Club Time Trial League

Time trialing is an essential part of triathlons. Therefore, mastering this is very important. The more you practice the better you will get. Our club time trial league gives you the chance to be less rubbish on the bike (I am not great with the motivational speeches!).

The details:

  • The TTs will take place every second Thursday starting this Thursday, April 4th at 6:15pm.
  • We will meet at the swimming pool and do a short warm up cycle over to the start line at the hospital.
  • If you are running late then go straight to the start line at the hospital car park. The first competitors should be starting at 6:40pm.
  • Competitors will be let go at one minute intervals.  
  • You can select one of three routes to do.
  • Cost = free
  • Prizes = pride (or shame)

Route 1: is just over 9 miles long and takes you from Nenagh out to Kilkeary cross, then over to the Dublin Road and back into the swimming pool. This is a flat course with just one small hill at Knockalton.

Route 2: is 14 miles long and takes you from Nenagh out to Ballinamona, then over to Toomevara and back into the swimming pool. This is a flat course with just one small hill at Knockalton and a few small bumps on your way over to Toom. This is a good distance to practice for sprint triathlons.

Route 3: is just under 19 miles long and takes you from Nenagh out to Seáníns hill. You must go up the hill and over to Toomevara and then it’s straight back to Nenagh. This is a long, hilly course but is ideal preparation for Kilkee and for the Visit Nenagh Classic road race which takes place on these roads.


Club Notes

Fingal Duathlon: Congratulations to Eoin Woolley who came 14th in the Fingal Duathlon over the weekend.

Marshalls: The club still need another 10 marshalls for the North Tipp Sprint. If you can marshall then get in contact with Cliodhna.

Dromineer Duathlon: Race 4: The final Dromineer Duathlon takes place this Saturday April 6th. We have ordered warmer weather for this. If you are looking to get ready for the triathlon season, which kicks off soon, then this race is a must.


Tuesday and Thursday Cycling: Now that the clocks have changed we will have more time for our evening cycles. We have re-arranged the format for these cycles to take into account the fact that the Limerick roll over sessions will be taking place on Tuesday (starting April 9th). If you commit to these cycling sessions then you will seriously improve your biking for the 2013 triathlon season. Consistency is important = no excuses.

  • Tuesdays
    • April 2nd – Club roll over session. Starting at 6:15pm. Meet at the pool.
    • April 9th – two options:
      • Limerick Summer League – roll over session on the N7 – starts at 7:00pm at Dalys Cross. This is not suitable for beginners. All bike racing team members are expected to attend. This is a very tough session.
      • North Tipp Wheelers – team up with the Wheelers on Tuesdays at 6:00pm.
  • Thursdays
    • We will alternate between two different sessions. So every second week from now on will be a time trial.
      • Week 1 – Thursday, April 4th – Time Trial League – Start at 6:15pm – Meet at the pool. The 3 different TT routes from last year will be used = 10 mile, 14 mile and 19 mile.
      • Week 2 – Thursday, April 11th – Roll over session: Nenagh – Roscrea – Nenagh. Meet at pool at 6:15.

Bike Racing: The club had plenty of members in bike racing action this weekend.

  • Rás Chonemara: It was a big weekend for 3 of our club members as they took on the tough challenge that is Rás Chonemara. This stage race consists of 2 x 90km stages, a 50km stage and a 10km TT. Gary Scully, Shane Scully and Eamon Hartnett represented the club and along with Gary MacDonald managed to come 3rd team overall. The lads all finished safely in the bunch on each stage. The final placings were Gary 15th, Shane 17th and Eamon 19th. Gary finished 3rd overall in the A3s. Plenty of lessons were learnt and hopefully the lads can do even better at the next race. Read >> Shane’s Rás Chonamara report
  • Rás an Laois: The club also had 3 members at this race on Sunday and they all had a smashing time. There was a mens and womens race and we had representatives at both. In the men’s race, Kenneth Kennedy and Keith Butler were well positioned coming into the sprint finish. However, Kenneth Kennedy was shoved into the path of a car and ended up going through the front windscreen. Luckily for him, he hit the windscreen head first so no vital organs were hurt! Keith was also brought down in this accident and badly hurt his bank balance as it looks like a new bike is needed. The bad luck continued in the women’s race as Sinnead Oakes also had a crash which knocked her out of the race. Julie White also took part in her first bike race here, so a big well done is due to her too.



Club Notes

Saturday Cycle: There is an ‘unofficial’ club cycle from the pool this Saturday at 9:00am. Distance around 45 mile.

Kilkee Accommodation: For those that are doing Kilkee and need accommodation, send Mary Donnellan a text asap.

Thursday Cycling: We had 18 out for our first roll over session of the season. Well done to everyone for taking part. The rolling over for the most part was very good but there is still plenty of work to be done to get things working smoothly. Next Thursday, we will be back on the Nenagh – Roscrea – Nenagh route. We will be leaving at 6:00pm from the pool.


Time Trial Results

The first club TT of the season took place this evening in freezing temperatures on the Dublin road. There wasn’t many skin suits to be seen as the strong winds and snow meant you had to wrap up warm. All things considered, there was a fine turn out of 19 hardy men and women for the first race and many strong early season performances were put in on this short 6 mile course.

It was great to see 7 new faces on the start line and plenty of old ones too. Shane Scully put in the fastest men’s time while Sinnead Oakes put in the fastest women’s time. Your times for the first TT are never that important. You will find that as you keep doing them your times will drop considerably. The key is to keep turning up to the races and be consistent with your training. Before you know it you will be mixing it with the best!

The results can be seen below:

Shane Scully 13:43
Kevin Moyles 14:25
Hugh Flannery 14:29
Kenneth Kennedy 15:07
Kevin Sherlock 15:09
Dan Hogan 15:49
Darren Dunne 16:22
Sinnead Oakes 16:45
Mikey O’Dwyer 17:19
Gerry O Mahony 17:21
Eoin Woolley 17:28
Karl Hogan 17:45
Cliodhna McGrath 17:45
Johnny Meaghar 17:50
Clifford Guest 17:59
Ross 18:19
Barry Creamer 18:25
Ken Hassett 18:30
Cathal DNF

Next up: Chain gang cycling (fast rolling over) on Thursday at 6:00pm starting at the Five Alley Pub (Limerick Road).

Next TT: We will be back on the old courses from last year next Tuesday as the clocks will have gone back. Start will be 6:15pm at the hospital (side car park). There will be a choice of route – 10 mile / 14 mile / 19 mile.

These races are open to everyone and are suitable for all abilities.



North Tipp Sprint update

Refunds for anyone pulling out of the North Tipp Sprint will not be available after March 31st.


Club Notes

Bike Training: The club are going to start evening cycling this week. These are not to be missed if you are serious about improving your biking ability. Once the clocks change next week we will have a bit more time to play around with. All are welcome.

  • Tuesday, March 26th10km time trial – This will start at 6:00pm sharp from the pool. The route will be out the Dublin Road to the first roundabout and back. People will be let off in one minute intervals. Take it as hard or as easy as you like for the first one. The important thing is that you turn up and get used to time trialing. There will be a group leaving from the pool at 5:00pm to go on a warm-up cycle.
  • Thursday, March 28th17 Mile Chain Gang Cycling – this will start at 6:00pm sharp from the Five Alley Pub on the Limerick Road N7. The route takes you to Birdhill and back. Cyclists will be put into ability based bunches and handicap times will be given. It is advisable to warm-up before this.
  • Saturday Club Cycle – There is no scheduled club cycle this Saturday, we reckon you deserve the bank holiday off, but keep in mind that the following weekend is the final Dromineer Duathlon race!!

Run Training: Tonight’s run will be at 6:30 as normal, but as of Monday the 1st April this will be beginning at 6pm. It is not a track session, its a long run that is either 3, 5, 7 or 10 miles long. Fridays run will be a track session and will start at 6pm. 

SIAB Schools Cross Country International: Darren Dunne and Killian Cullagh were in Wales representing Ireland over the weekend. Both lads did the club proud with Darren finishing in 17th place and Killian in 31st. This is a fantastic achievement for the lads so make sure to congratulate them!

Ennis Duathlon: Sinnead Oakes secured a prize for the 2nd week in a row with an excellent 2nd place in the Ennis duathlon on Sunday. The distances were: 2.7k run / 16.85k cycle / 2.4k run.

Bike Racing: The club had representatives at two races this weekend. First up was the Lucan GP with Kevin Sherlock, Gary and Shane taking part. The lads were competitive throughout but no points were scored on the day. Next up was the first big race of the season in Carlow. The Des Hanlon Memorial is a tough race with a huge sign-on. Most of our bike racing team managed to free up their calendar so as to attend this (the usual excuses were given by the usual suspects!).

The best result for the club came in the A4 race where Kevin Moyles came home in 2nd place and with that earned promotion up to the A3 category for future races. Well done Kevin! Kenneth Kennedy finished just outside the top 10 and Hugh Flannery punctured out early. Eoin Woolley also took part and battled hard to finish this very tough race. In the A3 race, Gary Scully punctured out in the exact same spot as Hugh. Shane got himself into an early breakaway that stayed clear up to the 45 mile mark but they were caught. In the end, Shane finished around 15th. Eamon Hartnett came home soon after in the bunch.

Next up: Rás Chonemara 3 day stage race = rest week for most.

 Club Table Quiz: The club would like to thank everyone that came to support the club on Friday night in Rockys. Thanks also go to Cliodhna McGrath and Mary Donnellan for their work organising it. Plenty of money was raised for the club so the committee can go on their fact finding mission to Hawaii next year.


Club Notes

Weekend training: As the table quiz is on this evening there will be no track session. The cycle route for tomorrow morning will be Nenagh to Borris-in-Ossory and return as we anticipate a few sore heads!


Club Notes

Club Table Quiz: Dont forget!! Its on this Friday, March 22nd, at 8:30pm in Rockys. Its only €20 euro to show how clever you are!!!

Club Gear Sale: We are having a bargain sale on what gear we have left. If you are interested in any of the following please contact Cliodhna on 0872938847.
Male and Female Tri suits are only €80.
Summer gloves, bandanna and arm warmers are only €5.
Base layer and leg warmers are only €10.
Male and female Tri tops and male shorts are only €35.
These are great prices and its great to see people racing in the club colours on race outings.

Marshalls: We currently have 30 names, 10 to go!! We really need 40 at a minimum so can people continue to ask family and friends to help out and contact Cliodhna with names.


Club Notes

Turbo Training: is finished for the season so there will be no turbo training this week. The club will be organising some tough as nails Tuesday and Thursday evening cycles as soon as the clocks change at the end of this month. The running complex will still be opened on Thursday if you need to call in to collect your turbo. Please don’t leave your turbo in the storage area for the next 6 months!

Club Table Quiz: The next big club event on the calendar is the club table quiz on Friday, March 22nd in Rockys. Please show your support by turning up with a team in tow.

Cullagh & Dunne to represent Ireland: Killian Cullagh (Nenagh Vocational School) & Darren Dunne (St. Joseph’s, Borrisoleigh) will represent their schools & Ireland at the SIAB Schools Cross Country International in Wales on Saturday 23rd March. Both boys are Tipperary’s only representatives having finished 8th & 9th in the Intermediate race at the recent AVIVA All-Ireland Schools Cross Country. Good luck to both boys who don the Irish singlet for the first time.

Borrisokane 10km: Well done to Eoin Woolley, Eddie Tucker, Sinnead Oakes, Majella Moyles and Úna O’Doherty at the Borrisokane 10km. Sinnead claimed a prize for 4th place woman overall in a time of 44:37.

Keeper Challenge: Well done to Benny Delaney and Donnchadh Floyd for completing the tough Keeper Challenge last week.

Bike Racing Team: Just 4 of our team were in racing action last weekend. Shane, Gary, Kevin M and Kenneth took part in the Carrick Wheelers Cup on Sunday but didn’t come away with any points. Each of the lads finished in the main bunch with Kenneth coming the closest to scoring, finishing just outside the top 10.

The excuses for team members missing races are coming in thick and fast nowadays, so you better get your excuse in early for next week. If someone needs a spare excuse then there are a few leftover for this week – I have to take my aunt to Lourdes, I have food poisoning, I don’t race on the sabbath day, it’s my birthday and I am going to Jump N Gyms. As usual send all excuses to the following email address i-am-weak-mentally-and-physically-weak@clubexcuses.com.

Next up: is the Des Hanlon race in Carlow. This would be considered to be one of the top races on the calender and it should be a race that everyone targets.

Swimming: 1 on 1 stroke work:

Text 0872605743 to book. For club members only.

Tuesday: 9:00 – 9:45pm VA
Wednesday: 12:00 – 4:00, 5:00 – 6:00, 9:15 – 9:30 VA
Thursday: 8:00am – 8:15 VA, 3:00 – 4:00, 5:00 – 6:00
Friday: 8:15 – 3:00, 8:00 – 8:45 VA