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Halloween Weekend Cycles

posted 1 Nov 2010, 11:34 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 6 Nov 2010, 13:33 ]
By Arthur Dempsey 31st October 2010
On this fine Halloween weekend morning, and with the forecast of heavy rain for the clubs Sunday spin, members decided  to get some miles done while the weather was fine, so a large number arrived at the ORS on Saturday morning. Unfortunately due to a mechanical problem I arrived at the ORS at 9.07am to find cyclist on their way out, my apologies for the late arrival.

However while the other groups left the ORS Tom Carolan, myself and three new beginners set out for the usual refreshments in Tyrellspass Castle. It was a leisurely pace and all enjoyed it except for the hill that takes you up to the top of Gneevebane, where there was some heavy breathing, but all made it up in their own time well done to all. However it was worth it, particularly when they realised the coffee & scones was only minutes away, so the speed increased down the hill into Tyrellspass, in anticipation.

We had a break of about half an hour, and it was great to have the chat with these three ladies, Maureen Tone, Avril Smyth, & Ann Cleary. Ann informs me she's back to college to further her qualifications, having got her Masters only three weeks ago in Athlone college and we wish her the best of luck in her studies. We all arrived back to the ORS having covered 26 miles.
After the large turn out on Saturday morning, with the weather being so good, and  the forecast  for  Sunday being bad, it was a surprise that so many arrived to cycle even with a slight drizzle coming down. When we gathered the "C" group at the ORS we had thirteen ready for off. We all set out for Killucan, Raharney, Ballivor, Summerhill, & on to Mother Hubbards for our refreshments. When we arrived at Mother Hubbards there was a lot of splattered faces, as the roads were very wet, and the guys without mudguards destroyed the poor cyclists behind them. (offence meant guys) but at least you had dry bums.
Having been fed and watered, we set out for home, maintaining the same pace with all continuing the up & over, with the ladies of Martina O'Toole, Rose Duffy, Mary Taffe, Muirna Walsh all doing their turn at the front - well done ladies, however there are some of these ladies who will progress up to the "B" group very soon, and three of them are comparatively new to Lakeside Wheelers. 

The male cyclists in the group consisted of two senior members - Dermot Hogan who has made this group his training group for the winter months, & also does trojan work in the group helping in every way he can, bringing member dropped back up to the group if they are going through a tough period. John Nugent only back from an injury, hope the cycle didn't aggravate it & hope to see you out next week. Martin Quinn who is also an "A" cyclist was with us & hasn't been out since the Galway run, was up to the pace with no effort and was cruising along. Tony Gorman I think has now to move up to the "B" group as he is finding our pace maybe too slow and  was first back to the ORS  today.

Then the main group of men was made up of John Culligan just back from a week's break with his wife Margaret, Jodi Moran, Fergal who has only been out on a few occasions, & if he keeps improving as he is, will also be joining the "B" group very soon, & as he's only sixteen we suggested he come out on a Saturday morning and go with Michael Reynolds, but it's up to him to decide. A complete new comer today was John Malone (no relation to Claire), who did very well, but Claire had text me to say he was fit enough to fit it with "C" group, and she was right as he had no problem with the pace.
We covered 55miles and all enjoyed the spin and I think that's what we all in Lakesiders want to achieve in the "C" group.