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.
We had 11 at today’s club spin. The weather conditions were perfect and that resulted in some fast rolling over on the Limerick chain gang route. Everyone put in a great effort and we can all look forward with confidence to the start of the season in two weeks. Rough stats for the cycle were 74 miles at 20mph with the rolling over around 24 mph. If you were new to the group and finding it tough then just keep with it – it gets easier.
Next week we are heading down to Broadford for something different. Cars will be leaving at 7:00am and we hope to be cycling at 8:00am. Try your best to be there as Broadford happens to be the 3rd race on the calendar.
Everyone should have their license and gear paid for by now. If you haven’t got it sorted then you need to get in contact with Rene very soon.
Its that time of the year again: Dromineer Duathlon Series!! These club races are great for getting your legs used to going from run to bike to run, and conditioning them to that “jelly” feeling!! There are not many clubs that organise these in-club races so everyone’s participation is highly recommended! These will help immensely when the triathlon season arrives. It is also a good time to start paying attention to transition times, every second helps! (or minute in some cases!!) If you plan on doing the North Tipp Sprint try and complete at least 3 of these races. The Satrurday club cycles will continue on the Saturdays where there are no races.
The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, 9th February
Saturday, 23rd, February
Saturday, 16th March
Saturday, 6th April
Numbers were slightly down on last Saturday’s club cycle compared to the previous week. Was the hilly route the deciding factor for a few of ye not to join or other commitments…. (if it was the hilly route, ye can blame Johnny)… Whatever the reason, for those that did take part, it will be a cycle not to be forgotten for a while. Luck was on Cliodhnas side for a good part of the cycle. Talk about living on the edge. She was having difficulty changing gears with the chain on the back rings basically skipping. While cycling through Silvermines, John Carroll advised her to pull off the road to see what the problem with the bike was. Cliodhna dismounted her bike, when lifting it up by the saddle the back wheel fell from the frame as the back wheel was not secured into place!! 5 minutes later, Clifford got a puncture! We all managed to cycle up Shallee hill which was a first for a few of the club cyclists. We all managed to finish the cycle at an average speed of 16+mph.
Details of the club’s Saturday cycles for the next two weekends are:
Saturday, 2nd February
Nenagh – Portroe – Ballina– Birdhill. On return route back to Nenagh you have three options from Birdhill:
a) Birdhill – Nenagh
b) Birdhill – Silvermines – Dolla– Nenagh
c) Birdhill – Silvermines – Dolla – Ballinamona Cross – Seanin Hill(Latteragh) – Toomevara – Nenagh
Saturday, 16th February
Nenagh – Toomevara – Moneygall – Dunkerrin – Roscrea – Templemore – Borrisoleigh – Nenagh
** TODAY! ** Dromineer Aquathon – Race 2 – 7:00pm – Click to see handicap times
* The route for this Saturdays Cycle is: (more hilly!)
Nenagh – Toomevara – Dolla – Silvermines – Shallee Cross – Newport – Birdhill – Nenagh (45 miles)
Both Killian and Darren took part in the School East Munster cross country races this week. Killian came 2nd and Darren came 4th! At least someone in the club is racing this winter!