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Summer League 2012

Mickey Dan Murtagh Wins Final Stage & Overall League

posted 23 Aug 2012, 03:29 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 23 Aug 2012, 03:35 ]

(By Mark Horohoe)   
What a scorcher, and I’m not talking about the weather!  The BBQ was red hot and there was a large number of riders eager to see if they could improve or hold onto their league positions on the last stage of the summer league but the weather was just not playing ball – or to put it in cycling terms it was just not doing its turn at the front! It lashed and lashed rain.

Despite delaying the start the weather showed no sign of improving so the decision was made to shorten the race to 3 laps. With Roy away on his summer training camp (I mean holidays) the main contenders for the overall results were Mickey Dan Murthagh and Conor Hughes. Mickey Dan attacked from the line and was not seen by his starting group until they were eating Damien O’Brien’s burgers after the race. Eamon Hogan took 1st place in the Yellow category and Sean Duigenan was 1st in the Blue category.

The weather wasn't very conducive to photography either but you can view some pictures of the final stage here .

Final League Positions:
Blue Category: 
1. Pearse Coroon 2. Roy Carey 3. Ross Kiernan  

Yellow Category: 
1. Conor Hughes 2. Mick Hynes 3. Enda Munnelly

Red Category: 
1. Mickey Dan Murtagh 2. Paul Crowley 3. Stuart Cox  

1st Junior (aged 16‐18): 
Ross Kiernan (259 points) followed by Eoin Lynch (254)

1st Lady: 
Breda Daly (255 points) followed by Muirna Walsh (254) & Paula Murray (241)

1st Vet (over 55’s): 
Oliver Bright

Overall: 
1. Mickey Dan Murthagh (307 points) 2. Conor Hughes (300) 3. Pearse Coroon (281)

Full details of Stage 8 and overall result sheets are attached below...

Mickey Dan - the overall man!
Mickey Dan - The Overall Man!

Conor Hughes Wins Stage 7 & Leader's Jersey

posted 6 Aug 2012, 14:12 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 21 Aug 2012, 06:18 ]

(By Mark Horohoe)   
Well done to Conor Hughes who took the win on stage 7 of the club League with Damien Shaw in second place. This was an excellent ride from Conor who was the only rider able to keep with Damien as he swept through the field using the race as preparation for the Paralympics in the coming weeks. Stuart Cox took the bunch sprint from Mickey Dan Murtagh and Mark Monaghan respectively. 

By virtue of his win, Conor will be wearing the leader’s jersey on the last stage of the League on August 16th in Dysart. League standings are as follows with one race remaining. 
Overall: Conor Hughes. 
Red Category: 1st. Mickey Dan Murtagh, 2nd, Stuart Cox, 3rd Paul Crowley. 
Yellow: 1st. Conor Hughes, 2nd Mick Hynes, 3rd Enda Munnelly. 
Blue Category: 1st Roy Carey, 2nd Eoin Mooney, 3rd Pearse Corroon. 

Eoin Lynch is the leading junior with Breda Daly leading the ladies and Oliver Bright leading Vet (over 55). Well done on the night to head marshal Barry Pierce and Race organiser Kevin Marshall who did an impeccable job and also to our camera lady Carmel Dolan. 

The last stage of the Club League, stage 8, takes place in two weeks’ time Thursday August 16th sign-on opens at 6.30pm / race starts at 6:45 pm.

Final Night BBQ and Live Concert
The club Social Officer, Damien O Brien, is busy making preparations for the end of league BBQ. The BBQ will take place straight after the last race on August 16th. From experience it’s difficult to keep pedalling when you get the smell of burgers cooking at the end of each lap – and riders have been known to succumb to the smell and pull in early.

Negotiations are in place for the notorious Headsets and Bottom Brackets to play in the Village Inn after the BBQ. They are rumoured live a similar rock n’ roll life style to the Rolling Stones in their prime, but by day many of this group are members of Lakeside Wheelers. Last year they rocked Dysart until the late hours – well, late for us cyclists anyway and we are grateful that they have agreed to play again.

Stuart Cox takes the bunch sprint from Mickey Dan Murtagh and Mark Monaghan on stage seven on the Club League
Stuart Cox takes the bunch sprint from Mickey Dan Murtagh and Mark Monaghan on stage seven on the Club League

Roy Carey Takes Over as League Leader after Stage 6

posted 24 Jul 2012, 12:30 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 24 Jul 2012, 12:30 ]

Robbie Kenny donned the Race Organisers orange jacket and Brendan Kiernan took the role of Head Marshal and Carmel Dolan looked after the video finish again. 

Paul Crowley wore leaders jersey for stage 6
This week there was good racing action in the Red category, with Stuart Cox and Paul Crowley impressively distancing themselves from other red category riders. Stuart took first place and was followed shortly by Paul Crowley still clear of the main group. 20 seconds later Joe Keavney crossed the line and took first place in the Blue category in the process. Twenty seconds later Conor Hughes, who is making a habit of strong finishes, took the bunch gallop by a bike length or two from Mark Monaghan. Next in the sprint finish was Enda Munnelly taking 6th place overall and 2nd in the Yellow Category.  Pearse Coroon and Roy Carey took 2nd and 3rd in the Blue Category and 17th and 18th respectively overall. Former Race Leader Mick Hynes has a good finish to take 10th overall and 3rd in the Yellow category.

Final league positions are determined on riders best 7 of 8 events. This allows rider to have a “bad night” or miss one night & still be in the running. As you will see in the league table to ensure that everyone is aware of the positions as they stand, each rider's lowest points night has been discarded. The results are sorted by the best 5 out of 6 events completed to date.

League Positions:
Blue Category: 
   1. Roy Carey, 2. Eoin Mooney, 3. Noel Devine 
Yellow Category: 
   1. Mick Hynes, 2. Conor Hughes, 3. Enda Munnelly
Red Category: 
   1. Mickey Dan Murtagh, 2. Paul Crowley, 3. Brendan Kiernan

Overall: 1. Roy Carey

Ladies: 1. Muirna Walsh (186 points), 2. Breda Daly (182), 3. Elaine Purdue (181). 

The next stage of the club league is Thursday July 26th. Sign-on @6.30pm. Race starts @ 6:45pm. Please remember to park in the carpark and not on the roadside.

Mickey Dan Leads Overall as Noel Devine Wins Stage 5

posted 6 Jul 2012, 14:12 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 6 Jul 2012, 14:13 ]

After a very wet morning and afternoon the evening of stage 5 dried up to just light scattered showers for the 39 riders who togged out. Jack Nugent took on the role of Race Organiser and Paula Murray the role of Head Marshal and they were assisted by Carmel Dolan on video finish. Mick Hynes, now riding in the Yellow Category, was the overall race leader starting stage 4 in the race leader’s jersey.

Noel Devine won Stage 5Noel Devine took 1st place followed by the Ross Kiernan and Niall Fagan.  Conor Hughes, in 10th, was the first Yellow Category rider followed by Stephen Coroon. Mick Reynolds, now riding in the red category, took 12th place and lead the Red Category home in and excellent sprint finish – followed by Richie Lenehan and Mickey Dan Murtagh.

League Positions:
Blue Category
1. Noel Devine 2. Pearse Corroon 3. Roy Carey 
Yellow Category
1. Mick Hynes 2.Brendan Kiernan 3. Aidan Daly
Red Category: 
1. Mickey Dan Murtagh 2. Colm Lynch 3.Paul Crowley
Overall
1. Mickey Dan Murtagh

Mickey Dan Murtagh wears the overall Leaders white jersey for the next stage with Noel Devine just 2 points behind and Mick Hynes just 2 points further back. The leading lady is Muirna Walsh with 183 points, followed by Breda Daly (181 points) and Paula Murray (159 points). 

Race Leader going into Stage 5
Mick Hynes - Race Leader going into Stage 5

Michael Hynes Takes Stage 4 and Race Leader's Jersey

posted 20 Jun 2012, 13:48 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 13:48 ]

On stage 4 Mark Monaghan took on the role of Race Organiser and Eamon Hogan the role of Head Marshal. Both men deserve praise for the exceptional job they did with everything running well on the night for the men in the orange high viz jackets. Carmel Dolan again looked after the video finish. Paul Crowley, from the Red Category, was the overall race leader starting stage 4. Despite the average conditions there was a good turnout of members, with 64 riders in total finishing the event. 

Michael Hynes took the race win by a bike length from Roy Carey and Noel Devine – and the first 3 positions in the Blue category. Aiden Farrell, Conor Hughes and Mick Reynolds took the first 3 yellow group positions. Mickey Dan Murtagh has been showing glimmers of very good racing ability in recent races and on stage 4 he showed he really has the metal by taking 1st place in the red group with a very strong finish. On the start of lap 3 Paul Crowley, the race leader, and two other red group riders slipped on the greasy corner in Dysart, and despite jumping back on their bikes as quick as the fell they could not regain contact with the red group. Ken Berry and Robbie Kenny took 2nd and 3rd positions in the Red category.

The club league is a development league, and riders may be moved up or down a category colour or starting group within a category at any stage during the league.  As there are points for every position, even if your group is caught by a faster group there is still an incentive to keep racing, and this results in sprint finishes for almost every finishing position. As advised on the stage details emailed at the start of the league, Stage 4 was a bonus night for the Red category – with additional points available for the top 3 Red category riders to finish – 1ST + 6 points , 2nd +4 points, 3rd +2 points.

League Positions:
Blue Category: 1. Mick Hynes 2. Pearse Corroon 3. Noel Devin 
Yellow Category: 1.Brendan Kiernan 2. Dermot Hogan 3. James Cribbin 
Red Category: 1. Mickey Dan Murtagh 2. Paul Crowley 3. Colm Lynch 
Overall: 1. Mick Hynes 

Mick Hynes wears the Overall Leaders white jersey for the next stage with Mickey Dan Murtagh just 7 points behind. The leading lady is Breda Daly with 149 points, followed by Muirna Walsh (148 points) and Elaine Purdue (145 points). 

A few items to Mention
Thanks to everyone who parked at the church – we will continue to keep the Pub car park reserved for riders assembly and lead cars only. Please comply with marshals and assemble with your bike in the car park so we are not a nuisance/danger on the road while the race is starting. Please ensure all litter is take home with you – especially energy gel/bar wrappers.

Handicapping is not an exact science. The aim is to give everyone in so far as possible an equal and fair chance in the league. It will never be perfect but with constant tweaking it should be better as the league progresses. Considerable analysis has been done in advance (including advice from the Group Leaders) to pre-handicap the full club membership. Riders may be moved up or down a colour category as deemed necessary at any stage. In general, lobbying for changes to handicaps, moving to different groups, etc will not be entertained but if you have reasonable concern or suggestion please politely and directly contact me and it may be considered. Riders who start in a group other than that announced by the Race Organiser will not be given finishing position points for that event.

The next stage of the club league is Thursday June 21st. Sign-on opens at 6.30pm.

Paul Crowley pictured withwore the Race Leaders Jerse
Paul Crowley, pictured with Damien O'Brien, wore the race leaders jersey for stage 4

Roy Carey Takes Stage 3

posted 21 May 2012, 03:34 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 21 May 2012, 03:34 ]

David, Nicho and Niall
After taking 4th place on stage 2 two weeks ago, well done to Roy Carey who won stage 3 of the club league. Newcomer Eoin Mooney claimed second place just ahead of junior rider, Ross Kiernan who showed his talent with an excellent 3rd Place.

In the red category Damien Shaw and Peter Rimmer in a 2-man breakaway rode steady to stay clear of the chasers to be the first red category riders home – and 9th and 10th place overall on the night. In the closing stages of the last lap Paul Crowley pulled away from the chasing group to claim 3rd in the Red Category. 

In the Yellow category finish Karl Moran had the power in the sprint to claim 1st Yellow category spot by a bike length, flowed by Paddy Whelan and David Shaw.  Mick Reynolds lead the chasing pack of red and yellow category riders home in a photo finish sprint for the line.

On stage 3 Eoghan Kevlihan  took the role of Race Organiser and Damien O’Brien the role of Head Marshal. Both men deserve praise for the exceptional job they did with everything running well on the night in the orange high viz jackets. Carmel Dolan looked after the video finish.

As you know, the club league is a development league and riders may be moved up or down a category colour or starting group within a category at any stage during the league.  As there are points for every position, even if your group is caught by a faster group there is still an incentive to keep racing, and this seen sprint finishes from almost every group to finish.

Stage 3 was a bonus night for the Yellow category – with additional points available for the top 3 yellow category riders to finish – 1ST + 6 points , 2nd +4 points, 3rd +2 points. There is a bonus stage for the Red category to come later in the league so check the stage details.

League Positions:
Blue Category: 1. Mick Hynes 2. Pearse Corroon 3. Elaine Purdue 
Yellow Category: 1.Brendan Kiernan 2. James Cribbin 3. Demot Hogan
Red Category: 1. Paul Crowley 2. Colm Lynch 3. Mickey Dan Murtagh

Overall: 1. Paul Crowley - Paul wears the Overall Leaders white jersey for the next stage.

Just A few Items To Mention
Thanks to everyone who parked at the church – we will continue to keep the Pub car park reserved for riders assembly and lead cars only. Please comply with marshals and assemble with your bike in the car park so we are not a nuisance/danger on the road while the race is starting. Please ensure all litter is take home with you – especially energy gel/bar wrappers.

Handicapping is not an exact science. The aim is to give everyone in so far as possible an equal and fair chance in the league. It will never be perfect but with constantly tweaking it will get more accurate as the league progresses. Considerable analysis has been done in advance (including advice from the Group Leaders) to pre-handicap the full club membership. Riders may be moved up or down a colour category as deemed necessary at any stage. Riders who start in a group other than that announced by the Race Organiser will not be given points for that event.

Brendan And Carmel
Brendan & Carmel

Brendan Kiernan takes over Leaders Jersey after Stage 2

posted 2 May 2012, 06:05 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 2 May 2012, 06:05 ]

With the Spring Spin (www.springspincycles.org) just the previous weekend and a very wet and cold evening promised it could have been expected that numbers at stage 2 of the club league would be a little lower than normal. But it soon became apparent that tired legs and heavy rain was not going to deter members from heading to Dysart for a bit of fun. By the time Brendan Kiernan had donned the race leader’s white jersey to start stage 2, a total 68 club riders had signed on to take part. That number means that including marshals, 99 members have participated in the club league over the first 2 stages so far, which shows excellent support from members for this club event.
 
Stage 2 welcomed many members who were trying the club league for the first time – we hope you enjoyed it! It can take a race or two for the handicapping to find everyone in their suitable group so don’t be disheartened if you finished behind the group you started with – stick with it and hopefully we will see you at stage 3. As per league rules, the club league is a development league, and riders may be moved up or down a category colour or starting group within a category at any stage during the league.
 
On stage 2 Dave Fagan took the role of Race Organiser and Noel Delaney the role of Head Marshal. Both men deserve praise for the exceptional job they did with everything running well on the night in the orange high viz jackets. Carmel Dolan looked after the video finish.
 
We had a 10 minute delay to the race start as the race organisers ensured that there was full marshal coverage as per safety plan – so thanks to the extra marshals for offering to help keep riders safe on what was a very cold evening to be standing on a corner.
 
Well done to Eoin Mooney (Blue category) taking the win on his first club league event closely followed in 2nd place by Pat Clarke. Eoin rode a measured race to maintain a narrow lead from the chasing groups at the line. Mick Hynes and Roy Carey clamed 3rd and 4th closely followed by Muirna Walsh and Elaine Purdue in 5th and 6th. The first yellow category rider home was Jack Nugent just a bike length ahead of race leader Brendan Kiernan. Seamus Moran, Dermot Hogan, Karl Moran and John Clearly, all in the yellow category were the next riders to finish. In a long tough sprint finish Damien O’Brien took the honours in the red category, followed by a wheel length to Mickey (Dan) Murtagh, Stuart Cox, Paul Crowley and Colm Lynch. Damien even had time to put the two arms up – well done.
As there are points for every position, even if your group is caught by a faster group there is still an incentive to keep racing, and this seen sprint finishes from almost every group to finish.
 
As advised on the stage details emailed at the start of the league, Stage 2 was a bonus night for the Yellow category – with additional points available for the top 3 yellow category riders to finish – 1ST + 6 points , 2nd +4 points, 3rd +2 points. There are bonus stages for the Red and Blue categories to come later in the league so check the stage details for these nights.
 
League Positions after Stage2:
Blue Category: 1. Mick Hynes 2. Elaine Purdue 3. Pearse Corroon
Yellow Category: 1.Brendan Kiernan 2. James Cribbin 3. Aidan Daly
Red Category: 1. Paul Crowley 2. Colm Lynch 3. Mickey Dan Murtagh
 
Overall: 1. Brendan Kiernan
Brendan Kiernan, leading Mick Hynes by 3 points, wears the Overall Leaders white jersey in Stage 3.
 
A few Items to Mention
  • There was good safe cycling by all groups last week with riders keeping to their own side of the road. This continued safe cycling is needed to ensure we continue to have the welcome of the motorists who we share the circuit with. Thanks to everyone who parked at the church – we will continue to keep the Pub car park reserved for riders assembly and lead cars only. Please comply with marshals and assemble with your bike in the car park so we are not a nuisance/danger on the road while the race is starting. Please ensure all litter is take home with you – especially energy gel/bar wrappers.
  • Fonsie at the Village Inn continues to make us welcome – and it’s great to have a chat over a coke after the league to show our appreciation for facilitating us.
  • Race organisers cannot accept membership payments on the night of the league as insurance cover is not in place until Cycling Ireland are notified with your details by the Club Secretary.
  • Handicapping is not an exact science. The aim is to give everyone in so far as possible an equal and fair chance in the league. It will never be perfect but with constantly tweaking it will get more accurate as the league progresses. Considerable analysis has been done in advance (including advice from the Group Leaders) to pre-handicap the full club membership. As per league rules, riders may be moved up or down a colour category as deemed necessary at any stage. Riders who start in a group other than that announced by the Race Organiser will not be given points for that event.
  • The next stage, stage 3, is Thursday May 10th. Sign-on opens at 6.30pm.
 
  
 
League Leader Brendan 'Tosh' Kiernan with Mickey 'Dan' Murtagh before the start of stage 2 in Dysart
League Leader Brendan 'Tosh' Kiernan with Mickey 'Dan' Murtagh before the start of stage 2 in Dysart

Taughmon TT Kicks Off 2012 Summer League

posted 16 Apr 2012, 13:09 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 16 Apr 2012, 13:44 ]

(By Mark Monaghan)   
Thursday last (April 12th) saw the start of the club summer league in the now customary fashion by “the race of truth!” a 3km TT. Some very good times were posted over a short but very difficult hilly course which contained two “tasty little climbs”!!  Well done to all who attended (some seventy odd riders taking part) and indeed to those who helped out with the marshaling, sign on and time keeping. Results have been sent out by email and are attached below.

Stage One Summer League 2012

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