Another weekend of less than stellar communication from club HQ; one would think we had all finished up for the season. Far from it, we are just about at peak season time for most. La Marmotte is looming on the horizon and will become very real once our 15 club members start making their way over to France from Tuesday onwards. With thunder storms predicted for this week, our club trip could end up being a Mizen to Malin part 2. Our Summer league hit record speeds last Thursday, which you can read about below. Be warned that this week’s summer league is postponed due to the club being away on our trip abroad. On the racing front it was a quiet one with just the National Champ races on the calendar with Eamon Hartnett and Cathal Murphy racing for Nenagh.
All club sessions are off due to the France trip. Once this trip is out of the way things will get back to normal. It is likely that our training sessions will be a lot shorter and sharper from when we return until the end of the season.
- Tuesday – postponed due to France trip
- Thursday – postponed due to France trip
- Saturday – postponed due to France trip
- Sunday – postponed due to France trip
- Gran Fondo – La Marmotte, Alps, France
- Racing – Minane Bridge, Cork – separate A3 and A4 races.
Saturday & Sunday Spins
There were smaller crowds than usual out this weekend as a lot of club members were taking it easy before La Marmotte and our bikes have already been sent over. Fair play to those that got out and kept the show on the road. The excuses from some on a drizzly Sunday morning were outlandish.
National Champs: Congrats to Eamon Hartnett on a good performance at this O/40 race on Saturday. The race took place down in Wexford and as usual there was a very large field for the Over 40s race. The average pace was savage and plenty of quality riders didn’t make it to the end. Eamon finished in 42nd position just 28 seconds down on the winner. The club also had a rider in the men’s Over 50s race. Cathal Murphy finished in 33rd overall in what was also a very competitive race. Fair play to both Nenagh riders racing against the best the country has to offer!
Killary Gaelforce: 3 club members, Shane, Gary and James Skehan went up to Westport on Saturday morning to do this adventure race. Unluckily for James he got two punctures and had to pull out. Gary was suffering from being too fat and unfit for such a hilly race. He still managed to waddle into a top 10 finish. Shane descended off Croagh Patrick like Bambi on ice to throw away a 3 minute lead on the way to the finish line. Comical stuff but at least he hung on to 3rd place.
Nenagh Summer League: Race 12 Report
We are 3/4s way through the Summer League and the racing is just getting faster and faster. The speeds set out there last Thursday were the quickest set for manys a year and easily the quickest on the brand new (and improved!) race circuit. The average pace of the scratch bunch was over 44km for over an hour of racing. It made a mockery of the pre-race handicaps as all 3 bunches were back together before the turn around in Nenagh. Apologies to the front 2 groups as this was by no means intentional. We will make sure the handicaps of 0, 4, 6 go out to 0, 5, 8 the next day. The Doherty brothers will also have to wear resistance parachutes when they next return.
The weather was decent for racing but a strong tail wind to Nenagh meant that the start was very fast. An average pace of close on 50km per hour was recorded to Nenagh. The fact that the bunch was almost beating some motor paced Strava KOMs on the route tells you how fast it was. Both front bunch groups were caught early and unfortunately many in those groups couldn’t handle the extremely high pace and went out the back. Luckily on this route you can just pop over to the other side of the road and wait to be absorbed again on the bunch’s return to Birdhill.
The breakaways started soon after the turnaround with Con and Aaron Doherty the most aggressive. Con was the first to get a good gap on the bunch. He was left out there for a few kms before being joined by his brother and Seán Yelverton. Not long after, Peter Leahy and Mike Browne broke across and the final breakaway bunch had been formed. There were other attempts to get across but at this stage the breakaway were moving too fast and nobody could bridge the gap.
The race settled down into a front 5 pushing a great speed and being chased by a bunch of about 15 remaining riders. The bunch was making little to no inroads into the lead so by the time the breakaway got to the Ballyhane lap they were never going to be caught. The 5 lads had a real dogfight up the climb at Ballyhane with Aaron setting a new climb KOM. The other lads weren’t far behind though. Mike Browne got tailed off on the way over to Birdhill and that left 4 to fight it out for the win with Aaron taking it easily in the end, with Seán 2nd and Con 3rd. Great racing lads!
Next up: there is no summer league race on Thursday, June 29th. Race 13 resumes the following week on July 6th.
Thanks to our marshals Gary Scully, James Skehan, Bertie Sherlock and Brian O’Neill.