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Early Assault on the Slieve Blooms

posted 4 Jan 2011, 07:06 by Kevin Monaghan
So the New Year has begun and the cycling brotherhood of Lakeside Wheelers A group have decided on some New Year resolutions:
1.train hard
2. train harder
3. If the other two don’t work……retire.
What better place to start than the Slieve Bloom Mountains? That’s what 9 Wheelers thought and headed en masse to Tullamore for a 9am start. A 3 hour plus spin up and down The Cut and The Wolftrap a couple of times each or so was the plan…. well…..that was the plan. Whoever hatched it obviously hadn’t been tucking into meringues lathered in whipped cream and pudding drizzled in hot custard washed down with a glass of rouge night noon and morning for the last week. Common sense prevailed and we said “sure we’ll see how we get on”
The “we” were Ken Berry, Paddy Whelehan, a Slieve Bloom virgin and in the form of his life! Brian Collentine, Pete Corroon, Mark Monaghan, Stuey Cox, Charlie Sheridan, Robbie Kenny and Aidan Lyons. Aidan currently living in Oz and former World Masters (i.e. over 35) road race champion is over on hols and was formerly part of the golden generation of the 80’s and the Cook Electric era. We just hinted in passing to him that we would give him a few memories to bring back to Oz whether that was we giving him a “kicking” or he giving us a “kicking”. One look at him togged out and the latter seemed the more likely. Turning left in Kinnity and lads were warned that 999 was the number to ring if anyone got in trouble as there was no point trying to contact each other as they were probably unconscious in the ditch or in the back of an ambulance also.
Anyway Aidan headed into the distance so fast it was obvious he had thought of our New Year resolutions last year or the year before and probably the year before that too. The rest of us struggled on over The Wolftrap, down The Wolftrap over The Cut down The Cut and back up The Cut all because we forgot to take our picture on The Cut. Oh how vain are us cyclists?  Back down The Cut and home. 85 km and the 3 plus hours of arduous training complete. The feeling of getting back out on the road was one of overwhelming satisfaction even if the feeling in our hands and toes was not the same. The turbo won’t seem such a task now during the week.” - Robbie Kenny