DCC Notes August 2nd, 2015


Our very successful underage league concluded with another great night of racing around the Ballyneety circuit last Thursday night. Once again we had great numbers and the future of cycling in the town is looking very promising, with some real talent on show. Hopefully a lot of these guys will follow the riders who have already made the step up, and very successfully, to open racing next season. A massive thanks to our sponsors: MTS Broadband and Forde’s Daybreak, who were on hand for the presentation of prizes at the end of the race. A big thanks also to all of the parents, friends, and club members for the massive support as well as help with marshalling duties each week. There was a terrific atmosphere every night and the enthusiasm of both kids and adults was infectious. I’m sure we will see many of these youngsters very soon in the Sean Kelly. Although the league is over do keep cycling, to school, or to training, or even further.


At the time of writing the lads are on the 4th stage of what has been a very eventful Suir Valley 3 day. Mark Power, Mick Ahern, John Hodge, and Pat Kenealy are representing the club in the main race. Mark is lying 9th overall and leading the A2 category at the time of writing after a great ride in stage 1. Former DCC man Stephen Murray finished 3rd in that stage but was unfortunate to be in a heavy crash on stage 2 and we wish him a speedy recovery. Because of the atrocious weather conditions on Sunday evening the crit around Clonmel town centre was neutralised. However there was time to run the under 16 crit and Conor Coleman rode a great race to take 3rd. Well done sham.


The annual club Time Trial competition will take place on Wednesday 12th August and will be on the Ballinroad to 5 Cross Roads out and back route. The competition is open to anybody with at least a club competition licence, but only club members can lift the cup. Sign on will be at Ballinroad hall from 6:30, with first rider away at 7:00.


The regular Tuesday evening spin is becoming more popular as numbers increase week by week. The pace us normally about 28kmph, and because the distance is shorter it is suitable for both groups 3 and 4. Where and when? Kilrush, 7pm. Home before 9pm.


On a weekend that was more like the October bank holiday than the August one, we were quite lucky to have the few breaks in the weather coincide with our club spins. On a bright and fresh Saturday morning we were joined by the King himself, Sean Kelly, for a part of the spin. The route was Colligan, Ballymac, Clonmel, Mountain Road, Rathgormack, and home. Between Saturday night’s and Sunday evening’s deluges we had another nice window and there was good crowds out. Group 5 had 10 going to Cappoquin, Lismore, Tallow, Camphire, and home, with a break from the wind for a while at Lismore market. A big group 4 went to the 5 cross roads, Kilmac, Kilmeaden for coffee, before heading back via Kill, Bonmahon, and Durrow. Group 3 had 18 going to Millstreet, Ballymac, Powers the Pot, Rathgormack, Mahonbridge, Kilrossanty, Mauma, Beary’s Cross, and home. Luckily the weather was better than forecast but the hills didn’t get any easier. Vinny’s spare tyre saved the day once again. Groups 1 & 2 had a tough spin to Affane, over to Newcastle, Clogheen, Araglin, Ballysaggart, and Lismore. Rumour has it that the Power brothers were destroying watt bikes in London with their output while this was going on.

To be informed of the weekend’s routes please check the Facebook page on Saturdays or send an email to spininfo@dungarvancc.com requesting to be added to the list to receive the routes. Club spins leave at 9:00, from John Foley’s Kilrush on Saturdays, and The Square on Sundays.


“Sun on my face, wind in my hair, and peace in my soul.” I’m trying to find some way to appreciate the ever present wind


You will find loads of updates, tips, photos, and commentary on the club’s Facebook page and on the club website dungarvancc.com. We’re even on Twitter if 140 characters is about all you can handle. Join the Dungarvan Cycling Club group on Strava to see what everyone else is up to. If you have anything you’d like me to report please email seanoduibhir@gmail.com

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