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B Group goes on a ‘Royal’ excursion

posted 6 Mar 2012, 08:59 by Kevin Monaghan
By Eamon Hogan (Sunday 4th March)  

Mardi Gras Beads
The sun was out, sky was blue, and you would almost be tricked into leaving the winter wear in the drawer, and on with the T shirt and expose the legs for the first time this year (which is always a bit daunting), only to realize it was 2oC and nobody would be that foolish, sure they wouldn’t Mr Hynes!

Bring on the weather and they will come, and boy we have the numbers up again this week. Splitting the B Group in four sections, the groups were dispatched with the precision of a well-oiled machine…maybe not.

I decided that Co. Longford had seen enough of the Lakeside Wheelers in the last couple of weeks so it was the turn of Co. Meath to see the distinctive colours of the club strip. The same strip that saw two podium places in Dundalk last weekend, with more to come we hope.
Heading for Rochfortbridge, turning left for Kinnegad, the wind slightly on our backs we made our way towards Ballivor. The road surfacing is not this county’s strong point. With the sun shining and 50 well-toned, colourful cyclists enjoying a cuppa it was like the Mardi Gras had come to Ballivor.
Did I mention that wind?, well it certainly wasn’t on our backs coming home. The route home brought us through Raharney, on into Killucan and up the hill at Greenhills that caught all of us by surprise.  On through to Cloghan turning at Donnolly’s corner.  One last push and we were home. 12.30pm, cuppa in hand, 80km done and the sun still shinning could a Sunday morning get any better than this……I think not.