Monthly Archives: April 2013

MIL League Update R1 & R2

R1 Mount Temple

Fair play to everyone involved with the MIL League its great to be back at it for 2013. Shannonside CC again put on a great show for the league opener on April 18th. The weather was looking a bit dodgy on the way over but thankfully we only had a brief shower to cool us down.

A fair few of the former B Group have upgraded themselves to the A’s for a bit of extra training. Yours truly is suffering from a lack of form at the minute and I was happy enough to stick my name down on the B sheet. A good group of TCTC riders showed up for both the A/B and the C/D race. Continue reading

MIL 2013

Midland Interclub League 2013

The Buckley Cycles sponsored Midland Racing League gets under way on 18th April next with the opening leg taking place in Mount Temple hosted by Shannonside Cycling Club.

The Midland League is a great introduction to racing and anyone who is interested in getting involved is welcome to give a go.

The 2013 Calender is almost complete and I’ve attached it below for your information.

See you all in a couple of weeks. Continue reading

Ras Chonamara 2013

Day 1 Saturday 30th March

So its Easter weekend and that means its Stage Race time all around the country. For the hardcore A1’s its the Tour of Munster and its tough stages around Kerry. For the mere mortals its a toss up between the Gorey 3 Day and Ras Chonamara. Having had a pretty mediocre start to the year I left it late to sign up and by this time my only option was Ras Chonamara. Last week at the Des Hanlon my form seemed to be slowly improving so I was happy enough to give it a go.

The day started early at 7:00am for the trip out west. Peter travelled along with me as we headed for race HQ in Oughterard. With the new motorway we flew down to Galway and hit Oughterard shortly after 9:00am. We signed on and received our timing chips for the 4 stages. The first near calamity of the weekend involved my timing chip. While securing it with a zip tie I also zip tied my wheel spoke. That would of being interesting if I hadn’t of spotted it. Cue panic buying of a nail clippers to remove said zip tie. While Peter may have been chuckling away to himself he managed to repeat the act a few minutes later.

With the recent wintry weather showing little sign of abating it was leg warmers and thermals all the way. A beautifully stiff easterly wind was blowing unabated which was sure to be a welcome thing. Continue reading