We have two big cycles coming up this weekend. Let’s hope the weather treats us kindly. As it’s the last week before the racing season starts, it goes without saying that it is important not to miss out on these cycles. Leave the excuses at home and get yourself to the start line.
Novice Cycle takes place at 10:00am from the Abbey Court Hotel. If you are a beginner or improver cyclists then this bunch is ideal for you.
Saturday – WW2 – Winter Warrior League Race 2
When? 9:00am roll out for warm-up from Abbey Court. Race: starts at 10:30
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!
We are planning another tough-ish cycle for Sunday. We have a new route for you to tackle. This time there are a few hills included towards the end. Try to make it over them with your group intact.
Start: 8:00am (might change if very frosty) at Tescos.
Route: Everyone cycles together to Portroe then Killaloe. Split occurs here with the first group heading straight for Birdhill and the rás group heading over to O’Brien’s Bridge. This is a big head start but, with hills to negotiate, the first group will still have to work hard to stay away. The first half of Dolla, all of Seáníns and the back of Army hill will have to be climbed + a fast run home from Moneygall when your energy is bound to be low. Study the route below and know where you have to go on the day.