Club Updates: 22/02/20
For once we got a bit of luck with our weekend cycles. It rained all week but cleared up for a little on both weekend mornings allowing us to get some much needed work done. We hosted a ‘last minute’ WW3 which proved to be another great cycle, with plenty of lads in the club cycling well. Unfortunately the planned Galway Reliability Spin was called off so we just did our own thing on Sunday. Only 2 weeks to the start of the bike racing season so we are going to try to squeeze in 1 more winter warrior just to make sure we are up to speed for the start of the season. If the weather is kind, WW4 will take place at 9:30 on Saturday Feb 29th.
- Mid-week turbos: sessions are arranged through Viber.
- Thursday: running speed set with the Tri Club at 7:00pm at Nenagh College.
- Saturday: Winter Warrior 4 – 9:30 at Lisboney Ind. Estate. Leisure group pull out at 9:15 SHARP.
- Sunday: long distance club cycle – 8:00 at Tescos.
- Run sessions: early morning 6:00am, Mon, Wed, Fri from the library.
Gear Order: has been placed. The gear should be here in 2 / 3 weeks.
Run Results: David Shehan was back trail running last weekend and picked up his first IMRA race victory in Bansha. It was no surprise to see Eoin Woolley in racing action again this weekend. He was at the Adare 10km in Limerick.
WW4: the toughest race of the series takes well over 2 hours to complete and takes in a number of different road types. It’s flat for the first half and hilly for the second. It’s a great pre-season test of your form. There is a hamper for 1st and 2nd over the finish line.
Weekend Training: with the winter warrior on Saturday that left just Sunday for a proper club spin. We had a good turn out of 15 for the cycle. People were sick of the recent weather but enthusiastic to get going again once conditions improve. We did the Borrisokane / Borrisoleigh route and bar a few flooded roads it was an enjoyable spin. Some lads used the decent conditions to get in a few extra hours, so by the end there were just 3 left in the bunch. Between the race on Saturday and this long spin it was a great weekend of hard training.
Winter Warrior 3: Race Report
Fair play to the 28 riders that took to the start line for WW3. It was a very late call whether this would go ahead, with the final call being made only the evening before. We were watching out for the weather all week but thankfully it turned out to be a good day for cycling with not a drop of rain. With the Reliability Trial cycle in Galway cancelled tomorrow we were delighted we got this tough ride in today. As always, WW3 has a bit of everything and it gives you a good indication where your fitness level is at with the season just about to begin. Some are doing well and some have plenty of work to do!
The gaps on the road today were 0, 17, and 25 minutes. There were very few in the first group so a big gap was needed. The middle group was the biggest and they set a nice pace all the way to Roscrea. The scratch bunch averaged 45km per hour on the way to Roscrea and took a big chunk out of the time difference. On the way back to Toomevara the headwind slowed both bunches right down and made it easier to stay in the bunch. It took an age to get back to Toomevara but when we did it was as one big bunch as the two main bunches merged exiting the village.
Breakaways started straight away with the winning break getting away half way over to Ballinamona cross. In this break were Gary and Shane Scully and Sam Moloney from Greenmount. They kept pushing the pace and the gap increased slowly. At the Ballinamona junction the wind changed to a tail wind and Kenneth Kennedy used this to break out of the bunch. Ronan Costelloe, Daniel Yon Hin and others also made breakaway attempts but by the time the race got to Seáníns Hill, it was only Kenneth that got across. The 4 lads in front had a decent lead and could afford to pace themselves up the climb, with the intent of drilling the downhill instead. Sam got over the top of the hill with the lads but struggled with his junior gears on the descent and was distanced.
Gary, Shane and Kenneth stayed away to the line finishing 2:20 ahead of what was left of the main bunch. A positive result for the 3 lads on the comeback trail. It’s only early days yet though with lots of hard work still to be done. It’s no surprise that the 3 lads that have put in the most mileage this winter are the ones at the front of the race. Sometimes people like to over complicate/think things. Just get out and work hard and good things will happen.
Next Up: WW4 – next Saturday, Feb 29th.