The month of May has almost passed. The Rás is over and we have more or less reached the mid-point in the season. There is usually a little bit of a lull in the calendar after the rás but that is no reason for throwing in the racing towel. The 2nd half of the season can be a little bit easier in terms of point collecting so there is still plenty to aim for. For those targeting La Marmotte, June is a big month. You need to get used to spending long hours on the bike. We certainly did that this weekend with some big spins on Saturday and Sunday. We also had lads in racing action in Wexford and Clonmel. No points scored but we were still competitive all the same.
- 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 – NEW ROUTE – 7:00 at Gooig.
- Friday – Rás Dun na nGall – we should have a strong team at this big 3 day event.
- Saturday – Main Club Cycle – start at 9:00 from the hotel
- trip to Killarney – the Marmotte crew are putting plans in place for a trip to Kerry on Saturday. The aim is to do a long distance with plenty of climbing. The group will aim to be down in Killarney at 8:00am. Check out Viber for more details. All are welcome.
- Sunday – club long distance cycle – starts at 7:30 at Tescos.
Summer League Route Change: for those that didn’t spot this in the Summer League Race 8 report – we are planning on shaking things up with regards the summer league route. Over the next few weeks we are hoping to make the route longer and tougher. The first route we plan on tackling is shown below. It is 5 miles longer and contains an extra hill plus a flat sprint finish.
Summer League Marshal Timetable: we will be publishing the timetable for June and July on the website on Tuesday. If you cannot marshal for some strange reason then please let us know so we can keep you off the list. Plenty of club members didn’t marshal in the first 2 months so they will be included this month. Others might have to marshal a 2nd time. I think we might take a week off, the week of La Marmotte. The league finished at the end of July so this will be the final timetable. Thanks for all the help with this over the last few weeks!
Barrow GP: Eamon Hartnett put the disappointment of the Rás behind him by getting stuck straight back into racing. He took part in this A1/A2 race down in Wexford and finished in the bunch. It was a lumpy route consisting of 6 laps and 120km. He got himself involved in one short lived breakaway and was happy with his effort.
Clonmel 3 stage event: Con Kennedy and Chris Spelman took part in this A3 and A4 race. The races consisted of 2 short road races and a hill tt. Chris was feeling sick all day but still put in some decent performances to finish just outside the top 10 in the A4 race . Con Kennedy was making a welcome return to racing after an injury plagued season. He had a solid outing too and finished in 18th overall.
Saturday & Sunday Spins: Saturday saw torrential rain falling all morning and that led to the cancellation of the club spin. 8 club members had luckily decided to head to the Tour de Conamara and they had pretty decent weather up there. The Tour proved to be a tough one with a tough wind to navigate as well as some mechanicals for the Newtown posse. The lads all worked hard together with Peter Moynan from the Wheelers and made good time.
On Sunday we had a fine turnout for our early morning long distance spin. 16 cyclists set off from Nenagh. Today’s spin was our longest yet, in preparation for La Marmotte, with most people clocking over 170km by the end. We weren’t hanging around either with an average speed of over 33km/hour. Will Rymer was certainly glad to see the shop in Scariff after the group rolled pretty hard for 2.5 hours from Roscrea. I wonder what the dentist would say about his food choices though! It was no surprise to see serial long spin dodger/excuse maker Keith Butler disappearing out the back before the end. James Skehan also suffered badly in the freezing cold temps today, he forgot his winter jacket and paid dearly for that mistake.