We are one week closer to the start of the 2016 cycling and tri season so it’s high time we started pushing ourselves on the bike. If you want to improve and get quick then you have to practice going quick. Luckily for you, we have the perfect opportunity for speed that is not to be missed!!
The second race of our winter league takes place on Saturday and it promises to be another epic battle for club supremacy. Can anyone stop the relentless march forward of Will Rymer, the foreign raider? King William has been conquering all before him at recent training sessions and will no doubt be looking for victory. Can Keith Butler rescue his reputation and restore some dignity to the XXL jersey he wears? Will Andy McLoughlin jump into a car once again? Can the new Diet Chunk role back the years? Will La Flama Fantasma (The White Ghost) make it two wins on the trot? All will be revealed on Saturday.
When? 9:00am roll out from Abbey Court. Race: starts at 10:40 sharp
Where? race start is at the M7 flyover 5km outside of Nenagh.
Route: 58km – 8km longer than race 1. The race goes out to Roscrea before turning back towards the finish in Nenagh. It is a flat route on a main/wide road with good surface the whole way.
This race is open to anyone, from any club, with a suitable license. Cost = free.
Race Format: the race is handicapped. We will split the bunch into either 3 or 4 groups depending on numbers. The handicaps will be something like this – 0, 3, 9, 15 minutes. We hope for all 4 bunches to come together around Moneygall, thereby allowing a proper race to form. The aim should be to work hard in your group until you are caught; then practice breaking. Go on a kamikaze mission!
Weather: is looking decent for the morning. The wind speed is 20km / hr and it will be a head wind on our way home. Expect fast speeds to Roscrea, but it is important not to over do it or you will suffer on the way home especially when the groups merge and the real war begins.
Also, on Saturday
Novice cycle: starts at 10:00am from the Abbey Court Hotel. The planned route is shown. There are plenty of turn around points for those that want to take it very easy (marked in red on the route map). The pace as always will be controlled and suitable for beginners and improvers.
Advanced cycle: starts at 8:00am at Tescos. We will be doing the lake route. Lets try to get at least 15 out for this one. Doubling up a race on Saturday and another good cycle on Sunday will boost your fitness a lot. If you haven’t come with us before, then make this your first go!