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May Bank Holiday Group Cycle Round-Up

posted 8 May 2012, 14:55 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 11 May 2012, 05:10 ]
Plenty to report again from the May bank holiday weekend's cycling adventures in the various group spins.  Routes were many and varied, tele-porting phenomena were observed, copious amounts of coffee and scones consumed at several eateries and most of the midland counties visited - read on...

A Group Patrols the N4 (By Mark Monaghan)
With our trusted leader Mark Horohoe unable to attend Sunday morning's spin, it was left to Robbie Kenny and Mark Monaghan to determine our route.  After a quick chat we decided not to make things to complicated and decided on an out-and-back spin to Kilcock! A nice easy spin for a recovery week... Yeah Right! In conditions perfect for cycling we set off from ORS car park with a slight headwind for company.  This didn’t seem to hinder this bunch of pros keeping a high pace the whole way to Kilcock. After a quick cuppa and chat it was back onto to bikes for the home trip. With the wind now on our backs it was now time to get some speed training in. The group was working extremely well doing through & offs the whole way home. The miles seemed to fly by and we reached home in record time (1hr 15mins). All in all we had close to 100km completed by the time we got back to ORS with an average of 35kmph! Well done all, I have to say it was an excellent spin and I really enjoyed it!

Prior to our departure on Sunday mornings club spin a minutes silence was observed in honour of Comdt. Morgan Sparrow, Usher Irish Road Club,  who tragically died on Saturday morning after an accident in a club race on Thursday (May 3rd) evening - see below for more details.

Group B Notes Sunday 6th May
I was glad to see that not only Mallorca can get the sunshine, even if there’s a difference of about 20 degrees and the sunshine didn’t last any longer than five minute intervals, and you have to stop to get a hot cup of tea instead of ice-tea. Okay it’s not like Mallorca at all, although Aidan Nolan did go topless for one fleeting moment in Edgeworthstown!

The numbers were down slightly this week, and with a bit of persuasion we lost some lads to the A group. Good luck lads, hope all went well. The group split into two sections, and we were on our way, after a minutes silence was observed in memory of Comdt. Morgan Sparrow which is a stark reminder of the dangers of road racing, may he rest in peace.

Today’s route brought us down the N4 towards Longford. We turned a Rathowen church on towards Lismacaffrey and Granard, here we turned left onto the Ballinalee road and down a hill reaching speeds of 65km/h plus, (A hill + a Bike = Great Craic). Turning left a Ballinalee crossroads, we headed for Edgeworthstown, up and down some nice rolling hills, but the group kept together well. Infact the group stayed together as one unit until after Bunbrosna, averaging 30km/h for the 90km route. Well done chaps nice spin.

Space-Age Technology Comes to C Group. (By Shane Corcoran)
Our spin started out at O.R.S as normal. As the wind was north easterly it was decided to head to Mother Hubbard's via Ballivor and after aiming for there last week and ending up in Kinnegad, we were all hopeful of achieving our goal. We left town via the N4 towards Killucan. Then it happened, Paddy Kelly decided that he was promoting himself to the A group and disappeared over the horizon with them. We proceeded on our journey, wishing our friend well on his new adventure. We worked well as two groups and on nearing Ballivor it was mentioned that Paddy was now in tow with the second group. Various theories of how this had happened were thrown around as we all had not passed Paddy. Popular opinion was that a new device had been added to Paddy’s bike last seen on the starship Enterprise; the Beam Me Back button is now available in all good bike shops.

On to the stop, finally getting to Mother Hubbards, where we had tea and scones. Our resident scone critic was happy with the fare, but felt they were a bit small compared to last weeks in Kinnegad but was good value. The coffee was ok, again hard to beat last weeks in Kinnegad.

That's where my notes end, as I had to depart early as I had pre-arranged to visit some relatives in Dublin Zoo, but I was joined by the scone critic on my return journey, which I appreciated as it seemed to be quiet hard this week. I would also like to say it was great to see Martin Quinn out this week and I enjoyed the chat along the road

D Group Saturday 5th May (By Joe Duffy)
The D Group was restricted to twelve riders on Saturday morning but the dozen enjoyed a great spin in mild weather and all were very pleased to complete the 54km trip, the longest cycle to date for many of them. A number of regulars were away for the bank holiday weekend however they missed an excellent trip on a nice flat route. We headed into the north-east wind on our way to Killucan and Raharney before getting the tail wind from the Hill of Down on our way to the coffee stop in Kinnegad. Following a break for the tea and scones in the Hillimar Hotel we returned back to base via Coralstown and Gaybrook to avoid the road works on the N4 at The Downs.

This group of riders have made great progress following completion of their recent five week introduction programme and it won’t be too long before they will be fit to go with the C group. As the level of fitness and confidence grows many of them are now looking forward to a further increase in mileage and taking on some touring challenges over the summer months.

Approaching Warp Speed

Approaching Warp Speed - Maybe this explains the strange goings on in the C Group on Sunday!
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