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Punctures, Dogs and Carrots!

posted 4 Jan 2011, 07:17 by Kevin Monaghan

A good crowd of riders assembled for a post New Years day spin. The weather was bitterly cold and luckily a frost that was forecast never materialised. With the start time still at 10am the distance to be covered was reduced to still arrive back before the 1pm deadline.
A group of 14 riders headed off on the relatively flat roads to Killucan and then over to Ballivor and back via Kinnegad, a round trip of about 36 miles. Well we all know what will be on the Santa list next year - New Tyres! We had no less than 5 punctures in the group and 3 mechanicals - a club record! Actually a helpful hint if you examine your tyres and spot a couple of nicks in them - apply a drop of superglue on them and that will keep you going for another while. With the group in jovial spirits after the Christmas break we took it in our stride and took an earlier than normal coffee stop in a petrol station in Ballivor where we were treated to recession beating coffee and muffins - €2 for a Coffee and Muffin - well done on that one.

When you are cycling in a group there is a policy to warn cyclists behind you in the group of upcoming obstacles. This can range from shouting that you punctured warning of a dog coming out of a gateway, of which today there were unseasonably more than normal, or the latest one to be added to the club list "Carrots". Well you may ask yourself what this is about. Some local farmer up near the Hill of Down was bringing his stock of carrots to market and half his load must have fallen onto the road. Well there were carrots everywhere. One of the group who has a few donkeys at home threatened to come back in the car and stock up on some supplies.

We eventually arrived back safe and sound to the ORS a little tired but satisfied that we had burnt off any bit of the turkey!
– Conor Isdell
The possible culprit for the Carrots!