Club Updates: 10/03/20

The racing season got underway last weekend with races in Meath and Kerry. It was a very successful start for the club with 2 wins to celebrate and a couple of ‘almost in the points’ performances. A big winter of training is paying benefit now. 5 months of turbo and storms could turn anyone away from the bike but if you knuckle down, stop feeling sorry for yourself and get through it then you will race well. Thanks to all the club members who kept the home fires burning with club spins on Saturday and Sunday. There are a huge amount of races coming over the next few weeks and months so if we want to still have a club get out and support the weekend spins if you are not racing. Or don’t be surprised if there is no club to return to when you decide to come back out with us again. Everyone can make a little sacrifice every now and then.

Training

  • Mid-week turbos: not long to go before we are out on the road mid-week. Can’t Wait.
  • Thursday: running speed set with the Tri Club at 7:00pm at Nenagh College.
  • Saturday
    • Training: meet at 9:00am at the Hotel.
    • Racing: Rás Naomh Finian. Moyvalley, Meath or Newcastle West.
  • Sunday
    • Training: 8:00 at Tescos.
    • Racing: Newbridge GP
  • Monday: Club Cycle – 8:00 at Tescos – hopefully get a good crowd out at this.
  • Tuesday: Racing: Carrick on Suir
  • Run sessions: early morning 6:00am, Mon, Wed, Fri from the library

Nenagh Summer League Update: after 6 years we are going to call a halt to our annual Summer League. There just aren’t enough cyclists to sustain so many leagues in the area, so we are the ones to bow out. Putting on a 16 week league is a big commitment and there isn’t the desire in the club to do it.

We now ask our own members to make the Limerick Summer League on Tuesday evenings your main mid-week race. All n all it won’t make much difference not having our Thursday league as we are just switching to the Tuesday league race instead. There are also league races on Wednesday in Horse and Jockey and Newcastle West. There are leagues on Thursday in Clare and Challenge CC in Galway. There is also the Patrickswell TT on Thursdays. Plenty of choice. Other leagues pop up  for a few weeks in other places close by too so watch out for them.

Thanks to all who have supported our Summer League over the years.

Weekend Racing

Summerhill, Meath: Gary, Shane and Will Killackey got their racing season underway on Saturday in Co. Meath. Will finished in the bunch in the A3 race and so did Gary and Shane in the combined A1/A2 race, although it was a tough one for Shane as his rear derailleur malfunctioned leaving him in just 2 gears for the entire race. Early season teething problems.

Lacey Cup, Co. Meath: it feels like we as a club have been talking about this race for ages and that is because of one man – Eoin Buckley. We were all tipping him for the win down here on his cycling debut. He loves the hills and there is no better race to get your season started with than this Tralee race. Eoin has been flying in training but there is always an element of doubt when it comes to racing – can he deliver? or will he just take the whole bunch down?! The answer was emphatic – winner, winner, chicken dinner. In this race it comes down to what you have left on the final drag before the finish. Here, Eoin was the strongest and powered over the top of the clim, descended well, and soloed the rest to victory. 1 race, 1 win. Also in the A4 race was Donnchadh who has been going well in training too. He raced well but was just outside the points finishing in 10th. Con Kennedy, Art Mozdzer and Paddy Rohan were all in the main race of the day – the combined A1, A2, A3 race. The race came together on the first climb so it made things very tough for all. There were splits once the bunch turned into the tailwind. Con and Art were well up and raced well but their positioning in the bunch meant they were on the wrong sides of breaks. Paddy was racing once again after a long absence from the sport. It was a baptism of fire but he loved it all the same. Great stuff lads!

Seamus Kennedy Cup, Navan: Kenneth, Shane and Gary targeted the separate A2 race up in Navan on Sunday. Gary wanted to avoid the hills after a tough race on Saturday and felt he would have some chance getting around the course up in Navan. It’s been a long absence from the racing scene for Gary too so you can forgive him for searching out the easier race. The weather for this looked like being atrocious. Winds were strong and there was an almighty hail shower 10 mins before the start = 3 lads huddled in a van wondering what we were doing there + no warm-up done. The weather didn’t look good for the race either but miraculously it cleared up and it wasn’t an issue at all. The lack of a warm-up was an issue for Gary, plus we were told the A1 cyclists would now be starting with the A1 cyclists with no handicap. Balls! These factors combined to ensure Gary didn’t survive the lightning fast first lap of 3. Just goes to show you, we all have bad days. In cycling there are more bad days than good days. The key is to forget about it and refocus on your training.

There were 3 laps in the race. The winning break went on the first lap and consisted of all A1 riders. Kenneth was very active on the front and after a while he was joined by Shane. The two lads combined well to get away together on the 2nd lap. They stayed away for a long time and were soon joined by some strong riders. The break looked very promising but the bunch put in a big effort and reeled it back in. You could feel that the efforts from the bunch were getting fewer and slower so something was about to break. Shane escaped near the end of the 2nd lap with 5 others. They worked well to the line and Shane got up in the sprint finish to win the A2 race. That’s a good start to the season but if he is not too careful he will get promoted to A1 and miss out on the stage races he is targeting this year.

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