April 2nd Club Runs and Racing
Balbriggan CC were the hosts for the Ben McKeena Memorial Race’s on Sunday. Myself, Peter and Fran represented Tullamore CTC. The weather was dry and fine but with a good northerly breeze blowing. I was heading off with the A4’s, Peter with the A3’s and Fran was out in the Ladies Race.
The race started with a roll out for a mile or two. The roads at the start were narrow with some tight corners and even though we were going slowly some still managed to nearly crash. A ten minute wait ensued until the A3’s were well clear. Eventually we were let off and headed back towards the Ballyboughal with a quick decent. The bunch soon settled into a nice rhythm as I sat close to the rear staying out of trouble. The route headed back towards Balbriggan on the old N1 with a nice stiff headwind not helping progress. The lap line eventually appeared at the top of a nice drag and we set off for our 2nd and final lap. A hairy descent followed on some very narrow roads with a load of gravel and some hairy bumps. A Dublin Wheelers caught some air off of a humpback bridge which looked scary.
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Racing Round Up
So this past Sunday saw club members partaking in 2 separate races. Aidan, Paul, Ollie and Eddie were racing with the IVCA in Batterstown, while myself and Peter headed for Carlow for the Des Hanlon Memorial race.
Continue reading Weekend Round-up March 26th
The Newbridge GP took place on Sunday 18th March, with 4 Tullamore CTC members taking part. Myself and Mick Scully headed off with the A4 Group with Peter Gillespie and Ollie Daly racing with the A3’s.
The circuit was 17km long and took in the climbs of Boston Hill and Dunmurray Hill. The A4’s tackled this 3 times with the A3’s doing an extra lap. The A1’s and A2’s would take this circuit on 6 times.
Continue reading Weekend Round-up March 19th
There has been a couple of accidents in the last two weeks within the Group Sunday Spins so I think it is worth highlighting some general safety points and group riding techniques.
Group Cycling Safety Advice
- Always wear a helmet. Any cyclists not wearing a helmet won’t be allowed on the Sunday Spins. The picture below shows the impact taken by a helmet after a recent incident in the A Group.
- Ensure that your bike is in good working order. Ensure brakes and gears are properly adjusted and tyres are in good condition. Continue reading Note on Group Safety
On Saturday 3 Tullamore CTC members took to the roads around Clonard for Ras Naomh Finian. Myself, Aidan McNamara and Jimmy O’Connor flew the flag for the club. Over 300 cyclists turned up with over 100 setting off in our A4 group.
The route took us straight out the old N4 towards the turn in Kilbeggan. A sprinters paradise. On the way out to Kilbeggan we rode into a nice headwind. The pace was sluggish at times with no one wanting to ride on the front. Just outside Kinnegad a rider beside me hit a filled pothole which almost brought him down. As I knew it would come down to a bunch sprint I decided to go for the King of the Hill prize at the top of Gneeveban. Halfway up the hill I was placed second with what I thought was the KOH line just at the top. I sprinted for the line only to suddenly realise that the line in fact was 500 metres further on. All that for nothing.
Continue reading Weekend Round-up March 12th