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Group Spin Reports Sunday 11th March

posted 12 Mar 2012, 14:53 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 12 Mar 2012, 14:54 ]
A friendly A group Spin
This week there were a lot of weary legs in the A group following the exploits at the Clonard race the day before. I think there were 29 club members across A and B groups riding in Clonard which was some achievement. Well done to all who took part.

Following the club plan this was marked as a recovery spin and given that there were so many in the group who raced the day before an easy spin to unwind the legs was ideal.

On the road D.C. remarked, this was "not the way I'd give someone directions to Edenderry" as we headed out the Delvin road! From Cloughan we travelled the country roads towards Killucan and on to Kinnegad. However with race wheels still fitted from the day before we had to leave one very established A group rider in Killucan fumbling with a tube of Bostik following a puncture on his tubular wheels. 

Pecan Pastry - too hard to resist
After this sticky moment a friendly pace was set through Edenderry and on to Daingean for the stop. The special offer of coffee and a pecan pastry for €2 was just too good not to be taken up by many in the group. The return route was over Croghan Hill where the BikeBreaker took the KOH honours. We followed on to Tyrellspass and home by Dailystown with a small skite for home.

While not the sunny day promised it was still a nice friendly spin that had us back at 12:30 after 94km done.  See the route at:

Group B Notes
If anybody is under any illusion that this is not the biggest cycling club around, then they only need to be at the ORS car park at 9am on a Sunday morning to see how strong in numbers this club is.  It’s quite a sight, and when the B group were called to attention and 55 cyclist moves towards you, I repeat, it’s quite a sight!

The usual protocol of getting groups of 14 out on the road as efficiently as possible was fully adhered to, and we had 4 groups out by 9.08am.  The route we took this week would see us put 90km into the legs, but the level of fitness this group is at I knew wouldn’t be a problem.  Group 2 weren’t without some problems, getting both a puncture and a broken chain before we even reached Tyrrellspass.  Turing left making our way passed Rahugh and arrived in Tullamore looking like we had been mountain biking rather than road biking, the old Max Factor got a bit of a hammering too, didn’t it ladies?  With the tea-break over it was onto Clara with a great road surface (Meath county council take note), the average speed increased to 32km/h. Heading for Horseleap, turning left, saw a hill and we all lost the run of ourselves, but that’s the reason we get on a bike, to push yourself over that hill to hold onto a bunch of cyclists, to cycle way out of your comfort zone, to know that after 70km you can still fly pass Dysart at 46km/h to feel the buzz that the group are flying not leaving anything on the road and heart rate maxed out……you’ve just got to love it.

Radio silence is being maintained by the C group - anyone out there among the C's willing to step up and make your group heard!