Apologies for the lateness of recent posts. Things are getting a little busy here at Club HQ, but should be back to normal from Monday on. Our Summer League continues to attract a large following with the new route working out very well. The weather was smashing all weekend so plenty of long hard miles were put in including the, always tough, Wolftrap cycle on Sunday. We had club members racing in Blarney and some taking part in the Tour de Burren. Let’s hope the weather holds as it gives us good practice for the Alps in two weeks time!!
- Tuesday: club cycle at 6:30 at Stereame
- Thursday: Nenagh Summer League – Race 12 – Marshals are James Skehan, Gary Scully and Brian O’Neill.
- Saturday: club cycle at 9:00 from the hotel
- Sunday: club cycle at 7:30 from Tescos.
- Racing: just the National Road Race in Wexford this weekend.
Tour de Burren: congrats to all the Nenagh CC riders that took part in this year’s Tour De Burren. Not a bother to ye.
Racing: Munster Champs, Blarney: we had just two club members in racing action this weekend. Denis Allen and Eamon Hartnett made their way to the start line. Unfortunately, Denis Allen had a mechanical a few laps into the race. Eamon Hartnett finished safely in the main bunch. It was a fast race with the bunch pushing hard all the way to the line as there was Munster titles up for grabs.
Nenagh Summer League: Race 11
There was a good turnout at last Thursday’s summer league race. Just as importantly, the quality of rider was pretty decent too. This allowed for a good quality race with a breakaway finish. There were 3 groups on the road with the handicaps slightly bigger at 0, 3 and 6. A strong tail wind made for very fast average speeds all the way into Nenagh.
The back two groups merged before the turnaround but the first group were still well ahead at the turn. It wasn’t until Yellowbridge on the return leg that the whole race came together and the real race could begin. As has become tradition at this stage, Peter Leahy was first to go off the front. He was followed by Denis Allen, Con Doherty and Sean Yelverton. It was soon obvious that this group was going to stay away as the gap kept opening. Shane Scully managed to jump across on the hill and that was the final member of the breakaway.
Onto the final circuit at Birdhill, and the gap had opened quite a bit. This allowed for some cat and mouse action on the road. Denis and Con both tried to split it on the hill at Ballyhane but they didn’t quite get away. With Denis and Shane both in the group they were able to work together. Shane broke and got caught, then Denis broke coming back through Birdhill and he was caught. When Shane went again with 1km to go, there was no chase from the others and he went solo to the line. In the final sprint Sean came in in-front of Con for 2nd and 3rd.
The new route seems to be working very well and makes the racing very interesting and tough. We will have 1 more week on that circuit before switching it up a little more. Thanks to our marshals William Killackey, William Rymer and Matty Kennedy. See ye all there again next Thursday for Race 12.
Sunday Training pics & a brief report: Great spin in the sun today. 156km covered in 5:33 at a 28kmh average. Taking in Kinnitty, the Cut, the Wolftrap, and Birr. 1454m of climbing and James finally got some vitamin D!