Victorious Weekend for DCC
Last weekend was arguably one of the best in the history of the club with our senior team taking victory in the Munster Team Time Trial championships in Nenagh on Saturday and Mark McGarry winning stage one of the U14 Ras na nOg stage race in Drogheda. Then on Sunday Alan Landers won the A4 Visit Nenagh Classic, Mark McGarry finished 2nd in the final stage of his race in Drogheda, John Hodge finished 8th in the A1/2 Visit Nenagh Classic and Niamh O Donovan finished 7th in the ladies race in Nenagh! What a roundup of results!
A six man team took part in the Visit Nenagh Team Time Trial on Saturday afternoon, this race was also to crown the Munster champions in this discipline. Damian Travers, Jason Travers, John O Rourke, Ray Dwyer, Marc Flavin and Kieran Cahill rode a great race over the 28 kilometres averaging over 44 kilometres per hour for the race. The lads finished 3rd overall in the event and as it was won by a visiting Dutch squad and a club from Mayo was second they were crowned Munster Team Time Trial champions. All the training together in the lead up to the event really paid off! On Sunday the action switched to the road races and the Visit Nenagh Classic races are some of the hardest on the calendar based on distance and terrain. Countless hills to be climbed and hardly a metre of flat road to be had! The A1/2 race was run over 167 kilometres and had a solo winner with a select group of around 20 coming in next. John Hodge, who is obviously on a good run of form after his second place last week, was in this group and finished 8th overall. The A4 race was over 80 kilometres and in form Alan Landers was licking his lips at the thought of all the hills on the course. In the finish he didn’t disappoint and soloed to victory after breaking clear in the closing stages of the race. Well done Alan on a fantastic win which now sees him move up to A3. The ladies race was run over 80 kilometres also and Niamh O Donovan who is really coming into her own on the racing scene finished 7th in the race.
Mark McGarry travelled to Drogheda over the weekend to take part in Ras na nOg, 3 stages of racing over 2 days. Stage one was a thrilling crit that came down to a sprint where Mark proved and showed his power and took first place. Stage 2 in the afternoon is where the weather took a turn for the worst and heavy showers made for a slippery course due to plenty of farming mud out on the course, Mark was one of about a dozen riders that crashed on a corner due to the treacherous conditions and the pile up resulted in his bike frame being written off. Mark along with more road rash had to retire and cross the finish line in the broom wagon unfortunately ending his stage and chances of overall victory. Then began the scrambling to get a replacement bike for the third stage and thanks to many kind offers a bike emerged and he was set to go again. The third stage was flat and came down to a bunch sprint where Mark came second despite being on a borrowed bike. Well done Mark for persevering!! The spills and thrills of racing!! Aidan Connell also raced in the senior race in Drogheda on Sunday coming home in the remains of the main bunch. A weekend that will be hard to match again but given the strength of our racing squad I wouldn’t rule it out either!
As we moved into April on Saturday you’d have been a fool not to be out on your bike as glorious sunshine was on offer both days. The Saturday Club Spin handed back the reins to road captain Frank following his recent injury. Many thanks to Niamh for deputising in his absence. A large group of 14 turned out for the much anticipated tour of West Waterford and East Cork. A nice steady pace was kept for the entire spin as the group circled Lismore, over to Clondulane, Conna and back through Tallow, Lismore and home. 100k in the legs at just under 30kph on a beautiful morning for cycling. On Sunday Group 2 decided to take advantage of the fantastic spring sunshine and decided to add some extra kilometres to planned spin. The route ended up being Lemybrien, Rathgormack, Mountain Road to Clonmel, Ardfinnan, Clogheen, The Vee, Cappoquin and home. Just short of 120k covered in around 4 hrs, a good steady spin with plenty of climbing done with six out in the group.
On the weekend of the famous Tour of Flanders cycling classic famed for its short steep bergs the back road group tackled their own Flanders, on a route containing many bergs. The 14 riders began with the tough Ballylemon and from here they took on the climbs of Ballyconnery, Ballyknock, Garranbane church hill, Ballymarket, Kilminnion, Stradbally, Muur de bally and the climb up Shanakill before a welcome coffee at the newly opened Coach House Coffee on the Greenway.From here the climbs continued with the Rainbow hill out of Kilmac followed by the steep climb of Croughan, then on through Fews, Mahon bridge, Kilrosanty, Glendaligan an home with 88 kilometres covered and over 1300m of climbing, all that remained to do was relax and enjoy the real tour of Flanders on the TV.
The first week of April signals the return to the 100k spins for Group 3. Blessed with sunny skies it was off to Cappoquin, Lismore and down to Tallow. A slight skirmish with a car coming too close caused a mini pile up on Tallows Main Street, thankfully no harm done and it was quickly back to business with a right turn and the long climb up to Dungourney. A fact descent down to the N25 and homewards bound. The winter miles are standing to G3 with all the gang in great shape, indeed many of the group did the double this weekend with a 100k each day. A lovely route on Sunday, 100k with 800m climbing with an average speed of 28kph. Group 4 basked in glorious sunshine last Sunday on the good roads of East Waterford to Carroll’s Cross and Portlaw with a fresh tailwind. Gone were the layers of winter gear. Gone too were the gloves and overshoes. Coffee in Kilmeaden was brief, as this strong group prepared for the heavy work into a light wind home by Kill and Bunmahon. As the village was busy for the local 10k run, Group 4 felt like winners as they seemed to be first across the finish line. Good group riding brought them back to Ballinroad for a strong 25.2kph average, at which point some headed home for sandwiches while others tacked on some extra kilometres via Coolnasmear. The descent to Kilgobinet must be one of the most scenic views anywhere, enjoyed at its finest in ideal conditions. The winter miles are in the bank, so roll on the summer!
6 cyclists took to the road with group 23K on a sunny cool morning. The route took them along the picturesque view of the coastline to Old parish and onto Ardmore. The group then headed for Baileys cross and onto Kinsalebeg. The group crossed the N25 onto the opposite side of the road and then after a short climb stopped off at the Blackwater garden centre for the well-earned coffee break. After some glorious photos, the group headed back onto the N25 and headed for Clashmore. The group then went home via the Welcome inn. Total distance 70 kilometres with an average speed of 21.5kph. Group 5 enjoyed proper sunshine and warmth last Sunday and welcomed 2 newcomers-(Mike and Helen). The Group headed out together as far as the 5 Cross Roads where 7 old hands rode onto Seafield, Kilmacthomas, Fews and Mahon Bridge – for the first Sunday of the month ‘hilly spin’. The remaining 5 riders practised rollovers heading towards Leamybrien via Griffins Garage and Mahon Bridge. The hilly spinners rejoined the group at Leamybrien for refreshments and they all headed home together, as always. New riders spin was 45km at 19 kph and hilly spinners did 62km at 18.5kph. Well done all, a great day out!
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