What a big weekend for the club that was! Thanks to everyone for putting their bodies on the line at the weekend races. We had a record of 23 cyclists in racing action on Sunday and gained 1 promotion. Combine that with big numbers out training and it is clear the club are in a healthy position. The standard of racing is improving all the time in Nenagh. We still have a long way to go but weekends like this show that the hard work is paying off.
- Tuesday – Turbo – this is the last turbo session.
- Saturday – club spin at 9:00 at the hotel
- Sunday – club spin at 8:00 at Tescos.
- Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon – Rás Mumhan – the first big test of the racing season takes place next week when a team from Nenagh CC take on the best teams in the country and plenty of teams from the continent too down in Kerry. This always proves to be a brutal hard race so expect embarrassing race reports next week!
- Sunday – Rás an Laois – this has proved to be a very popular race for pour club members over the last few years. The course is pretty flat and the race is well organised. Make it your business to be there!
Nenagh Summer League: starts Thursday, April 7th @ 7:00
It is that time of the year again where we get to absolutely murder ourselves on the N7. This high speed training is ideal preparation for open racing. It should be a ‘must do’ training session on everyone’s weekly schedule. What most people in our club lack when it comes to racing is speed. We all have plenty of endurance but it is speed we now need to focus on. As usual this event will be handicapped. Pick the bunch that is right for you and work hard. Everyone in the club should be aiming to go one group higher this year.
Also, we would advise our members to support the Limerick Summer League starting Tuesday, April 5th. They use the same format as us. Once again, this is fantastic training so try your best to attend both summer league races when possible.
League Trial Run: we will be organising a trial run of the course on Thursday, Mar 31st. This will be a training session cycled at less intensity than the league itself. It will give newbies to the league a chance to experience what it will be like. We will split into groups and set off at handicap times. More details closer to the date.
Des Hanlon Classic + National League Race: the big race of the weekend took place in Carlow. It was a bright but chilly day with little to no wind to battle. As this was the first big classic race of the season a very strong line up was present in all races up for decision. Our team didn’t manage to win any points but we still had a number of strong performances.
A1 race: Shane lined up with 50 other A1 cyclists for this 155km race. Confidence wasn’t great at the start due to a tough week on the bike but there is no point feeling sorry for yourself; just get on your bike and pedal. The course consisted of 3 laps of a hilly course. A break of 5 went away on lap one and that contained a lot of the favourites for the day. At the end of the second lap another break went off the front and caught the front break. Starting the 3rd lap, Shane found himself in a break with another rider. They worked well together and put a good bit of time into the bunch. They were on track for a good finish and National League points but as they approached the finish in Carlow they were swallowed up by the bunch with 750m to go and had to settle for a bunch finish. So near yet so far.
A2 race: the race course for this was the exact same as the A1 race. Kenneth, Mike and Dan were our representatives in this one. There were 60 or so in the bunch and all 3 lads had their tactics for the day worked out at the start. Kenneth and Dan were going to try and break early while Mike would hold back for later in the race. The two boys tried to get away in the first 20km but nothing stuck. The winning break for this went on the top of the first hill and all 3 lads missed it. Kenneth and Mike were safe in the main bunch though and as the laps ticked by, that bunch got much smaller. The break stayed away for the whole race and Kenneth and Mike had to settle for a bunch finish.
A3 race: Matty Kennedy was the sole club members in this race. This proved to be one of Mattys best performance to date. After 1 lap, Matty found himself in the second breakaway bunch on the road. They were chasing the lead break but couldn’t quite catch. Before the finish, the break with Matty in it was joined by another. This swelled the break a bit and meant that there were plenty of juniors to battle in the final sprint finish. In the end, Matty came in around 20th and over two minutes ahead of the main bunch.
Women’s Race: Sinéad Kennedy took part in this race. Sinéad has been very unlucky so far at the races this year. That unluckiness continued today in Carlow. Thankfully it wasn’t a race stopping moment when the marshal failed to direct the front of the bunch down a left hand turn. The back of the bunch managed to make the turn and the race winning split was formed from there. Sinéad found herself in the middle bunch of 3 now. Her bunch chased hard and Sinéad was feeling very strong, however, they never caught the bunch ahead. It was great to see our former Rás na mBan rider Monica Marconi getting up for third place in the finish.
Seven Springs Race, Loughrea: a huge crowd of 17 from the club made the short journey over to Loughrea for this race. First up was the youth racing. 6 of our youth members took part in these races and it is a credit to them, and their coaches that they got on so well.
Report from coach Ronan O’Driscoll…..
- In the U12 race we had Emily and Ciara, both turned in a fine performance with Emily first home in 5th & Ciara not far behind in 6th.
- In the U14 race we had Odie & Daniel. Both raced well and were well positioned in the bunch for much of the race. Daniel came home in 5th with Odie in 8th place.
- In the U16 race we had two debutants Jack Boland & Bill Mullarney, being their first race this was always going to be a learning experience but both lads did well with Jack home safely in the bunch and Bill not far behind.