That was a productive weekend for the club. Plenty of bodies out training and racing on Saturday and Sunday. In fact the local roads were packed with cyclists – it’s great to see so many people getting the bikes out and enjoying a bright and sunny day in the saddle. If ye ever fancy a bit more of a challenge then you are more than welcome to jump in with us whenever you want to. Racing action was in Mayo and Dungarvan but we didn’t manage to feature at the pointy end of either race. We are improving though and the results will come!
- Tuesday – Meet at 6:15 at Stereame. Finish at 7:45
- Friday – Meet at 6:15 at Stereame. Finish at 7:45
- Training: usual club spin at 9:00 from the hotel
- Training: meet at Tescos at 8:00am. Lake route.
- Racing: Visit Nenagh Classic
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Saturday and Sunday Training: we couldn’t have had two better days for cycling. It was a bit nippy starting out but once it warmed up it was a pleasure to be out cycling. After 7 weeks of rain, there has been a noticeable drop in fitness levels in the club. We will need a couple of big weeks of training now to ensure that our excellent winter of work doesn’t go to waste.
On Saturday, we did the Broadford route. We welcomed Donkey Dunne back to the group. He lived up to his name as usual. Tis a long way from the World Triathlon Champs in Mexico he is!! Will Rymer was having a little bit of trouble with the cleats on his rugby boots and had to stop for some emergency pit stops and a quick polishing of the new shiny boots. Both groups merged in Killaloe and struggled home via Portroe. Tough day at the office.
On Sunday, we did the extended lake route. The Ironmen Keith and Andy were shamed into doing the longer version. Nothing like a bit of peer pressure and bullying in a club for getting people going. Although some were lucky to even get going after forgetting to put the clock forward! It was great to see a good crowd opting for the longer route. When the weather is as good as it is, we need to make the most of it. The ‘Men of the Rás’ (only in our club would that be a slag) stayed out for a little longer still but I think that’s only because they feel guilty that they are too chicken to race!!!
Dungarvan: the main Munster race was held below in Dungarvan. We had just two entrants in this race Denis Allen and Con Kennedy. It was great to see Con Kennedy back after some injury problems of late. Both lined up in the A3 race. This was a hilly race but both lads are excellent climbers so it was no surprise when they came to the line with the bunch. Once again the club missed out on points in the final gallop to the line.
Rás Mhaigh Eo: a team of 5 went to this 2 day stage race in Mayo. There were 3 stages in total with a short TT and two longer stages. This was an A2/A3 stage race and these races are often very competitive. For those not used to multiple days of racing it can be a hard slog. All 5 of our team finished with Mike Browne the highest placed in 21st overall.
Stage 1: was very fast. Matty got a puncture very early in the race when the pace was at its highest and never regained contact with the bunch. This was a tough blow so early into the competition. The other lads all finished safely in the bunch. Mike Browne got a puncture later in the race but was able to get back up to the bunch and save his race. Stage 2: was a short time trial. This was a case of damage limitation for the boys. Most were either saving the legs or using road bikes with aero bars clipped on = not ideal. Going into Stage 3: Mike, Dan and Eamon were well within striking distance of a strong result. If they could get into a break they would be in with a great chance. They tried multiple times to do this but in the end it came down to a bunch sprint finish, with Mike just finishing outside the points in 12th place.
It was a good effort by the team. As always, there is plenty of room for improvement. A lot was learned here and we can use that to push us onto the next level over the coming weeks and months.