Holy Moly! When I said the Nenagh Summer League would be a shock to the system I didn’t think it would be near fatal. Wow that was tough and fast – very fast! Usually it takes a few weeks before the real quick times are set but, straight out of the blocks, the scratch group hit a 44.1km per hour average. Not bad at all! This is a new average speed record for the NSL. It just goes to show the strength of the group. Let’s hope for more of the same next week.
There was also a record turn out at this evenings race with 48 cyclists on the road looking to make a name for themselves. There were 3 groups on the road on what was a fine evening for racing. First off were the leisure cyclists & half thinking about racing cyclists & junior cyclists. They had a six minute head start on group 2 and were under strict orders to behave themselves and get around without blowing their bunch to pieces. This they did very well unlike group 2!
Group 2 was the largest bunch on the road and it contained a lot of cyclists that weren’t quite sure which bunch they should be in. Don’t worry if you got dropped or found it too easy – you can change bunch next week. That always happens on day 1. Group 2 were only a few miles down the road when their bunch had managed to split itself in three!! With three smaller bunches on the road it was going to be a little harder to stay away from the scratch group.
The pace from the off in the scratch group was very fast. The group was quite large so there was plenty of recovery time, thereby enabling people to drive through hard each time. It wasn’t long before the bunch caught the first part of the middle bunch. The 3 minute handicap was completely eaten into well before the half way mark. This led to a super group on the road and the start of the race proper.
At these summer league races it is important to try and break away when you can. Just do it and worry about the consequences later. Plenty of breaks went today but the gaps just weren’t coming as a strong bunch chased down everything that moved. Coming into Birdhill, Emmet, Kenneth and Shane kept the pace high into the round about. Up came the sprint specialists to steal the day. Bobby Coleman, just back from Rás Mumhan, timed his finish to perfection and took the win. Emmet managed to hold on for 2nd with Mike Browne getting the final spot on the podium.
The club would like to congratulate everyone on their performances this evening. Stick with this series and your cycling will improve a lot. Spread the word. See you all next week!
For the first night we have a prize for the winner. Collect it next week. The top 3 also get free entry to next weeks race.
Thank you to our marshalls – Eoin Sheehan, Anita Egan, Maeve Ryan, Martin Farrell
Thanks to Moynans for sponsoring the prize.
1st Bobby Coleman
2nd Emmet Murphy
3rd Mike Browne
First woman – Sinnead Oakes
First junior – Denis Allen
Sprint finish video