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!
The club have re-organised the table quiz for March 22nd. Everyone’s support would be greatly appreciated so save the date!!
Numbers are looking good for the clubs Saturday morning cycle. We had 13 members take on the route from Nenagh to Roscrea. The morning was very cold, wet and mucky however the wind was favourable. Heading towards Roscrea if felt more like a cross wind, and on the return journey we had a welcoming tail wind. A number of cyclists picked up the speed coming into Toomevara and managed to maintain it until Nenagh. The average speed was in excess of 17mph.
During the week we will be putting up the dates for the clubs duathlon series. These races will be held in Dromineer. Also, we will post the routes for the Saturday cycles for the next few weeks.
Bike racing team: All our members that are planning on cycling with Team DMG should try and get their Cycling Ireland license paid for this week. With only 4 weeks to the first race of the season you need to get this fully sorted soon. This week’s Saturday cycle saw 11 club members starting out on the A3 route. The pace was lively for the 64 miles and there were plenty of tired bodies by the finish. Next week, we will be back on the N7 again as we take on the Moneygall – Roscrea – Nenagh chain gang route. As usual there will be a Sunday spin around the lake. Try your best to make at least one of those cycles.
Turbo: These sessions continue to take place on Tuesday and thursday evenings at 7:30pm in the running complex. The intensity has increased for these so if you are looking to improve your cycling and get ready for the racing then try to make them.
Running: Our Friday evening run sessions are proving to be very popular at the moment. There are upwards of 20 running each Friday starting from the CBS school ay 6:15. If you are looking to improve your running then why not join us?
The route for this Saturdays cycle is:
Nenagh – Toomevara – Moneygal – Dunkerrin (28 mls) – Roscrea – Nenagh
We are taking a safer route as the weather is forecasted to be below freezing. If the time of the cycle needs to be changed due to these conditions a text message will be sent out.