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The Road Less Travelled: "A" Group Report 28th August

posted 29 Aug 2011, 15:14 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 29 Aug 2011, 15:21 ]
(By Mark Horohoe) 
It was great to hear that a large number of wheelers who made the trip over to the Tullamore tour.  Despite the visitors to Tullamore and a number of riders in Waterford for the last of the An Post Tours there was still a good number in ORS to ensure a strong A group spin. With just 2 weeks to go until the Into the West Challenge the were a number of riders keen to get in a long spin.

Recently we have been reading the reports of the B and C group spins, travelling the scenic untravelled road – the stories of quiet lanes with “grass down the middle” has eluded the A group for some time. So this week we had a new route.  When the route was outlined in ORS car park before our departure, and the section with grass down the middle advised, most riders were intrigued except one nervous face in the group who had a shiny set of deep section carbon fibre wheels. In the end the lane was not as bad as the riders expected and all men and machinery made it through safely.

The mornings route took us from Multyfarnhan, Coole, Lysryan in the direction of Edgeworthstown but we took a left 5km after Lysryan to see us cycling the “grass down the middle” lane. The lane took us 4km through the countryside and out onto the N4 just 1km the longford side of Rathowen. We crossed the N4 and head towards the village of Legan where after a  shower on approach we stopped for the coffee stop.

After the pitstop we took the left in Legan to meet the Ballynacarrigy road which we crossed before going through the villages of Colehill and Tashinny to emerge out on the Ballymahon-Edgeworthstown road. Not finished with the road less travelled we took a left a few minutes later which took us through the woods and past Newcastle estate and onto the Ballymahon Mullingar road. The expected Skeagh Hill effect do not disappoint and it was a very healthy pace back to ORS. See route at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/47819992.

The Tazzie boys of Matt and William again joined us for the spin as did Morgan Depsey who was on his second trip with A group and looks as if he has been there for years.

SOme of Sunday's A Group riders at the coffee-stop in Legan
Some of the crew in Legan on Sunday during the coffee-break
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