This weekend was an excellent one for the club. It’s good to see our racing cyclists coming into a rich vein of form. 3 of our riders, Mikey, Denis and Chris were in the points this weekend. The hard work put in by everyone over the last 8 months is starting to pay off. Back in Nenagh, our cyclists are regularly hitting the 150km+ distance barrier every Saturday and Sunday. Fitness levels are excellent in the club and improving constantly. If you are from Nenagh and want to get your cycling to the next level then we would be delighted to have you. It might be hard at first but put the effort in and you will be rewarded.
- Tuesday – club cycle – all are welcome. Meet at 6:30 at Stereame. Distance is typically 40 – 50km. If you are new to the group aim to cycle 20km on your first go and build on that as the weeks go by.
- Wednesday – a few club members and triathletes are going to start heading to Dromineer this coming Wednesday. If you fancy doing an 18km time trial then turn up.
- Thursday – Nenagh Summer League – 7:00 at Gooig. This high intensity speed session should be a part of every club member’s weekly training schedule. If you want to cycle faster, you need to do sessions that push you to your limit.
- Saturday – Main Club Cycle – start at 9:00 from the hotel
- racing – Crotty Cup in Clare. Always popular with a few of our lads.
- Sunday – club long distance cycle – starts at 7:30 at Tescos.
- racing – Shay Elliot in Wicklow.
La Marmotte: training is going great at the moment. Everyone is really putting in a big effort and with just 8 weeks to go that is the way it should be. Many of our members are targeting big sportives like the Wicklow 200 and the Mt. Leinster Challenge. It is great to see people representing the club at these events. We do hope to organise our own training day at the end of this month. We can discuss this on the bike but it is looking like a trip to Kerry could be on the cards. The aim would be to spend 6 hours plus on the bike and get in as many big climbs as possible. Stay tuned for more details.
Keeper Cycling Challenge: good to see a few club members attending this local tour run by the Keeper Cycling Club. Con Kennedy, Donnchadh Floyd and Ian O’Halloran were all in attendance. Con managed to win the KOM on Shallee so that was a nice bonus.
What a good weekend it was for the club! After a slow enough start to the season, it’s good to see a change in our fortunes. There were two races on today that contained Nenagh CC members.
Deenside Cup: Kevin Sherlock, Mike Browne, Matty Kennedy and Chris Spelman all took part in this race. In the A2 race, Mike and Matty were both in with a good chance of getting a result. The course was a hilly and long one but that would suit both lads. Unfortunately both lads missed an early breakaway on lap 1. They spent a long time trying to get away from the bunch after this but the racing was getting very negative. Eventually Mike got away with 1 other and broke across to the break. They were soon joined by 5 others and that proved to be the winning break. With 5km to go to the finish, a few lads broke away out of the bunch. Mike kept battling behind and managed to finish in a fine 5th place overall and with that secured 6 points. Matty came in soon after in what was left of the bunch. It is great to have two lads competing strongly in this category.
In the A3 race, Kevin Sherlock was flying it until a mechanical at the end of the first lap brought an end to his race. He was raging but sure that is what cycling is all about, good days and bad days. The club had more success in the A4 race. For the second week in a row Chris Spelman finished in the points. He has got the hang of it now and so promotion to A3 will surely come this month. Chris was very comfortable on the climbs all day and had enough left in the tank to get up for 7th in the final gallop to the line. That was worth 4 points for Chris and that moves him onto 10 points for the season.
Newcastle West: Denis Allen, Jurgen Simpson, Will Rymer and Dan Hogan made the short trip into Limerick for this one. In the A1/A2 race Dan Hogan fought it out with some of Ireland’s best but unfortunately got distanced from the bunch on the final lap. In the A3 race we had a good chance of scoring with both Denis and Jurgen in decent form. Jurgen’s race didn’t last too long as he was brought down in an early crash. Denis had far more luck as he found himself in the winning break of about 12. In the final sprint Denis got up for 6th place overall and 1st junior and with that he secured 5 points. Finally, in the A4 race Busta Rymer had a good day on the bike. He finished in the bunch but a tractor impeded his final sprint so he had to settle for a top 20 finish. We also had a club member in the U/12 race – Aoise Wycherly put in a great ride and finished well up the field.
Great going everyone. The total points scored today was 15. These are the point totals we are well capable of securing each week. Just keep going; keep racing and don’t give up. The results will come.
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