Sunday Cycle March 29th with Beginner Cycle

Cycle_toonThe proposed route this week is out to Coachford across to Donoughamore down the steep drop to New Tipprary, the route shown turns right there and down the Shournagh Line into Blarney. (The Shournagh is where we usually do the continuous roll ups into Blarney).  Alternatively there is the option of turning left in New Tipp  and going to Blarney through Bweeng this adds 7-8km and has a few more climbs, decision on the day.  The route as shown is about 70km.  The beginners this week are being shepherded by new dad Garvan McCarthy (congratulations) the suggested route is a straighter run to Donoughamore through Cloghroe.  Suggested coffee stop is in the Woollen Mills in Blarney.  Hopefully with no major events other than the UCC RR the numbers should be back up.

Churchfield Pool Booked for Thursday Morning Sessions; Beginners and Experienced

ChurchfieldChurchfield pool has been booked for another round of swim sessions on Thursday mornings.  The session will begin on April 9th at 7:00am, Brian Clifford will run beginner lessons at the session but there will be at least 2 lanes for more experienced swimmers. The pool has 4 lanes the format will be either 1 or 2 lanes for beginners and the rest for the more experienced swimmers depending on the numbers breakdown. The slot will run for 8 weeks to the last Thursday in May and cost €40.  This is an ideal opportunity for those who want to get an extra hour in the pool.  Registration will open on the website in the next few days.  Water quality in the Churchfield pool is excellent.

Gear Order Deadline Tonight (March 25th)

CTC Trisuit

CTC Trisuit

Last chance to get a gear order in for delivery in May/June, the deadline is tonight.  The full range of gear can be seen on the website here.  The winter cycling jacket and the racing gear, (trisuit, tri top and tri shorts) are heavily subsidised for club members.  It looks great on club cycles and at the races when club members are wearing the club colours. If you want/need gear for the race season get your order in now.

Wednesday Run March 25th

Run_HBLast week on the road, heading into the track on Wednesday week April 1st.  This weeks run is similar to last week and is testing.

Warm Up

Easy run from the car park to the Technology Park

6 x 60m strides

Main Set

2 x 10 minutes  with 2 min easy recovery jog

4 minutes hard

Cool Down

Easy run back to the Crow’s nest

Meet at the usual time of 6:30pm at the car park opposite the Crow’s Nest Pub at the city end of the of the Straight Road


Sunday Cycle March 22nd

Cycle_toonSome difficulties on Sunday all of the regular organisers are away at the Training Weekend in Kenmare or elsewhere.  There will be quite a few of the regular Sunday attendees in Kenmare as well.  There is also the Mallow 10 mile Roadrace and a Duathlon In Clonakilty.  Rather than cancel the regular Sunday Spin outright we are suggesting that club members meet at the usual time of 9:00am at City Hall and decide on a route amongst themselves.  For beginners there have been a few regulars they could also organise a shorter spin between them as well.  Weather promises to be quite good.

Wednesday Run March 18th

Girl_run_toonSoon won’t need the hi-viz, plus we are coming towards the end of the runs on the road.  Session this week is straight forward enough:

Warm Up

Easy run from the car park to the Technology Park on the Model Farm Road

6 x 60m strides

Main Set

10mins tempo, 2 min recovery

8mins tempo, 2 min recovery

6mins hard

Cool Down

Easy run back to the Crow’s Nest

Usual arrangements, meet at 6:30pm at the car park across the road from the Crow’s Nest at the city end of the Straight Road


CTC at Blarney Cycle Races

CTC_Blarney_CycleRaceStrong performance today from CTC members taking part in the Blarney road race. A tough “but fair” 80km course made up of 2 laps of a 40km route. Lots of short sharp hills and climbing for the first half followed by fast descending & flats back into Blarney. Low temps & a high chill factor meant a few extra layers were needed to stay warm.

Donncha, Owen, Ciaran & Peter took part in the A4 race. The hills took their toll on the second lap round, breaking up the bunch. Ciaran showed good form on the day and managed to hold onto the lead group, stayed with them to finish & was in the sprint for the line. Owen, Donncha and Peter were working hard in the chasing group.
Solid performance by Adrian who took part in the A3 race, where the overall pace was a step up again. He managed to stick with the lead group and finish in the pack.
No top 10 finishers for CTC today but they’re not done yet & with more & more CTC members turning up to races each week the standard is improving. The overall bike race fitness of the group is very strong, with those new to bike racing after shaking off early race jitters. People are learning fast, starting to get race smart and pick up a few race tactics.  Also need to do something about Owen’s base layer!!

Well done to everyone

Cycle on St Patrick’s Day (tomorrow)

St Pat BikeAnyone interested in a spin tomorrow Tuesday 17th March.  Meet at the new O’Brien’s Service Station on the road to Bandon just after the Dunne’s Stores roundabout.  Down towards Kinsale?  Meet at 9:00am ready to roll!

Leisureworld swim sessions, Jan-Mar 2015


For the previous block we had three club swim sessions on the schedule; Tuesday nights and Weds mornings in Bishopstown, with the late addition of Thursday mornings in Churchfield.  We’re aiming to run all three sessions again for the next block.  At the moment we can only confirm and open registration for the Bishopstown sessions.

Bishopstown – Weds mornings (self-led) 7-8am from Mar 25th to May 27th (10 weeks).

Bishopstown – Tues night (supervised) 8:45-9:45pm from Apr 7th to May 26th (8 weeks).

Churchfield – Thurs mornings (supervised) 7-8am [To be confirmed]

The self led sessions are encouraged to be structured around Harry Wiltshere’s club training plans. Brian Clifford will not be on the deck. Self-led sessions are more suited to swimmers have some lane swimming experience, who know how to read swim sets and are familiar with using the pool deck lap clock. If you are a beginner, you might be better first trying out the coached session on Tuesday nights. There will also be a Thursday morning coached session with Brian announced shortly. This would cater better for beginners or more experienced swimmers who couldn’t get a space on Wednesday but are looking for a morning swim.  Beginners stroke coaching will be provided for those who want it during the month of April at the Tues night session.

As usual, we’re asking that people don’t register for a particular session and then turn up for one of the other sessions.  Once a session is full, it’s full.

Register for Tues session.

Register for Weds session.

Register for Thurs session.

Sunday Cycle March 15th with Beginner Cycle

Beginner_BikeThe weather promises to be great this Sunday for a change so hopefully we will get  a big crowd out.  We are going to go south for a bit of a variation. Through Monkstown, on to Ringaskiddy, skirting along the outskirts of Carraigaline and on to Crosshaven, then back through Carraigaline and on via Ballygarvan to Ballinhassig and home.  Route can be seen here. Ronan Ryan is going to chaperone the beginners on a shorter version of the route.  Usual coffee stop on this route is in Crosshaven which is a bit early but we can decide at the start.  Meet at the usual time of 9:00am at City Hall