Monthly Archives: March 2013

Donagh and Eddie’s Bank Holiday Spin

Sportive Report

Thanks to Donagh for sending me through this report.

Myself and the great Eddie made our way to the Seven wonders of Fore Sportive on Bank Holiday Monday . There was a 30km fun cycle and a 70km sportive. With about 30 in the fun cycle and 75 in the sportive , the sportive was let away first and it wasn’t long before we realised the type of terrain that was ahead . I got on the tail of the lead group of about 12 and Eddie tucked in to the second group just behind. After 35km our group was reduced to just 4 when a mixture of punctures, mechanical issues and some taking a break from the demanding climbs stopped for a breather at the water / food station . Continue reading

Des Hanlon Report

Racing Report

With Classic Season well under way in mainland Europe, Ireland’s ‘classic’ race rolled out on Sunday. The Des Hanlon is a renowned one day race within these shores and yesterdays race was no different. Its certainly one of the toughest races on the calender and the combination of the route and the weather made this years race an epic in all sense.

Peter gratefully offered me a lift and as we headed for sign-on the temperature gauge barely moved north of 2 degrees. The only saving grace was the promise of dry weather which was the only positive about the weather. The weather didn’t seem to dampen the numbers and 133 A3’s signed on. TCTC’s contingent included myself, Peter and Mick. We met Fran Meehan at sign on who was racing for the Aqua Blue team. With the ominously cold temperature I never bothered doing a warm-up and got changed in the relative comfort of Peters car. I layered up in almost full winter attire and waited until just before roll out to enter the frigid air. Mick was sporting a pair of flash wheels to go with the new bike and looked the part. A large group of A1/2’s containing some of Ireland’s best amateur riders rolled out before us as they headed for 100 miles of torture over 3 laps of the circuit. Continue reading

Race Report – Clonard & Newbridge

Ras Naomh Finian

With my recent poor form I needed to get some racing into my legs. One of our neighbouring clubs Clonard RC have run this race for the past several seasons and the organisation has always been top drawer. I awoke on Saturday not feeling exactly brilliant. The wind was blowing pretty hard from the east but the rain was holding off. With Clonard been so close it was a relaxing drive to the sign on. Mick was the only other TCTC rider in the race and we both signed on to the A3 event which I think had the largest turnout of the day. Paralympian Medal winner Fran was kitted out in her new team kit for  the Aquablue squad. She went off with the A2’s. Continue reading

Weekend Report March 3rd

Ride Report

After last weeks debacle at the West Coast Wheelers open race it was back to the drawing board regarding this years

New bike bling!

New bike bling!

racing season. The racing in Navan was going to be hard and the course down in Limerick looked horrific considering my form at the minute. With both options not exactly the most appealing I decided to head out with the A Group for a nice long spin which will hopefully get me back on track for an assault on the upcoming races.

For extra miles I pedalled in from home for the nine o’clock kick off. The weather was again nice and dry if a little on the chilly side. I’m getting fairly fed up with the coolish weather and having to wear several layers on every ride. Can’t wait for some warmer weather and donning the shorts for the fist time. Continue reading