Another mixed day for our bike racing lads today. 9 club members attended a race in Loughrea. There was a separate A4 race which was 55km long and a combined A1/A2/A3 race which was 85km long. Hugh, Kenneth, Kevin M, Kevin S, Keith and Andy took part in the A4 race. Gary, Shane and Eamon took part in the A3 race.
Unluckily, we had four more down in crashes this week. Gary was taken down for the second time in two races in the A3/A2/A1 race and Hugh, Kenneth, Keven M and Keith’s luck ran out this week as they came down in the A4 race. That’s our whole team down on the floor at least once now and they have the bruises and broken bones to show for it. It’s not the best advertisement for cycling but spirits are still high and next week brings another challenge.
On a brighter note, Shane managed to get into a 6 man breakaway that stayed away to the finish line. Shane used his fine finishing sprint to finish last of the breakaway group, but still picked up points for the club and the 6th place prize. Shane and Hugh just missed out on the KOM prizes too with both lads coming in 2nd. Kevin Sherlock was unlucky not to pick up points in the A4 race as he came home in 8th place overall, with points going for the top 6.
Eoin Woolley was also racing today for the North Tipp Wheelers. He took part in the Lacey Cup down in Tralee and put in another solid performance.
Next up: is a hilly one in Broadford, Co. Limerick.
Well done to everyone for braving the cold morning to take part in the second of our four Duathlon Race Series. 23 club members turned up for the race, of the six women that started only two completed it. The morning was cold, which resulted in a number of cyclists needing a helping hand to get their helmets off due to cold fingers. A few club members got a helping hand from their better half. (The club did discuss as to whether penalty minutes be added on to certain club members overall time. It was decided to oversee it on this occasion!)
The winner of the handicapped race was Stephen Hegarty who finished in a time of 1:06:10. In 2nd place was Eoin O’Donoghue in a time of 1:10:55 and in 3rd place was Andy McLoughlin in a time of 1:15:45. The fastest flat time was recorded by Darren Dunne in a time of 58:50. In 2nd place was Andy McLoughlin in a time of 59:45 and in 3rd place was Ronan O’Driscol and Stephen Hegarty in a time of 1:04:10.
Thanks to everyone for participating and thanks again to Mary for timing it. Thanks also to Gill for providing the lovely baked goods! Click on the link below for the results. Place your mouse over the flat times for the splits.
Entry made via the Triathlon Ireland website >> Click here to enter (cost: €30)
Dromineer Duathlon: Race 2
The 2013 duathlon season is in full swing with races taking place all over the country. It is no different here in Nenagh. The second of our Dromineer Duathlons takes place this Saturday and we hope that all our club members can support this. If you have never done anything like this before then don’t worry, we don’t take it all that serious. All you really need is a bike, helmet, runners, shorts (with padding for comfort on the bike), t-shirt and a little bit of courage. It will begin at 9.30, so try to be there about 10 mins earlier to get you and your bike ready.
The race will be the usual distance: 5km run, 19km bike, 2km run and the cost is free. There will be tea, coffee and food available at the end.
Saturday cycle: will not be going ahead due to the duathlon on this Saturday.
Last Saturday’s cycle: 18 club members completed the 52 mile round trip cycle last Saturday. It was great to see such a big turnout. We had the pleasure of a few of the DMG race team cyclists join us. It was the day before their debut race. Were they looking for a handy cycle or some moral support?… Temperatures were quite mild on the day, (a lot of stripping of layers took place before start of cycle), however the wind was strong. The route from Nenagh to Roscrea was a hard warm up against an easterly wind, with the most challenging section between Roscrea and Borrisoleigh. On the homeward section, we had a welcoming tail wind. The speed picked up from Borrisoleigh, which helped to gain an average speed of 17mph.
Table Quiz: The North Tipp Wheelers are holding a table quiz in the Dapp Inn this Friday the 22nd at 9pm. Great entertainment and prizes are promised.
Bike racing team:
- The Team DMG launch night takes place this Friday, Feb 22nd at the Abbey Court Hotel. Attendance is compulsory. Things are set to kick off at 8:00pm. Arrive early.
- The bike racing team will be cycling as per usual at 9:00am on Saturday from the swimming pool.
- The next race on the calendar is the Lacey Cup in Tralee on Sunday. Registration closes at 11:30am and the race pulls out at 11:45. The distance is 75km, with two decent size hills in it. Lifts to the race will be organised on Friday evening.
Turbo: These sessions will continue on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7:30pm in the running complex until the clocks go forward at the end of March. With the racing season now started, getting those tough mid week cycles in is very important. Once the clocks go forward we will be out on the road on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. There will be tough rolling over sessions and time trial leagues to look forward too!
Swimming: 1 on 1 stroke work
This will be resuming this week – text 0872605743 to book
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 VA
Saturday: 4:00 – 8:00pm VA
Enter the North Tipp Sprint via the Triathlon Ireland website. Click the link below to sign up.
>> Click here to enter <<
Select the North Tipp Sprint from the calendar and follow the instructions from there.
This race is part of Ireland’s National Series and has sold out every year so get your entry in soon.
Entry cost: €30
Date: April 20th
For more information about this race check out >> North Tipp Sprint Info
9 club members took part in the 70km bike race in Monasterevin today. Hugh Flannery, Kenneth Kennedy, Keith Butler, Andy McLoughlin, Shane Scully, Gary Scully, Kevin Moyles and Con Kennedy all raced in the colours of Team DMG while Eoin Woolley races for the North Tipp Wheelers. A lot of our lads put in excellent performances, with numerous lads getting in breakaways. By the end though, one large bunch of well over a hundred riders had formed and this soon led to carnage on the road.
With 5km to go Gary, Shane and Con were all involved in a big crash along with 5 other Nenagh lads from the North Tipp Wheelers. Con Kennedy unfortunately broke his collarbone in the crash. The club wish him a speedy recovery. Hugh Flannery just about avoided the pile-up and went on to take an excellent 5th place in the A4 race, thereby securing the first points of the 2013 season for the club. It was a happy finish to what was a day to forget.
Next race: The Lacey Cup, Tralee – Feb 24th
There is a Gala on at the swimming pool this Saturday morning so can all those attending the Saturday cycle please park elsewhere. We will still gather at the pool.
The first of our four Duathlon Race Series took place last Saturday morning. 19 club members took part. It was great to see some new club members completing their first duathlon. Race conditions were perfect and this allowed for some good performances. The winner of the handicapped race was Majella Moyles who finished in a time of 01:12. In 2nd place was Cliodhna McGrath, Eddie O’Meara and Eoin Wooley in a time of 01:14 and in 3rd place was Eddie Tucker and Benny Delaney in a time of 01:16. The fastest flat time was recorded by Eoin Woolley in a time of 01:02 . In 2nd place was Ronan O’Driscoll in a time of 01:05 and in 3rd place was Eddie O’Meara in a time of 01:06.
It was noted that there was a serious amount of drafting taking place during the duathlon, and evidence was seen on the faces of some. It seems that the master himself in drafting, The Stallion, has been rubbing his tactics off on other club members! Click on the link below to see all results. If you place the mouse over the flat time boxes the split times will show.
I hope people are cleaning their bikes in preparation for tomorrows first duathlon of the year! Its also a great time for people to show off their baking skills should they wish to supply some refreshments!!
Well done to Killian Cullagh who came 4th in the Munster Schools Cross Country and Darren Dunne who came 5th. It was a mucky run but both are now getting ready for the All-Irelands.
Peter Bane is offering massages to club members for a great price of €20 per half hour. Please contact Keith on 0861959041 for more details.
Here are some details about this Saturdays first duathlon of 2013:
START TIME = 9:30am
The course consists of a 5km run, 18.5km bike, 2km run. The races are handicapped with the weaker triathletes going first and the stronger triathletes going last. The aim is to have everyone finishing at the same time. It takes time to get your gear ready so make sure you always arrive 10 mins early to get things ready.Non club members are welcome to take part as long as they have a full Triathlon Ireland licence for 2013. All our own club members should have TI insurance.
• The 5km run route is on out and back route. It is quite hilly so make sure to pace yourself.
• A helmet is a requirement for the cycle. The duathlon bike route is the same as the triathlon route. It is an out and back course. You head in towards town and take a left at the first roundabout heading towards the Borrisokane road roundabout. This is the turnaround point and you head back towards Dromineer from here along the same road you came out. The bike route is flat but the road surface is poor in places.
• Rack your bike where you set-up then take off your helmet, put on your runners & get running!
• The 2km run in the duathlon goes to the 1km mark on the map and back.