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Heavy Foam Showers: "A" Group Report Sept. 4th 2011

posted 5 Sep 2011, 12:45 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 6 Sep 2011, 14:56 ]
(By Mark Horohoe)   
With a smaller size A group than usual we headed for a 104km spin towards Athlone. With the NBCRI Into the West 300km challenge next week this was the last chance for a long Sunday spin. The route took us for Hill of Uisneach, left for Moate, through the Village of Moyvoughly, Moate, Athlone, Horseleap and Dysart.

With Paul C sporting a new tan we were hoping this was a good omen for the days weather, however, as we approached Athlone the rain started to fall. Despite a very long coffee break the rain showed no sign of stopping. The coffee break was so long we even sat down for a while! With just two rain jackets between seven of us we headed for home. Now I’ve taken some slagging over the year from the risks of heavy rain if you use too much Wollite to wash your shorts so it was great to see that I’m not the only one to take such great care of their shorts. The results of this extra short care by one of the A group members was that in addition to dealing with the driving rain we had intermitted Wollite foam showers on the home journey.  See route at: www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/49037214

With the seasons racing and touring challenges coming to an end the A group will be taking a few weeks to recharge the battering before starting structured winter training in late October. The plan is to reduce the group pace and cut the distances to about 80km for few weeks and make the tea stop the focus of the spins for few weeks before fitting the mudguards and diging out the heavy shoe covers for the winter training plan.
 
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