Last week was a superb racing week for the club. We hosted our first senior race, won the county team champs as well as winning the overall title + top A1, top A2 and top A3 rider awards. To top off the week Matty Kennedy went and won the A3 race up in Athlone to secure promotion to the A1/A2 division. This also brings our total points scored this year to 98, just two points short of our pre-season target.
- Tuesday – Limerick Summer League or Hill TT
- Wednesday – TT option at the Dromineer event
- Thursday – club cycle at 6:30 meet at Stereame
- Saturday – club cycle at 9:00 at the hotel
- Sunday – club cycle at 8:00 at Tescos / Racing – Suir Valley 3 Day from Sat to Mon
Nenagh Summer League: is now finished for the year. Please spread the word. Thanks to all who supported the league throughout the year. It proved to be a quality training session that went a long way to helping us all achieve our racing goals this year.
Tipperary Road Race: congrats to all our newly crowned county champions. The feedback we have received from other Tipperary clubs at the race has been very positive. The race was a credit to all members of Nenagh CC and it cements our position as one of Tipperary’s leading racing clubs.
Fermoy: Daniel Yon Hin was in racing action again in Cork. The form is starting to return after his time spent in the Gaeltacht. Daniel almost got himself onto the podium at this race. He was denied a 3rd place finish in a very tight photo-finish. A 4th place finish is still excellent so well done.
Shannonside GP, Athlone: two club members made the trip up to Athlone for this event. It proved to be a successful day with Matty scoring points in the A3 race.
A4 race: Donnchadh Floyd took part in this one. Donnchadh certainly isn’t scared of going to races and he continues to improve a lot as the year goes by. In each race he is getting closer and closer to scoring. He was just outside the points in Killorglin last week and in another sprint finish he just failed to score this week. The break through won’t be long in coming.
A3 race: Matty Kennedy already had 3 points to his name going into this race so a 4th place finish or higher would see him move up to A2 status. After performing well in the Tipperary Road Race two days earlier, Matty went into this race with tired legs. It just shows you how well he is going that he is able to churn out two top performances in the space of two days. All the hard work is paying off.
Matty won this race the hard way. After 8km a NRPT junior rider went up the road. He was followed by Eoin Woods from the Wheelers and Matty. There was still a long way to go so it was unclear whether this was a foolish move or not. Nobody else was breaking across to them so they just put the heads down and went for it. The NRPT rider started struggling early enough and was soon distanced. This left just the two Nenagh men up front.
The lads worked hard and honestly together for the next few laps. The gap to the bunch went out to 1.5 minutes but as the lads came onto the final lap the gap started to fall. Although the two lads were tiring they were still holding a nice pace and with only a few kms left it was obvious that they were going to stay away. Coming into the final km they had over 30 seconds of a lead. The lads agreed to fight it out from the 500m mark onwards.
Eoin Woods took up the final sprint first but Matty was able to get on his wheel and come around him in the end for the victory. Fair play to both riders for a great performance. Matty joins a small group of 6 riders that have won races in the club (Gary, Shane, Kenneth, Benny, Kevin and now Matty). It’s not everyday you win a race so enjoy this achievement. With this win Matty gains 10 more points and now moves up to the A2 division. That was the aim at the start of the season so it’s great to tick that box.
It is no coincidence that Matty’s brother Kenneth Kennedy retired from competitive cycling for the season the day after Matty got promoted to the same division as him!! He couldn’t bring himself to get out of the camper for the race in Tuam. In fairness, Kenneth has nearly 40 races in his legs this year including the An Post Rás, Rás Mumhan and Ballinrobe 3 Day. Taking on Matty for top dog in the Kennedy family was clearly one challenge too many!
Tuam, Go. Galway: 5 riders took part in this race up in Galway. Although we come home with 0 points from the event there were a number of positive performances all the same.
A1/A2 race: Shane Scully and Dan Hogan took part in this race which was the latest round of the National Road Series. Plenty of top riders were in attendance so the going was always going to be tough. It wasn’t helped by very wet conditions. Dan had his best performance of the year at this race. Dan has worked hard on his sprinting over the last few weeks as he was finding the surges in the early stages of the race hard to deal with all year. He seems to have sorted that issue as he managed to stay with the fast moving bunch easily this time. This should give Dan the platform to build success in future races. Dan and Shane both finished in the depleted main bunch having missed two breakaway groups. The two lads worked hard throughout but to no avail.
Two boys at the back as usual at the start of the race
A3 Race: Eamon Hartnett and Eoin Woolley were on the start line for this one. Again the conditions were not ideal for racing. The rain made it very slippy and it was no surprise that a big crash took out a huge number of cyclists in the middle of the race. Unfortunately, Eamon got caught up in the crash and that was his race finished. Luckily enough he wasn’t hurt but tis annoying enough having to retire early. Eoin Woolley was doing well in what remained of the A3 bunch. With only a few km to go he got himself into the winning break, but disaster was to strike Eoin too as his foot slipped out of his pedal and caused him to lose contact with the break and all chances of scoring were gone. Unlucky.
A4 race: Keith Butler performed well in this race but, once again, just failed in his bid for points. Keith was finding it easy in the bunch throughout but as is always the case in the A4 bunch it came down to the final sprint. Coming around the last corner Keith was in 4th position but a lad in front of him braked forcing Keith to slow a little. Then the surge came from behind and just before the line he had gone from 4th to 12th or so. Another case of so near but yet so far. Keith is understandably getting disillusioned with A4 racing at the moment but if he just sticks at it he will get his reward.