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Mother's Day Sunday Spin

posted 11 Mar 2018, 14:14 by Kevin Monaghan
With Sunday being Mother’s Day, the route which was put out in advance on Garmin was very adventurous as most lads were under pressure to be home to “cook” the dinner for the all important ladies of the day. 

The plan was to head north for the hills around Oldcastle and Lough Crew which is a rolling road from start to finish. There was a good turnout on what was a slightly foggy/damp morning but all groups were happy to head in the same direction.

Taking the main road to Crookedwood and then veering off at Gartlandstown the legs were tested from the off and as the riders continued on to Oldcastle via Collinstown, Ankerland, Dromone and Lough Crew there was no let up. The approach to the climb of Lough Crew was very delicate as most lads (and lassies) were unsure of how their winter training was going to hold up. With everybody over the top of this short but steep ascent it was full speed ahead to the coffee stop in the village. 

The road home was no less painful with the wind doing a U-Turn and giving up no assistance. After a couple of stops for puncture repairs the group eventually got going in a steady pace which kept everybody honest until the double “kicker” at Crookedwood. From here to base it was every man for himself and all arrived back in time to get home for “the Dinner”.

A group of happy Wheelers atop Lough Crew last Sunday.
A group of happy Wheelers atop Lough Crew last Sunday.