It’s a pretty horrible day out there today but things should brighten up a little for the weekend. As usual there are plenty of cycles to participate in. With all the summer leagues starting next week you had better get out this weekend and put in some hard work!
Nenagh Summer League – trial run
We had a good turnout yesterday evening at our Summer League trial run. There were 23 cyclists waiting out in Birdhill for this training session. Due to light considerations we didn’t do the full route, but the trip into the Fivealley roundabout and back to Birdhill still proved to be a tough one. We had 3 groups on the road; each group were asked to work on their two up rolling over and to keep the intensity down a little. Next week is the week for letting loose!
After the handicap times of 4 mins and 4 mins elapsed everyone was on the road and working hard. There was a tail wind for the first half. By the turn around point the gap was down to 2:30. All 3 groups had merged on the hill just after the Yellowbridge.As this was just a training spin, there wasn’t too much action at the front. Dan and Benny jumped a few times but the fast rolling over behind meant that things were all together coming into the finish. Although, there weren’t too many bodies left by the end.
The newly surfaced bike lanes were used in part, but the amount of stones on them is a little off putting. We will try to use these lanes when possible and safe. This training spin should give you a good idea of what level you are at. For the first week of the summer leagues, pick an easier group and see if you can survive easily there. Once comfortable in that group then consider making the jump up a level.
Senior cycle: starts at 9:00 from the Hotel.
Route: with the Visit Nenagh Classic coming up soon we are going to do the A4 route tomorrow. We will split the group into two on the way to out the Cloughjordan road, with the first group staying on the Clough road and the other turning left at Lucky Bags. The first roll over session starts once your group hits the Borrisokane – Moneygall road and finishes at the top of Army Hill. The next roll over is from Toom to the top of Seáníns.
Training: meet at Tescos at 8:00am. Route to be decided there.
Racing: there are a number of different options this weekend. In Munster, there is a race in Dungarvan. There is also a National League race in Cong in Mayo. Both are similar distances to drive from Nenagh. We will probably have cyclists at both races. A quick look at the weather forecast the night before might be needed to make the call on where to go! Both races are pretty hilly but don’t let that put you off. If all you do is target the easy races then you are giving yourself a false sense of how good you are going. It shouldn’t matter what a race course is like, just commit to it anyway.
Cong race details
Race Distance: 55km/110km. Sign-on: 9.30 – 11.00 at Community Centre
A1, A2, A3 & Juniors – 2 Laps (110km) + A4 & Ladies – 1 Lap (55km)
Race Start 11.30am A1 + A2 / 11.35 A3 , Juniors & Ladies / 11.40 A4
Dungarvan race details
Start time – 12:30. Sign on from 9:00 – 11:30.
Race distance: A1/A2 106km, A3 106km, A4 71km
Nenagh Summer League – starts next Thursday, April 7th!! spread the word