This weeks race took me to Roundwood for the Noel Hammond Memorial where I was the only Tullamore CTC rider. Having never raced the circuit before I didn’t know what to expect. Roundwood is labelled as the highest village in Ireland so I had a feeling there would be a few hills to contend with. The day didn’t start smoothly when I got lost heading towards the Sally Gap. For some reason I thought a trip over the Gap would save a bit of time but the GPS doesn’t know a boreen from a motorway. With the Sally Gap eventually found I arrived in Roundwood an hour before roll out. Continue reading
Group B at the start
It was Tullamore CTC’s turn to host round 2 of the 2012 MIL League last Thursday Night. The Clara circuit now used is a slightly altered version of previous years with 3 laps in total. The circuit takes you out to Ballycumber, back towards Rahan with the final straight through Clara Bog with the finish beside the pitch & putt club. The threat of rain didn’t materialise but a strong northerly wind was blowing which would make the racing interesting.
There was a good turnout from Tullamore CTC and we also had 2 of our junior riders taking part in their first MIL Race.
There was a good turnout from Tullamore CTC at the first MIL League Race last Thursday 19th April at Mount Temple. 6 Tullamore CTC members signed on for the A/B race with a further 6 going out in the C/D race. For Vinnie and Shane Dunne it was their first ever taste of racing. As usual there was a strong turnout from the host club Shannonside CC and also from Wolftrap, Mullingar, Laois and Mid West Road Club.
Group B after lap 2
The group eventually brought back both escapees on the 3rd and final lap with Damien later claiming that he thought the race was only 2 laps. We’ll allow him that one mistake seeing as it was his first MIL race in a few years. During the 3rd lap I glanced back a couple of times and could see the lead car for the A group just behind. The inevitable was going to happen and sure enough the A’s caught us as we turned and headed for Baylin.
Midland League Racing is returning this Thursday 19th April with the first race in Mount Temple. Sign on is from 6:00pm at the local hall with the first race rolling out at 7:00pm.
For anyone thinking of giving racing a go the Midland League is the perfect place to start from. The race is split into 2 separate events with the best riders competing in the A/B race. For anyone starting out the C/D race is the perfect place to learn the ropes.
The races are run with a handicap so B’s gets a few minutes on the A’s in their race and D’s get a few minutes on the C group.
The racing is run on a league basis and points are awarded on descending basis from 1st down. Everyone who turns up gets points.
You must marshal at least one race in order for your points total to count towards the overall league positions. Prizes are awarded after the final race of the year.
Check out the Calender for 2012 here.
Hopefully there will be a big turn out from Tullamore CTC members.
Best of luck to everyone.