The first time trial of our TT series kicked off this evening with 21 cyclists taking part. It certainly wasn’t a day for fast times as the cold, windy weather meant the old course records were never in trouble of being broken. It is only early days yet (we have started this series 7 weeks earlier than last year) so don’t worry about what time you did as you will get better and better as each week goes by.
Shut up and tell me who won…….
Well on the 9 mile route, Darren Dunne put in the fastest time of 25:35. Majella Moyles was the fastest girl on the course coming home in a time of 30:35. On the 14 mile route Shane Scully was the fastest male in a time of 36:18. Sinnead Oakes was the fastest female ina time of 40:50. In the tough 19 mile route we had 5 hardy entrants. It was Kevin Moyles who triumphed on thfis occasion finishing in a time of 52:07.
Click here to >> view final results
Click here to >> view results from 2012
Next Time Trial: We are debating whether to have another one next Thursday or Thursday week. We will update the website early next week when we know for sure what we are doing.
Next Race: Dromineer Duathlon this Saturday!!!
Next Cycle: Tuesday evening – we advise our club members to team up with the Wheelers at 6:00 at Moynans shop. For more experienced cyclists with Cycling Ireland licenses you might consider the Limerick Summer league.
This is the last call for names for the Kilkee accommodation list. I will be paying a deposit on Saturday and booking only enough houses for those on the list so far. I would hate to see anyone sleeping in their cars that night!!
Text me ASAP (Mary) on 0863994584
We hope to see a good turn out this evening for this – 6:15pm pool or 6:40 hospital car park if you are running late. The weather should be good.
Check out your times from last year and see if you can do better >> Time-Trial-Series-2012
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 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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:
|Gerry O Mahony
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.
Refunds for anyone pulling out of the North Tipp Sprint will not be available after March 31st.
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 26th – 10km 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 28th – 17 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.
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!