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Autumn Breakaway a Great Success

posted 19 Sept 2016, 02:31 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 1 Oct 2016, 13:37 ]
(By Shay O'Toole - Sat. 1st October 2016)   
The heavy rain showers which fell almost everywhere last weekend did not manage to put a damper on the Lakeside Wheelers Autumn Breakaway. Thanks to Joe Duffy for the following report on this overnight spin to Ballinalsoe.

As the summer cycling season is coming to an end we had our first ever "End of season club Tour" last weekend. A group of 21 club members from the "Saturday C/D groups cycled the 85km to Ballinasloe and had an overnight in the impressive Shearwater hotel. While there are many excellent touring events to choose from on the cycling calendar this event was more about the social occasion than the journey and it proved to be a great success. 
The weather forecast for the weekend did not look promising with wind and heavy rain predicted. Sure enough early Saturday morning our friends in Met Eireann were proved right. We were due to start from club house at 11am but with the wind and rain coming down in sheets we decided to delay the start for an hour to see if conditions would improve. By noon the rain had cleared and the temperature increased so we headed off on our journey which took us through Kilbeggan, Clara and onto the “Black Boot” Bar in Ferbane for a welcome food stop. The soup, sandwiches, tea and coffee were top class and this is an establishment we will certainly be calling to again. Many thanks to Pam and the friendly staff in this gem of a bar. Refreshed and with the improved weather conditions still holding up the final 30km via Shannonbridge to Ballinasloe was a very pleasant and relaxed spin.

By 4pm everyone had checked into the hotel with the bikes locked away for the night. The beautiful hotel leisure centre was the first port of call for everyone and the tired bodies found relief in the swimming pool, jacuzzi and steam room. After dinner we had a stroll around town and needless to say we sussed out a few lively music venues along the way. 

We had a bus arranged to transport us back to Mullingar on Sunday morning so it was no surprise that no one showed any interest in cycling back to base as the weather conditions were once again deplorable. Overall this was a brilliant event with a lovely cycle and great fun, members who were not there really missed something special.

Some of the Wheelers who cycled to Ballinasloe on the Autumn Breakaway
Some of the Wheelers who cycled to Ballinasloe on the Autumn Breakaway