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C Group Tullamore Bound

posted 22 Apr 2013, 05:33 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 22 Apr 2013, 05:33 ]
(By Carmel Dolan - Sunday 7th April)   
Sunday morning unfortunately wasn't quite as nice as Saturday and that east wind seemed to reappear but it was dry at least. I had cycled into the ORS to get a few extra miles in the legs in preparation for the Spring Spin to Sligo and I think a few others had the same idea. I joined the C group and Tullamore was our destination. As there was 22 out, we split the group into two with 12 under the guidance of Barry Carr heading out first and the remaining 10 of us leaving shortly afterwards. 

Espresso Machine
We headed for Rochfortbridge at a nice pace and the chat was good with the question "are you all set for Sligo?" being the first thing one was asked! After Rochfortbridge we headed for Rhode, Daingean and Ballinagar. We noticed in our group that Barry's group, who were up ahead of us, went straight through the village of Ballinagar so we turned right and therefore getting to the tea stop at Scally’s Centra in Tullamore first and the coffee machine ( sorry guys!!! ) 

After the tea break we headed for Rahugh, Tyrellspass and thankfully when we turned left at the roundabout outside Tyrellspass on to the new N52 we had a bit of a tailwind which helped us along the way. Myself and a few others turned left at Belvedere to head home and the rest kept to the by-pass all the way back to the ORS with a good 90km I would guess, in the bag. Although the sun didn't appear and the wind was strong in places, I think everyone would agree that we had a most enjoyable spin once again.