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Good Weather At Last for Weekend Cycles

posted 21 Feb 2011, 02:45 by Kevin Monaghan
On what was has been an all too rare occasion of late due to various levels of inclement weather, last Sunday saw a huge crowd at the ORS for our weekly spin. With the new protocols regarding group division working well, at least five different groups departed just after 10am with most choosing to cycle into the strong easterly wind for the first half of their trips.

The A riders split into two groups with Mark and Robbie taking the lead roles for this recovery week on the racing plan. Robbie’s team left a few minutes before Mark’s crew with the destination for coffee being Edenderry via Enfield. The wind was extremely difficult all the way up the old N4 to Enfield before we turned right to head through Carberry and along a very twisty road to Edenderry where the two groups joined up for coffee. After a quick chat and a cuppa, we left for home via Rhode and Rochfortbridge. A good steady to fast spin without too many problems although the wind made the tempo efforts all the more difficult with the puncture fairy making her presence felt, as Dermot Reynolds knows only too well. Next week sees the start of the build (1) phase of the plan so could all riders please make a special effort to be at ORS on time as there needs to be a short discussion around the details of the spin before departure.

With the large numbers dictating policy, Conor’s B group also split into two with Michelle taking the faster section as they headed for Ballivor, Rathmoylan and Enfield taking refreshments in the reliable surroundings of Mother Hubbards. My sources tell me that the group was joined by one time regular wheeler, Sean Reilly, so great to see you back in the peloton Sean and keep it up. I am also told that Liz Hoctor is cycling very well these days and with a winter of turbo training behind her she decided to debut in the B’s and by all accounts had no problems keeping in touch. On returning to base a very respectable 53 miles had been covered at a lively pace.
As our regular C group leader Arthur Dempsey was away in Wicklow doing the level 1 coaching course I have no reports from this group so I don’t know how they fared. However, with Tom Carolan in deputising, I am fairly sure they were well catered for.