Nenagh Summer League: Race 6 Report

It was another fine evening for racing on Thursday at the Summer League. Some of the top guns might have been missing but the race was still a brute for those involved. Average speeds were high and there was constant attacking throughout. This eventually saw a group of about 8 going clear to contest the final sprint up the ramp, where Con Doherty out kicked Denis Allen in the final gallop.

There were 3 groups on the road for this race. The handicap times were 0, 4 and 5.5 but all 3 groups had come together before the turn around point. The attacks started immediately with Nenagh CC, Raparee, Tipp Wheelers and UDCC members trying hard to get away. Most breaks were short-lived, but as each break was reeled in that was sapping the energy from the bunch.




The elastic finally snapped on the Yellowbridge hill. Gaps were appearing in the line out as the riders pushed on hard. Soon 8 were off the front and bridging across to Shane Scully who was a little bit up the road. This group rode hard to establish a sizeable gap and coming into Birdhill the attacking had started.


A late break by James O’Connor, Derek Cullen and Matty Kennedy looked like it might go all the way to the finish line. However, they were caught on the final sprint up the ramp. With 100m to go, Con Doherty and Denis Allen jumped and fought it out for the win with Con coming out on top. Coming home in 3rd place was Matty Kennedy with Peter Leahy not far behind. Thanks to everyone for the continued support of this league race. See ye again next week.

Thanks to our marshals Bertie, Kevin and Mike for helping out. Next week the marshals will be Benny Delaney, Aidan Killeen and Donnchadh Floyd. If any of ye have a problem making it then let us know early so we can find replacements.

Up Next: Nenagh Summer League Race 7 – next Thursday, May 18th.

Video of the Finish



Weekend Cycling

Another weekend of building fitness and hopefully scoring points is upon us. We had a great weekend of racing last weekend so hopefully we can repeat that effort this week with races  in Clare and Wicklow. The weather might not be the best but two decent mornings are forecast with worsening conditions in the afternoons, so as of now the club cycles go ahead at the usual times.


Training: start at 9:00 at the hotel

Route: this week we are planning on doing a new route with a few hills. If you are not good on hills, take a few of the short cuts along  the route. The bunch will cycle out to Moneygall and will split here.  The groups head up Army Hill, past Gortagarry and turn right for Toom. Once back to Toom it’s over to Killeen and Curreeny Hills. From there we head over to Shallee (up and down) and finish off with Coum, Portroe and home. A short-cut can be taken on the descent of Army Hill. You could also avoid doing Shallee and cycle straight over to Coum. We will try to work is reasonable hard to Portroe and take it wasy from there back to Nenagh.


Racing: the Crotty Cup – we expect 4 or 5 to make the trip over for this race. It can sometimes be a tough race but we have done well there in the past so give it a go! There is a combined A1/A2/A3 race with handicaps and a separate A4 race.


Training: meet at 7:30 at Tescos

Route: we will be doing some version of the lake route with the usual coffee stop.

Racing: Shay Elliot in Wicklow (A1/A2 race + an A3 race)

Racing Posters


Group Cycle – 1/1


A big thanks to all who turned up for the first of our group cycles. In the end we had almost 30 cyclists between the 3 groups.

The first group covered the “try a tri” distance of 10k and then had a short run afterwards to get a feel of the infamous running “jelly-legs”!.

The second group included a number of junior members and went a little further covering the full Sprint distance 20k.

The third group on the road did the full 36k and as with any top group on the road there is always a Splinter group that took a detour left up Army Hill!!!!

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 3

We will be continuing the cycles for the next 3 weeks so if anyone wishes to join us you are more than welcome!!!!




Spring Training – Week 5

Weekly Update

The end has come for the run and time trial series and so are focus of attention will be out towards the lake and the return of the open water and Dromineer series. We have a number of new sessions coming up in the following weeks so try and make as many as possible…and as always we are always on the look out for new people to try the various sessions on offer!

Clonmel 10k


A number of club members made the trip to Clonmel for the 10k and what was a warm and sunny day for running. Well done to Sheila, Mary, Margaret, Catriona, Majella and Geraldine!

Club Training weekend – Lahinch – CANCELLED

The proposed training weekend to Lahinch has be to cancelled as there was not enough interest to make the cycle and trip overall viable. This is unfortunate as last years event although again small in participation was a great laugh and enjoyed by all.

The next Club event is the trip to Sligo for the Hazelwood National Series event. As Lahinch has been cancelled the price for this trip will be €50 per person (same price for 1 or 2 nights) so for those going if you can give the money to a committee member at some stage!

Couch to “Try a tri”

Just a reminder that this week we are starting the 4 week preparation session for the 2 try a tri events in June so if you know anyone who would be interested then let them know! Details can be found on the poster below and pre-booking for the pool session is required. Sessions will continue over the course of the month based on sufficient interest!

Couch to try a tri


Lough Derg Sprint / Try a tri 2017


Again a reminder (as to date we have very few internal club entries!!!!) the Lough Derg sprint is only 6 weeks away now!! Similar to last year this event finds itself on a very busy weekend on the TI calendar so will again need a bit of selling and for this we again will need input from club members. We hope that as many members as possible can do the event and if possible bring someone to do the event or to help with the marshal side of things.

More information on the event can be found by clicking the link below.

Lough Derg Sprint


Weekly training

The club are organising a number of additional sessions in preparation for the open water triathlon season. These sessions are explained in more detail below and we hope that we can get a good show of members for as many of these as possible!

Tuesday Evening: Cycle session

The club are organising a number of cycle sessions on Tuesday evenings in conjunction with the couch to Try a tri bike session. Our aim is to try and entice as many of our cyclists to get back on the bike for some group cycling. We plan to have 2-3 groups of various abilities and will plan to cover from 10-40k with a small increase over the course of the month.

This session will only be possible if there is support from the club members, we do not intend the cycle to be so challenging and so we hope that we can get a good showing for this.

The plan is to meet at the Leisure centre for 6.30pm and from there we will put the groups together for the road.

Wednesday Evening: Triathlon session

A number of club members will be making an early start with some informal triathlon sessions out at Dromineer over the Lough Derg Sprint course. These will be non-timed and informal just to acclimatise to wetsuits, transitions and open water swimming prior to the official Dromineer sessions commencing later in the month. The time is yet to be finalised but will be between 6-7pm and we will confirm this.

Sunday Evening: Open-water swimming session

A few brave members are already back in the lake so for any other brave souls we are opening the Sunday evening open water sessions. These follow the usual format and start at 6pm out in Youghalarra.

These sessions are only for experienced swimmers in open water conditions. The club will be organising a number of beginner open water sessions later on so if you are new to open water swimming we will confirm these sessions in a later bulletin.

Swimming sessions: 2 morning sessions this week.  Tuesday morning will be a middle distance set while Thursday is a power set.

Shorter versions for the novice lane will be supplied on the morning and will cover 1-1.5k.


  Tuesday 9th May  
Warm-up 300m f/c descending set  
  every 4th length b/c  
  breathe every 4th stroke  
Main-set 1 x 400m f/c  
  3 x 200m f/c                            x 2              (2000m)  
  4 x 25m f/c sprint                                      (100m)  
Cool-down 200m f/c easy 200m
TOTAL 3050m


  Thursday 11th May  
Warm-up 300m f/c descending set  
  every 4th length b/c  
  breathe every 4th stroke  
Main-set 2 x 100m f/c kick (f)  
  2 x 200m f/c power  
  4 x 100m f/c power            x 2                  (2000m)  
  4 x 25m f/c sprint                                       (100m) 2100m
Cool-down 200m f/c easy 200m
TOTAL 3050m

Running session: The run session this week will focus on 1k intervals and will have a shorter novice version on offer.

  Monday 8th May  
Warm-up 15min easy 3000m
Main-set 1 x 100m build  
  1 x 100m drill                                     x 3    (600m)  
  1km x 6 increasing pace  
  90sec recovery between each               (6000m)  
Novice 1km x 4 increasing pace  
  90sec recovery between each  (4000m)  
Cool-down 800m easy 800m
TOTAL 10400m

The full weekly schedule:

Day Morning Evening
 Monday Run session: 6:30pm

Nenagh CBS

Tuesday Morning Swim: 6:30am

Leisure Centre

Lane 1: Novice lane

Bike Session: 6:30pm

Leisure Centre

Wednesday Triathlon set: 6-7:00pm


Wed swim: 8:00pm

Leisure Centre

Thursday Morning Swim: 6:30am

Leisure Centre

Lane 1: Novice lane

Cycling league: 7:00pm


Friday Fri swim: 6:30am

Leisure Centre

Saturday Saturday cycle: 9am

Abbey Court hotel

Sunday  Sunday Swim: 6pm

Youghalarra pier


 Have a good week out there!


Nenagh CC Updates

This weekend was an excellent one for the club. It’s good to see our racing cyclists coming into a rich vein of form. 3 of our riders, Mikey, Denis and Chris were in the points this weekend. The hard work put in by everyone over the last 8 months is starting to pay off. Back in Nenagh, our cyclists are regularly hitting the 150km+ distance barrier every Saturday and Sunday. Fitness levels are excellent in the club and improving constantly. If you are from Nenagh and want to get your cycling to the next level then we would be delighted to have you. It might be hard at first but put the effort in and you will be rewarded.


  • Tuesday – club cycle – all are welcome. Meet at 6:30 at Stereame. Distance is typically 40 – 50km. If you are new to the group aim to cycle 20km on your first go and build on that as the weeks go by.
  • Wednesday – a few club members and triathletes are going to start heading to Dromineer this coming Wednesday. If you fancy doing an 18km time trial then turn up.
  • ThursdayNenagh Summer League – 7:00 at Gooig. This high intensity speed session should be a part of every club member’s weekly training schedule. If you want to cycle faster, you need to do sessions that push you to your limit.
  • Saturday – Main Club Cycle – start at 9:00 from the hotel
    • racing – Crotty Cup in Clare. Always popular with a few of our lads.
  • Sunday – club long distance cycle – starts at 7:30 at Tescos.
    • racing – Shay Elliot in Wicklow.

La Marmotte: training is going great at the moment. Everyone is really putting in a big effort and with just 8 weeks to go that is the way it should be. Many of our members are targeting big sportives like the Wicklow 200 and the Mt. Leinster Challenge. It is great to see people representing the club at these events. We do hope to organise our own training day at the end of this month. We can discuss this on the bike but it is looking like a trip to Kerry could be on the cards. The aim would be to spend 6 hours plus on the bike and get in as many big climbs as possible. Stay tuned for more details.

Keeper Cycling Challenge: good to see a few club members attending this local tour run by the Keeper Cycling Club. Con Kennedy, Donnchadh Floyd and Ian O’Halloran were all in attendance. Con managed to win the KOM on Shallee so that was a nice bonus.


Weekend Racing

What a good weekend it was for the club! After a slow enough start to the season, it’s good to see a change in our fortunes. There were two races on today that contained Nenagh CC members.

Deenside Cup: Kevin Sherlock, Mike Browne, Matty Kennedy and Chris Spelman all took part in this race. In the A2 race, Mike and Matty were both in with a good chance of getting a result. The course was a hilly and long one but that would suit both lads. Unfortunately both lads missed an early breakaway on lap 1. They spent a long time trying to get away from the bunch after this but the racing was getting very negative. Eventually Mike got away with 1 other and broke across to the break. They were soon joined by 5 others and that proved to be the winning break. With 5km to go to the finish, a few lads broke away out of the bunch. Mike kept battling behind and managed to finish in a fine 5th place overall and with that secured 6 points. Matty came in soon after in what was left of the bunch. It is great to have two lads competing strongly in this category.



In the A3 race, Kevin Sherlock was flying it until a mechanical at the end of the first lap brought an end to his race. He was raging but sure that is what cycling is all about, good days and bad days. The club had more success in the A4 race. For the second week in a row Chris Spelman finished in the points. He has got the hang of it now and so promotion to A3 will surely come this month. Chris was very comfortable on the climbs all day and had enough left in the tank to get up for 7th in the final gallop to the line. That was worth 4 points for Chris and that moves him onto 10 points for the season.


Newcastle West: Denis Allen, Jurgen Simpson, Will Rymer and Dan Hogan made the short trip into Limerick for this one. In the A1/A2 race Dan Hogan fought it out with some of Ireland’s best but unfortunately got distanced from the bunch on the final lap. In the A3 race we had a good chance of scoring with both Denis and Jurgen in decent form. Jurgen’s race didn’t last too long as he was brought down in an early crash. Denis had far more luck as he found himself in the winning break of about 12. In the final sprint Denis got up for 6th place overall and 1st junior and with that he secured 5 points. Finally, in the A4 race Busta Rymer had a good day on the bike. He finished in the bunch but a tractor impeded his final sprint so he had to settle for a top 20 finish. We also had a club member in the U/12 race – Aoise Wycherly put in a great ride and finished well up the field.







Great going everyone. The total points scored today was 15. These are the point totals we are well capable of securing each week. Just keep going; keep racing and don’t give up. The results will come.

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Nenagh Summer League: Race 5 Report

For the 2nd successive week the league race was won from a break away. This is good to see and it should get people thinking a little bit differently about how to approach their racing. You need to start plotting how to get out of the bunch if you want to be one of the first across the finish line. It pays to be aggressive. The perfect summer league training session should include some fast rolling over, at least one breakaway attempt and a sprint finish attempt.

There was a good crowd there at the start line for this one. The fine weather makes it an easy decision to jump on the bike. We had 3 groups on the road with the handicaps at 0, 4 and 6. Each group faced into a tough headwind on the way to Nenagh. The groups made slow progress but as soon as they turned in Nenagh the wind on their backs made it a very different race. Groups 2 and 3 had merged just before the roundabout with Paul Kennedy lining out the back bunch in pursuit of the groups ahead.



The breakaways started soon after the turnaround point. Group 3 had not yet been caught but that didn’t stop Mike Browne, Denis Allen, Peter Leahy, Con Doherty and Ronan Costelloe from jumping away from the combined bunch behind. This breakaway pushed a great pace and passed group 3 before the Yellowbridge. They were soon out of sight as the bunch stalled behind. Eventually a chase got started but it was far too little, far too late.

Coming into Birdhill there were 5 lads out ahead. Behind them were bunch 1 and a little bit behind them were the combined chase bunch of groups 2 & 3. The finish line was placed at the top of the ramp today. This makes for a very tough final 1km to the finish. You have to have some strength left in the legs if you want to get up it in 1st place. For the 2nd week in a row Mike Browne proved the strongest in the final surge to the line. He was followed by Ronan Costelloe in 2nd and Peter Leahy in 3rd. Great stuff lads.

Thanks to our marshals Bertie, Matty, Gillian and Will for helping out. Next week the marshals will be Bertie Sherlock, Mike Browne and Kevin Sherlock. If any of ye have a problem making it then let us know early so we can find replacements.

Up Next: Nenagh Summer League Race 6 – next Thursday, May 11th.

Video of the Finish

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Weekend Cycling

The good weather will continue right into the weekend so what a great time to get back out on the bike. The club will be cycling on Saturday and Sunday at the usual time and place. There are two good racing options to choose from as well this week so we expect to see some good results in our end of week report.


Time: 9:00 at the hotel

Route: We will head for Roscrea, Birr, Borrisokane direction. In Borriskane there will be an option to go further. Usual interval sessions will apply. For those that want a lot more, head out early and meet up with us at 9:00.




Time: meet at 7:30 at Tescos.

Route: we will be doing the extended lake route –  turning right at Roundhill to finish off with some more hills.

Racing: two options. Both options are excellent for racing so make sure to get your ass to one of them. The Munster race is over in Newcastle West and the Leinster race is the Deenside cup in Kilkenny.



Run Series 4/4 – Results

Run Series Results

The last of this years run series and a big difference in conditions from last week, with the sun shining and a pretty challenging headwind for the last 2k but again good times and predictions throughout the field.

Winners of the spot prize on the night for most accurate predictions were Patricia Butler in the 5k and Robert Duggan  in the 3k so well done both!!!

We will be taking a break for the next couple of weeks but next up on the Wednesday evenings will be the return of the Dromineer Series with a mix of duathlon / triathlon / aquathons to keep everyone entertained…..and as ever if anyone wishes to come out and join in for the run part we have 5k and 2k runs on offer….so something for everyone!!!!


Name Dist Predict Actual Difference
Patricia Butler 5k 20:40 20:40 0:00
Loretto Duggan 5k 22:50 22:53 0:03
Barry Creamer 5k 20:30 20:27 0:03
Huang Zhao 5k 25:00 25:04 0:04
John Meagher 5k 20:20 20:24 0:04
Eddie Hynes 5k 20:00 19:55 0:05
James Ryan 5k 17:55 17:48 0:07
Cliodhna McGrath 5k 23:00 22:43 0:17
Sinead Lee 5k 25:10 25:27 0:17
Geraldine Kyne 5k 27:00 27:20 0:20
Charlotte Jones 5k 24:10 23:48 0:22
Margaret Hogan 5k 25:20 24:42 0:38
Eoin Woolley 5k 18:59 19:38 0:39
Ger Carey 5k 27:50 28:50 1:00
Majella Moyles 5k 25:01 23:53 1:08
Stephen Greene 5k 22:00 20:38 1:22
Michael Kyne 5k 27:00 25:24 1:36
Mary Donnellan 5k 30:00 27:52 2:08
Oisin Scully 5k 30:00 26:40 3:20
Alfredo Gonzalez 5k 25:00 29:40 4:40
Jaime MacVeigh 5k 25:00 32:05 7:05
Robert Duggan 3k 14:50 14:40 0:10
Aoife Duggan 3k 17:50 17:22 0:28
Criona Boland 3k 16:00 15:11 0:49
Maebh Carey 3k 16:30 15:38 0:52
Audrey McNamara 3k 18:30 17:37 0:53
Faye Molamphy 3k 17:00 16:06 0:54
Elaine Treacy 3k 19:00 17:10 1:50
Una Wycherley 3k 18:00 21:15 3:15
Aoise Wycherley 3k 17:00 21:15 4:15


Thanks to our Marshals on the night for doing the course and times and to everyone for making the effort to attend the series over the last month!!!!


Time Trial Series 4/4 – Results

Time Trial Series

Perfect conditions for the final in the Time trial series and some fast times on all three of the circuits. This concludes the time trials for this season so thanks to everyone who made the effort to attend this session.

Stay tune for more details on our new cycling session starting next Tuesday…we will have an update on this later in the week.

Name Distance Time
Shane Scully 36k 54:20
Ger Kirby 36k 55:40
David Molamphy 20k 37:05
Ken Hassett 20k 37:50
Geraldine Kyne 20k 39:15
Ronan O’Driscoll 20k 40:30
Odie O’Driscoll 20k 42:40
Brenda Ryan 20k 42:55
Conor Kirby 10k 17:55
Darragh Kyne 10k 19:55
Michael Kyne 10k 20:05
Aoise Wycherley 10k 23:20
Aoife Duggan 10k 24:15
Faye Molamphy 10k 24:45
Robert Duggan 10k 31:30
Lauren 3.6k 29:00

Nenagh CC Updates

And so, another month has come and gone. May promises to be a big month for the club, with Eamon Hartnett taking to the start line at Ireland’s biggest race the An Post Rás. There are also races in Newcastle West, Deenside Cup, Crotty Cup, Coachford classic and Clonmel to consider doing. The pressure will also be ramping up on the La Marmotte crew so expect big mileage all through the month of May. Back to the week just gone and we saw some big mileage cycled and a good result from down in Kanturk, where Chris Spelman got himself into the points on GC.


Weather forecast for this week is excellent. Sunshine and high temps all week and into the weekend. If you ever needed an excuse to get back on the bike then this should be it.

  • Tuesday
    • option 1 – club cycle 6:30 from Stereame
    • option 2 – TT with the tri club – 6:30 at the pool
  • Thursday – Nenagh Summer League – 7:00 at Gooig
    • marshals: Matty Kennedy, Sinead Kennedy and Will Rymer
  • Saturday – main club cycle – 9:00 at the Hotel
  • Sunday
    • Training: meet at Tescos at 8:00
    • Racing: Newcastle West Classic or Deenside Cup.

Weekend Racing

Wexford: just one club member went to this race on Sunday. It was an awful day for cycling but Will Rymer couldn’t refuse the opportunity to show off his colour co-ordinated wet racing gear. Will looked like a champ on the start line but his race didn’t last long as, not for the 1st time this year, he punctured out. Tis a long way to go for just a few kms of racing! Will did win a prize for best dressed so well done Will!!

Kanturk 3 Day: Eamon Hartnett continued his Rás preparation down in Kanturk in the A2/A3 race. He was joined by Chris Spelman who took part in the A4 race. Both lads got through the 3 days and 4 stages without any problems. It’s another box ticked for Eamon who will now be turning his focus to the big one in 3 weeks time. Eamon finished in 36th position overall and was happy with his effort.

Chris did the club proud in the A4 race. He finished in the bunch on Saturday and followed that up with a 9th place finish in the TT on Sunday morning. That put him into 8th place on GC. A bunch finish on stages 3 and 4 meant that Chris moved up to 7th overall and with that he secures 4 more points. Not quite enough to move up to the A3 ranks but that is only a matter of time.

Weekend Training

A group from the club attended the Desmond Sportive down in Newcastle West on Saturday. The 5 lads are part of the La Marmotte crew and the distance was no problem to them. Closer to home, we had big groups out on Saturday and Monday. Our 112km spin on Saturday was only a warm-up for the monster 170km spin on the Bank Holiday Monday. 14 club members set out on that 5 hr 20 min cycle. We were all full of beans at the start but by the end some were down to their final beans and some even had to borrow. Thankfully, we all survived it and made it home to the couch where we refused to move for the rest of the day.




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