The penultimate stage of the Tipp Wheelers Club League was a tough one. It was a 4.6 km time trial finishing on top of the Aherlow climb from the town side. The steep gradients were made even tougher by the stiff headwind sweeping down the slope but that did not deter the riders with a number of impressive performances. Two of our junior members took part in their first ever competitive event and tackled the climb with enthusiasm. Eoghan Gallagher and Patrick O’Callaghan were escorted up the climb by their fathers but rumor has it that Paddy senior was dropped by Patrick jnr at the bottom of the hill. Pat Gallagher had to sit in Eoghan’s draft to hang on to him but ran into trouble on the final steep kick up to the finish.
The fastest time on the night was set by Dermot Radford, stopping the clock at 8.28. In second was Simon Ryan with a time of 8.54 and third was taken by Danny Bresnan at 10.00. The big winner on the night was Liam McCarthy of Clonmel CC with the closest average speed to his 16 km TT average. Second was the ever impressive Mark Bergin of Clonmel CC with Danny taking the points for third place. The current league leader, James Williams of South Tipp CC, put in a very impressive performance to make it almost impossible to displace him on the top of the table with a fine fourth place in the points allocation.
The final stage of the league will take place next Tuesday night with a handicapped road race starting outside Kelly’s, taking riders down to Bansha where they will turn left over the bridge and continue all the way to Thomastown. Riders will then turn left and race towards Tipperary Town, finishing just outside the town. Sign on will be at 6.45 in the Sports Complex and we will roll out to the start at 7pm.
There will be prize presentations afterwards in the Sports Complex. We will be providing some tea, sandwiches and finger food and we invite everyone to join us including the competitors, their families and supporters.
A total of 41 riders took to the line in the "Race of Truth" on Stage 1 of the Tipp Wheelers Club League. It was the unstoppable power of Nenagh CC's Simon Ryan that recorded the fastest time, stopping the clock at 21.51 after the tough 16 km circuit. Next was the evergreen Tommy Byrnes of Tipp Wheelers with GoTri's Liam Kennedy taking third. There were lots of new faces testing themselves on the course for the first time and acquitting themselves with distinction. South Tipp CC turned out in force and it was Paddy O'Callaghan (no....another one!) that went away with the bragging rights.
Thanks to everyone for turning up and also thanks to Keith, Keith, Gemma, Seamus and Mary for marshaling (yes you will all be allocated your points). Look out for another post in the coming days with details of Stage 2 and the category each rider has been allocated to.
Stage 7 of the Tipperary Wheelers Club League was the final time trial of the series and the last chance for riders to improve their best 16km TT times. Conditions were not ideal with strong side winds buffering the riders on the way out and back. The rain did stay away however and those that improved their times have shown how much they have improved over the course of the league.
The fastest time on the night went to Dermot Radford with 21.43, followed by Tommy Brynes with 23.11 and in third place was Pat Ryan with a time of 23.49. The win on the night was taken by Dave Connor riding for Upperchurch with an improvement of 54 seconds. In second place was Brian Canny of Tipperary Wheelers with an improvement of 21 seconds and third was Paul Lafford of South Tipp CC with an improvement of 16 seconds.
Brian's performance has put him back in contention of the overall title and moves him up to first place overall, just one point ahead of Galtee Wheelers' Joe Murphy. Paul Lafford also made up some ground but did himself no harm with an impressive TT performance and moved himself into third position. Looking a little further down,, Kevin Bergin, who did not compete this week, is also still in with an outside chance.
The last stage will take place on Wednesday 07 August with a handicapped road race from Tipperary Town to the Cashel roundabout and back again. Last time this proved to be a difficult route but Joe Murphy took the win so he is looking to be in the best position take the title. As previously stated, it is difficult to work out the different scenarios as it is the best 3 from 4 time trials and 3 from 4 road races that go towards the overall points total.
The starting times for the last stage are as follows:
Cat 3: 00.00
Cat 2: 04.16
Cat 1: 09.16
Sign on at the Sports Complex from 6.45 to 7.10pm with the Cat 3s off at 7.15pm. There will be a prize presentation and refreshments served at the Sports Complex afterwards and we invite everybody who has participated or assisted in the league to join us.
Stage 4 of the Tipperary Wheelers Club League took place in temperatures rarely seen at 7.30pm on a July evening. The riders faced a 30km handicapped race from Tipperary Town to the Cashel roundabout and back. It is a tough course will rolling hills that took its toll on the groups.
The Cat 3s were the first to take to the line and the majority of them were still together at the halfway point. Similarly for the Cat 2s, they had reduced the handicap by the halfway point and the majority of the group was still together. The Cat 1s split early with a front group forming with the speed been driven by the stronger riders. It was ultimately the hill into Kilfeacle that split things up and small groups were all over the road. First across the line on the night was Joseph Murphy of Galtee Wheelers followed by David Williams of Clonmel CC and third was Danny Bresnan of Iverk Carrick Wheelers.
There has been a bit of a shake up in the overall league table. Kevin Bergin's lead has been clawed back after sitting out the stage. Noel Considine, in second place, did not collect any points but Brian Canny and Paul Lafford both managed to pick up points and close the gap on the top of the table.
Stage 5 is the third time trial and with a number of riders improving their best time on Stage 2, it will be interesting to see who can improve further and gain more points. As per usual, sign on will be from 6.45pm to 7.10pm in Oola village.
We hope to see everybody there on another good night for time trialling. Email the club on firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message through our Facebook if you have any questions.
Stage3 of the Tipperary Wheelers Club League saw the riders returning to the time trial circuit of Oola to the Dunnes Stores roundabout and back. The 16km (10 mile) route is a nice test on a good road surface. Although the sun was shining and the temperatures were up, conditions were not ideal for record breaking times. Cross winds of 25kph took their toll on the road out and also made the riders suffer on the way back with no respite, making riders fight to hold their speed right to the line.
The fastest time of the night was set by Dermot Radford (Tipp Wheelers) at 21.29. Next was Tommy Byrnes (Tipp Wheelers) at 23.22 followed by a very impressive time of 23.43 by Richie Bresnan (Tipp Wheelers). Another rider that impressed was the young Henry Ballinger McFarrlane from the South Tipp Cycling Club who clocked a time of 24.50 and appears to be one to keep on eye on for the future.
As we know, the fastest riders in our league do not always win the points. The rider with the best time improvement of 4.23 was Rob Walsh of Galtee Wheelers, who claimed the maximum of 20 points. Rob had some mechanical issues on the first stage, which cost him dearly in points but he made up for it on Stage 3. Tipp Wheelers' Richie Bresnan seemed very focused on the night and improved his time by 1.37, giving him second place and third place went to Noel Considine of the Galtee Wheelers, making it a very successful night for the Mitchelstown based club.
The overall league table is starting to take shape. Kevin Bergin (Tipp Wheelers) continued to score heavily and extends his lead on the top of the table. Noel Considine is firmly placed in second with Brian Canny (Tipp Wheelers) occupying third place.
Next Wednesday sign on will be from 6.45 to 7.10 in the Sports Complex in Tipperary Town. Riders will then roll out to the start at the top of the town where they will race to the Cashel roundabout and back. As usual we urge participants to ride carefully and to take special care when travelling through Golden in both directions. Fortunately (or unfortunately) many riders improved their TT times resulting in them being upgraded. All riders with a time under 25 minutes have been moved to Cat 1, times between 28 and 25 minutes are Cat 2 and times above 25 minutes are Cat 3. The rolling route is sure to break up the groups, which should play into the hand of the Cat 1s. The handicaps for the night are as follows:
Cat 3: 00.00
Cat 2: 04.08
Cat 1: 08.47
We hope to see everybody there for a good night of racing. Email the club on email@example.com or send us a message through our Facebook if you have any questions.
Stage 2 of the Tipperary Wheelers Club League took place on Wednesday 26 June with a total of 32 riders taking to the line. It was a good evening for racing with dry conditions and light winds. Once again there was strong representation from a number of clubs, with Galtee Wheelers turning out in force. Clonmel CC also added to their numbers from the first night.
Handicaps proved difficult to overcome with a determined Cat 3 group setting off at a frantic pace. The stronger riders did their share of work with Eva Barrett of Club Rothaíochta Na Sionainna in particular not shirking responsibilities. The majority of the Cat 3s held off the chasers, but the Cat 2s did manage to shut the 6 minute handicap to within a minute. The Cat 1s never got a sniff of the leading groups, but did manage to mop up some of the those that lost contact with their groups.
Kevin Bergin of Tipp Wheelers took the sprint from the flying Paul Lafford of South Tipp Wheelers and the every impressive Jack Looby of Tipp Wheelers rounding out the top three on the night. Overall that puts Kevin Bergin in a clear lead with maximum points from 2 stages, closely followed by Jack Looby and Noel Considine of Galtee Wheelers.
Next week will see a return to the time trial circuit. For those that competed in the first stage, there will be points for the 20 riders who improve their time by the biggest margin from Stage 1. For those that did not compete in Stage 1, points will be awarded in accordance with their finishing position within their own category. Sign on will be in Oola village from 6.45pm to 7.10pm with the first rider off at 7.15pm
We have finish line video of Stage 2 so if anybody has queries on their finishing position please let us know.
Stage 2 of the Tipperary Wheelers Club League will take place on Wednesday 26 June. Sign on will be in Bansha village from 6.45pm to 7.10pm, with the Category 3 riders off at 7.15pm sharp.
See below for details of riders assigned to each category. Based on Stage 1's time trial, the following handicaps have been calculated:
Category 3 start time: 00.00.00
Category 2 start time: 00.06.11
Category 1 start time: 00.09.41
The method used to calculate handicaps has proven very accurate over the last two years, so hopefully these times will give everybody a fighting chance of scoring points. Points for Stage 2 will be awarded to the first 20 riders across the line, regardless of category. The winner will get 20 points, second place 19 points, third place 18 points, etc. This means that each category must work together to hold off/chase down the other groups. Tactics and cooperation will play a big part in how well each category will fair. Will the stronger riders in each group do bigger turns on the front, will somebody try to go it alone or will negative riding cost them their chances?
Some quick notes that everybody should heed:
When riding in a group, do not overlap your front wheel with the rider in front of you. If you do not understand this concept then please ask somebody before the start of the Stage as this is the biggest cause of crashes in group riding.
We endeavour to make the roads safe for our riders, however the roads are open so each rider must obey the rules of the road at all times.
Never cross the white line in the middle of the road.
Be conscious of the riders around you, call if you see a pothole in the road or indicate to those behind if there is an obstacle on the road or if a group is overtaking a slower rider on the road.
No time trial bikes are permitted to be used on road stages and all road bikes must be in good working order with fully functioning front and rear brakes.
If anybody has any doubts or questions please ask. We have very experienced riders in the club who are willing to pass on their knowledge and experience.
Below is a recap of results from Stage 1, including Category and points allocation and the overall league table at this early point in the league. The points allocation for the next time trial will be based on how much riders improve their times. For example, the rider who improves their time by the biggest margin gets 20 points, the second biggest margin gets 19 points, etc. If a rider did not take part in Stage 1 they will be assigned a category and allocated points based on their category, so it does not matter if you missed the first week. Overall it is the best 3 from 4 time trials and 3 from 4 races that will be taken for the overall final ranking.
We look forward to seeing everybody on Wednesday!
Tippwheelers club league round one 16km TT