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(By Shane Corcoran)
Well, heading towards the end of November with days like that, what would you be doing on a Sunday morning only heading out for a spin. There was a large contingent of Wheelers ready for off. Tyrrellspass in a round about way of Killucan, Kinnegad via Rhode and Croghan Hill was the destination.
All going well, group split in two, steady pace until the puncture fairy hit. With a bit of difficulty it was changed and as time was moving on we exchanged Croghan for Gneevebawn (terrible pronunciation) with a stop in the 'pass and home via Kilbeggan.
Great spin, great company, great coffee and great group of cyclists.
(By Shane Corcoran - Sun 2nd November)
We assembled in ORS this morning it was decided that as there was a large no of B,s it was decided to make 2 groups with Tullamore being the destination of choice. First group left with the second group allowing a short gap.
And then they started dropping like flies. With the mud guards becoming a requirement, the skills of adding mudguards (myself included), can be a tricky job and as a result we lost our first victim.
With further mechanicals and some members heading back early, the two groups merged the far side of Tyrellspass. With the new group all together, we stopped for tea in Centra, then on to Clara and home, 80 k on the clock. Well done to all great spin and great day for it.
(By Eamon Hogan)
Ok I know this isn’t a sleepy little town in the Wiltshire country side, and we’re not going to lose our minds to the power of some deadly fog, but this morning you could tell where James Herbert got his inspiration from in his classic 1975 thriller.
One by one the figures emerged out of the mist (allright stop this Eamon), but you get the picture, and with a quick check on which route to take, it was thought prudent to stick to roads with a hard shoulder until the fog lifted, which it did and it wasn’t long before the Sun shone to give us the last remainder of what really felt like a late summers day.
No surprise on this route, out to Tyrellspass and onto Moate for the fuel stop. Then it was home back on the N4 and turned at Horseleap for Mullingar.
It was a supper spin, with Pauric Devine giving us a master class on how to cycle up a hill, and yes Pauric there were hills, you just didn’t seem to notice! Maybe there is something in that fog after all.
Then they faded back into the mist...
(By Ann Conway)
The Autumn had arrived this morning and it came as a bit of a shock after the fantastic summer we have enjoyed. We broke into two groups as usual, with the faster group heading off first towards Tullamore via Tyrrellspass and Rahugh. We had to battle a moderate headwind all the way but got to Scally's easily enough and enjoyed the break and the hot tea and coffee. The two groups joined up for the journey home through Castletown Geoghegan and cruised along with a strong tailwind all the way.
It was great to get home early with about 80km on the clock, having escaped the storm that is promised for the rest of the day.
(By Ann Conway - 14th September 2014)
The unseasonably suitable cycling weather brought out the cyclists in big numbers this morning and there were plenty of B's to make three groups. Those who fancied a fast spin headed off first followed by two slightly slower groups, all heading towards Tyrrellspass.
We then headed to Rochfortbridge, south to Rhode, Daingean and on to Tullamore for a pit stop. We had over 60k on the legs at the tea break, so everyone was glad of the rest.
We sunned ourselves briefly outside Scally's Centra, where we always receive a warm welcome before heading back to Mullingar via Kilbeggan and Ballinagore. It felt like summer and if we get few more weeks of this, we will be into the Spring before we know it!
(By Ronan McNamara 31st August 2014)
I arrived at ORS just in time to travel out with the fine bunch of cyclists with great talent in Group B for my first cycle in few months. Before leaving The first thing I noticed was Liz Hoctor in her socks having with no shoes? It seems after purchasing a pair of Gucci on Saturday they wouldn't fit!! However Liz waved us off as a mix of 6 ladies and number of lads headed for Summerhill.
Given I have not being out for a while what I can describe as a swift sprint up the road commenced which got the blood flowing well which steadied in to a lovely pace via Killucan, Raharney, Rathmolyon. The discussion of the day was "Are you going to Galway " for everyone plus the great weather for cycling so a big trip is expected next Saturday to Galway.
Arriving in Summerhill an executive decision was made by the ladies that we would have tea and coffee at a plush venue "Londis Plus" where we enjoyed fine sunny weather outside with great banter. Even Ms Clare Malone had time to lay out on a superficial sun lounge which later turned out to be some poor mans car bonnet! Before we headed out a bouquet presentation was made for the best dressed cyclist nominated to Ollie given the ladies were all competing for the crown.
A nice trip home was had via Enfield and straight to Mullingar with a good average and 90k on the clock well down to all for a great morning out as ever! And Thank you to Ollie and David Mitchell for being a great help pushing me up the hills! See you on Saturday Ready for Galway.
B Group Sunday August 2014
(By Gerry Heary 0900 Hours 24th August 2014)
Sunday was a pleasant morning when all arrived at the ORS for our Sunday spin. The B’s were split into three groups. I chose to soldier, along with eleven others on leader Martin Eighan's team. Martin, a great man, whom I thought had great leadership skills. Early on this seemed accurate, when words he uttered such as "keep her steady"; "let’s not lose our shape": were adhered to quickly.
We powered along at a good pace. The only incident of note was when one of our soldiers Jerry Waugh pulled up with bearing problems and had to return. We arrived in Edenderry, and stopped for our snack, break and chat. While there I was given the job to write the notes.
Leaving Edenderry, a quickened pace put many of us under extreme pressure, but I felt Martin would reign them all in and stamp his leadership on the group. “Keep her steady", "Slow it down at the front" seemed to fall on deaf ears. Then he said "There is a bunch of wild ponies leading us" (It felt more like a couple of thoroughbreds, on steroids). Shortly after Kinnegad we let them off, and the rest of us tipped along nicely back to base.
Thanks Martin and all the great soldiers who completed a memorable cycle.
(By Joe Keaveny 10th August)
Given the ominous look of this morning’s weather and indeed how lucky we had been in the past couple of months with sunny Sundays, a much smaller than usual crowd at the ORS was not a major surprise. A scattering of different B’s and C’s headed off on the hilly route towards Ballymore (where rain jackets were removed) and on to Moate for the coffee break. A puncture between there and Tyrellspass resulted in a split in the group, but both sets of cyclists braved the headwind back to Mullingar and arrived safely with 85km on the clock. We hope that all the ‘Sunshine’ cyclists had a nice sleep-in!
(B Group Notes by Paraic Devine)
Another beautiful Sunday morning brought a large turnout at the ORS where the B's divided into two groups. Route selection was made by Karl....Ballinacarrigy, Carrickboy, Ballymahon, Glasson, Ballymore and home.
First group of 16 headed off and had a very pleasant spin with lots of chat and nobody under pressure. We stopped for refreshments in Glasson (see pic attached) and waited in vain for second B group to arrive....apparently there was a mutiny in Ballymahon and Captain Karl steered the ship home from there.
We made our way home via Ballymore, Uisneach where we regrouped and finished off a good day together.
Thanks to all.
(By Pearse Murphy)
Over 30 Bs assembled in ORS on a nice morning with a light breeze if a little overcast. The route was to be Horseleap, Clara, Tullamore, Kilbeggan and back home. The first B group consisted of about 12 Bs with a couple of As mixed in. The second group with yours truly in tow was in excess of 20.
We headed for Horseleap over the Joe Dolan Bridge. A nice pace ensued. After a pleasant conversation in Horseleap it was decided that as we were feeling fresh we would go to Moate, Tuber and then Clara. We decided to split the group in Moate and soon we arrived in Tullamore where both groups reassembled and enjoyed nice refreshments including copious amounts of fig rolls.
After tea we decided to continue with the same B subgroups. So we headed straight north for Mullingar via Kilbeggan. With excellent banter, a steady pace and regular up and overs we soon arrived back at ORS at 12:30pm with 90 plus kilometres on the clock done at a respectable 29.3 KPH average. Well done and thanks to all for an excellent spin.
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