I sound like a broken record at this stage, but will the weather ever pick up?!! It’s been 6 weeks of rubbish weather in a row now and it is getting fair annoying. It looks like another crap week too coming with wintry showers expected next week. It’s alright for those that are super motivated, they are going to get the miles done anyway. For those like Kenneth Kennedy who are going through a lull, it is a killer! A shortened 2 hour cycle on Sunday where we return saturated and cold is not good for morale. Combine that with a shortened cycle on Saturday and it won’t be long before the good winter work will come undone.
- Tuesday: 6:15 – 7:45 – Meet at Stereame.
- Friday: 6:15 – 7:45 – Meet at Stereame.
- Saturday: main club spin. 9:00 at the hotel
- Sunday: 8:00 at Tescos.
Saturday and Sunday Spins: Not much to talk about here. There were mini groups all over the road this weekend. Everyone was just trying to get in whatever mileage they could inbetween showers. ‘At least we got out for a little while’ and ‘it’s better than turbo’ were the main comments heard in the bunch. I am not sure how we are all going to last the 10+ hours that is La Marmotte if this poor weather spell continues much longer. Just try and get out when you can next week.
Nenagh Summer League: is not too far away. This is your early warning so make sure you are prepared and ready to go in April. It all kicks off on Thursday, April 6th at 7:00pm. This is a great way to get some speed in your legs. It is 50 minutes of hard cycling that will really help you to push your cycling ability to the next level. The league will run for 16 weeks.
Marshals: we will be asking all Nenagh CC members to make themselves available to marshal at some stage. Proceeds will be going to subsidise the La Marmotte cycling trip so those planning on going to France will need to help out a few times.
Racing Update: with the cancellation of the Seven Springs race in Loughrea, all eyes turned to the Des Hanlon in Carlow. It was a dirty day for cycling back here in Nenagh but it wasn’t quite so bad in Carlow. Just like training, there were low numbers out racing too, with just 3 in action today.
In the A1/A2 race, Eamon Hartnett had an unlucky race. He was going well on lap 1 and got up the hill in the bunch but he was shoved into the margin and lost control on the top of the hill and came down. That was his race over before it had really got started.
In the A3 race, Denis Allen continued to improve. This was his toughest race to date but he fared well. It will take a few more weeks before Denis is fully up to speed but he still managed a strong bunch finish on what is a long and hilly course. Actually he came down in a bunch crash in the last 500m which meant he came in just behind the bunch. So no luck for him there but I am sure it is only a matter of time before he is racking up the points.
In the A4 race, Will Rymer got distanced on the long hill on the 2nd lap. He hovered barely out the back for a long while before the chase group he was in grew tired and gave up the battle. That left Will in no mans land, with plenty of time to think about how he is going to improve his climbing in the future!
Here is a slightly better photo of Matty from Carrick