Dates Confirmed for the 2012 Kerry TT League
Week 1 – Thursday 10th May 2012
Week 2 – Thursday 24th May 2012
Week 3 – Thursday 7th June 2012
Week 4 – Thursday 21st June 2012
Week 5 – Thursday 5th July 2012
Week 6 – Thursday 19th July 2012
Entry Fee only €5 per event
First rider off in all races 7.15pm prompt
Sign on from 6.30pm in the Earl of Desmond car park
Riders will be set off at 1 minute intervals
Week 4 will be a Team Time Trial
Points will be awarded as follows:-
1st place – 10 pts
2nd Place – 8 pts
3rd Place – 6 pts
4th Place – 4 pts
5th Place – 3 pts
6th Place – 2 pts
7th Place – 1 pt
Best 4 rides count towards overall standings
In the event of a tie for a placing the rider recording the
quickest individual ride time will be awarded the placing
Categories will be determined depending on numbers
Today was the Kerry Time Trial Championship which was organized by Killorglin Cycling Club in association with www.ibike.ie and starting in Tralee. It was 20K and the same route as the Kerry Time Trial League, so from Ballycarthy Roundabout to Castleisland and back. There were 19 starters and I was off in position number 8. The outward journey had the wind to my back and the first 10K was covered in 14 minutes but turning at the roundabout for the return was a real eye opener with a cold and lively breeze straight into my face. I really suffered on the way home and ended up with a time of 33:46 for the 20K and ended up finishing mid table. A bit disappointing considering my last time (33:04) but I am happy that every ounce of energy was left on the road and I could not have given any more.
Day 6 and legs are getting used to being tired but it doesn’t seem to bother me when on the bike. Today was the last event of this year’s Kerry Time Trial League, same course 12.5 miles (20K), from the Ballycarthy roundabout to the Castleisland Bypass roundabout and back. It was a windy evening with the advantage on the way out but tough on the way back. I started at a steady pace and tried to keep it going sparing some energy for the final few miles which I knew would be tough.
Kerry Time Trial Championship Final Leg Results
I ended up 5th out of 9 with a time of 33 minutes and 4 seconds which was over a minute improvement on my last attempt at the course. The Kerry Time Trial Championship is on in two weeks time so I will hope to improve on my time again if I can.
After 6 events, Cathal Moynihan was overall winner of the 2011 Kerry Time Trial League held in Tralee. He crowned his victory on the last evening of the league with a very fast sub 30 minute 20 Kilometers.
Cathal Moynihan - Overall Winner of the 2011 Kerry Time Trial League
I took part in last wednesdays 4th event in the Kerry Time Trial League, with it being my first time trial since last year. I’m not that experienced in Time Trials but I am used to pushing it over various distances when training on my own. There were 10 competitors over the 20K course, and with a somewhat moderate cross breeze for both the out and return journeys it was obvious that the speed was going to be fast. I had not been doing as much training over the past number of weeks as I would have liked so I was interested in seeing what my form was, but at the same time I did not want to blow a gasket, so with no heart rate monitor I decided to run it at 80-90% based on feeling only and see how I got on. I ended up doing pretty well averaging 36K over the 20K with a time of 34 minutes, but was very impressed with the competition given that I came 7th out of the ten riders. So next week will be a repeat performance but hopefully I can move up a place or 2. And no more of this 90% attitude either, next week I will be bringing the pain :)
I would encourage anyone from any cycing level or background to turn up next Wednesday.
For more details on these events and results keep an eye on the Killorglin Cycling Club website.
The feature event of the weekend is the 46th John Drumm Memorial Cup Race on Sunday at 1.15 pm but we have a range of supporting events as well to accomodate all standards of cyclists. The first event is the Sliabh Luachra 15km time trial on Saturday night. This is open to all catagories and has cash prizes for the first 6 with unplaced prizes for A2, A3, A4, Ladies, Under 16, Under 14, Over 40 and Over 50. Sign on is from 6.30 to 7.20 with the first rider off at 7.45. This is almost one lap of the race circuit for the following day.
Sunday’s action commences with the underage racing starting at 12.15. These are races for Under 14 and Under 12. These will be held on a 4 mile circuit with 3 laps for the Under 14s and 1 for the Under 12s. Prizes will be for the first 6 in each race with the best unplaced Under 13 and Under 11 also winning a trophy.
The series will run for 7 consecutive weeks and with the 7th week will forming the Kerry TT championships on the same course. The distance is 20km and the course starts on the road to Castleisland just beyond the Earl of Desmond traffic island, and is an out and back to the first bypass roundabout. Entry fee is €10 per race or €50 for all 7 events including the Kerry Championships. Non cycling Ireland members can purchase a day licence for the series of 7 events for a discounted price of €20 (normally €10 per event). Sign on between 5.45 until 6.45 at the Earl of Desmond Car Park with first man off at 7pm.
There will be a time trial on Saturday 5th December at 10:00 am hosted by the Tralee Bicycle Club. The course is Five miles out the Tralee/Castleisland road and is flat. Sign on and start will be under the Railway Bridge 400 meter’s from The Earl of Desmond Hotel. The sign on wil be open from 10.00 and the time trial will start at 10.30. Riders will be starting @ one minute intervals. There will be no entry fee for this event. This time trial is an open event to anyone who would like to compete.
For more information on the event visit the Tralee Bicycle Club Website.