We are now entering our final month of official club training for the 2017 cycling season. This coming week is a big one for the club as we prepare to host the Tipperary Championships for a 2nd time. We will need all members giving a helping hand tomorrow by either marshaling or taking part. Notice: sitting back and doing nothing is not an option. We, as a club, expect our members to be actively involved in the club. If you train with us or are a member of our Viber group then make the effort to help out tomorrow – contact Will Rymer if you are available. In other news, we had 3 members in racing action this weekend but we didn’t score any more points.
- Tuesday: club cycle postponed for the Tipperary Road Race Championships. If you normally have time to cycle on our Tuesday evening spins then you should have time to marshal!!!!! Get in contact with Will and let him know you will be there. Show the club some love and we will show it back!
- Thursday: yet to be decided if we are going to do something
- Saturday: club cycle at 9:00 from the hotel
- Racing: start of the Suir Valley 3 Day
- Sunday: club cycle at 8:00 from Tescos.
Thinking about joining us? our club are currently in wind down mode at the moment as we come to the end of the season. This presents an opportunity for those looking to make a start with us for the 2018 season. The training sessions are a lot easier now so jumping in with us is not as big a task. Starting with us on our first day back for off season training in October will be a lot easier if you put in some work with us now. It takes a while to get used to cycling with a bunch so get ahead of those that will be starting in October by starting this week.
- make sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and join our Viber group for training updates.
Tipperary Road Race Championships: we had a great warm-up race on Thursday for this race. The people of Birdhill made us feel very welcome and we are very thankful for all the post race refreshments. Ronan Costelloe prevailed on that evening but will he prevail at the big one and get his name on the winners plaque?
Final Few Points
Open Entry: anyone with a Cycling Ireland racing license can take part and are eligible to win the cash prizes for finishing in the Top 5.
Arrive on time: we will be starting at 7:00pm SHARP. the A4 bunch will pull out then. If you miss it you will have to jump in with the A3 bunch. Registration takes place in Cooper’s pub in the village and closes at 6:45pm.
Gear Order: plenty of ye were asking for a gear order to be put in not so long ago. Now that its the end of the season, few people are contacting Will Killackey about gear. Knowing us, it could be a long while before another order goes in so try and think ahead for what you might need and get in contact with him.
- Link to >> check out available gear (contains links to view what the gear looks)
A2 Promotion: for those that missed this in a previous post. Nenagh CC have welcomed our 7th A2 rider to the club with the news that Tommy Hanrahan has finally found what he was looking for. His points finish in last week’s race in Athlone meant he got the final 3 points needed to move up to A2 status. Well done Tommy!
Raparee Cup: Con Kennedy and Will Killackey made the short trip down to Dundrum for this race. Both lads lined up in the A3/A4 race. Will Killackey has just started his racing adventures and while doing well in the A4 specific races, he found dealing with the A3 riders a little tough on this occasion and bowed out of the race after a few laps. Con Kennedy was very aggressive throughout the short race, looking to get up the road to avoid the usual sprint finish at the end. Nothing got away though and the race ended in a sprint finish with Con trailing in at the back of the bunch (on purpose – trying to avoid crashes!)
Connaught A4 2 Stage, Cong: Will Rymer took part in his first stage race over the weekend. These races are usually a big step up in quality, but Will handled it all very well. Here is what he had to say about it
“5 laps of a fast 11k loop around Cong with lashings of rain immediately prior to the race starting. A break of three went off on the third lap and stayed away for about 6km, but other than that there was little racing. I broke with one km to go on a small rise where the bunch had stalled and managed to get a small bit up the road, and was joined by another guy from Ballinalsoe. We worked hard, but we could hear the bunch slowly catching us. With heart rate at 200, they caught us just before the final corner with 150m to go and we were swallowed up in the sprint.
TT was a bit of a disaster as 4km in my TT bar came loose, and it was like cycling holding onto the end of a trombone. It was lucky I wasn’t killed. Managed to compose myself and maintain some kind of aero position, but finished in the middle of the pack having battled a tough headwind for most of the 7.6km course.”