Stephan Ryan, 59thPaddy O Callahan, 66th Richie English, and finally in 72nd Kevin Mc Grath who is showing fantastic improvements. The lads reported that a great day was had by all.
On Sunday March 24th nine members travelled to Ennis to participate in the Ennis Duathlon. The race consisted of a 2.7k run 17k bike followed by a 2.4k run and a large field of 127 athletes completed the course. Conditions were quiet tough as both runs took place in a hilly forest track. The bike course proved difficult where cross winds and an undulating hilly spin tested everyone’s strength. Congratulations to Claire Devitt who finished 3rdlady on the day. This is the second time this year that Claire has had a top three finish. Well done to Martina Byrnes who had an excellent race finishing 6 lady, and shortly after was our third lady Mary Ryan who had an excellent day out for her first duathlon. Six men represented the club and the first over the line in 12th position was Tommy Byrnes, 27th and improving his times was Denis Cremmins, in 36th position we had
Stephan Ryan, 59thPaddy O Callahan, 66th Richie English, and finally in 72nd Kevin Mc Grath who is showing fantastic improvements. The lads reported that a great day was had by all.
March 31st Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge
April 6th Club TT 10mile (looks like the 10 mile is a winner)
April 7th Dolmen Burren Challenge
April 14th Killmallock The Hub Tour
April 14th Kerry Crusaders CC in North Kerry, 2 routes 60k and 90k
April 22nd to May 5th Cycle against suicide
Regina and Dave Stokes are taking part in the Stephen Roche AC this year. This is a great event which takes place every year in Lahinch. If other club members are looking for a weekend or a day trip away and get in some great training in Co. Clare, give us a shout by email firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 807 2154.
The traditional St Patrick's Day road race took place in Carrick on Suir with the Carrick Cup on offer. It was a cold weekend again but conditions stayed dry for most of the duration. The Tipp Wheelers trio of Richie Bresnan, Pat Ryan and Dermot Radford all took to the line in their respective races.
Again there was a massive field of A4 riders with 125 taking to the start line, facing two laps of the 33.2 km circuit. The race largely stayed together from start to finish but about half the peloton were dropped off the back by the time the race hit the 500 metre climb up to the finish line. Riche did a fine job staying towards the front of the large group but did not quite have the legs to stay at the front on the sprint for the line, finishing in the middle of what was left of the bunch.
Pat was part of approximately 100 A3 riders taking on three laps of the circuit. Following a steady start to the race a number of attacks failed to get away as the first lap progressed with the strong pace being set on the front curtailing those with ambitions of an early breakaway. Into the second lap Pat followed a number of moves, proving strong enough to get into three separate breaks and even riding across to one. Unfortunately each was pulled back again. A break was eventually allowed to get away on a tough headwind section into the last lap and Pat continued to race hard but the break was not pulled back. Pat crossed the line towards the front of the main bunch.
Following being upgraded to A1 as a result of last week's race, Dermot lined out with the A1/2 riders to take on the same race distance as the A3s. The race got off to a flying start but lessons were learned from last week and everybody was ready this time. All attacks were nullified, but that did not stop rider after rider trying their luck for the entire duration of the first lap. Just 2 km into the second lap the bunch split. Dermot was caught behind the split and spent a couple of km chasing before making contact, assisted by a couple of riders as he got there. The group behind stalled and the 20 man split opened up a good gap. Soon into the second lap the 20 man split started attacking each other. Numerous individual riders as well as small groups got small gaps but again everything was shut down. Into the third lap and the 20 man split started to look at each other and the pace stalled. The rest of the bunch behind soon came into view and there were a few more attempts to get clear. When it looked inevitable everything was coming back together the Tipp Wheelers rider took one last go at getting away and was left to hang off the front with 25 km to the finish. He pushed on as was soon joined by Eddie Barry of Planet Tri and by a Blarney CC rider. Together they forged out a 40 second gap. Behind the chase was organised and at 10 km to the finished the gap had been halved to just 20 seconds. Seeing that the speed in the break was not high enough, Dermot attacked out of the break. The Blarney rider was dropped but Eddie hung on. Together they put up a commendable fight with the A1/2 bunch bearing down on them. It was not to be and they were eventually pulled back with just 1 km to the finish, where the bunch sprint resulted in the Tipperary local Simon Ryan, riding for DMG Visit Nenagh, using his impressive sprint to take a clear second place.
Some might remember the name Orla Seymour, a Tipperary native proudly wearing the Tipp Wheelers jersey competing in triathlons in New Zealand. We featured a brief article back in June of 2012. See here
As we approach St Patrick's Day we took the opportunity to catch up with Orla to see how competition, training and life in general was going for her in New Zealand. She is a restaurant manager, which means working mostly evenings and weekends. Although she loves her job there are other things that occupy her time.
"I love my job, but it is definitely not my number one priority in life. It's nice to have a job that I enjoy, I'm good at, and doesn't stress me out. I also have no qualms about taking the odd weekend off here and there to go do an event in another part of the country."
She certainly is planning a few weekends off over the coming months saying;
"The next two months are pretty hectic for me!! I've got two sprint tri's and a trail half marathon in March. April is the Triathlon World Champs, I'm doing the sprint distance again, then a half marathon, then my first Olympic distance."
That is a lot of competition on the horizon and Orla says she has upped the training considerably. Her training at the moment goes something like this:
Monday: Swim Squad and Weights
Tuesday: Boxfit, 5k run
Wednesday: Swim Squad and Weights
Thursday: Spin, running intervals
Saturday: Long cycle and weights
Sunday: Sea swim and long run
Speaking about the training programme, Orla admits she is not a fan of those hours training alone.
"I don't enjoy solitary exercise, so I try to do as many group activities as possible. I very rarely go running alone, the only thing I enjoy doing solo is my weights in the gym. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up that training for the next few months and smash out some good times."
When it comes to competition she does whatever it takes to be on the start line.
"Most of my events are on Sundays, and I'm not immune to sleeping about 4-5 hours on a Saturday night, then getting up and going to an event. Pretty sure it's not the best course of action, but it's the only option for me!"
Regarding goals for the coming year Orla has clear plans.
"This year is about getting a sub 2 hour half marathon, doing my first trail half marathon and doing my first Olympic distance tri. I'm doing the 70.3 Auckland half ironman solo next January so that will be huge!"
Indeed after competing in the Auckland half ironman as part of a team and coming second this year, this will be one of the major objectives of the next 12 months.
Orla is planning an taking a trip home to Tipperary next July/August for a couple of weeks before returning to New Zealand for five months of intense training. She is looking to compete in a triathlon when on home soil over the August bank holiday weekend. With events scheduled for Athlone, Loughrea and Sligo there is sure to be something to suit, and hopefully she can compete side-by-side with some of our club triathletes. We continue to wish Orla the very best and will keep a close eye on her progress as her training and competition develops over the coming year.
We had Club members racing the Keeper challenge adventure race at the weekend, report will be up once results are published
Martina Byrnes put in a smashing performance in Doonbeg at the weekend to earn third place in the ladies Category with a time of 1:19:33. This is the second duathlon that the ladies have put the club on the podium so well done to them for putting the club in the spotlight. Two lads competed in the race with Brian Devitt leading the club home in
9th place with a time of
1:04:23 followed closely by Tommy Byrnes in 12th with a time of 1:04:47. All three
enjoyed the race but reported very windy conditions on the bike course.
The club has 100 tickets to sell at 10 euro at pop for paddys night in clan william.. They can be collected in Spar, off Keith Kelly or Nora Cunningham.tickets can be bought by anyone who is interested. Should be a great night out with a lot of club members in attendance.
The road race season moved to the Limerick CC hosted Ras Luimni over the weekend in what was to be a stepping stone in the season with no further handicapped races. There were separate races for A4s, A3s and the A1\2s were off together. Race distances were also increased with the A4s tackling a 64km distance, A3s had 96km and the A1\2 group with 125km. The day was far from ideal with strong winds, wet roads and bitterly cold conditions making racing very difficult. With Pat missing this week’s race it was Richie Bresnan lining out again in the massive A4 bunch and Dermot Radford setting off in a 45 to 50 strong A1\2 bunch. The 32 km circuit was relatively flat with one kick up just before levelling out into the finish line.
The 100+ A4 group set off on their first lap and again Richie was to the fore at the front of the bunch, which was no easy thing to do with such a large group on some narrow roads. Limerick CC were exceptionally well organised with great support from the Gardai, Medics, Stewards and some very proficient motorbike marshals all keeping the riders safe. Our man, John Mc, was on the scene keeping everybody on their toes. Due to the large bunch it was inevitable that Richie slipped back at some point and yet again he was cursing his luck. A crash occurred in front of him coming towards the end of the first lap and Richie was caught behind it again this week. He got going again and chased very hard and just about managed to get back on the bunch, dragging a number of other riders with him. Further misfortune then struck just as Richie got back in where there was a surge in speed. With the massive effort he had put in, Richie had no hope of staying with the surge in speed and was dropped off the back. He showed great fighting spirit and continued to chase, showing good mental toughness to keep going on such a horrid day for cycling when he could so easily have pulled over and climbed into the team bus. The very large number of A4 riders racing this season has made luck and race-craft even more important and each race is a learning experience for a rider who two years ago decided to get fit and give racing a go.
There was a group of approximately 45 to 50 riders competing in the A1\2 category race, including Dermot representing Tipp Wheelers. A break went immediately from the gun and Dermot found himself in a bad position, taking some time to work through the bunch. He jumped away as soon as he could see clear road but failed to make contact with the 6 man break and was swallowed up again by the bunch. The gap to the break grew with one rider dropping off the back to leave 5 up the road and despite the best efforts of the entire Planet Tri team the break was not overhauled. The main bunch continued to look to Planet Tri to ride and the racing became very negative. Riders were continually jumping off the front, getting small gaps and being brought back again. The pace would then slow considerably until the next rider jumped away. Simon Ryan of DMG Visit Nenagh was the only rider, together with one other, to pull out any sort of significant gap at 40 seconds. Simon was riding on his own as the other rider had a team mate up the road and so was eventually brought back in with the continuous attacks from behind. There was no rhythm to the race and it was stop/start, making it extremely difficult and putting main riders in trouble. Going into the last lap Dermot was still with the remains of the main bunch. Attacks continued and Dermot managed to get into one significant break where the speed was very high. A few other riders got across to it making an 8 man group that pulled away from the main bunch. As soon as a gap was formed the riders started looking at each other and the stop/start continued. Following attack after attack, Dermot planned his move and with 12 km to the finished jumped away on his own on a slight drag and into a stiff headwind. He pulled out a 100 metre gap in the 2 km before a left turn back onto the main Caherconlish road where he thought strong side winds would even up the contest, hoping the chasers would not form an echelon thereby making it man against man. His plan worked and Dermot time trialled the remaining 10 km to the finish line to take sixth place, pulling out nearly a one minute gap on the chasers.
Last Sunday's road race calendar saw the Tipp Wheelers making the trip to Broadford, Co. Limerick to participate in the Cycling Pursuits Cup, which is one of the more difficult one day races of the season. The race takes place on a 17.5km circuit with a difficult 4km climb to be overcome on each lap.
A field of over 100 riders lined up for the A4 race, with Richie Bresnan representing the Tipp Wheelers and facing 3 laps. The pace was steady for the first lap until the riders hit the climb where a good tempo was set, causing many to struggle and lose contact with the main bunch. Richie continued riding well in the main bunch, however with the pace being notched up again by the climbing specialist on the second lap a large number of riders lost contact and a group of about 30 riders moved away. Richie made the best of the situation and worked extremely hard for the remainder of the race, pushing himself in an effort to get the full fitness benefit from riding such a difficult circuit eventually leading a small group of riders across the line, the first group to come in behind the 30 riders that moved away from the main bunch on the second lap.
Yet again this week the A3, A2 and A1 riders lined up for the one handicap event of a very difficult 6 laps, totalling 105km race distance. The A3 riders set off first with Tipp Wheelers' Pat Ryan sitting amongst the 80+ field of A3s. A field of 27 A2 riders set off 5 minutes behind, followed by 14 A1 riders a further 4 minutes back. We have no information on the progression of the A1 riders through the race. Dermot Radford represented the club in the A2 category. Many of the riders thought the 5 minute handicap was going to be difficult to overhaul due to the nature of the course but after 2 laps into the race it looked like the A2s had it calculated perfectly with the gap being halved from 5.00 to 2.30. The pace was steady in both groups but on each climb more and more riders were dropping off the back, unable to stay with the pace. The A2 group halved on the first climb and was whittled down again on the second lap. With the time check given the A2 riders stalled considerably with only 5 riders willing to do any work on the front. Soon the pace dropped to a leisurely speed and the gap quickly grew out from 2.30 to 5.30 to the leading A3s in a short period of time.
This triggered a number of attacks from the A2s on the third lap but each attempt was ridden down. Eventually a Killarney rider tried his luck and was allowed to just ride away and disappear up the road with nobody willing to give chase. Pat remained in the main leading A3 bunch, though there were a number of breaks that got up the road and were ridden down, but eventually one got away. In the A2 group Dermot had a word with a couple of the stronger riders who were willing to work and planned a move. He picked his spot to attack and opened up a small gap before turning right onto the main road. He continued to power on and was assisted by Stephen Murray of Dungarvan CC and Colm Turner of the Shannon based Club Rothaíochta. Together they snapped the elastic in the bunch and by the time they hit the bottom of the climb they were clear. Unfortunately the Dungarvan CC rider could not hold the pace set on the climb, which left the Tipp Wheelers rider to forge ahead with Colm Turner. They rode down a group of A3 riders containing Pat and immediately jumped ahead to the next A3 group on the road. The two did not drop the pace and immediately went to the front and split that group, taking just one rider with them. After swapping turns on the front Dermot decided to put in a big turn to get across to the next group of 3 riders up the road but dropped Colm and the other rider that had stayed with them. He continued on and joined the 3 riders, which contained the A2 Killarney rider who had escaped earlier. When they hit the climb on the fifth lap all the riders dropped away and Dermot was left on his own to continue riding. He time trialled the last 25km of the race solo, overtaking a number of A3 riders who had been dropped off the main leading breakaway. Going into the last lap he had reduced the gap down to 3.15. Dermot crossed the line, first rider after the 8 to 10 man A3 breakaway after eating further into their lead. A number of A1 riders did join the leading group of A2 riders but at that stage the Tipp Wheelers rider was long gone, coming in about 1.30 ahead of Colm, who held off the A1\2 group by a few seconds. Dermot took away the prize for the first A1\2 rider over the line for his efforts.
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