And so, another month has come and gone. May promises to be a big month for the club, with Eamon Hartnett taking to the start line at Ireland’s biggest race the An Post Rás. There are also races in Newcastle West, Deenside Cup, Crotty Cup, Coachford classic and Clonmel to consider doing. The pressure will also be ramping up on the La Marmotte crew so expect big mileage all through the month of May. Back to the week just gone and we saw some big mileage cycled and a good result from down in Kanturk, where Chris Spelman got himself into the points on GC.
Weather forecast for this week is excellent. Sunshine and high temps all week and into the weekend. If you ever needed an excuse to get back on the bike then this should be it.
- option 1 – club cycle 6:30 from Stereame
- option 2 – TT with the tri club – 6:30 at the pool
- Thursday – Nenagh Summer League – 7:00 at Gooig
- marshals: Matty Kennedy, Sinead Kennedy and Will Rymer
- Saturday – main club cycle – 9:00 at the Hotel
- Training: meet at Tescos at 8:00
- Racing: Newcastle West Classic or Deenside Cup.
Wexford: just one club member went to this race on Sunday. It was an awful day for cycling but Will Rymer couldn’t refuse the opportunity to show off his colour co-ordinated wet racing gear. Will looked like a champ on the start line but his race didn’t last long as, not for the 1st time this year, he punctured out. Tis a long way to go for just a few kms of racing! Will did win a prize for best dressed so well done Will!!
Kanturk 3 Day: Eamon Hartnett continued his Rás preparation down in Kanturk in the A2/A3 race. He was joined by Chris Spelman who took part in the A4 race. Both lads got through the 3 days and 4 stages without any problems. It’s another box ticked for Eamon who will now be turning his focus to the big one in 3 weeks time. Eamon finished in 36th position overall and was happy with his effort.
Chris did the club proud in the A4 race. He finished in the bunch on Saturday and followed that up with a 9th place finish in the TT on Sunday morning. That put him into 8th place on GC. A bunch finish on stages 3 and 4 meant that Chris moved up to 7th overall and with that he secures 4 more points. Not quite enough to move up to the A3 ranks but that is only a matter of time.
A group from the club attended the Desmond Sportive down in Newcastle West on Saturday. The 5 lads are part of the La Marmotte crew and the distance was no problem to them. Closer to home, we had big groups out on Saturday and Monday. Our 112km spin on Saturday was only a warm-up for the monster 170km spin on the Bank Holiday Monday. 14 club members set out on that 5 hr 20 min cycle. We were all full of beans at the start but by the end some were down to their final beans and some even had to borrow. Thankfully, we all survived it and made it home to the couch where we refused to move for the rest of the day.
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