The time is flying by. We are already in April and while the triathlon season is only just about the kick off, the cycling season is in full flow. Some in the club have 11 days of racing already under their belts. Some are even close to retiring for the season. It is important to remember that it is very early days yet. April is a big month for cycling with the summer leagues starting and the Visit Nenagh Classic taking place; so stay focused and keep training hard.
- Tuesday – the Limerick Summer League is not actually starting until the 12th, so we will have another trial run for the Nenagh Summer League instead. Start at Birdhill at 7:00. Intensity level won’t be as hard as it will be on Thursday so come out and give it a go and see if you can handle it.
- Thursday – Nenagh Summer League > click to view details
- Saturday – senior cycle at 9:00 from the hotel
- Sunday – few different options – racing is on in Fermoy and Stamullen, the Kildangan Cycling Challenge is also on and there could well be a club cycle at 8:00 too for those not wishing to do the other options.
Racing – the Fermoy course is pretty flat so we would recommend this race to those looking to gain a little bit more experience of open racing. If you are planning on racing the Visit Nenagh Classic then it would be a good thing to fit in a race the week before to ensure that you can handle the pace and can handle yourself in a bunch.
Juniors: We encourage all our juniors to do the timetrial this Tuesday from Lisboney and our older juniors to also attend the summer league on Thursday. There is also junior racing on in Fermoy on Sunday so make yourself available.
There were 8 Nenagh CC members in racing action this weekend. We had no luck in the senior races but we got into the prizes in the youth races.
Davis Cup, Cong, Mayo: the latest National Road Series race took place up in Cong on Sunday. Kenneth, Shane, Dan and Mike started this one. The race was a combined A1, A2, A3 race with the A3s getting a 2 minute head start. The race started a frantic pace and that continued for the next 105km. There never seemed to be any let up. As the kms flew by the bunch got smaller and smaller. Some of the lads were still feeling the effects of Rás Mumhan in their legs and that contributed heavily to a sub par performance. At the end of the race there was 20 riders left out front. Shane was still there and was trying hard to break from the group in the closing kms (knowing full well he would be less than useless in the final sprint). He couldn’t get away so came in with the bunch managing to finish in 14 or 15th place. This secures National League points but it wasn’t the high finish that Shane wanted.
Dungarvan GP: We had early success in this race when Daniel Yon Hin produced the goods in the U/14 race early in the day. A fine 6th in Dungarvan earned him a place in the prizes. Well done Daniel!
We also had a strong entry in the A3 race with Matty Kennedy, Denis Allen and Con Kennedy in racing action. Matty got himself into a very promising break early in the race and stayed away for 50km. It was looking good but the breakaway didn’t work as well as it might have done and they got swallowed up. Denis was a lot more active in this race and is starting to show great promise. It was also great to see Con Kennedy back racing after his latest injury set back. I am sure that after a few more races he will be scoring the points needed to get up into the A2 ranks. None of the 3 lads managed to get up in the final sprint up the hill to score points. Don’t worry because if ye keep performing like this then the results will come.