Not every story we get to write is a happy one. In cycling, there are plenty of ups and downs. This weekend was a bit of a downer as word got back of Eamon’s sad departure from the Rás today. A day of carnage, with multiple crashes, led to Eamon having too much to do after crashing on the opening day, and that was that. The Rás dream was over for this year, but there is always next year! Will Rymer hasn’t been having the best of weeks on the bike either and sadly he brought his bad luck to Semple Stadium with him yesterday too. He is some jinx. Let’s hope for a better week for the club this coming week; I am going to light a candle and say a few dozen prayers. That should do it.
- Tuesday – club hilly cycle – Meet at 6:30 at Stereame. Distance is typically 40 – 50km.
- newbies – the tri club are running a cycling training session on Tuesday from the hotel at 6:30 which would be very suitable for those newer to cycling. It would act as a good stepping stone towards being able to handle the speeds of the main Nenagh CC cycles. They have 3 different ability groups to choose from depending on your experience.
- Thursday – Nenagh Summer League – speed/power work – 7:00 at Gooig.
- Saturday – Main Club Cycle – start at 9:00 from the hotel – newbies: route is published later in the week – examine it and plan a turn around point.
- Tour of Connemara – a few ‘Sportive riders’ (as John Gleeson likes to call themselves) are heading to this event next week.
- Sunday – club long distance cycle – starts at 7:30 at Tescos.
- Clonmel CC 3 stage – A3 + A4 races
- Barrow Wheelers GP – A1/A2 race, A3 race and A4 race
Weekend Cycling: a combined distance of 280km was cycled by members that attended both Saturday and Sunday training sessions this weekend. The Saturday spin was a lively one but two brutal showers during it put a dampener on things. There was plenty of shivering going on as both groups got back to Nenagh. Benny got man of the match in the racing group for his solo effort on Coum, while Claire O was apparently motoring on her brand new bike in the first group, so she gets the champagne in that group. On Sunday, the bunch did the extended lake route. This week that route included a trip to Templederry, Seáníns and Toomevara. All was going great until after Templederry where the remains of the group experienced 4 punctures on the way over to Toom. A good time was certainly not had by all! It was great to see the Stallion making the leap into the faster bunch and treating the first bunch with the disdain they deserve. That bunch are now dead to him.
Mount Leinster Challenge: congrats to Will Killackey and Clifford Guest on completing the Mount Leinster Challenge. This is one of Ireland’s hardest sportives where you must cycle up Mount Leinster 3 times. Fair play to the two lads for getting through it all in one piece!
Weekend Racing: I have already mentioned Eamon’s sad departure from the Rás, but we also had club members racing down in Coachford, Co. Cork.
Coachford Classic: in the a2/a3 race Denis Allen, Dan Hogan and Matty Kennedy made for a strong Nenagh CC team. The rolling circuit would prove to be a tough test but our lads were well able for it. The race itself proved to be very negative with break after break being chased down. Matty and Denis were involved in a lot of these breaks but nothing stuck. In the end, the race came down to a sprint finish in which neither of the 3 lads got up into the points. It is great to be able to complain about just finishing in the bunch in a2/a3 races and not scoring. In the a4 race, Chris Spelman was in action. He found the going pretty easy but once again the race came down to a final bunch sprint. He was crowded out and couldn’t get up into the points. Finally, we also had Aoise Wycherly taking part in the U/12 race. She put in a great effort and is improving all the time.