MIL League Race 1

Race Report

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.

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MIL League 2012

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.

Weekend Round Up April 16th

Racing Update

Stamullen GP

This weekends racing took myself and Peter to Stamullen on the Meath-Dublin border. The Stamullen GP is run over a tough loop which runs through Stamullen village and on around the Snowtown Hill climb which is a tough little climb. The day was dry and bright but a little chilly and with a nice wind blowing. I was away in the A4 race over 2 laps with Peter out in the A3’s over 4 laps.

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Weekend Round Up April 9th

Sunday Spins

Group A

With no single day races on this weekend it was time to rejoin the A Group for the regular Sunday Spin. With the extra hour of daylight the start time has reverted back to 8:30am. The weather was kind with no rain but still a little chilly and overcast. 17 riders headed out on the days chosen route which would bring us up The Cut and over The Wolftrap. As you can imagine the chosen route was greeted with enthusiasm. 🙂

Mark, Gay and Seamus on The Cut

We rolled out towards Killeigh, turning at Condron’s and onto Clonaslee. The early pace was relaxed with the average speed kept at a nice 28-30km/h. On the road to Clonaslee a sudden surge in pace livened things up and brought about plenty of banter from the rear. Continue reading Weekend Round Up April 9th

Weekend Round Up April 2nd

April 2nd Club Runs and Racing

Open 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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