting ready for another tough Tuesday turbo