A smaller bunch than usual turned up for our 2nd Saturday cycle of 2015. With a strong wind blowing and temperatures falling, it wasn’t a surprise that many opted out of what proved to be a very tough day on the bike. But as we like to say in our club, if Will Rymer can do it, then so can you!!
Most people are still trying to find their cycling legs after the Christmas break and today’s tough course, which brought us from Nenagh to Dunkerrin, Clough, Borris, Terryglass, Puckaun and back to Nenagh, certainly tested each and every one of us.
There were 16 cyclists in the bunch pulling out of the hotel. A strong tail wind took us quickly out to Dunkerrin where the group split in two for some tougher interval work. The road from here to Clough is quite difficult when pushing hard. The first group did well and managed to get to Clough first without losing many from their group. The racing group chased well but things broke up a little, close to Cloughjordan.
The pace was a lot easier on the way over to Borrisokane and Carrigahorig, where the next interval session would start. The bunch size had dwindled at this stage with only 13 or so remaining out on the road for the full thing. The racing group gave the first bunch a 10 minute head start at Carrigahorig. The final roll over session was roughly 20 mile in distance, however it is a rolling road that saps your energy quickly especially with a 40km per hour head wind to battle too. Ten minutes might seem like a lot but in such conditions that gap could be closed quickly if the racing group worked well together.
In the end, the racing group reduced down to just 3 so the going was tough. The chase was going to be hard. Unfortunately, a puncture in the main pack brought their roll over session to a premature stop. The racing lads took no mercy and bombed past. The last 10 miles home were torture for everyone but if you keep those pedals turning you will eventually get there. After one or two hail showers and plenty of mud thrown up on our faces we saw the welcome sight of Nenagh looming into view. ‘Glad to get home’ was the final thoughts of everyone as we split for home in Nenagh.
Seniors – Next up: tomorrow – Sunday lake cycle starting at 8:00am from Tescos. Bring a rear light as it is a little dark at this time of the morning. Coffee stop in Mountshannon. Weather is looking a little better than today so we hope to see a decent crowd.
Nenagh CC Juniors: it was great to have our juniors back out on the road today. There were 15 juniors in attendance with plenty of new bikes on show. We split into 4 ability based groups on the road, with 3 of the groups heading out towards Toomevara. The older juniors focused on the proposed new 5 mile racing route close to Toom. They did two loops with the 2nd loop being an individual TT. The days are still getting dark pretty early so the mileage isn’t huge on Saturdays. If you are a junior, it is a good time to get back on your bike and out with the club. As we get more daylight, the rides will get a little longer.
Juniors – Next up: turbo training on Tuesdays at 6:00pm in the running complex. This is proving to be a good tough mid week training session and is ideal for juniors looking to improve for the 2015 racing season.
Consistency: improving at cycling is all about consistency. You can’t ‘go missing’ for 3 weeks and expect to improve. You need to be there week in, week out. The hardest working cyclists are almost always the most successful. There isn’t a huge skill element in the sport so you can’t let that save you. Unlike field sports, there is also no place to hide. If you don’t have the work done, you will get found out at some stage. Be consistent. Get on your bike and pedal.