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 2019

2019 Rules

You must have a TI licence (a training licence is sufficient), be a member of a triathlon club and have working front AND rear lights on your bike. Cycling helmets are also mandatory. For events marked (ATH) - this means it is an athletes TT, meaning that no TT equipment should be used, such as TT bikes, TT bars, aero helmets etc. You can of course turn up with TT equipment, however, you should be prepared for general teasing and mickey taking as the penalty for doing so!

As we are riding on public roads, the rules of the roads apply. The committee have notified the PSNI of our plans for the season; being seen and riding safely are of paramount importance - these events are very enjoyable and will improve your time trialling, but we should all stay safe when participating in them and we all have a responsibility to ensure that this happens.



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