Stage 7 of the Tipperary Wheelers Club League was the final time trial of the series and the last chance for riders to improve their best 16km TT times. Conditions were not ideal with strong side winds buffering the riders on the way out and back. The rain did stay away however and those that improved their times have shown how much they have improved over the course of the league.
The fastest time on the night went to Dermot Radford with 21.43, followed by Tommy Brynes with 23.11 and in third place was Pat Ryan with a time of 23.49. The win on the night was taken by Dave Connor riding for Upperchurch with an improvement of 54 seconds. In second place was Brian Canny of Tipperary Wheelers with an improvement of 21 seconds and third was Paul Lafford of South Tipp CC with an improvement of 16 seconds.
Brian's performance has put him back in contention of the overall title and moves him up to first place overall, just one point ahead of Galtee Wheelers' Joe Murphy. Paul Lafford also made up some ground but did himself no harm with an impressive TT performance and moved himself into third position. Looking a little further down,, Kevin Bergin, who did not compete this week, is also still in with an outside chance.
The last stage will take place on Wednesday 07 August with a handicapped road race from Tipperary Town to the Cashel roundabout and back again. Last time this proved to be a difficult route but Joe Murphy took the win so he is looking to be in the best position take the title. As previously stated, it is difficult to work out the different scenarios as it is the best 3 from 4 time trials and 3 from 4 road races that go towards the overall points total.
The starting times for the last stage are as follows:
Cat 3: 00.00
Cat 2: 04.16
Cat 1: 09.16
Sign on at the Sports Complex from 6.45 to 7.10pm with the Cat 3s off at 7.15pm. There will be a prize presentation and refreshments served at the Sports Complex afterwards and we invite everybody who has participated or assisted in the league to join us.
Stage 4 of the Tipperary Wheelers Club League took place in temperatures rarely seen at 7.30pm on a July evening. The riders faced a 30km handicapped race from Tipperary Town to the Cashel roundabout and back. It is a tough course will rolling hills that took its toll on the groups.
The Cat 3s were the first to take to the line and the majority of them were still together at the halfway point. Similarly for the Cat 2s, they had reduced the handicap by the halfway point and the majority of the group was still together. The Cat 1s split early with a front group forming with the speed been driven by the stronger riders. It was ultimately the hill into Kilfeacle that split things up and small groups were all over the road. First across the line on the night was Joseph Murphy of Galtee Wheelers followed by David Williams of Clonmel CC and third was Danny Bresnan of Iverk Carrick Wheelers.
There has been a bit of a shake up in the overall league table. Kevin Bergin's lead has been clawed back after sitting out the stage. Noel Considine, in second place, did not collect any points but Brian Canny and Paul Lafford both managed to pick up points and close the gap on the top of the table.
Stage 5 is the third time trial and with a number of riders improving their best time on Stage 2, it will be interesting to see who can improve further and gain more points. As per usual, sign on will be from 6.45pm to 7.10pm in Oola village.
We hope to see everybody there on another good night for time trialling. Email the club on email@example.com or send us a message through our Facebook if you have any questions.
Stage3 of the Tipperary Wheelers Club League saw the riders returning to the time trial circuit of Oola to the Dunnes Stores roundabout and back. The 16km (10 mile) route is a nice test on a good road surface. Although the sun was shining and the temperatures were up, conditions were not ideal for record breaking times. Cross winds of 25kph took their toll on the road out and also made the riders suffer on the way back with no respite, making riders fight to hold their speed right to the line.
The fastest time of the night was set by Dermot Radford (Tipp Wheelers) at 21.29. Next was Tommy Byrnes (Tipp Wheelers) at 23.22 followed by a very impressive time of 23.43 by Richie Bresnan (Tipp Wheelers). Another rider that impressed was the young Henry Ballinger McFarrlane from the South Tipp Cycling Club who clocked a time of 24.50 and appears to be one to keep on eye on for the future.
As we know, the fastest riders in our league do not always win the points. The rider with the best time improvement of 4.23 was Rob Walsh of Galtee Wheelers, who claimed the maximum of 20 points. Rob had some mechanical issues on the first stage, which cost him dearly in points but he made up for it on Stage 3. Tipp Wheelers' Richie Bresnan seemed very focused on the night and improved his time by 1.37, giving him second place and third place went to Noel Considine of the Galtee Wheelers, making it a very successful night for the Mitchelstown based club.
The overall league table is starting to take shape. Kevin Bergin (Tipp Wheelers) continued to score heavily and extends his lead on the top of the table. Noel Considine is firmly placed in second with Brian Canny (Tipp Wheelers) occupying third place.
Next Wednesday sign on will be from 6.45 to 7.10 in the Sports Complex in Tipperary Town. Riders will then roll out to the start at the top of the town where they will race to the Cashel roundabout and back. As usual we urge participants to ride carefully and to take special care when travelling through Golden in both directions. Fortunately (or unfortunately) many riders improved their TT times resulting in them being upgraded. All riders with a time under 25 minutes have been moved to Cat 1, times between 28 and 25 minutes are Cat 2 and times above 25 minutes are Cat 3. The rolling route is sure to break up the groups, which should play into the hand of the Cat 1s. The handicaps for the night are as follows:
Cat 3: 00.00
Cat 2: 04.08
Cat 1: 08.47
We hope to see everybody there for a good night of racing. Email the club on firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message through our Facebook if you have any questions.
Stage 2 of the Tipperary Wheelers Club League took place on Wednesday 26 June with a total of 32 riders taking to the line. It was a good evening for racing with dry conditions and light winds. Once again there was strong representation from a number of clubs, with Galtee Wheelers turning out in force. Clonmel CC also added to their numbers from the first night.
Handicaps proved difficult to overcome with a determined Cat 3 group setting off at a frantic pace. The stronger riders did their share of work with Eva Barrett of Club Rothaíochta Na Sionainna in particular not shirking responsibilities. The majority of the Cat 3s held off the chasers, but the Cat 2s did manage to shut the 6 minute handicap to within a minute. The Cat 1s never got a sniff of the leading groups, but did manage to mop up some of the those that lost contact with their groups.
Kevin Bergin of Tipp Wheelers took the sprint from the flying Paul Lafford of South Tipp Wheelers and the every impressive Jack Looby of Tipp Wheelers rounding out the top three on the night. Overall that puts Kevin Bergin in a clear lead with maximum points from 2 stages, closely followed by Jack Looby and Noel Considine of Galtee Wheelers.
Next week will see a return to the time trial circuit. For those that competed in the first stage, there will be points for the 20 riders who improve their time by the biggest margin from Stage 1. For those that did not compete in Stage 1, points will be awarded in accordance with their finishing position within their own category. Sign on will be in Oola village from 6.45pm to 7.10pm with the first rider off at 7.15pm
We have finish line video of Stage 2 so if anybody has queries on their finishing position please let us know.
Stage 2 of the Tipperary Wheelers Club League will take place on Wednesday 26 June. Sign on will be in Bansha village from 6.45pm to 7.10pm, with the Category 3 riders off at 7.15pm sharp.
See below for details of riders assigned to each category. Based on Stage 1's time trial, the following handicaps have been calculated:
Category 3 start time: 00.00.00
Category 2 start time: 00.06.11
Category 1 start time: 00.09.41
The method used to calculate handicaps has proven very accurate over the last two years, so hopefully these times will give everybody a fighting chance of scoring points. Points for Stage 2 will be awarded to the first 20 riders across the line, regardless of category. The winner will get 20 points, second place 19 points, third place 18 points, etc. This means that each category must work together to hold off/chase down the other groups. Tactics and cooperation will play a big part in how well each category will fair. Will the stronger riders in each group do bigger turns on the front, will somebody try to go it alone or will negative riding cost them their chances?
Some quick notes that everybody should heed:
When riding in a group, do not overlap your front wheel with the rider in front of you. If you do not understand this concept then please ask somebody before the start of the Stage as this is the biggest cause of crashes in group riding.
We endeavour to make the roads safe for our riders, however the roads are open so each rider must obey the rules of the road at all times.
Never cross the white line in the middle of the road.
Be conscious of the riders around you, call if you see a pothole in the road or indicate to those behind if there is an obstacle on the road or if a group is overtaking a slower rider on the road.
No time trial bikes are permitted to be used on road stages and all road bikes must be in good working order with fully functioning front and rear brakes.
If anybody has any doubts or questions please ask. We have very experienced riders in the club who are willing to pass on their knowledge and experience.
Below is a recap of results from Stage 1, including Category and points allocation and the overall league table at this early point in the league. The points allocation for the next time trial will be based on how much riders improve their times. For example, the rider who improves their time by the biggest margin gets 20 points, the second biggest margin gets 19 points, etc. If a rider did not take part in Stage 1 they will be assigned a category and allocated points based on their category, so it does not matter if you missed the first week. Overall it is the best 3 from 4 time trials and 3 from 4 races that will be taken for the overall final ranking.
We look forward to seeing everybody on Wednesday!
Tippwheelers club league round one 16km TT
What a fantastic night and start for the Tippwheelers club league. 35 riders assembled at Oola village Wednesday evening 19/06/13. Weather temperatures hit 20 degrees with a deceiving wind that proved difficult on the return leg. The 16km route started in Oola village straight through Monard, over Limerick junction, to the Dunnes Stores Roundabout and back to Oola.
The club would like to thank everyone that travelled tonight to make it such an opening night success. We had cyclists from Kilmallock cc, Galtee wheelers, Clonmel cc, Carrick on Suir cc, Worldwide cycles, and Limerick cc. Please forgive me if I have left out anyone!
Next week we will have a handicapped race starting in Bansha Village straight to the Cahir roundabout, left to the New Inn roundabout, and Back to Bansha. The distance of this race is 28.5k approx. Riders will be categorised later on during the week based on tonight’s TT results.
Finally many thanks to our marshal’s tonight for keeping our roads safe for us, Brian Devitt, Dave Stokes, Michael Bargary, and the brilliant Jim Kissane. If anyone would like to help us with marshalling for next week please contact Tommy on 087 9886293.
To wrap up if by chance I have your name wrong below please send me a text and I will change it. Jim Kissanes short hand is not the best to translate!
Sixteen year old Sean Dillon has taken the 2012 Tipperary Wheelers Club League title. He was the overwhelming favourite going into the eighth and final stage of the league and he delivered on the night.
The final stage was held on the rolling Cashel Road out-and-back circuit, but the race itself belonged to a couple of Cat 1 riders. Given the improvements of the lower category riders’ time trial times, the handicaps were reduced from those calculated on Stage 4, where all the Cat 1 riders overhauled everybody on the road. Sean set off in the Cat 4 group out onto the circuit with a tailwind on the way out. The other groups followed and largely stayed together on the way out. The Cat 1’s however were blown apart after only a few kilometres with Simon Ryan and Dermot Radford combining to set a pace that could only be matched by Mike Looby. Mike held on for a while but eventually dropped off a few kilometres from the halfway turn on the roundabout. The pair continued to work together to overtake everybody on the road and lined up side by side for the sprint. Simon took the sprint by about half a wheel to gain maximum bonus points. The one remaining bonus point went to the improving Jimmy Hally who finished about 2 minutes back. Sean crossed the line comfortably in eighth position.
Sean took first place overall in the league, second place went to Jimmy “Veno” Beston and third went to Simon. There was a three way tie for fourth place between Nora Cunningham, Mary Ryan and Rob Walsh. There was also a prize given to the rider that was felt to best encapsulate the ethos of the club league, and that prize went to JP Dilian. Congratulations to all the winners and to everybody who participated. It is the participants that ensure the success of the league and we hope we have proved this year again that our league is unique in its ability to render a fair competition between cyclists of all levels and abilities.
The club would like to thank all participants, marshals and everybody who contributed in any way to making the league such an immense success. Congratulations to Sean and all the winners, until next year!.....
Enjoy the photographs below taken by Dick Walsh
The 2012 Tipperary Wheelers Club League was launched on Wednesday 27 June with a 16.1km (10 miles) time trial over the same course that was used in 2011. The route, from Bansha to the Cahir roundabout and back to the Silver Sands is reasonably flat with just a few slight drags. Although conditions were not bad, they were not ideal either. The best performance on the night went to Simon Ryan of DMG – Visit Nenagh, recording an impressive time of 22:04, second was Dermot Radford of Tipp Wheelers just 7 seconds back at 22:11 and third was Tommy Brynes of Tipp Wheelers with a time of 23:40. There were a number of other good times put in by the likes of Philip Ryan and Pat Ryan and further down the categories by Keith Kelly, Martina Byrnes, Stephen Ryan, Robert Walsh, Paddy Callaghan, Nora Cunningham and Sean Dillon.
Double points were awarded for Week 1 but it is still very difficult to see how the table is going to take shape. Points will be difficult to win at the next time trial as points will only be awarded for the 10 riders who improve their time by the greatest margin. Before that however, next week there will be a 28.66km handicapped road race with the following handicaps calculated from the time trial performances:
Sign on will be in Bansha village and the race route will take riders from Bansha to the Cahir roundabout, turning left and continuing to the next roundabout and racing all the way back to the start line again. Points are awarded for the finishing position within each category and additional points are awarded to the first three riders over the line, regardless of category. This forces each category to think about strategy and tactics right up to the finishing line. We want to say a special word of thanks to those who came out to help us with timing and marshalling on the night. If anybody has any queries on the league structure, results or anything else please email the club on email@example.com
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Click the link "Liam Butler's Club Photostream" on the sidebar to see Liam Butler's excellent photographs from the final night of the Club League. A huge thanks to Liam for doing such a fantastic job in capturing the atmosphere of the night!
The 2011 Tipperary Wheelers Club League came to a conclusion on Thursday 01 September with Stage 8 of the series taking riders on a road race from Tipperary Town to Galbally, on to Lisvernane and up to the finish line at the top of the Christ the King climb. Jimmy Beston made his move on the climb through Lisvernane and managed to finish in first position, clear of the ever impressive Martina Byrnes in second and Keith Coyle in third. The climbing split things up considerably and Vinnie Maher was the first Cat 2 rider to cross the line, finishing in 6th position on the night, followed by his other Cat 2 competitors Noel Ryan and David Connor in 7th and 8th respectively. Dermot Radford was the first Cat 1 rider to finish, taking 9th, just managing to hold off Eoin Greene in 10th.
The overall winners in the 2011 league were:
1. Dermot Radford – 57 points
2. Tagdh Murphy – 53 points
2. Martin Breen – 53 points
The best improved time trial went to Tagdh Murphy with a 1min 39 sec improvement between stages 1 and 5.
A cumulative race finish competition was also being tracked where each competitor was awarded points based on their finishing places in each of the road races. As per the overall league, the best 3 from 4 race results are added to give a total points score and those with the lowest number of points come out on top. Congratulations to the winners:
1. Martina Byrnes – 4 points
2. Harry Towmey – 17 points
3. Ken Costello – 18 points
3. David Connor – 18 points
The final prize was awarded to the person who best embodied the spirit of the league. The criteria laid out included competiveness, sportsmanship and enthusiasm throughout the entire league and the person selected by the committee was Mick Kelly.
Congratulations to each person that participated during the eight weeks and we thank you for making the 2011 Tipperary Wheelers Club League such an immense success. We were delighted to see so many from other clubs and your contribution to the league was critical to its success. Also, congratulations to all prize winners. Ride safely and we hope to see everybody again in 2012!