(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.
B Group Tea Stop on Sunday 27th July 2014
(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.
(By Mick Hynes)
What a glorious Sunday morning, beautiful sunshine created a sea of yellow at ORS car park today. There was Lakeside Wheeler jerseys everywhere. Setting off we had 3 B groups heading towards Ballinacarrigy via the link road and across the Joe Dolan bridge , passing out group 1 who picked up an early puncture. Due to a bit of jeering and not to let us take the lead they used a voodoo doll and passed on the puncture to us a little further on.
Everything went fairly normal after this, on to Carrickboy , Ballymahon and Glasson for refreshments with cans of coke, tea, fruit pastilles, pastry etc....yum yum) .After a quick chit chat we headed back by Ballymore and the infamous hill of Uisneach where I died as usual. A little further on we met Eamon who swapped his van for a bike and came with the last group sweeping up the carnage and debris from our group, I was never so glad to tuck into the group (because I was wrecked) thanks.
A great day was had by all.
B Group by Shane Corcoran
With fine weather promised, a large group of cyclists gathered across all groups. There was also a large group who headed off on a on a 140 k spin at 8.00am, with the Ring of Kerry in mind, which I was supposed to put into the notes last week, but good old goldfish memory, forgot all about it. Anyhow, need to get what we done today on paper before I forget, there was a couple of options on the table this morning. A pacey 110 or a pacey 90. I decided to chance the 110. We hit the road towards Killucan, Ballivor Summerhill and tea stop in Kilcock.
We even got wrapped up in the Roundwood GP, for a short couple of miles. I wondered why the pace increased - all I could here was "race, race", as a large group whizzed by us as if we were stopped. Anyway, we got to Kilcock after a couple of climbs, and enjoyed the nice fare after which it was back on the road for home.
As per normal, the pace increased, and a few thought that they were back in Summerhill racing the GP. the group split a couple of times, and eventually made it home with 110 on the clock with an average of between 31-33 depending on which end of the group you finished on.
Kilcock coffee break for B Group in between pacy cycling and Racing!
(By Claire Malone Sun. 8th June)
With thunder clouds looming overhead, the first B group rolled out of the ORS towards Horseleap. We had a few stops early on to put on & take off rain jackets - most of us apparently haven't mastered the art of doing it while cycling - myself included! On the way to Clara the pace was slowed down by an obstruction in the middle of the road and it was Martin Eighan who identified her as a 'fine limousin heifer'..! After the encounter we cycled on to Tullamore for the well earned coffee.
Our journey home was through Rahagh / Tyrellspass where Muirna got stung by a wasp but it certainly didn't slow her down on the gallop home! Eddie Tyrrell was also stung but by the puncture fairy and 3 times! A very enjoyable spin with 90+ km on the clock.
(By Shane Corcoran)
If you stayed in bed on Sunday morning thinking that the weather was going to be wet, well then you made a bad mistake.
What a lovely morning for a spin. There were fourteen in our group and we decided on a long spin to Edenderry via Kinnegad and on to Tullamore and home with a tea stop in Daingean. The pace was fairly tasty for the distance but all seemed to cope well. One Wheeler amazed us on the tea stop with tales of a Channel 4 documentary which he had watched during the week. The crack was 90 as we saddled up and headed for Tullamore.
The group split in Kilbeggan as some wanted a quicker pace on the last leg of the spin home. All the same we met up again at Dalystown where the pace increased again to Giro type speeds. All home Safe with 100 plus K on the clock and an average speed of 30 kph, we - in the words of one who shall remain nameless, were happy bunnies.
(By Gerry Heery)
A smaller than usual group assembled at the ORS car park for our weekly spin on Sunday 25th May. It was a cool day for May with overcast skies and little or no wind.
We broke into 3 groups, the slow B's, the fast B's and the A's. Alas the fast B's did not even make it out the gate - a puncture took the wind out of their sails (and tyres) before they even began. That was the last we saw of them.
Our route was to take us Cloghan, Raharney, Castlepollard, Multyfarnham and home. Under Eamonn's excellent leadership a large group of 16 cyclists embarked on our ride. It was a very pleasant spin with lots of chat and banter.
We stopped at the Filling station in Castlepollard for much needed refreshments. After this short break, we were soon off again. We got back around 12:30.We covered approximately 70 km with an average speed of 28km an hour....not bad for a group of sloooow BBBBBsssss
(By Liz Hoctor)
It is the week after the Giro D’Italia came to Ireland and since I have as much in common with professional cyclists as I have with professional journalists, my commitment to the Sunday Spin waned in the face of a poor weather forecast combined with an invitation to celebrate on Saturday the First Communion of Ben Bose (son of Wheeler Arnold) and Darragh Mullen. My solution was to either “ghost write” or have an “in conversation with” to create the notes – this proved a challenge as when I met Arnold Bose, Martin Quinn, Barry Kehoe, & Cathy O’Toole at the Communion Celebrations, they were already indicating that they wouldn’t be
lining out on the Sunday.
So Sunday morning saw me sending texts to other Wheelers to have an “in conversation with” and so describe the B Group route etc. Alas, none of my contacts had ventured out either, so this is not the B Group Nine o'clock news - instead I am going to describe the excursion to the Giro D’Italia finish in Merrion Square in Dublin last week...
Last Sunday, a group of Wheelers along with the group of visiting Italians headed by bus to see the stage finish in Dublin. Other Wheelers made it a family day out. After some very heavy showers, the sun came out as the peloton raced around the chicane at the end of Westland Row, into Lincoln Place and onto Merrion Square. It was a case of “Blink and Miss it”, as the riders raced past in a blur of colour. Some of us had a good spot just after the finish, where there was a chance to see all the riders pull up before heading to their team buses, to spin out their legs on their turbos.
It was great to Marcel Kittel being congratulated by his team mate on winning the Stage. Junior Wheeler Jack Moran ably chaperoned by his aunt Breda Daly was suitably proud of his photo with Marcel Kittels bike. A few minutes later, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to get into the Press Area for the presentations of the various jerseys and traditional flower bouquets. Michael Mathews was presented with the White Jersey and a lovely bouquet of flowers which he threw in our general direction – I got my finger tips on the bouquet but Cathy O’Toole claimed the prize and later a lovely photo with Michael Mathews – who up to Friday was leading the Giro D’Italia. One of the Carabinieri who was travelling with the Giro D’Italia was also happy to pose for a photo. It was a great opportunity to see these professional athletes in close quarters, as they gave interviews to the media. Their fitness levels are clearly phenomenal, despite having just raced from Belfast to Dublin, they recover very quickly to give media interviews, without being out of breath!
Today, three cyclists associated with Lakeside Wheelers started the An Post Ras, an eight day, stage race around Ireland. Unlike me, John Murray, Stuart Cox and Damien Shaw were not put off by a poor forecast and raced today from Dunboyne to Roscommon. Lakeside Wheelers wishes the three lads the best of luck for the An Post Rás.
Cathy takes the race winner's boquet in Dublin