It was a busy weekend for the club with plenty of members racing down in Kerry. We aren’t having much luck getting into the points so far this year as we drew another blank down in Currow. The results will come, we just need to keep working hard. Back closer to home, club members were training hard as usual and making the best of the fine weather. La Marmotte is scaring the bejaysus out of everyone at this stage so plenty of miles are being cycled. Some colder weather is predicted for next week so get out on the bike when you can.
- Tuesday: 2 options
- option 1 – club ‘hill focused’ cycle starting at 6:30 from Stereame
- option 2 – tri club TT league – 6:30 at the leisure centre (2 weeks left)
- Thursday: Nenagh Summer League Race 4 – 7:00 at Gooig.
- Saturday: main club spin – 9:00 at the hotel.
- Racing: start of the Kanturk 3 Day
- Sunday: club cycle – 7:30 at Tescos
- Racing: Frank O’Rourke Memorial Race Wexford – separate A2, A3, A4 races.
- Monday: long cycle will be organised via Viber
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Tanning infraction: Will has identified a number of tan offenders in the club. Donnchadh and An Púca Bán have fallen foul of the fashion police and will need to undergo some treatment before rejoining the bunch. Their ghostly, pale white legs are putting everyone off cycling, with a number of cyclists saying it is putting them off their food too. It is only a matter of time before the glare off their legs causes a crash. Thanks Will for this fashion update.
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Summer League Marshals: Gary Scully, Pat Reddan, John Gleeson.
Saturday & Sunday Cycles: with people going to the Munster match, people at galas and people resting up for Sunday racing, we had a smaller bunch than usual for our main Saturday spin. There were 15 souls out on what was a fine morning for cycling. The chosen route usually provides a tough test as it includes a hill top finish up Dolla at the end. As usual, by the time we got to Dolla we had lost half the starters already! What we learned today was that 6 is the magic number for calling ‘clear’ on the road. Donnchadh is starting to bring the pain and Eoin Buckley’s confirmation bike is still going strong, but he might need to invest in an adult bike soon. On Sunday, we once again made our way around the lake. People are adapting well to the new extended route, with the evergreen John Gleeson leading the charge for even more miles at the end.
Weekend Racing: Currow, Co. Kerry
In the U/12 race, Aoise Wycherly was taking part in her first race of the year. Unfortunately she was very sick at the start of the race and could only manage half of the race before pulling out. Fair play to her for even starting. That was very brave indeed!
In the A1/A2 race, Mike Browne was our sole representative. This race always proves to be very aggressive and it splits to bits very early. Mike made sure that he was prepared for this and managed to get into the 2nd breakaway group on the road. Unfortunately, they never managed to chase down the front group so he didn’t get into the points, but it was still a fine performance all the same.
In the A3 race, we had 4 lads well capable of doing well in the race. Denis Allen has been improving a lot of late but his race was over after only 3k when his rear mech broke. That left Tommy Hanrahan, Kevin Sherlock and Jurgen Simpson still in the hunt. Tommy got himself involved in the break of the day. He stayed away for two laps but couldn’t hold on to the break all the way to the finish line and eventually finished in the bunch. Kevin and Jurgen came to the line in the bunch too but found it hard to find gaps in the bunch to get up into the points.
In the A4 race, Chris Spelman was hunting for more points. He lasted the distance fine but lost out in the final sprint. He felt he went too far into the red on the little rise before the finish line and just didn’t have the power to get to the line in the top 10.
Rás Dún na nGall: a few club members are entering this race. If interested in heading up to Donegal for this 3 day stage race then get in contact with Kevin Sherlock on Viber. This is a hard stage race that makes for an ideal target. This will get you motivated.
Mid-Week Race: Criterium – Wednesday, April 26th – our friends in the Greenmount Cycling Academy in Limerick are organising a criterium in the Limerick Race Course. There are points on offer at this mid-week race so if you have nothing better to do, then tag along.