The weather looks good for this weekend so you might as well make the most of it and get out on your bike. This weekend is going to be a very exciting one for the club with our juniors in racing action for the first time up in Loughrea (best of luck!!) and the first Classic race of the season takes place in Carlow. There are also plenty of training rides and other races to do.
Just a little note for those looking to give the Saturday cycle a miss……
There are a lot of people racing on Sunday, but we would still advise people to get out cycling on Saturday too. Just take it easy if you are looking to save energy for race day. You need to take a long term view of racing – remember there are 6 months remaining – if you don’t cycle on Saturday and puncture out on Sunday = absolute disaster of a weekend. This detraining will kill you as the season progresses. Instead of getting better you will gradually get worse. You will be in a situation where you were working harder in the winter and that is not what you want. Yes, this Saturday training might negatively affect your race result a little initially but you will adapt and get stronger and the results will come soon enough. Pick 2 or 3 priority races in the season that you will rest up for. Then you train through the rest of the races.
Race report: Carrik on Suir
5 club members made the trip down to Carrick on Suir for a race on Paddy’s Day. No points were scored on this occasion but it proved to be one more tough workout in the legs. In the A1 / A2 race we had Kenneth, Gary, Shane and Dan. This race was 125km in distance on what was a flat but tough route with dead roads sapping the energy quickly. The race attracted a top class entry and that added to a very fast opening lap of 3. An average pace of over 44km / hr tells its own story. It was hard just to hang in. As race reports go, this one is pretty boring so I will skip to the end. There were no breakaway attempts by any of our lads and Gary, Shane and Kenneth came home in the main bunch. In the A3 race Matty and Eoin were trying their best to gain their first points of the season. Their races were very similar to the other lads = no real breaks and both finished safely in the main bunch. All n all it was a rather unsuccessful outing for the club but sure you can’t win them all!
Senior: starts at 9:00 from the hotel.
Route: we are heading to Dolla, Rearcross, Newport, O’Briens Bridge, Killaloe, Portroe, Nenagh. A good turning point for newcomers would be Newport or Dalys Cross. The bunch will be split from the start so that everyone will make it up Dolla hill without being under too much pressure. The first bunch will head straight to Dolla while the other bunches take longer routes. The intensity of tomorrow’s cycle will be low in all groups so don’t be scared to join us.
Training: starts at 8:00am at Tescos. Route will be called that morning.
Racing: there are two races to choose from
Race 1: Des Hanlon Classic, Carlow. The first classic race of the season takes place this Sunday. This is a long, hilly race that attracts the best cyclists in the country. We will have a team of probably 4 or 5 at it, with a decent chance of scoring a few points. There are separate A1, A2, A3, A4 and women’s races at this one.
Race 2: Loughrea, Galway. This nearby race is a much flatter route and should be well attended by at least 15 club members. First off will be the juniors (U/12, U/14, U/16) and then its the turn of the seniors. The senior races consist of a combined A1, A2, A3 race and a separate A4 race. We will certainly be expecting a few points to be scored here. No pressure!
Total points from racing: the club are recording all the points secured by our members in the 2016 season. The aim is to pass the 100 point mark by season end. So far we have 9 points so we better get a move on!
A1/A2 = 9, A3 = 0, A4 = 0. Total = 9
More photos from Carrick