Wow, what a difference a weekend of lovely weather makes. We can finally start enjoying our cycling once again. Maybe it is a coincidence that the good weather returned as soon as Chris left for the US or maybe not. The only thing as dazzling as the sun were the white legs on show as shorts became the gear of choice. The team needs to start working on their sun tan or at least use a little bronzer! This weekend we had racing in Limerick, a trip to the Slieve Blooms, multiple knock victims on Saturday and an enjoyable but tough Friday evening blast on the N7.
Training – turbo is now finished. We will be training on Tuesday and Thursday evening on the N7 instead. The Thursday cycle is just a once off because of St. Patrick’s Day – Friday evening cycling will resume the following week.
- Tuesday – Meet at 6:15 at Stereame. Finish at 7:45. Set will be called in the car park.
- Thursday – Meet at 6:15 at Stereame. Finish at 7:45. Set will be called in the car park.
- Racing – Carrick-on-Suir
- Training – check out Viber later in the week for an update.
- Saturday – meet at 9:00 at the Hotel
- Racing: Leinster – Des Hanlon, Carlow (separate A1, A2, A3, A4 races) or Loughrea (combined A1 / A2/ A3, plus an A4 race)
- Training: meet at 8:00am at Tescos
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Training spins – there were 30+ bodies on the road across our 3 weekend training days. Decent numbers, but we are hoping for better. Our Sunday trip to the Cut seemed to scare plenty of people off – maybe we will keep it closer to home in future. It was great to see our two Ironmen Keith and Andy out for the long spin on Sunday. When the mileage goes up the boys are always mad for it. Well no, actually it was the opposite, everyone else was up for it and the two boys turned for home early. Who could have guessed they would take the easy option?! Judging by the size of the full dinners being consumed in the Birr filling station on the way home the two boys missed out on a brutal cycle. They will no doubt be raging.
On Friday, we had 9 out for our evening cycle. It was a tough spin where we practiced 4 minute breakaway attempts, with someone flying solo off the front of the bunch every 4 minutes and trying to stay away. It took a little while to get used to this new set but things will run more smoothly in the weeks ahead.
On Saturday, we had 15 on the road. We got in a good 114km cycle which included the notorious knock road from Thurles over towards Kilcommon and then Dolla. Once again there were multiple knock victims. The knock train was full as we got back to Nenagh. It was great to see the first group staying away for so long. Standards are rising quickly. Just goes to show you what a bit of hard work can achieve.
Rás Luimní: there was just one event on the club’s agenda for this weekend and that was in Caherconlish, Co. Limerick. This event always proves to be the first real hard test of the new cycling season. The distance is long and the standard is high. Getting results at this race is not easy and so it proved once again for our Nenagh CC team.
A1/A2 race: Eamon Hartnett was our sole representative at this race. Eamon has been going well at the start of the season but this race was a bit of a step up in quality. Would Eamon be able to handle the speed, the crosswinds and the line outs? Of course he could. Eamon had a fine day on the bike and finished safely in the main bunch at the end.
A3 race: Denis Allen lined up alongside Jurgen Simpson for this race. Denis hovered around the top 5 for almost all the race but in the end had to settle for a bunch finish and no points. Jurgen was moving nicely too, but a puncture on lap 3 put an end to his hopes of a good finish.
A4 race: Will Rymer, Donnchadh Floyd and Conor Brennan took part in this two lap race. There was a large sign-on for this race and it was no surprise when there was an early crash. This caused our 3 lads a lot of problems as they had a tough chase to get back on. Will fought his way back but with strong cross winds cutting the back of the bunch to bits he found he had to burn far too many matches on the first lap. Coming to the end of the first lap he was spent from chasing and closing gaps and had to watch the bunch move off into the distance without him. Donnchadh and Conor had managed to get into a small bunch behind Will and they worked well together to finish out the race. This was Conor’s first ever A4 race so there were plenty of lessons learned. It can be quite a step up from club racing, but we are sure he will soon get fully up to speed.