While a group from the club were off sunning themselves down in France, the rest of us were left to tackle some less than perfect weather back here at home. We have a report from the lads in France below. We also had a few in racing action this weekend and a smaller than normal bunch out training. Easy knowing we are in the latter half of the racing season, people are resting up for the all important winter training where we will have 40 cyclists out in the snow, with big plans for 2017.
- Tuesday – Limerick Summer League
- Thursday – Nenagh Summer League
- Saturday – club training at 9:00 from the hotel
- Sunday – due to the Nenagh Youth Race starting at 10:00 the Sunday spin is not on. Make your own plans to get on the bike afterwards. Make sure to volunteer to marshal that morning!
France Report: Le Tour pour les Amatuers: Day 1 (By Sir William Rymer)
Day one was supposed to be about finding our climbing legs and getting the lay of the land. Our guide for the week had found us a challenging but short climb to tackle first the Col de Chaussy. Unfortunately our guide Brian Maloney and one of our most experienced cyclists Donnchadh were seen boarding the bandwagon at 8am for the soccer match in Lyon.
With them gone, the plan went out of the window. Led by John and Will (Billy bigballs in chief). They not only climbed the Col du Chaussy in record time, but after John left his phone at the summit, they climbed it again from the North face as well. Brian warned us before he left to watch the ‘foreign game’ that although the Col du Chaussy was close the Col de la Madeleine he would not recommend doing it on the first day. Challenge accepted.
John and Aidan with new recruit Phil raced up in super fashion, whilst Ned, Pat and myself took a more leisurely approach. I got the knock about 4km into the 14km ascent of the Col de la Madeleine. 10km at 8-9% with the knock. I did the club proud. I’m pretty much blaming the knock on John because of the double ascent of the Chaussy. Col de la Madeleine is like seven Tountinna’s in a row, she is a cruel evil bitch.
Day 1: Col du Chaussy (South and North approach), Col de la Madeleine
Distance 99.6 km
Average speed 18.8 km/h
Elevation gain 2771m, Max elevation 1977m
Time 5’ 17’’
Will Rymer will be sending us daily updates from France so check out the website everyday this week for more info.
Nenagh Youth Races: take place next Sunday, July 3rd.
Race Details can be found >> here
If you have questions about the race contact Ronan at 087-9345101
Youth members: we hope to see a good turnout from Nenagh CC youth cyclists at this one. It would be great to see some of our home grown talent take the win on this local circuit. So turn up and give us something to cheer for.
Marshals: contact Ronan O’Driscoll via Viber if you can marshal. The event kicks off at 11:00am and should finish around 12:30. We need around 20 more names for this.
National Vets Championship: Eamon Hartnett and Dan Hogan were the sole two riders to represent the club at the National Champs in Kilcullen this weekend. Their race took place on the Saturday with a huge starting field of 170 riders. The pace of this race was very fast, as would be expected from a Nat Champs race. Here is what Eamon had to say about it….
“It was hard and fast with loads of line outs. Dan stayed in the bunch all the way. I lost contact in the last 8km. I suffered bad cramps. 170 riders started. It was manic enough for the first hour then it settled for a while after the break went but it got busy again. It was a good race to do. the course was very lumpy.”
Stephen Roche GP: not content with just racing at the weekend, Daniel Yon Hin made the mid-week trip up to Dublin for the latest U/14 race. He is edging ever closer to a top finish as he finished just off the podium in this one in 4th place overall. Hopefully he is saving his best for the Nenagh Youth Races next week. No pressure Daniel but you better win!!!