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Mick & Damien Put The Juniors Through Their Paces

posted 3 Oct 2011, 12:08 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 3 Oct 2011, 12:18 ]
(By Mick Reynolds)   
Damien Shaw joined forces with Mick Reynolds to oversee the enthusiastic group of Lakeside Wheelers juniors on Saturday morning last. Meeting up at Outdoor Escape at 10am six regulars were joined by two new recruits Caolin Brennan and Ross Kiernan. The new lads were introduced to the group and briefed on how to cycle safely in a group. 

Now all cyclists know that there is nothing like a few hills to get the heart racing and to test yourself against those cycling with you. It seems that the juniors have quickly developed a fondness for the hills as when asked where they would like to go for a spin they shouted “Laragh Skeagh” almost in unison. With Damian at the front dishing out plenty of advise to the youths we headed out the Ballynacaragy road. 

Thomas Kilmurray was intent on showing the benefits of cycling in the club for the past number of months to his neighbour Ross as he powered up the first hill on the road stringing out the group. After the early burst of speed the group settled into a nice relaxed pace that suited everyone until we turned left just before Ballynacaragy and onto the famous Laragh hill. Narrow and winding its not quite Alp D’Heuz  but to teenagers it might as well be. All made it to the top and down the fast descent safely. 

The first time the juniors climbed Skeagh there were a few white faces at the thought of having to tackle it but not any more. A short break was taken before the start of the climb and the lads were let off in pairs with climbers Shane Hughes and Robert Shaw last to be let off. Andrew McDunphy, Eoin Ashe and Sean Duignam have been getting out on their bikes regularly and it is great to see how they have improved over the summer months. 

Gunning's of Rathconrath was used as the  rendezvous to regroup and to take a well deserved break. The group completed their 41km cycle in good spirits and the new recruits promised to return next week.  A big thank you to Damien Shaw for helping out.

Mick Reynolds, Robert Shaw, Thomas Kilmurray, Ross Kiernan, Caolin Brennan, Sean Duignan, Eoin  Ashe, Damien Shaw, Andrew McDunphy, Shane Hughes
Mick Reynolds, Robert Shaw, Thomas Kilmurray, Ross Kiernan, Caolin Brennan, 
Sean Duignan, Eoin  Ashe, Damien Shaw, Andrew McDunphy, Shane Hughes