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Easter Weekend Group Cycles Roundup

posted 9 Apr 2012, 15:18 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 9 Apr 2012, 15:55 ]
Crows on the Crossbar - Crowbar!
It was great to see another huge crowd (corrected from notes!) out again over Easter weekend and that the temptation of Easter Eggs didn’t stop too many from hitting the road, instead deciding to burn off some calories and not feel guilty while tucking in later! Here's a roundup of just some of the many groups out over the weekend...

Beginners' Group
I had thought with it being Easter Saturday that we would not have as many as usual turn up for week four of our five week Beginners Cycling Program. WELL how wrong I was! Once again the numbers exceeded our expectations and a fantastic total of 22 participants signed on. Most have been with us every week and a few were back after a break last week and indeed we even had a few totally new participants.

It was a beautiful sunny morning and the leaders this week, Billy and myself (I could officially talk this week!! ) went through the usual talk on safe cycling and all the hints and tips on cycling in a group and also some basic tips on tyres, brakes and basic bike maintenance.

We split into two groups with Billy taking a slightly stronger group first and my group following out the gates of ORS a couple of minutes later leaving a gap between the groups. We had decided this week to throw a hill or two into the spin, well one big hill really and so we headed for Rochfortbridge and up that long lovely drag of a hill that is Gneevebawn. Well I can tell you that the Lakeside Wheelers "A" group would not have climbed Gneevebawn as good as our group did. We all stayed together in perfect group formation all the way up and sailed down the far side to the castle in Tyrrellspass for our "sit down" break. As one member of our group commented, the hill was worth doing for the delicious scones with jam and cream that we had in the Castle without feeling one bit guilty.

The scones were even more justified when the groups realised that we were going BACK up Gneevebawn on the return leg of the spin but we turned left at the top and headed downhill and across some lovely countryside and ended up back on the Rochfortbridge road at Simonstown and back into ORS with 45 K and one big hill (twice) under our belts. WELL DONE EVERYONE.  

The groups are flying and getting stronger and more used to group cycling each week and from the feedback that I am getting are really enjoying the spins. Next week is our final week of the program with a 50 k spin in the pipeline. There will be a follow on structure from the Beginners program and we will have more details next week.

Once again a big thank you to the volunteers from Lakeside Wheelers who lead the groups each week and also the extra people who turn up every week to help out. Without the volunteers it just would not be possible to run a program such as this.  Looking forward to seeing you all next Saturday the 14th for our final Beginners session! Carmel D.

A Group Zipp over the Hills!

With our group leader absent on Sunday morning the evergreen Robbie Kenny took charge of the A group which contained 10 riders. With Robbie in charge in generally means two things, hills and pain which he duly obliged by taking us to Carrickboy, Glasson, Ballymore & home via the Hill of Uisneach (ouch). The Speed was high right from the off and maintained that way throughout, but all in all it was a brilliant spin with everybody working well together and the group only really splitting after Uisneach when the hammer came down. Well done to all on a great spin of over 100Km and average speed of 33kmph, although my Strava App on the phone reckons I did over 200km and started out in the middle of the Irish Sea!

Group B Update
Easter always feels like there’s a new beginning, spring is in the air, days are getting longer, enticing people out of their winter slumber and onto their bikes. It was super to see both new and familiar faces in the B group this morning.

At 9.02am the last of the three groups were on the road which caught a few by surprise. Apologies to Darragh Caffrey and Paddy Whelan having to chase down the faster B group (good practice for the Mullingar 2 day lads!)

I was conscious when planning the route that it not to be too long, as a mountain of chocolate needed to be consumed by all members of the family both young and old. 75km would bring the L.S.W. train roll into Co. Offaly.  To avoid the N4, we passed through Killucan, Kinnegad and onto Edenderry. After a tea stop, it was a headwind all the way, up ‘fatty’ hill, just outside Edenderry.  Then onto Rhode and Rochfortbridge. With the wind easing slightly, it was back home on what was a testing day for all concerned……Except for myself, Bob and Seamus, who did a bit of an A group special and headed for home earlier, but with Martin O’Donnell giving us his blessing, I don’t feel too bad. (Eamon Hogan)
Is this the Crow spotted at ORS at the weekend?!
Is this the Crow spotted at ORS at the weekend?!