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Weekend Group Cycles 19th &20th May

posted 22 May 2012, 14:52 by Kevin Monaghan
Despite representation in two races on Sunday, four members starting their epic journey around the country to Race The Rás and a large contingent just back from foreign service in Mallorca, there was still a large turnout over the weekend for the scheduled group spins.  Thanks to group leaders for their updates, which you can read below...

Group A Revisit Winter training roads.
With hints of summer beginning to show through this morning (Sunday May 20th) again we had big numbers congregating in the ORS car park. With our intrepid group leader missing in action this morning it was up to Mark Monaghan & David Fagan to decide the route. Instead of following Mark H’s suggested route we decide to venture north and revisit some of our winter routes. So onward and upwards and upwards we headed! Heading cross country via crazy corner and parts of the hilly forty routes, we quickly reached Collinstown. From there we headed for Oldcastle and the dreaded Lough Crew.  This time we decided to tackle it from the steeper side but on the main road as opposed to the back road!  Coffee was now high on the agenda and we duly stopped off in Oldcastle to refuel and have a natter and to admire Damien Shaw’s new ‘Storck’. A top class bike for a top class Rider! The miles began to roll by and before long we hit Castlepollard and then on to Coole. From there we all knew what was coming. Piggery! As if we hadn’t done enough climbing! Well done all on a fantastic day out on the bike!

Group B Notes Sunday 20.05.2012
The weeks seem to be rolling along and though the temperatures are still on the cool side, there was still a full complement of Lakeside Wheelers turning up at the O.R.S. and the B group where no exception.

The group today would be traveling towards Co.Offaly. Although we hadn’t to negotiate the mountains the pro teams of the Giro, there were still a few hills to climb. The route brought us through Killucan, Kinnegad, where we nearly took leave of PJ Carey as he headed for the M4 motorway! On we rolled through Edenderry, and on to Daingean for a quick refreshment stop. The homeward leg brought us through Croghan, Tyrrellspass, Rochfortbridge, and with the pace pushing this cyclist very close to the red, we kept the group together to the end. Just to let Steve Franzoni know your Specialized bike is in good hands with its new owner, and is obviously used to sprinting home in first place. Yet another Dan to keep an eye on in the Wheelers.

Group C Notes
It was a nice day for spin for a change with little or no wind to worry about. We decided to head towards Edenderry with a tea stop in mother hubbords. There was 14 in the group some new faces and some experianced or regular visitors to the group. As fun is the main moto of our group it was not different today except it was done at a blistering pace. I noticed that there very few calls to slow down when I got to the front . Anyway no update on the scone front as we done a critic here a few weeks ago, however one wheeler asked me to say that the toast was of an exceptional quality . We got home with 96 km on the ole sat nav with An average of 23 km over the distance. Well done all.

D Group Update (By Carmel Dolan)
One wondered was it October or May last Saturday morning as we assembled for the D group spin as there was a distinct chill in the air! Nonetheless, a group of 14 left the ORS car park at 9am including the leaders this week, Damien O Brien & myself. We headed out to Dysart and up into Castletown and along the rolling hills towards Kilbeggan and into Lockes Distillery for our tea stop. Quite a few tourists were there and they looked amused at 14 lycra clad cyclists ordering all sorts of fare including coffee, tea, scones, toast and brown bread and there was even a herbal tea in the mix!!

The infamous puncture fairy
After an enjoyable tea break & chat, the entire group were in good form and we headed for Tyrrellspass where the puncture fairy visited us and indeed HE visited twice on Saturday much to Damien's displeasure as he was the nominated repair man! Up Gneevebawn we headed and Rosemary Whelan, who was on home turf, led the peleton with ease up one of our favourite hills and we sailed into Rochfortbridge and back to the ORS with an incredible 63 km to our credit. Well done to everyone and in particular Dolores and Brendan who were out for the first time. All in all everyone enjoyed the spin and didn't mind doing the few extra kilometres!  The D group spin continues next Saturday and hopefully the temperatures will have increased by then.

The new D-group is the ideal next step for people who have completed the Beginners Program. The spins are leader lead (on a rotational basis) to help the group decide on routes and give further advice & tips as required. Other club riders are welcome to join this group but the D-group leaders will be ensuring that the pace and distance remains as per D-group guidelines.