Another weekend of bad weather saw club activities curtailed for the second week in a row. Saturday was the better of the two days but only 3 riders braved the conditions for the Saturday club spin. The Audax group took on the Forgotten Roads Audax event in Ballymacarbery and by all accounts they will be trying to forget them after 200kms! 19 riders started what was to be one of the hardest days that they have ever put in on the bike, wind, some rain, unbelievable steep climbs and heavy sticky roads. They stayed with a group of 9 riders for the first 80k and then formed their own group of 5 for the remainder. Mega, brutal and other words that can’t be printed where used to describe the day. But they were on their bikes with mates and it really gets no better than that. Well done to Robert Power, Declan Earley, Padraig de Burca, Eric Power and Tom Stapleton on completing the event.
Another weather warning on Sunday saw all the group spins cancelled so hopefully next Sunday is better!
Well done to club member George McLeod on his 3rd place finish in last Sundays Lacey cup A4 race in Tralee. The race was run in atrocious conditions and included plenty of climbing, Georges speciality! All the miles over the winter are paying off already. Niamh O Donovan also rode the race but had to retire early with a mechanical. This weekend racing was held in held there. Niamh O Donovan lined up again but was unlucky to come down in a crash only 250 metres from the line! We all wish Niamh a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the bike soon. Well done to local rider Emma Walsh on winning the first round. Round 2 of the league will be held in Dungarvan on March 26th as part of our club races. Finally, well done to Jason Travers on his 5th place finish in the Limerick Duathlon.
With just 3 weeks to the running of our annual open race on March 26th plans are at an advanced stage. This year sees a big change with the event being run in Modeligo but still using the same Millstreet circuit. This move comes about as the Colligan finish was getting more dangerous each year with increasing traffic on the road. Also, the new venue means that sign on, changing, racing and prize giving will all be in the same place for the first time. Events like this don’t run themselves and club members are being asked to make themselves available to help out for all or part of the day to ensure the smooth running of the event. Keep an eye out on Facebook for further details as the race approaches.
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