We hope everyone had a productive bank holiday weekend. If you celebrated the death of our Lord and saviour by having 1 or 10 Easter eggs too many or 1 or 10 pints too many then we expect you to atone for your sins all this week by getting your ass on the bike and sweating the badness out of you. It’s what Jesus would have done. Racing results were a bit mixed this weekend but at least we are still out there giving it a go. The season is long so lets just keep plugging away and the results will come.
- Tuesday: 3 options
- option 1 – club ‘hill focused’ cycle starting at 6:30 from Stereame
- option 2 – triathlon club TT league – 6:30 at the leisure centre
- option 3 – Limerick Summer League – 7:00 at Gooig
- Thursday: Nenagh Summer League Race 3 – 7:00 at Gooig.
- Saturday: main club spin – 9:00 at the hotel.
- Sunday: club cycle – 7:30 at Tescos
- Drumm Cup, Currow, Co. Kerry (A1/A2 race, A3 race, A4 race)
Training Updates: the best place to get the most up to date info on training is via our NEW Facebook page or through Viber (Nenagh CC), ask Will Rymer to add you if you don’t have a clue how to do this.
Summer League Marshaling: this Thursday the marshals will be Kenneth Kennedy, Shane Scully and Clifford Guest. If any of ye have a problem making it then let us know early so we can find replacements. Tis not ideal to have two A1 riders missing so if someone wants to swap dates with the lads then let them know.
Sunday Cycle: it was great to see an eager crowd of 15 in Tescos for this extended lake cycle. We started at a new earlier start time of 7:30 and this seemed to work well, having us home at a perfect time for lunch. A heavy shower right before the coffee stop put a dampener on things. It almost led to an embarrassing issue on the road for the racing lads. The group was split in two coming into Killaloe with the racing lads behind and taking their time. The presumption was that we were all turning left and heading for home early. Luckily enough the racing group caught a glimpse of the front group turning right in Killaloe to go the long way home. The racing group would never have lived down the slagging if they had gone home early while the others stayed out!
The spin itself was leisurely enough, but sure there is no need to go out killing yourself every time you get up on the bike. There are no photos from Sunday’s cycle as our social media guru Will Rymer was off making a fool of himself and the club at Rás an Laois (when is he ever going to realise that he is just too soft for racing?). Stick to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Grindr Will.
John Gleeson tried to muscle in on Will’s photo taking territory but the results were like something out of a horror film. He had a go at taking a photo of the lovely lake view (at least I think it’s the lake) – it is almost impossible to take a bad photo of this, but John managed it. Will your job is safe. John…stick to the cycling.
La Marmotte – just over 10 weeks to go to the club event of the year. If you don’t want to make a Holy show of yourself over there then start putting in the work now.
Marshaling at the North Tipp Sprint: we would like to congratulate our friends in the tri club on a highly successful running of their annual sprint distance triathlon. There were lots of Nenagh CC members out marshaling today so thanks to all for doing that. It’s nice to be nice and you never know when we will need the help of the tri club in the future.
Stage race – Rás Mumhan – Eamon Hartnett was the only club member brave enough to line up at the start of this brutally tough 4 day stage race. It seems that average speeds this year were even tougher than usual. As we had no team, Eamon was racing in the colours of De Ronde Cork. For most at Rás Mumhan it is just about surviving; very few people actually get to ‘race’ it. Eamon found the pace of the bunch tough but hung in well on the first day. t was a bit of a shock to the system but he was just taking it one day at a time and he had got through the first. The 2nd stage was to be his downfall as he got distanced on one of the many big climbs on the route and as soon as the elastic snapped that was Eamon’s day and race over with. It wasn’t to be on this occasion but the season is young and Eamon will be back.
Eamon warming-up in the van!
Stage Race – Gorey 3 Day – Denis Allen was part of the Munster team for this 3 day event. Denis’s form has been improving a lot of late, after a pre-season dogged by injury and illness. Hopes were high that Denis could feature in a break at some stage and perhaps get in the points. On the first two days Denis finished in the bunch and this put him in 51st position overall going into the last day. He was just over 2 minutes down on the race leader. Stage 3 came down to a bunch sprint so Denis wasn’t able to close the gap. He moved up into a final position of 50th place. There are far more positives to be taken from this performance than negatives. It gives Denis a good platform from which to build some good form for the Junior Tour.
Rás an Laois: Will Rymer, Tommy Hanrahan and Jurgen Simpson all took part in this race over in Rathdowney. In the A3 race, Tommy and Jurgen performed well. Both finished in the top 20 but out of the points. Tommy in particular was very aggressive throughout and found himself in plenty of breaks. Negative racing saw each of these breaks reeled back in for the inevitable bunch sprint finish.Here is what Jurgen ha to say about it “Tommy and I did the Laois A3. Tommy did sterling work at the front trying hard to form a break and getting involved in almost every move. Strong wind and pretty fast pace throughout made for a pretty exciting day. Tommy had a cramp about two thirds in and dropped back, but revived and got going again. The final 5km saw a very congested bunch with few opportunities to move forward into a strategic position. I managed to slip forward with about 2km to go and ended up somewhere in the top 20 with Tommy on my wheel. Good craic throughout.”
In the A4 race, Will Rymer didn’t actually make a fool of himself and the club for once. Strangely enough he finally had a good race! He found it comfortable in the bunch all day. Coming into the last few km, he was in the top 3. With 1km to go he was still there. However, as the line approached and others opened up their sprints, Will didn’t quite have an answer to that. It’s only a matter of time before he does have an answer though so watch this space. Stephen Greene also seems to have sneaked into the A4 race without telling a sole. Will Rymer didn’t even know he was in the same race. Fair play to Stephen; this was his first race of the year. Stephen is preparing for an Ironman so races like this will help boost his cycling. Well done to everyone that raced!
Duathlon – before anyone says anything – it has some cycling in it and it is highly likely to be the only result members of our club get this year!!!! Today was the Battle of Ballinspittle (doesn’t come much bigger than that!) and our two club legends (I write this, so I can write what I want) did the club proud. This race was part of the National Duathlon Series and consisted of a hilly 3km run – hilly 18km bike and very hilly 5km run. Shane managed to win the race while Gary was pipped for 3rd place. The rolling nature of the course didn’t quite suit roly poly Gary. Mighty Mouse did alright though. The best craic of the trip was blowing Kevin Sherlock and Mike Browne out of it while driving past them on their bikes at 7 in the morning. They were ragin!
Chunk leading into transition (downhill momentum)