Hi all, the very first Tipperary Wheelers newsletter is out now. We'd like to thank all the members that contributed and all our members who went out and represented the club in so many events this year that we could of written a small book! This ones for ye! So here it is a small snap shot of 2014, roll on 2015 :D
Winter training in preparation for the 2015 Tri and Bike season is well underway. The new committee has decided with a eye on quality to run 4 club training sessions per week. These training sessions are developed to help members accomplish there goals, whether its a 40k leisure cycle, the Ring of Kerry, or an Iron Man Triathlon. Training groups are designed to suit everyone form beginner to advanced across all disciplines.
For our members there are also several member run training group which operate through our TW closed group on Facebook, these are generally smaller groups of individuals with defined targets for each workout i.e pace/distance. Don't be afraid though, they range from beginners to advance and are just as friendly as official club run training. If you can't find anything that suits, just post your own plan and you'll be sure to get a few heads along with you for company.
For club training our very successful Turbo Tuesday from 2013/14 has returned. Training will take place in our new venue at Kelly & Co on the Bansha Road. Our Meet & Train run session is also continuing through the winter on Wednesday nights in the complex. There is also coached swimming lessons on Friday nights and our regular Sunday road spin. Sunday's bike session is a more controlled and the group will mostly stay together. This is aimed more at sportive riders taking part in the numerous tours throughout the year. There might even be a coffee stop on this one.
We welcome both members and non-members to participate in any of our organised club sessions.
The penultimate stage of the Tipp Wheelers Club League was a tough one. It was a 4.6 km time trial finishing on top of the Aherlow climb from the town side. The steep gradients were made even tougher by the stiff headwind sweeping down the slope but that did not deter the riders with a number of impressive performances. Two of our junior members took part in their first ever competitive event and tackled the climb with enthusiasm. Eoghan Gallagher and Patrick O’Callaghan were escorted up the climb by their fathers but rumor has it that Paddy senior was dropped by Patrick jnr at the bottom of the hill. Pat Gallagher had to sit in Eoghan’s draft to hang on to him but ran into trouble on the final steep kick up to the finish.
The fastest time on the night was set by Dermot Radford, stopping the clock at 8.28. In second was Simon Ryan with a time of 8.54 and third was taken by Danny Bresnan at 10.00. The big winner on the night was Liam McCarthy of Clonmel CC with the closest average speed to his 16 km TT average. Second was the ever impressive Mark Bergin of Clonmel CC with Danny taking the points for third place. The current league leader, James Williams of South Tipp CC, put in a very impressive performance to make it almost impossible to displace him on the top of the table with a fine fourth place in the points allocation.
The final stage of the league will take place next Tuesday night with a handicapped road race starting outside Kelly’s, taking riders down to Bansha where they will turn left over the bridge and continue all the way to Thomastown. Riders will then turn left and race towards Tipperary Town, finishing just outside the town. Sign on will be at 6.45 in the Sports Complex and we will roll out to the start at 7pm.
There will be prize presentations afterwards in the Sports Complex. We will be providing some tea, sandwiches and finger food and we invite everyone to join us including the competitors, their families and supporters.
The club league is rapidly approaching a conclusion and after Stage 6 there are some clear favourites emerging. The Cat 3 riders dominated the night, however Eamon Bargary put in a magnificent performance to infiltrate the Cat 3 group and hang on all the way to the finish line.
It was James Williams who emerged a clear winner on the run to the line by putting in a number of bike lengths over Liam Murray and John Byrne, all from the dominating South Tipp CC. James has now taken over the lead in the overall table, just 3 points ahead of Lee Compton with Tipp Wheelers' Martin Breen battling har din third place.
Next week will be an interesting test with a 4.5 km time trial up to Aherlow from the Tipperary Town side. There will be a 2 km flat section of road before the gradients bite. Points will be allocated based on average speeds versus rider's current maximum average speed for previous time trials. Sign on will be in Kelly Drinks on the Bansha road at 6.45 pm to 7 pm. Competitors will then ride out to the start together.
Note that was a mistake made in last week's time where one rider was missed. The points have been reallocated accordingly. Putting the tables together takes a bit or work and it is complicated so if anyone spots any issues please let us know.
Stage 5 of the Tipp Wheelers Club League was a true test with riders racing against the clock on a 39 km route from Tipperary Town to the Cahir roundabout and back. Tommy Byrnes was the only rider to dip below the hour with a very impressive time of 56 min 53 sec. Pat Ryan showed he is in good form with a time of just 42 seconds over the hour and Martina Byrnes proved her strength by posting the third quickest time on the night of 1 hr 1 min and 10 sec.
Milo McLaughlin of the Raparees was the big winner on the night by putting in an almost identical average speed over the 39 km that he posted for the 16 km time trial. Mark Bergin of Clonmel CC also ran close to take second place in the race for points. Lee Compton of Clonmel CC put in another solid performance and has increased his lead. Can he be caught?
Next week is a handicapped road race and sign on will be in Bansha at 6.45 pm with the Cat 4 group off at 7 pm.
A tough 11 km circuit awaited the riders on Stage 4 of the club league on what was a very warm night. The undulating roads over 3 laps of the circuit provided some exciting racing. Ken Costello of the Upperchurch club, competing for the first time this year, proved to be too strong on the finishing climb in Kilfeacle and crossed the line in first position. Second place was taken by James Williams of South Tipp CC and Harry Twomey of Upperchurch rounded out the podium.
Lee Compton and Darren Alison put in stronger performances to collect more points and move them to positions one and two respectively in the league table. Kevin Bergin is also well within striking distance for the host club. Next week will see the real contenders emerge as it will be difficult to gain points. Sign on will be at 6.45 pm at Kelly Drinks on the Cahir road just outside of Tipperary Town (just below the Amber service station). Riders will take on a 40 km (approx) time trial and points will be allocated on riders average speed in comparison to their best 16 km average speed.
We want to extend our thanks to all marshals who made it possible to race on the circuit. The static and moto-marshals did a great job in keeping the roads safe and ensuring all riders got home without incident.
On Friday night July 25th the Tippwheelers will hold its third summer night rider tour. This tour is 40k and has proven to be a great social and very enjoyable cycle. The route will remain unchanged starting at the complex, Cappawhite, Doon..., Cluggan cross, Oola, Monard, and back to Tipp. We will stop in Doon for a chat, some tea and sandwiches, and something stronger if need be! This cycle is a fun cycle travelling at 20-25kph so don't be afraid to join in as its a fun event and open to non members who might be thinking of joining in the future. Sign on will be from 6.30pm- 6.50pm at the Sports complex and will leave at 7pm sharp. Cost will be €7, which includes tea and sandwiches. Oil up your chain grap your helmet and come on down to the complex on July 25th. We will look forward to seeing you there. Pictures are of the 2012 tour, yes we all got home safe and sound!
Stage 3 of the club league saw a return to the race of truth, each rider on their own against the clock. Some great times were posted with a number of riders improving on their Stage 1 times.
The 20 points were distributed between those that improved their times by the biggest margin. Additionally, those that were completing the time trial for the first time were allocated points based on their position within their own category.
Next week there will be a road race consisting of 3 laps of an 11 km rolling circuit, which will make for some interesting racing. Sign on will be in Kilfeacle village (on the Tipp / Cashel road) at 6.45 pm with the first group off at 7 pm. Please contact us if you can marshal remembering that 20 points are allocated for marshaling once during the league.
Another great night of racing took place for Stage 2 of the club league. We had a total of 40 riders take to the line across 5 different categories. All results are below. It is a little early yet to be looking at the overall table yet so there is no need to panic...yet!
Stage 3 is a 16 km individual time trial, starting in Bansha. Riders will travel down to the Cahir roundabout and take the fourth exit back onto the Tipp road to finish at the Silver Sands. Sign on will be at 6.45 pm with the first rider off at 7 pm.
A total of 41 riders took to the line in the "Race of Truth" on Stage 1 of the Tipp Wheelers Club League. It was the unstoppable power of Nenagh CC's Simon Ryan that recorded the fastest time, stopping the clock at 21.51 after the tough 16 km circuit. Next was the evergreen Tommy Byrnes of Tipp Wheelers with GoTri's Liam Kennedy taking third. There were lots of new faces testing themselves on the course for the first time and acquitting themselves with distinction. South Tipp CC turned out in force and it was Paddy O'Callaghan (no....another one!) that went away with the bragging rights.
Thanks to everyone for turning up and also thanks to Keith, Keith, Gemma, Seamus and Mary for marshaling (yes you will all be allocated your points). Look out for another post in the coming days with details of Stage 2 and the category each rider has been allocated to.