Not for the first time this season, the weather this weekend was brutal forcing the cancellation of the Fermoy race on Sunday. It was also pretty miserable for everyone at the Kildangan Cycle Challenge. The weather was actually great up in Stamullen, however that too was a bit of a disaster. You get weekends like that so lets forget about it and look forward to a very important week for the club.
- Tuesday – two options – the Limerick Summer League starts at 7:00pm from Gooig. It is the same format as our own. You need a Cycling Ireland racing license to do this one. There is also the start of the Tri club TT league. This is great race pace training and is well worth attending.
- Thursday – Nenagh Summer League – last week was an eye opener for some. Can you do better this week? It all kicks off at 7:00pm from Gooig.
- Saturday: most of the club will be marshaling at the North Tipp Sprint so there is no official club cycle. Let Maeve know on Viber if you can marshal.
- Sunday: training from Tescos at 8:00am + race day
Lots of marshals needed this week for North Tipp Sprint & Nenagh Summer League. If you are doing nothing then consider helping out. Thanks.
Visit Nenagh Classic: this race needs no introduction. It is our local race so we hope to see club members taking part in large numbers. The race is on next Sunday. You can take it easy on Saturday by marshaling the North Tipp Sprint!
An Post Rás: the lads on the team would like to thank Brian Maloney and Analog Devices for their kind sponsorship of the team. With 6 weeks to go to the start of the rás, it is safe to say that the lads are pooping their pants. The next big test for the team is the Ballinrobe 3 Day in 3 weeks time. We hope to see a strong performance from the team at that race.
Saturday – Broadford women’s race – Sinead Kennedy took part in this tough race on Saturday. The weather conditions weren’t ideal with snow falling that morning. Sinead braved the conditions and put in a decent performance on the day. Sinéad missed the winning break of the day but worked hard to the end and finished in the top 10 and also won a prize for 2nd vet.
Fermoy: there was great disappointment on Sunday morning when this race was cancelled. Judging by the atrocious conditions it was probably more relief than disappointment. A large crowd from town was due down at the race including our juniors but mother nature was having none of it.
Stamullen: 4 club members made the wise decision to head for the north east part of the country where things were nice and dry for the day. The weather was the only bit of good fortune the team had all day!
A1/A2 race: there was a huge entry for this hilly race which was part of the National Road Series. It was also one of the most talented sign ons for a one day race. A whos who of Ireland’s top cyclists were on the start line. Shane was our only entry in this one. The race consisted of 7 laps with a decent size hill on each lap.
The pace for the first two laps was very fast with half the field dropped after the first climb up the hill. A large break got away early in the race so the chasing was fierce. The front bunch had split into 4 on the 3rd lap with multiple break attempts going clear. Shane found himself in the 4th bunch on this lap but on the 4th ascent of the hill he managed to get across to the 3rd group with Damien Shaw and Mark Dowling. This small 3rd group started working together and with names like Lavery and McGlinchey already in the group they soon starting reeling in group 2 on the road.
Shane’s group caught group 2 at the start of the 5th ascent of the hill. Things were looking good but then disaster struck as Shane’s chain popped off and got jammed. In his attempts to unjam it he ended up destroying the thing altogether. Game over and a lovely 4 mile walk back to the start line.
A3 race: Eoin Woolley took part in this race. He found the pace up the hills a little bit too hot to handle and missed out on a bunch finish.
A4 race: Will Rymer and John Gleeson entered this race. Will had similar mechanical issues to Shane and John, like Eoin, found the pace on the hills a little bit tough today. It takes some getting used to!
Kildangan Cycle Challenge: fair play to all our club members who braved the wet and cold conditions at this local cycle this morning. That certainly wasn’t easy as it was a day for the turbo.