Last weekend was a weekend off for many as an overdue beer break was taken. That’s all the beer break cards used up for the next few weeks so get focusing on the bike again. Check out what we have in store for you this weekend below
First a note on our club focus
As a cycling club, Nenagh CC place a firm focus on racing. We would not really classify ourselves as a 100% beginner friendly / leisure club. There are other cycling clubs that will cater for leisure cyclists better than we do. We do try to help out our beginners but we also expect our beginner cyclists to raise their level to our level and not the other way around. This might be tough for beginners starting out, but if you are committed then you will make it. ‘Committed’ means, training more than just once a week on the bike and putting in a decent effort when you do get on your bike. It also means being positive about training, if you don’t enjoy being on the bike, don’t come.
The great thing about what we have going in this club is that our members are hugely committed, work very hard and love what they do. It is a pleasure going for a cycle with our club and we want that to continue. We want newcomers to buy into this and start getting serious about cycling. If you put in the effort then you will reap the rewards.
For the first 4 weeks of the off season, we have trialled a loop route so as to make joining our club easier, however as the weeks pass by, we will be moving away from that format. It is up to you as a beginner / improver to adapt and raise your fitness level. You might get dropped on the longer routes at some stage or you might have to take a short cut back to Nenagh, but that is not a problem; just come out again the following week and try to do better.
Starts at 9:00am at the Hotel (Rás training starts at 8:00am)
Don’t be late!
Senior Cycling: we are cycling one of the old routes from last year. An oldie but a goodie! The route is Roscrea – Thurles – Templederry – Dolla – Nenagh (with a potential short cut home, straight in the Thurles road, for those that don’t fancy the climb after Templederry).
The plan is as follows – in Roscrea we will split into 3 bunches at the roundabouts. We want an even number of cyclists in these bunches = we don’t want everyone selecting the middle group. The first interval is from Roscrea to Templemore. This is a short distance so the pace should be pretty high. It is important you select the right bunch or you could find yourself out the back and cycling by yourself for the remainder of the cycle. If in doubt about what group to go in, choose the easier group, as the first time we try this old route might be a little chaotic. There is a second interval that starts at Borrisoleigh and finishes on top of the hill on the Nenagh side of Templederry. Again, we would like to see 3 groups here.
Beginners – there probably won’t be a separate beginner group getting a big head start on the start line. We will roll out together (unless the numbers in attendance are far too big for one large group). Stay with the bunch for as long as you can and when tired turn around and head for home. Most beginners in the past, cycle out to Moneygall or Roscrea before turning for home.
Punctures: in general, due to the size of the group and the strong likelihood of punctures, the club operate a no waiting policy for punctures. Make sure you have a spare tube, pump etc with you. In certain circumstances, some club members might pull in to help, but everyone should be prepared to have to fix their own wheel and make their own way home.
It should go without saying – make sure your bike is in good working order with the wheels pumped up.
Junior cycling: is not on this week. Older juniors can and should join in with the senior cycle if they want. Most U/14s up, should be able for all the senior cycle. Take your time, keep eating and go in the easy group. If you struggle to cycle in a group at 29km per hour then you are better off doing your own thing as unfortunately, the senior group won’t be waiting.
Starts at 8:00am at Tescos
This is our advanced cycle. If you are in groups 2 or 3 on the Saturday cycle then you will be able for this. A lot of cyclists missed this cycle last week so we will start back once again with the old reliable – the lake route. No excuses – just turn up and do it!!!