Please note that Sunday morning spins will now start at 9:30am from Teach na Teamhrach (Balraesk). There will no longer be a 10;30am spin , so we would ask all members to meet at 9:30am instead. The plan is for everyone to meet in the one place at the one time, and we can organize groups as appropriate on the day. The spin can be suitable for beginners and regular cyclists alike. We have made this change due to overwhelming requests from members to do so. We would really love to see members support this club spin and we expect it to grow in no’s as the weeks go on. So invite a friend because everyone is welcome. See you all soon, thanks.
As part of our 60th anniversary celebrations in 2013, here is another blast from the past….;
Navan Road Clubs first Ras win.
In 1969 Navan Rc celebrated its first Ras winner in Brian Connaughton. It was his fourth attempt at the race, and his only victory, but all who raced against him were in no doubt of his class and strength in ’69. Connaughton won in style with nearly 5 minuites to spare over his nearest competitor. He had prepared well for the race and while he was far from the favourite he said himself ” I quietly fancied my chances ”. The Meath team that year was one of the very strongest, which included future winner Seamus Kennedy along with Larry Clarke, Christy Reynolds, Colm Nulty, T.P Reilly and Connaughton. In fact 6 Meath riders finished in the top 12 that year.!
The ’69 Ras was the crowning achievement of Connaughtons career. He rode the race 13 times and amazingly his only stage win was his very last stage in 1981 when the race finished in the Phoenix Park. A gentleman on and off the bike he was widely respected and admired within the cycling community. He wasn’t blessed with the fastest sprint, so his wins came from clever attacks and break-aways, which made those victories even sweeter.
The other aspect of Brians time in cycling is as a coach and mentor to up-and-coming new riders. Some of his notable successes came from working with future winners like Philip Cassidy and Paul McCormack, and he continues to this day spotting and developing talented young riders. Brian has been involved with many clubs since his racing days with Navan RC, but he has some happy memories of his time with us, and we are proud to be associated with a great champion and more importantly a great man.
Navan Road Club’s Cycleways Cup drew cyclists from counties such as Limerick, Waterford, Wexford, Galway, Belfast and more. The race is viewed as one of the first big races on the cycling calendar and top riders in cycling were all out in force. Martin Irvyne, recent gold and silver medal winner was a familiar face in the past on this race. Dry conditions led to fast racing over hilly terraine. With some attempts to break up the group it was to be Conor Murphy (Eurocycles) who took decisive initiative folowed by Damien Shaw and Greg Swinand. With strong riding by top riders the gap could not be closed by the chasing group of over twenty riders, despite attempts to catch them. Shaw tried to take lead in the closing minutes but Murphy would not to be deprived of his third win of the Navan Road Club’s Cycleway’s Cup and with a valiant sprint once again took first place on the line. John Kenny (NRC) newly upgraded to A1, held his place in the front of the chasing group just missing out, showing strong form at the start of this season.
Garry Jeffers of Easter Tyrone was fifth, another place for this young rider, having won the Hewitt & Gilpin Phoenix GP in Crumlin recently in his first A1 race. Navan Road Club’s Ambrose and Blair Clinton completed in style, it being one of their first main races. Simon O’Dea NRC was a faller as the rider in front of him hit the road. It was to be Navan Road Club’s Fiona Guihen who took third in the Ladies, her overseas experience and training coming to the fore. Stephen McGovern (NRC) took sixth in the A4 wearing the newly designed club kit across the line. There were a couple of fallers on the day a reminder of the challenges these racers face. The race was well marshaled and support from local Gardai helped the event run smoothly. The public were also thanked for their support for this great Meath event.
Navan Road Club’s Cyclway’s Cup A1/A2
Navan, Co Meath, promoted by Navan Avonmore
Conor Murphy (Eurocycles)
Damien Shaw (Aqua Blue)
Greg Swinand (Usher IRC)
Paidi O’Brien (Planet Tri)
Gary Jeffers (East Tyrone)
Javan Nulty (DID Dunboyne)
John Lynch (Kilcullen)
Brian Harte (Limerick CC)
1st B; Alistair Macauley (Phoenix CC)
Shane Baker (Usher IRC)
Mark Quigley (Western Lakes)
Stevie McKenna (Omagh Wheelers)
Dylan foley (Nicholas Roche Team)
Thomas Fallon (Bactonfoeil CC)
Brian Reynolds (Lucan CC)
Jason Prendergast (Conga CC)
Martin Gilbert (Swords CC)
Amy Brice (Phoenix )
Sarah Piner (Black Rose)
Fiona Guihen (Navan Road Club)
Val Gargan (Cuchulainn CC)
Paul Caffrey (Blanch CC)
Brendan Stewart (Lucan)
Damien Foley (Donegal CC)
Jamie Busher (Orwel )
Stephen McGovern (NRC)
We will hold our membership and kit night next Wednesday 6th March in Teach na Teamhrach from 8 – 9:30pm. It is for both current members and new cyclists to pay their club fee’s, and also they will have the chance to purchase some club kit. We would urge all current members to pay their fee’s asap,we don’t want it dragging on all year! As for anyone interested in joining the club we will have loads of info related to the club on the night, and a few friendly face to answer any questions you might have. Hope to see you all there.