Congratulations to Dermot Radford on his deserving nomination of one of the local honours at this year’s highly respected Canon Hayes sports awards. Dermot couldn’t be a more deserving candidate for the award. His dedication on and off the bike has been critical to the progression of cycling in Tipperary town over the last 3 years. The club has gone from a small number of 10 to over 70 members and is always growing. From an individual level Dermot dedicates a lot of his time to training which has resulted in him having some great performances on the national scene. At a club level Dermot has been one of the most important people in the re-emergence of the Tipperary wheelers cycling club, with direct involvement in the creating and running of the club website, social media accounts, club kit, and tours the club organises. Dermot has also developed one of the most unique cycling club leagues in the country with a variety of racing and time trials where anyone can win. The beginner can race the best with a chance to win; no other club provides such a unique opportunity. The club league has been one the great strengths of the club and long may it continue and grow in numbers.
Tippwheelers annual table quiz is just around the corner. Lowry's bar in Tipperary Town are happily putting us up for the evening. We start at 8:30 and it's only €20 a table. The posters are up around the town.
Here are a few warmup questions;
Who won the 2012 Tour De France?
What is the higest mountain in Ireland?
Where is Wally?
How many smarties does it take to fill Croke Park?
Round up the troops, get your teams together, thinking caps on and let the entertainment begin. BRING IT ON!
It has being a long time since we all started out again last January. There has being several duathlons, triathlons, half ironman, ironman, club league, adventure races, time trials, sportifs and lots of road races. As a club we were well represented all over the country during the year and had some great results to show for our hard work last winter. The club league was another great success again in no part to Dermot, Andrea and all the marshals who helped out. It was great to see other club members taking part this year. Well done to Sean Dillon on winning this year’s league, we are looking forward to him defending his title next year. Dermot Radford and Mike Looby had several good results between them and there could have being more except for the odd puncture and crash. Pat Ryan had another good year and Richie Bresnan in his first year road racing had a good learning experience and will no doubt be fighting for places next year. Tommy Byrnes, Rory and Brian Devitt were never too far from the front in any of the triathlons or duathlons that they took part in. As for the brave 6 who took part in the half ironman in Galway let’s hope it is on again next year and there will be more of us there for sure. The sportif members of the club covered a lot of mileage on the road before they even got to cycle Wicklow, Killarney, Dungarvan, Ennis and everywhere in between. There was a few brave and mad souls who took part in the Gael Force and Killarney adventure races and they definitely will be doing them again next year as they all said they were great craic. That's what they are all about enjoying yourself, the pain, cuts and bruises, torn muscles, crashes, punctures and hopefully finishing. A few club members even met a few famous faces on their travels, Sean Kelly, Nicholas and Stephen Roche and Sonia O’Sullivan (you’ll get her next year Claire). Our club jersey has being seen all over the world Austria, New Zealand, Sweden and Germany. We should all take at least a few weeks off to give our legs and bodies some time to recover. For some that is not an option as they race all year round. For those who want to race cross country and off road duathlons they have a busy winter ahead but for the rest of us mere mortals we look forward to the break. On the up side it won't be too long and we will be out again putting in a few km on the bike, in the pool and on the road running. I am sure I have forgotten to mention something but as a club we take part in a huge amount of events throughout the whole year let’s hope we can keep it up for next year. We may even have a few more members to bring with us next year. For those taking a break you deserve it for those who are not ye are mad.
Thank you to everyone for attending the AGM. The following points were covered and appointments made;
Chairman – Keith Coyle (087 807 2154)
Secretary – Nora Cunningham (087 957 9124)
Treasurer – Keith Kelly (087 235 1710)
I wish to welcome Nora to the committee for 2013. She has been a great asset to the club juring 2012 and has developed well as a cyclist, getting plenty of exposure to group tours and cycle events around the country. There will be a year in summary article put up on the website over the coming weeks to acknowledge the achievements of the club cyclists and tri athletes. If you have an event achievement, submitt a small paragraph to Keith, Nora, Keith Kelly or email@example.com in the next two weeks.
Table quiz fundraiser for the club – Venue and date to be advertised
Website and Teamer maintenance
1.Ride of the Turkeys
2.Summer Night Riders Tour
4.Club open day
5.CI calendar of events
PRO – A more visual presents in Tipperary Town. Stronger and more frequent use of the media in the county and greater coverage of club members achievements during the year.
Club Membership and CI Licence
On-going commitment to grow club membership
Next meeting date set for Thursday January 10th 2013 – put it in your dairies