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.
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