Denis Allen was the star performer for the club this weekend as he had his best result to date at the National Junior Champs in Cong today. Con Kennedy and Daniel also did well at their races. On the training front, we had a decent crowd out on Saturday and Sunday but it is obvious we are coming to the end of the season as many have gone awol. Speaking of the end of season, we have an announcement about that below….
- Tuesday: club cycle at 6:30 from Stereame, Bring lights + Hi Vis – we will aim to finish on the main road as it is getting pretty dull after 8:30.
- Thursday: club cycle at 6:30 from Stereame
- Saturday: club cycle at 9:00 from the hotel. Racing: Wexford 2 Day starts.
- Sunday: club cycle at 8:00 from Tescos / racing for A3 and A4 riders in Shannon.
End of Year Cycle, AGM + Club Night Out
The official end of the club cycling and triathlon season will be brought forward to the end of August. We have a number of programmes starting in September (Masters swimming + Get Up to Speed Cycling) so we want to get the End of Year Swim, Cycle and Club AGMs wrapped up before then. People can either take the month of September off before official off-season training starts back in October or you can join in with our new programmes in Sept.
When: Sat, August 27th. Early morning cycle – might head off to a sportive for this one – Upperchurch Drombane 100km cycle is a possibility. AGM is in Larkins, Garrykennedy at 9:00pm. Club Night Out usually starts once the swimmers get to Garrykennedy after their swim from Youghal = 7:30pm.
Get Up to Speed Cycle in September
What is this about? The club aim to make it easier for people to join in with our off-season cycling programme which starts in October, by getting people out on the bike in September. We hope to show people how to cycle properly in a bunch and we want to build your speed and fitness on the bike so that you have a head start on all those that won’t start back until October.
Who is it suitable for? this is not a beginner cycling programme. You will need to have some experience of cycling a racing bike (hybrid bikes and mountain bikes are not suitable). This is for people who want to improve their cycling with possibly an eye on racing in the future. This is for triathletes that want to improve their bike times in 2017. This is for our older youth cyclists.
When? 8:50am Saturday, September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th. 9:00am October 1st, 8th.
This is a 6 week programme. Speed and distance will increase week on week. For the final two weeks, the group will pull out with the main cycling group and you will get an idea of the speeds involved. It might come as a shock to some but if you keep turning up you will eventually be able to manage.
Banbridge GP: Will Rymer made the long trip to the North of Ireland for this race. Will is putting in a great end of season effort. He is finding the going tough, but everyone does in their first year of racing. Year 2 gets a whole lot easier. Here is how the race went in his own words “Tried harder with my positioning and held the top 5-10 for most of the first lap, then dropped back to my normal position for a while, then coasted with a couple of other dropped people for a bit of a training session. Building nicely for an embarrassing weekend in Charleville”
National Junior Champs, Cong, Mayo: Denis Allen continues to impress this year and he seems to be leaving his best to last. Denis was up against the best junior cyclists Ireland has to offer and he was well able to mix it with them. Denis found himself in an early break of 3 which stayed away for the first 50k of the race. They were then joined by 8 riders that broke across to them. There was 3 minutes back to the bunch so the lead break started to attack each other and it soon got split to bits. Denis battled well to the finish line and ended up in a fine 8th place overall. That’s a fantastic result for Denis and sets him up well for a strong end of year performance. With just over two weeks of racing left we expect to see some more big results from Denis.
National A3 Champs, Cong, Mayo: Con Kennedy was our sole racer in this big race. There was two laps to do with a tough climb on each lap. On paper, this looked like a race that would suit Con. If he feeling good then he would do well. In the end he came 15th and this is what he had to say about it “I reckon I came top 15. Hard race. A split came on the hill on the second lap and I was in it but got dropped on the descent. I got in the 2nd group and we soon caught the 1st group again. A crash caused another split in this front group and I was once again in the front split of about 15. Coming to the line I didn’t go for the sprint as I used up all my luck avoiding the earlier crash!”
Carlow Youth Races: Daniel Yon Hin took part in the U/14 race in Carlow. Daniel was coming off a tough week of training where he was kicking the asses of most of our senior riders. Even with tired legs Daniel managed a fine 5th place finish in this race. This sets him up nicely for a big crack at the National Youth Champs next week in Kanturk.