That was a big weekend for the club. Our Youth Races took place out in Toomevara and Kevin and Ronan did a fine job organising that. It was a big success once again. It is important that we as a club contribute to developing cycling in Ireland and the local area so fair play to everyone for giving a helping hand. We might have to look into expanding the race to include senior races for next year! We also have a big Junior Tour announcement and Will’s last post from France below.
- Tuesday – Tri club hill climb TT or Limerick Summer League
- Thursday – Nenagh Summer League
- Wednesday – TT option available at the tri club’s Dromineer event starts at 7:00pm.
- Saturday – Lough Derg Sprint is on so make your own plans for training (please marshal if you can! – let Mary know via Viber)
- Sunday – club training at 8:00 from Tescos. Racing – there isn’t much on this weekend – one race up in Cavan.
Possible – Winter League Style Race – this Sunday?
There is very little on next weekend in terms of racing so I am just wondering if there is an appetite for a winter league style race instead? We could race it on Sunday and use one of the winter league routes (Roscrea, Moneygall, Toomevara, Seáníns, Toomevara, Nenagh). Let us know on Viber what you think.
There are still two months of the racing season left with plenty of points to play for. Don’t give up on your promotion dreams just yet. Get back training hard and finish the season strongly. What you do this year will benefit you next year. Now is far too early to be taking a break. By the time you come back for winter training in October you will lose a lot of the gains from the this year.
Junior Tour of Ireland
Congratulations to Denis Allen who has been selected on a Munster team for the upcoming Junior Tour of Ireland. This is a great achievement for Denis and it goes to show you that hard work pays off. Denis is the first rider from the club to cycle in this big event. Very few riders from the area have ever raced at this level so well done on getting selected. Denis is still very young to be doing this race so expectations shouldn’t be too high in the club. Getting around in one piece will be achievement enough. Next year, he will kick ass.
Denis had this to say “I am excited about going to the junior tour. I don’t have many expectations going into the tour. I just want to finish it and hopefully have a few bunch finishes!”
I am sure I speak for the whole club in wishing Denis the very best of luck.
The Junior Tour consists of 6 days of fast racing.
When? Tuesday, July 12th – Sunday, July 17th
Where? Co. Clare
- Stage 1 = TT in Ennis
- Stage 2 = East Clare – starts in Ennis but head over to Scariff, Killaloe.
- Stage 3 = Lahinch
- Stage 4 = Wild Atlantic Way
- Stage 5 = Gallows Hill, Cratloe
- Stage 6 = Ennis circuit race
*** All our youth members should take a look at the example being set by Denis *** If you set your mind to achieving something and work hard you will get there. You really have to want it. If it’s your parents dragging you out cycling each time then you will never get there. If you prefer to watch tv when you get home from school then you will never get there. Cycling is a sport where you get out of it what you put in. If you train once a week you will probably be the first person out the back of the bunch. If you cycle twice a week you will probably be second out the back. If you cycle most days and put in the effort required you will be the one getting in the breaks at the front. Look at what Daniel has achieved in just a year. He is close to being one of the best riders in Munster and will no doubt be looking for a huge performance in Rás na nÓg next year. That could be you too. Youth riders, you have two months of holidays now so there are no excuses for not getting on your bike.
Nenagh CC – Racing Club – In just three years Nenagh CC have had:
- two men’s An Post Rás teams
- a Rás na mBan team
- a Junior Tour of Ireland entrant
- a Rás na nÓg entrant.
That’s all the big stage events covered! Well done to everyone for working so hard to make this a reality.
Nenagh Youth Races: a full report from this race has already been put online >> click here to read
Bunclody, Co. Wexford: a team of 3 went to this race. In the A3 race we had Eamon Hartnett and Con Kennedy. Con suffered a puncture on the 2nd lap and that put a stop to his race. Eamon continues to improve since his return and managed a fine bunch finish but didn’t quite get up in the sprint for the points. In the A4 race we had Keith Butler. In his wisdom, Keith decided going for pints on the weekend of a race was a good thing. His reward was getting dumped out the back of the bunch with a few km remaining on the final hill.
Last but not least………….
Will’s France Diary: Last Day
Le Tour pour les Amatuers: Final Day
The final day, and an opportunity to tackle enjoyable climbs of the last week, or tackle new climbs. Basically an opportunity to do our own thing. At the evening meal the night before, there were talks of tackling a stage of the tour. That would have involved riding the Col du Chaussy, then the Col du Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fer, and La Toussuire. That’s a whole lot of climbing, and I was under the impression that it was probably just the beer talking.
Aidan, Donnchadh and Phil were heading out the door at 7am, mad glint in their eyes, hungry for hills. Not the beer talking apparently. John and I headed out a little later, with legs weary from such a lot of hard days in the previous week. Ned and Pat a little later again, and Brian was happy with his lot for the week and rested up. Donnchadh and Aidan tackled the Col de la Croix de Fer via Col du Glandon (the reverse of the previous day) a punishing 22.4km at an average 7% with several areas ramping up to 11% near the summit of the col du Glandon. They then descended to join La Toussuire which is another 18km at 6%. John and Will also tackled La Toussuire after previously warming up on the Col du Chaussy, and Ned and Pat did La Toussuire also. Time to start packing those bikes.
Apologies for the late report, those Burgess men led me to the local watering hole, and I had to suffer the journey home with a wicked hangover and the traditional depression associated with the end of a holiday. The high mountains growing ever smaller in the rear view mirror, I am sure this will not be the last time we see them. There are many more mountain roads to conquer, the French will see the black and white of Nenagh CC again. They will suffer the indignity of hearing their beautiful language butchered again. It was a great week lads, as John would say ‘merci, merci me’.
Day 6 Donnchadh & Aidan: Col de la Croix de Fer via Col du Glandon, La Toussuire
Distance 107.8 km
Average speed 19.2 km/h
Elevation gain 3164m, Max elevation 2067m
Total climbing for the week (roughly):
Donnchadh: 11,430 m
Will: 11,374 m
Ned: 10,444 m
Pat: 10,444 m
Brian: 6,279 m