That proved to be a pretty tough weekend on the bike. The intensity was upped a little and it showed on Sunday as a tired bunch made its way back to Nenagh. We had big numbers out for training this weekend with a record turn out for our long lake spin on Sunday. The support at training has been great so far, but I would still like to reiterate the importance of Nenagh CC members attending Nenagh CC training sessions. Give your all to our training sessions and don’t be scared of putting the effort in. Put the mileage in now and you will be rewarded in the summer.
La Marmotte: the club trip away is to France next July. We will be taking on one of the toughest Gran Fondos in the world. It is a great achievement just to finish this type of event so if you are looking for a big goal next year then why not sign up for this.
** Registration is open tomorrow November 14th >> website link
Club Gear: this is the final notice for club gear. The order is being sent in next week so if you need shorts, jerseys, tri suits, jackets etc get in contact with Kenneth. Think about what you will need for next year and order it. Text Kenneth: 087-2028964
WW1: 4 weeks to go. The heavy hitters from Nenagh Triathlon Club vs the ‘they think their pros’ junk mile dogs from Nenagh CC. Maybe the ‘Battle of the Bulge’ would be a better title for this one considering the state of the tri team. This could be the biggest mismatch since Keith ordered that medium sized jersey last year. If they could recruit the Donkey they might have a chance.
Sunday Cycle: it was another fine morning for cycle today and that brought 18 cyclists to Tescos for this long cycle. Four years ago there was only ever 4 or 5 on this cycle as most people didn’t quite have the fitness and speed to handle it. It is fantastic to now see 18 cyclists well able for it. For the first time, we had 3 groups on the road leaving Portumna for the ‘Hour of Power’.
The handicaps were 4 mins and 2 mins. The 2 min gap between the last two groups was closed before Whitegate while the first bunch stayed away until Mountshannon. The pace was quite high for all this interval, with a cross / head wind making things tougher. Everyone was glad to see Scariff and the traditional coffee stop. Kenneth won the sprint to the garage and was delighted to add this win to his palmares. It caps off a great week for Irish sport with McGregor, Ireland vs New Zealand, Ireland vs Austria and now Kenneth taking out the English raider Will Rymer in the Scariff sprint.
The usual 1 mile blast into Killaloe was keenly contested again with nobody able to stay away to the finish line. There were too many work horses in the bunch to drag the break back. From Killaloe it was a case of ‘Get me home’, always a sign of a good session, but for some (Matty) it’s a sign of an impending Knock. ‘Ah no, I’m grand’ says Matty – denial is always the first sign.
We got onto the descent of Portroe Hill before Mass finished so we were either ahead of time or the wicked people of Portroe were getting some bonus Mass time for their sins. K.Butler was as high as a kite as he finished with the main bunch and he didn’t even have to take a short cut home this week. As for cranky pants J. Gleeson……..I better not finish that sentence. Most people were tired out by the end but it feels great finishing tough cycles like this and enjoying a big lunch and well deserved post-lunch snooze.
For next Sunday: it would be great to see some more of our Saturday G1 cyclists out.