Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Killynure - league#7 (28th June 2016)

The forecast rain made a no-show and the TT riders hit the Killynure hills hard sporting more hi-viz wrist bands than at a Coldplay concert.

Miss Stewart broke her duck [not literally - delete thought - cute little yellow duck] on the course and said afterward that it was "horrific" and "the course was much easier driving in the car". Stewart is currently being headhunted by leading political parties.

Needless to say, the beast was stunned. 
Whip-crack went his Whoopy tail, 
And the beast was done. 
He asked us: "Be you angels?" 
And we said, "Nay. We are but men." 
- Jack Black and Kyle Glass



Mark Kane          18:09
Vaughan Purnell    19:17
Peter Morrisson    19:33
Mark Millar        19:54
Ronan Kernan       20:17
Enda Marron        20:39
Conor Preshaw      22:21
Chris McKeown      23:18
Glen Pollock       23:19
Peter McGuckin     24:14
Desmond McHenry    25:23
Carl King          26:00
Ramesh Rana        26:30


Emma Sharkey       22:37
Julie Stewart      24:07
Emma Kerr          24:24
Geraldine Sharkey  25:16

Thanks to timekeepers Paul Carroll and Fergal.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Social spin & BBQ (21st June 2016)

A cloudy but dry night for the (Summer Solstice + 1 day).

McHenry took the opportunity to take the riders over some of his Saturday morning hills. And the champ owned them! Thankfully all riders made it in good time for a splendid BBQ.


The gnosh pit

4 garden flowers

Anyone for croquet?

Don't feed the dog!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Temple - league#6 (14th June 2016)

The earlier rain cleared to leave a dry evening for the Temple TT.

The breaking story was the news that Shane Quinn sustained some type of injury while riding the course. Seventeen riders had finished and there were two riders MIA. Only later did the story emerge that Mr Quinn rode straight into a pot hole and luckily managed to stay on the bike. Most importantly the bike wheels survived the impact however the jolt caused a nasty pull in Quinn's left quadriceps. Quinn afterwards put the accident down to inattention but friends were quick to recommend a good optician.

By twist of fate Quinn started just ahead of Maeve who is arguably the only rider who would stop to help a wounded comrade. Most people would just shout something unintelligible (probably a swear word to get out of the way) and race on. Not Maeve "Nightingale" Cieslik who stopped completely and nursed Quinn back to his car. A local passerby commented that Maeve's kiss of life was maybe a bit medically excessive but better safe than sorry. Hence, honours of the night and "order of the TT" go to Maeve.



Mark Kane        24:36
Peter Morrisson  25:27
Mark Millar      25:44
Kevin Eagan      25:46
Richard Graham   25:55
Vaughan Purnell  26:18
Gavin Browne     26:30
Enda Marron      26:38
Ronan Kernan     26:48
Mark Hanna       26:59
Thomas Nelson    28:01
Conor McGandy    28:21
Desmond McHenry  31:08
Conor Preshaw    31:14
Ramesh Rana      33:18
Shane Quinn      DNF


Emma Kerr         32:30
Geraldine Sharkey 33:04
Maeve Cieslik     DNF

Thanks to timekeepers Chris and Frank.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Temple 2LAP (7th June 2016)

Da Posto Fondo Temple Due Giri (Two Laps)

(tonight's blog brought to you by Geraldinio Sharki)

Despite thunderstorm predictions, post Fondo fatigue and it being the longest TT of the league, there was still a good turnout for the Temple 2 lap TT. (special Kudos to those with the fortitude to face a TT so soon after Fondo Sunday).  There was an Italian coffee-shop full of volunteers, enough to even have an official photographer. (Thanks Gavin) With some choosing to abdicate their responsibility to their wife, using the excuse of having to go away for a last minute work trip, Mr S – hang your head in shame.

The warm and calm conditions resulted in some seasons bests and with first lap times matching or bettering those for the 1 lap TT. Gary smashed his 1 lap PB by almost 2 minutes and took the opportunity to stop (and bask in glory) while the going was good. Emma K, may not have made the start in time (had it not been for her space age go-faster helmet), but this didn’t stop her from taking 4 minutes off her Athletes Temple TT time on her first lap, and 3 minutes off her 2015 2 lap time. 

Some were not so lucky to miss the thunderstorms including Mr Kane (who took the Pink Jersey at the Fondo at the weekend- well done Mark).

Ride of the night went to Paulo Carroll who blitzed round in top spot tonight. A Niboli-eske level performance following a tough Fondo on Sunday also.

Well done to those who took the chance to focus on speed rather than distance, and do the 1 lap variant. Ali and Maevi -  continuing with the Giro Fondo theme, …was going to call them the Pink Ladies, but that sounds like a pair of apples!


Paul Carroll           24.30    50.05
Mark Kane              24.29    50.10
Mark Millar            25.07    51.27
Enda Marron            26.40    54.49
Peter Williamson       28.49    57.25
Steve Begley           30.29    61.51
Desi McHenry           32.19    65.20
Chris McKeown          31.49    66.07  Not lost tonight
Ramesh Rana            34.44    70.26
Bill Rafferty          28.41
Gary                   38.31

Emma Kerr              31.21    66.13
Ali                    32.38
Maeve                  32.43

Grazie to Connor P and Paul H (cronometristi/timekeepers) .

TT Training 2018

2018 News

The TT 2018 series is currently in a planning stage.

What's it all about?

The TT league is a series of training events for triathletes from local Triathlon Ireland affiliated clubs. These are timed sessions, not races, and there are a number of different events that reflect a fun element. The organisers are all volunteers. In June there is a BBQ and in October there is a prize giving evening.

Entry Requirements
Participants must have a current Triathlon Ireland license (either associate or full membership) - no exceptions. Participants must be a member of a Triathlon Ireland club.

Riders must have a working red rear light on their bike and sign a disclaimer before each event.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost however there is a suggested donation, which can made at the start of the season, of £30 to cover running costs.

When and where are the events?

The calendar can be viewed at the bottom of this page. The TTs take place on Tue nights at either 18:45 PM or 19:00 PM sharp from various locations - please see links for maps on this page.

In the event of having to cancel an event a note will be put on this website between 5PM and 6PM on the day of the event. One reason for cancelling would be because of bad weather.

What is the League?
The league is a series of 12 individual TTs with a competitor's best 6 results counting. There will be a separate league for the boys and girls.

Time keeping and marshaling duties?
Marshaling and time keeping duties are shared each week between the competitors.

Legal stuff
Competitors must show their Triathlon Ireland license, sign a waiver form and provide next-of-kin details before being allowed to join in. The TI membership covers public liability for any who are found to be negligent in their duty to other particapants and as such cause personal or property damage. TI also covers for members for 25,000 euro in the event of death or disability following an accidental injury.