There was 20 plus club members at the ring this year, it was fantastic to see the sea of red roll out of Kilarney together. If anyone wants to write a report on the day it would be great, Just email it to briandevitt.bd:@gmail.com and i will make sure it gets on the website.
One Sunday June 10th 4 brave warriors braved and took to the hills of Wicklow for one of the toughest cycles in the country “The Wicklow 200”. Martina Byrnes, Keith Coyle, and husband and wife duo James and Nora Cunningham arrived at the starting line in Greystones at 7am in the morning, where they were greeted by just over 2000 cyclists. The day was divided by two distances 100k challenge and the more daring 200k. The first 100k of the 200k distance proved to be tough but doable taking in the fantastic scenery and the famous sally’s gap. The second 100k however was a totally different story, the climbs and route became very undulating, and as the legs started to get weary nothing could have prepared the lads for the three dreaded climbs ahead, Aghavannagh, Slieve Maan, and Glemalure Which reach over 500metres each above sea level. On the decent of Slieve Maan both Martina and Keith reached speeds of nearly 70kph which also tested both their wits and technical skills. With 40k left having passed Avoca the last major climb faced the lads, which took them by surprise! Not very steep but seemed to go on forever! The last 3k was “freewheelable” to the Shoreline finish. At this stage it was just after 4pm and all the pain of the day was forgotten with the rush and adrenaline and the excitement of finishing the challenge. Well done to all.
Congrats to all who took part and completed the cycle from Cashel to Waterford, Great turn out from the club in support of such a great event.
On Saturday the 6th of November 6 members of the Tipperary Wheelers cycling club took part in the Cliona Ring 80k charity cycle. This is the 3rd year of the cycle where there was a spectacular turnout of over 250 people of all ages. The cycle started at the Honey Fitz Hall in Holy Cross where the highlight of the opening was the presence of the one and only cycling legend "Sean Kelly" who participated in the event, for the banter chat and exercise.
The 80k route took us through Bruff - Knockainey - Hospital -Herbertstown - Caherconlish - Ballysimon Road where we had a light refreshment stop at Morrisons pub - then we cycled through Limerick City where there was a great turnout of spectators cheering us on and the great event then finished via the Ballyneedy Road where we finished out great day at Holy Cross.
Nora and James Cunningham, Donal Breen, Phyllis Richardson, Martina Byrnes, and Mike Dineen would like to thank the Cliona Ring organisation for a very well run event which was enjoyed by all. ( We can't wait to return again next year )
An 80km charity cycle took place on sunday the 24th of August. All Tippwheelers reported a very very cold day as can be seen from the photo. Everyone also reported a good day out on the bikes. Photos shown above.
On the 25th of Sept the club was represented by John Mc Cormac, Jimmy Hally, Martina Byrnes, Phillis Richardson, Dick walsh and Thomas Cunningham in the Kickham tour. All cyclists reported a good day out.
On Saturday the 11th of Sept in a strong show of support from the Club, 8 members including Tony Merrigan, Martina Byrnes, Phyllis Richardson, Naomi Enright, Denis Fitzgerald, Brian Devitt, Jeremiah Ryan and Keith Kelly completed the 105 km charity cycle from Tipperary town to Tramore this Saturday. The locally organised cycle has been running for a number of years now. This year the cycle donated the money raised to a local nursing home Cluainn Arran providing much needed funds. Well done to the organisers and all those who took on the challenge and cycled down to tramore for a great event
On Sunday 29th of August, 7 Tipp wheelers participated in the Sean Kelly tour that started in Dungarvan on a fantastic sunny day.
There was 3 separate distances to suit all riders, 50k, 100k, 160k.
Well done to Phyllis Richardson, Martina Byrnes, Tony Byrnes, Miriam Mc Cormack, who competed the 50k challenge in style in just over 2hours.
Meanwhile The more experienced cyclists of John Mc Cormack, Niall Ryan, and Denis Fitzgerald took upon themselves the challenging and hilly 90k coarse. Donal and Martin Breen took on the 160K.
Well done to all who participated on behalf of the tippwheelers.
Club Member Denis Fitzgerald and his brother Brendan meeting cycling legend Sean Kelly at the halfway stage of of the 90K in tramore.
In the Photo is Martin Hickey, Jimmy Halley, Big John McCormack, Keith Kelly, Jim Kissane and Gerry Ryan all took on the ring of Kerry this week. Below is a report on the cycle from one of our athletes
At around 8:00 on Saturday morning 3 July we met at the starting point at Killarney race course with a view to cycling the Ring of Kerry. Although the sky was a little overcast we were very hopeful of a fine day. Participants had been setting off since 6:00 so there were many cyclists on the road ahead of us. So being fully hydrated (nearly afraid to lean over the handlebars for fear some fluid may fall out) we took off. The first leg was relatively flat and the pace was good. Many other cycling clubs were represented on the tour and we were happy to fall in with a group of about 50 others riders that were setting a good pace. First stop was 60K into the event, Caherciveen. We some stopped to refuel, bananas, sandwiches….and a fivers worth of diesel for Jimmy Halley. Shortly after we set out again, next stop planned for Sneem. With “Big Mac” creating the slip stream we got there in good time with a very difficult climb up through Caherdaniel. More water for us…………Jimmy didn’t need any diesel this time, we headed for the next stop in Kenmare. With every man for himself, we got split up but all arrived safely in Kenmare, last top up before the dreaded “Molls Gap”. Away we went to head for the top, in reality it wasn’t as hard as the first major climb. Then with the wind in our backs and the rain in our faces we freewheeled down to Killarney……………180K……….all over!. It was a great day that was very well organised. Many cyclist I met back at the racecourse spoke of taking hack-saws to their bikes after the event………….I’m sure the Tipp Wheelers will live to fight another day.