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(By Eamon Hogan - Sun. 27th September 2015)
Summer has come and gone, and then decided to come back again, but who’s complaining, certainly not me.
We had a slight bit of indecision on what route to take but eventually we headed out to Ballynacarrigy, on to Carrickboy and a tea stop in Ballymahon. To be honest, I was unsure as to what group to go with and calling a hilly route didn’t ease my fears. What also gave me pause for thought was an average speed of 31km/h until we got to Ballymahon. While in Ballymahon there was an impromptu photo shoot for the local tidy towns, just as well we sent out the good looking ones eh!
Then it was off to the hills of Ballymore and Uisneach and when they were negotiated it was a quick turn at Loughnavalley and onto the greenway back to Mullingar which was a nice change, but for a big group the jury’s out on how well it works.
Super spin…………..and I didn’t get dropped.
A smaller than usual number of cyclists arrived at Columb Barracks for the Sunday spin. The groups left with a good sized "C" group and the balance of "A's" and "B" left as one group under the watchful eye of "Our Dear Leader" (ODL), otherwise known as Karl Moran. Our route took us out to Streamstown via Dysart and onwards to Horseleap where the pace was interrupted by ODL taking a wrong turn!
We proceeded through Moate and on to Clara. As we got close to Tullamore, some of our visiting "A's" decided they wanted to get to the coffee machine first and thus upped the pace. After cleaning up from a small accident which involved a hot cup of coffee and a region of the cycling shorts that I would rather not mention, we were on our bikes to Rahugh. Some members of the group were looking for a different route but there was no shifting ODL .
The group divided at Tyrellspass with the stronger cyclists going ahead. It was a great spin with plenty of chat which made light of 90K.
B Group at the coffee stop in Tullamore Sunday 6th September 2015
(By Shane Corcoran)
I lay in bed contemplating whether or not to get up and go for a spin, or roll over and take a well earned break. Having completed the Sean Kelly 160 last Sunday, I may have been forgiven for rolling over.
However as you might have guessed, I did get up and go for a spin. "I'll take it easy", I said, "rest and recovery week", I said, "just spinning out the legs", I said.
On leaving the barracks, there was about ten of us heading to Summerhill, "nice and flat" he said. I noticed the pace a tad high but thought it should pull back after a bit, that is until Mick Reynolds wheeled up beside me with a clatter of A's. "Sure we'll all go together, we'll have manners" he said. Looked at my GPS and it showed we were travelling at about 36 km , "wrong group for rest and recovery week", I thought.
As we wheeled towards Killucan, there was a puncture call, and "thank God", says I as I took some water and a breath of air. I pedalled on contemplating turning for home in Killucan, but decided to keep going. A broken chain just outside Raharney provided another welcome break, and it is at that point the group split with most of the heavy hitters moving on and the rest of them heading to Summerhill at a steady pace, averaging about 31.6kpm to the tea stop.
Fed and watered, we headed for home, via Enfield. I lasted until Coralstown and it was at that point that the pain got too much and I conceded to a pace that would get me home eventually.
Great spin, in a lot of pain, 104km on the clock - well done all.
(By Eamon Hogan)
It has been a long time since I sat down and scribbled a few notes after a spin, and the speed at which I type hasn’t improved either.
After the usual pleasantries had been exchanged, it actually felt like the good old days with familiar faces like Mark Horohoe, Billy Cunnane and indeed myself making a guest appearance.
And so to the route, Rhode , Edenderry, Kinnegad and back on the old N4. Apart from the unfortunate chain malfunction on Liz’s bike, and Mark saving a kitten from near death, the spin was super and I really enjoyed it, even though my legs are shot!
This was the first Sunday that all groups were departing from our new home, Columb Barracks. Roibeard was acting Sergeant Major and gave the orders. Two Groups of "A"'s and two groups of "B"'s as well as a large group of "C"'s departed in the direction of Granard via Multyfarnham. Our group split at Ballinafid to suit different speeds and on we went via Coole.
The puncture fairy struck twice en route and it was at this point that the midges arrived leaving their calling card on the hairy legs of the wheelers. Midge bars (picture opposite) might be appropriate for these "hairy bikers". The good news was that it felt like summer. We broke for coffee in Edgeworthstown where some riders chose the short way home while the main bunch travelled on to Carrickboy before turning for Ballynacargy and home. A great spin had by all.
With Gerry Waugh, our club secretary giving the command this morning, two B groups departed from ORS with great wind assistance in the direction of Enfield. Such was the assistance that we seemed to go along at speeds akin to those taking part in the Rás. We turned at Enfield and followed the new road to Edenderry and got a flavour in parts of what the wind in our face would feel like on the way home.
Not long after we had sat with our coffee, the second "B" group arrived. Again our leader got us on the road to Rhode. We were now facing the wind and also some hills which were a gentle reminder to the guys intent on the Wicklow 200 of what may lay in store for them. We all climbed Croghan hill with ease and progressed towards Tyrellspass. The wind on the road home seemed to make no impact on many of the group as they maintained an excellent pace all the way back to ORS.
(By Shane Corcoran - Sun. 3rd May 2015)
With the overnight rain affecting people's decisions on heading out on Sunday, there were a small number of Wheelers willing to brave the elements on Sunday morning.
We decided to head towards Moate to avoid any potential water on the road. The pace was set with great speed by the electric bike with the funny wheels.
We reached Moate in good time were we indulged in some of Supermacs finest fare. Home by Ballymore, sun on our back great spin had by all.
There were enough "B"'s in ORS to form a number of groups. Roibeard announced that given the prevailing south west wind, the route was out to Ballinea , onwards to Streamstown with a coffee break in Moate and back on the old N6 via Tyrrellspass.
Our group rolled out and we worked hard against the wind towards Streamstown. Shortly after this point the weather got dramatically worse and soon the group split. The decision was then made not to take a coffee break and take a short cut through Rosemount. On reaching the old N6, we were now in a sleet shower. We turned left for Mullingar at Horseleap. Soon after this, one of our group was beginning to suffer from hypothermia. Luckily, one of the group knew a local resident who provided shelter for him until his lift arrived. We progressed from there to home in challenging conditions and got in the door at 11.45, frozen and with almost 70K on the clock .
Big lessons from today :
1. Be prepared, Its Ireland and weather changes (bring a jacket)
2. Mudguards: They are a necessity for group cycling
3. Lights : for when weather such as this morning comes down.
(By Pearse Murphy)
A group of twelve hardy B cyclists gathered at ORS on this bright crispy morning. Numbers in general were small for all groups as the Christmas party season is in full swing. No doubt many regulars were recovering in their leabas from the previous night’s activities. With a westerly breeze the route chosen was Horseleap – Moate – Ballymore and home. A nice pace ensued and with plenty of banter about the Christmas party we soon glided into Moate for the tea stop at 11 having faced a stiff breeze all the way.
Refuelled with coffee and various carbohydrate based delicacies we mounted up for the return trip. We crossed that bog towards Ballymore and a discussion arose whether to take the back road to Killare to avoid one of the hills or head for Ballymore. Feeling energetic we decided for Ballymore.
Having hit Ballymore and been treated to a shower of hail sleet and snow the new Mr Sportive upped the pace as we tackled the few hills. Although the group stretched like a large elastic band during this phase of the spin like any quality elastic band we came back together in Loughnavally. We next headed for ORS with a little more stretching but all safely back for 12:30 with 80 kms on the clock and an average of 27.2 kph. Well done all and thanks for a great spin.
(By Roibeard O'Ceallaigh - Sun. 23rd November)
Sunday dawned bright and very cold. Cold enough that the roads were glassy with late forming frost. A smaller than normal group of B's and C's gathered at ORS dwarfed by the large number of A's (elite athletes allegedly!) heading out on their sophisticated training spin. We (well eleven of us) on the other hand decided that a nice cup of tea was in order while the sun came up and hopefully other roads would be less slippery. So the Mullingar Park had the "pleasure" of entertaining eleven "very fit" cyclists for an what must be admitted was a very enjoyable hour of chat.
After the hour we roused ourselves and went out into the cold and headed off into the sun, i.e. towards Tyrrellspass. By this time the roads were decidedly safer and we enjoyed a challenging speed set mostly by a certain former cub chairman. It definitively warmed us up. Anyway, we got out on the roads safely, enjoyed ourselves and the glorious sunshine. What more could one want on a Sunday morning in November?
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