The big news from the weekend was not the Wicklow 200 or any racing results; instead it was the passing of Kenneth Kennedy. He has left the racing world and his absence will be felt. He has been embraced in the arms of the Lord of the Bike himself – John Gleeson. May he Cycle the Gran Fondos in Peace. Sunday was a bit of a washout on the home-front but plenty braved the elements at the Wicklow 200. Denis Allen was the other big story from the weekend as he was away representing Tipperary in Scotland. Two more weeks until we fly over to do La Marmotte; anyone getting nervous yet?!
- Tuesday – club cycle at 6:30 at Stereame
- Thursday – Nenagh Summer League – 7:00 at Gooig.
- Saturday – club cycle meet at 9:00 at the hotel.
- Sunday – club cycle meet at 7:30 at Tescos
- racing: Munster Road Champs in Blarney, Donamon GP in Roscommon
Viber & Facebook: to keep up to date on whether training sessions are going ahead check out Viber or Facebook before you leave in the morning.
La Marmotte: only two more weekend of training to go. This will probably be our last really long weekend as we will ease it back a little the weekend before we all head to France.
Greenmount Criterium: well done to Jurgen Simpson who got a prize for first unplaced A3 rider at last week’s criterium on the Limerick racecourse. Jurgen has really been improving a lot over the last few weeks and this is well deserved.
Paddy Flanagan Memorial: Jurgen was also in action at this A3 race up in Kildare on Sunday. Jurgen was going well but punctured out half way through. He was probably lucky in the end as it seems like a huge amount of cyclists came down in a late crash.
Scotland: we haven’t got any details back from this race apart from what we see on Strava. Denis is over with the Munster team at this stage race. The first stage was 70 miles and the 2nd stage was 60 miles. We don’t yet know how Denis has gotten on so we will update Facebook when we get full details. For now we are presuming he soloed to victory on both days and won handily. Nice one Denis!
Wicklow 200: congrats to all 11 club members that completed the 200km route on Sunday. There were 7 big climbs to negotiate as well as gale force winds and heavy showers. It certainly wasn’t an easy day on the bike but our club members made it look easy. They were cycling for 7 hours 48 minutes and climbed a massive 9,360 feet. Pretty impressive feat!!