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Four A's - A Good Leaving but a Small Group!

posted 23 Aug 2015, 14:32 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 23 Aug 2015, 14:32 ]

(By Ian Lambden - Sun. 23rd August 2015)   
As I arrived for the A group spin on Sunday morning, I was greeted by three other riders - Mick Reynolds, PJ Carey and Seamus Killian.  We waited for anyone else who might arrive but it remained the four of us so we set out for Moate going through Rosemount then on to Clara and had the tea stop in Tullamore. 

After the stop we headed home via Kilbeggan. Unfortunately, outside Kilbeggan I suffered a puncture but thanks to Mick we where very quickly back on the road again. We decided to turn left in Kilbeggan and take the old road to Wallace's pub.  Once we got on to the N52 the pace shot up with Seamus making a break which was closed down by myself, closely followed by Mick.  The finish line came into sight and it was a sprint finish between Mick and I with me narrowly beating Mick.

We arrived home with 95k in the legs with an average speed of 35 km/h. We had great craic along the way and hopefully the numbers will be bigger next week.

Left Is The Way I Always Go

posted 23 Aug 2015, 08:51 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 23 Aug 2015, 08:51 ]

(By Graham Morgan - Sun. 9th August)   

We met at the barracks where we decided to follow the B group's route to Clara with a tea stop in Tullamore and back via Tyrrellspass.

We were joined by a yank but seeing as he was Mick and Dermot's younger brother, Mick made sure to give him a bike that wouldn't go into the big ring to ensure he wouldn't be finishing with the groupetto. Alas the last we saw of Ken was in Horseleap as Dermot and Mick put the hammer down - brotherly love!

The pace was a steady 45 kph on the road back to Mullingar. As we got to Belvedere, Tosh took a sharp left taking half the group with him and the other half missing the turn, but as he pointed out that as he was first he didn't have time to take his hands of the handlebars to signal and besides left is the way he always goes so the lads should have known.

A great spin just under 80km with a 35kph average.

Reyno's Escape

posted 26 Jul 2015, 14:03 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 26 Jul 2015, 14:03 ]

(By PJ Carey)   
As I arrived at Columb Barracks at 9am for our Sunday Spin, I was greeted by only eight cyclists. It was a wet and windy morning and I was told that some of the racers had gone to Donore, Co Louth for the Leinster Championship racing and that some other Wheelers had gone to Meath for the Tour of Meath sportive, notwithstanding that it was still a poor enough turn for a Sunday Spin.

With the wind coming from the south east we set off for Kinnegad and then onto Edenderry where we had a quick tea stop. After refuelling with plenty of coffee and with the wind on our backs the pace quickened as we headed for Rhode. 
On reaching Rhode, Dermot Reynolds decided that the pace was not not quick enough for his liking and decided to go solo. Nobody followed him, thinking that it was far too early to be making a break for home. Up the road a bit, we turned onto a long straight section of road and there was no sign of Dermot to be seen. It was then that four of us decided that we needed to track him down and reel him in. The pace accelerated to 40 kph plus with the expectation of seeing Dermot around every corner, but despite holding this pace all the way to Mulllingar, there was no catching Dermo. In hindsight, with Dermot's reputation of being a hard cyclist, we should have known better than to underestimate this man and his ability to stay away for such a long time.  Well  done Dermot. 

All home safe and sound with 80 km completed.

Good Habits

posted 13 Jul 2015, 09:47 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 13 Jul 2015, 09:47 ]

(By Mark Monaghan Sun. 12th July 2017)   
This is starting to become a bit of a habit now! Two weeks in a row I managed to get out on the club spin! Upon arrival even Stevie Wonder would have seen that the numbers were down today, most likely to do with a certain Leinster Final taking place in Croke Park. The least said about that the better! Although numbers were low there was still an A Group, two B groups & a C group rolling out of the "Clubhouse". With the wind coming from a westerly direction with set of for Ballymahon via Skeagh hill. 

En route to Ballymahon the decision was made to turn for Ballymore just outside Moyvore, this was done to avoid the Walderstown motorbike races. Before long we were crusing along the road heading to the town with no middle when we came across both of the B groups coming in the opposite direction. From Ballymore we turned right along the rolling roads into Moate for a well earned coffee where we were entertained by our new club stand up comedian! 

After our refreshments the nine strong group  took leave with a tailwind in tow. With most of the group eager to get back in time for the match we came home via Horseleap & Streamstown. We got back home with 80km in the legs and an average of 33kmph.

B to A Crossover Spin

posted 6 Jul 2015, 08:32 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 6 Jul 2015, 08:32 ]

By Mark Monaghan (Sun. 5th July 2015)   
Thankfully the new clubhouse is only one kilometre from my house as I only woke at 8:35 this morning! A quick change and an even quicker breakfast and out the door at 8:58 with plenty of time to meet my fellow wheelers. My plan this morning was to go with the B group even though I had plenty of friendly requests to the join the A Group, I declined and set out for Horesleap with the fast B group. We quickly set into our rhythm with all ten of us sharing the workload. It wasn't long before we were making our way into Streamstown, just around the time that the large A Group caught and passed us.

For some reason I had the great idea of leaving my fellow B's and jump accross to the A Group. "Why oh why am I doing this" I thought as I quickly made ground on the cruising A's . Once I joined up I quickly got settled into the rhythm and the miles flew by. Before long we were in Moate and this is where Mick Reynolds' wonderful mystery tour kicked in. Only Mick knew where we were going or so he said anyway! We turned for Castledaly and then on to Ferbane via Doon and then onto Clara for refreshments (No coffee unfortunately, marked down for that one Mick!).  Less travelled roads but its nice to get a change of scenery. 

After a quick catch up and refuel we headed for home via through Kilbeggan and onto Dalystown, where the inevitable race for home began. "Why oh why did I jump across" came back into my mind as we hurtled through Ballinagore at 45kmph! Never before was I as happy to hear "Puntcure" (sorry Cass). With a number of people stopping to help out and a few of us continuing on due to time constraints the race for home was somewhat negated. All home safe and sound with 105KM the legs.

Footnote: It was great getting the opportunity to go on a spin with Australian National marathon MTB champion Jenny Fay and her husband Andy who is also the Current marathon national champion whom are home on holidays and having the Irish leg of their wedding. Congratulations to ye both and enjoy the rest of your holiday.
Jenny Fay
Great to get out on the bike with local cycling hero Jenny

Smaller Than Usual A Group Clocks up 90k

posted 28 Jun 2015, 14:21 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 28 Jun 2015, 14:21 ]

"A" Group Notes by Michael Murtagh
A small group of 8 riders took off from base at Columb Barracks. The group was much smaller than normal, the reason no doubt was some were in Omagh watching Damien Shaw storm to victory in the National Champs, others in Croker watching the footballers storm to victory over Meath. 

However, we made our way into the wind via Rochfortbridge, Rhode, Daingean and to Tullamore for a well earned tea stop. The pace picked up on the way home after Kilbeggan. A strange spin in may ways, with Tosh doing early attacks and a major attacker sitting in minding himself!
Over 90K done, with fresh legs, Ken taking the sprint finish win. All in all, a very enjoyable spin.

Huge congratulations to Mullingar man Damien Shaw on his terrific win today.

A Group Summary

posted 11 May 2015, 08:13 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 11 May 2015, 08:14 ]

(Sunday 10th May 2015)   
Brief but to-the-point report from the group A reporter - let's hope the picture adds the usual thousand words!...

Strong southerly wind but stayed dry for whole spin. Very fast pace on the way home meant that the group disintegrated after KIlbeggan. Notable strong performers were Seamus Moran and Dermot Reynolds.

A Group at the half-way coffee stop in Tullamore before the fast spin home
A Group at the half-way coffee stop in Tullamore before the fast spin home

A Group Get Some Fast Miles Into The Legs

posted 19 Apr 2015, 13:25 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 19 Apr 2015, 13:27 ]

(By Mark Monaghan Sun.19th April 2015)   
With a team of racers heading to the Nenagh Classic, the numbers were down in the A Group this morning. Nonetheless we had a 12 strong group rolling out of from the ORS. With strong easterly winds for company we made our way towards Killucan and on to Ballivor. The pace was kept steady all along into the headwind until we decided to put in a few short efforts to keep everyone honest between Ballivor and Summerhill.  

From there we made our way on to Enfield with yet more catch-me-if-you-can efforts from a few of the lads. Before long we hit Enfield for coffee and refreshments.  With strong easterly wind now on our backs, a certain rider seized his opportunity and sneaked off, leaving the rest of us unaware apart maybe for one other who knew what had happened, who in turn, took off in pursuit, never to be seen again until we arrived home. The rest of us tried in earnest to bridge the gap but to no avail and soon the group split coming out of Kinnegad. All home safe & sound with some very good fast miles in the legs.

New Bikes Don't Push Themselves

posted 8 Mar 2015, 12:09 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 8 Mar 2015, 15:18 ]

(By Mark Monaghan - Sun. 8th March 2015)   
After missing the previous two Sunday Spins (thank God I missed last week!), it was time to get back in the saddle. After recently investing in a new bike I was eager to get out for a decent club spin hopeful in the thought that like when you got a new pair of runners when you were younger you always thought you could run faster!

Clonard Race 2015
Upon arrival to the ORS there was a large bunch of A riders gathered dissecting the previous days race in Clonard. We'll leave that one there! We duly split into two groups and set off for Summerhill via Killucan and Ballivor. 

Unfortunately the puncture fairy was also up early enjoying the early Spring sunshine and we had our first puncture before we hit The Downs, they say one person's misfortune is another's gain, this was the case as we were joined by a fellow Wheeler who had suffered the same fate before even arriving at the ORS. Quickly repaired, off we set on our merry way with a gale force wind on our backs. 

Before long we were in Summerhill where we differed to the planned route by heading for Enfield in order to avoid coming home via Delvin and the dreaded N52. We hit Enfield for a spot of refuelilng before tackling the gale force headwind that we would have to suffer the rest of the way home.

We quickly settled into a lovely rhythm with everybody sharing the work evenly. We spun along at a steady tempo and the miles seemed to drift by very quickly indeed and before we knew it we were making our way onto the N6 and a small bit of a lift in speed for home! All home safe and sound with 90 plus kilometres in the legs with an average of 31kmph. The bike may be new but it still needs to be pushed!

Second "A" Group
(By Graham Morgan)
On Saturday while planning a route I considered all the tired legs of Saturdays race Flat would be the order of the day, Siobhan Ryan Confirmed on the RTE weather that the winds would be moderate. I now know she meant moderate compared to Saturdays gales. Marking our way from ORS to the Downs and on down to Summerhill a group of 14 riders had no breeze and no problems, Then we turned for Trim a town not visited for a long time by the A group. From there on we had Westerly's,Easterlies, Trade winds and even a tropical storm coming from Delvin back to ORS. We all arrived back to car park with 100k on the clock and a vacancy for a new route planner as the last on got the sack.

Weather Cuts A Group Spin Short

posted 1 Mar 2015, 15:18 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 1 Mar 2015, 15:30 ]

(By Roy Carey)   
The planned spin for this morning was out to Kilbeggan via Castletown to reccie the route for next weeks Rás Naomh Finian in Clonard. Forecasts appeared to look OK until around 11 where the wind and liquid sunshine were expected. The route would allow for numerous turn off points, if we needed to shorten the spin. As we rolled out towards Dysart, that liquid sunshine arrived a little earlier than anticipated. And as the group worked on towards Kilbeggan that same precipitation began to feel distinctly sharper as it hit the body. The pace livened to keep the bodies warm but by the time we hit Tyrrellspass, the sensible decision was to turn for home as the weather only appeared to be heading in one direction.

The speed at which the weather deteriorated comfortably beat our efforts to increase ours. The group lined out in order to get home in the shortest time possible. I'm pretty sure it was one of my quicker runs for home along that stretch, but it felt like one of the longest! The conditions reminded us of 2013 edition of Milan San Remo. 

Judging by the numbers that rolled out of ORS this morning, I'm pretty sure a lot of hot water cylinders around Mullingar were emptied between 11 and 12.30 today! One trooper within the group soldiered on to reccie the route and sent us this snowy picture shortly afterwards. Thankfully our club mates on a training camp abroad were sympathetic to our woes and choose not to share any of their photos. Very thoughtful...

Next week's race route covered in unseasonal snow
Next week's race route pictured today - the first day of Spring - covered in unseasonal snow

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