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Weekend Cycles 14th November

posted 16 Nov 2010, 11:11 by Kevin Monaghan
(By Shay O'Toole)
As our club text highlighted this weekend, the winter cycling season has well and truly arrived, with several Wheelers pulling back the curtains last Sunday morning to reveal foggy and frosty conditions in places. However, with a very early thaw well under way, there was lots of enthusiasm in the ORS. Some groups, I understand, reversed the traditional system when they had an impromptu coffee break before the spin as they waited for the fog to lift, which gave some of the newer members a chance to get acquainted with the regulars.

C Group
Under the leadership of Arthur Dempsey, the C group headed for the N4 and the well known “watering hole”,  Mother Hubbards. With some of the girls on another skills session with our international club mate, Sarah Piner, it was men only on this spin. The lads kept a nice pace to Moyvalley where there were passed by the A group with an unlikely Martin O’Donnell swinging off the back, this didn’t however stop him from uttering some sort of “greeting” to his old C group pals. Looks like the turbo classes are paying off for Martin, if only Steve could encourage him to keep the bike in the turbo!!! On leaving the coffee stop the group divided up, with some of the riders heading directly home with the B group whilst three others decided to take the scenic route home via Hill of Down and Ballivor. Arthur tells me that they were delighted to have Jimmy Marshall back in the ranks after his trip down under and that the break does not appear to have slowed him up at all. The group also contained some other regulars from the Mallorca team with Sean Magee, John Culligan and John Boyan also in tow. According to Arthur the only difference was the temperature.

Ladies in Red
With the aforementioned winter conditions looking like they are going to be a regular occurrence for the foreseeable future, I thought it would be a good opportunity to eventually, print the photo that you see with this week’s notes. This beautiful scene was captured by our very own Sean Magee on a spin last year but with the PRO department being so busy I just didn’t get around to including it in any of the reports to date. Much to the disappointment of the girls in question, especially our secretary, Carmel Buckley who has asked me on several occasions when did I intend sending this portrait to the papers. I explained the pressure on the PRO department and “promised” that with the first sign of frost this winter I would put the picture in the weekly notes.
Happy cycling folks and see you all in the Greville Arms at the AGM this Friday, November, 19th at 8pm sharp.
Ladies in Red from left to right  Cathy O'Toole  Jenny Reynolds  Carmel Buckley and Carmel Dolan