Our big club event of the year has come and gone. La Marmotte took up so much of our focus this year, it is hard to think about what we should do next. Fear not! we still have 4 more weeks of Summer League action left culminating in the Tipperary Championships race. Hopefully all the Tipp clubs can come and join us for that (more details below). There are plenty of races still left on the calendar too so get back out training for them. A little bit of sad news too with the departure of Denis Allen to pastures new. We wish him all the best but he will be a marked man at the Tipperary Championships now!!!
With the Marmotte out of the way the distance of our club spins will likely fall a lot. The focus will be more on speed now until the end of the year.
- Tuesday – club spin at 6:30 at Stereame car park.
- Thursday – Nenagh Summer League – Race 13 – Practice the Tipp Champs course!!
- Saturday – club spin at 9:00 at the hotel
- Sunday – club spin at 8:00 at Tescos
- RACING: Tipp Wheelers GP – event Facebook page (race poster below)
Tipperary Championships + Summer League
When: Thursday, August 3rd @ 7:00pm
Registration: is in Cooper’s Pub in Birdhill. Registration is from 6:00pm to 6:45pm. You must have a Cycling Ireland racing license to take part.
Who can enter? open to all A1, A2, A3, A4, juniors and women. To win county prizes you must be from Tipperary or race with a Tipp club. You can still race if you are from outside the county.
**** Facebook: we have created a Facebook event page – please indicate if you are going
Format: the race will be handicapped. The A4s and women will go first followed by the A3 and Junior group. Last will be the A1 / A2 group. The handicaps at the moment are going to be 0, 3, 5, but that could change depending on numbers.
Prizes: Cash will be awarded for the first 5 finishers across the line. Top 3 in each category get a county medal. There will also be a team prize (best 3 to count on a team)
Route: most of the course is the same one used in the Nenagh Summer League. However, there are two laps of the Ballyhane hill circuit to do plus a final section that heads over to Montpelier and Daly’s Cross before coming back for the flat sprint finish into Birdhill village. The distance is 60km.
Nenagh Summer League: makes for ideal preparation for this race! This Thursday we will include 2 circuits of the Ballyhane route. The following week we will add in the extra Daly’s Cross route so people can practice the finish. On Thursday, July 27th we will do a dry run of the full event. The Summer League takes place Thursdays at 7:00. All money raised at the league will go towards funding this race.
The weather was perfect for training this weekend. We half expected everyone to stay in bed after the exploits in France but a surprisingly decent amount of cyclists turned up for some more punishment on both days. On Saturday, 15 cyclists completed the Roscrea, Templederry route. It’s amazing how short that cycle seems now after all the long distance training. On Sunday 13 cyclists took on the usual lake route. This time there was no extended route never mind the extended, extended route!
Seven Springs Race, Loughrea: William Killackey, fresh from crossing the Alps, made the short trip up to Loughrea for only his 2nd ever race. He took part in the A4 race and performed really well. He finished in the bunch in about 20th position. With a few months of racing still left Will should be able to start getting into the points at some stage. Keep up the good work!
Nenagh Summr League – Race 12
The summer league was back in action last Thursday. We had over 30 riders on the start line eager to get in a tough day’s training. We trialled the new handicaps for the event and they seemed to work very well with all the groups only coming together late in the day. There were 4 smaller groups on the road with handicaps of 0, 2, 5, 8. This meant that at the Nenagh turnaround no groups had merged just yet.
By the time we got back to Birdhill, things were much tighter with groups 1+ 2 merging and groups 3 + 4 merging. There was still a decent gap between the 2 groups, but with the tough Ballyhane circuit still to come it was going to be hard to stay away. A few of the big guns managed to skip away on the hill after Boland’s pub and they merged with what remained of the group ahead.
As per usual coming into the home straight there were small groups all over the place. In the final sprint for the line, Peter Leahy managed to take the win just ahead of John Gleeson and Ronan Costelloe. There was a slight marshaling mix-up at the finish line – the actual finish was the helmet waving lunatic before Ballyhane. Thanks to everyone for attending and thanks to our marshals Gillian Mounsey, Pat Reddan and Dan Hogan.
Next Up: Race 14 – new route – in preparation for the Tipp Champs in 3 weeks time we will be altering the course a little for next week’s race. This time we will do 2 of the Ballyhane circuits, with the finish line in the usual place on the straight before Boland’s Pub.
Tipp Wheelers GP this Sunday