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Wheelers out in Big Numbers for Start of New Year

posted 16 Jan 2017, 03:05 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 16 Jan 2017, 03:09 ]
(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 15th January 2017)   
Last Sunday was by no means a bad day but it could hardly be described as a “nice” day and yet there was close on 80 Wheelers gathered at the clubhouse for the weekly spin. Great to see these numbers at this stage of the year and more importantly it was great to see the majority of them togged out in full club colours which looks really well on the road.

The route for today’s ride was posted on Saturday night and if anyone was thinking of having a few sneaky beers or glasses of vino and cycling on Sunday I’d say they pulled back and reconsidered as it was all north, north-west of Mullingar which means hills, hills and more hills. From the Clubhouse the route was Multyfarnham, Coole, Abbeylara, Granard, Edgeworthstown, Ballymahon and then home via the main road which amongst several other rolling hills has the dreaded “Skeagh” hill.

With such large numbers there were several groups and at a guess there were three “A’s”, at least two “B’s”, a “C” and the evergreen “Seniors” all departing like a well oiled machine by 9.05am. Out on the road however it took a while for these groups to find their level but by the time all had passed through Granard order was settled. The rain was not heavy but consistently dropping which made for messy conditions and with one or two riders yet to fit the winter mudguards there were lots of mud spattered faces at the tea/coffee stop.

The route planner had indicated that Edgeworthstown was to be the designated location for the Tea stop but with so many riders on the road our group of mainly youth members took an executive decision and continued on to Carrickboy to avoid congestion at the coffee machine. This proved to be a good plan as we had the shop and comfy seats to ourselves which allowed the group to recover before the difficult road home.

Through Ballymahon and Moyvore the aforementioned “Skeagh” hill loomed so with a mixture of youthfulness and “seniority” in the group the plan was for those who could, to go for a blow-out over the top and regroup before the next challenge which is the hill before Gunning’s pub in Rathconrath. All went well and from there to home the group rode at a nice Tempo pace with everybody rolling through to do a turn at the front.

Back at base the legs were tired and sore after a solid 100kms in tough conditions. Well done to everybody in the group which included Conor Farrell, Aaron Wade, Sean Kennedy, Michael Moran, Jack Moran, Ian Lambden, Graham Morgan and Seamus Moran. A big thank you to Camillus Farrell for providing motor back-up but thankfully he had a handy day as there were no punctures/mechanicals. Special mention to Jack Moran for hanging in on what was a very long spin for him but he proved up to it in the end.

Jack Seamus and Michael Moran on left with Conor Farrell Ian Lambden Paddy Whelan Dermot Reynolds and Camillus Farrell after Sundays spin
Jack, Seamus and Michael Moran on left with Conor Farrell, Ian Lambden, Paddy Whelan, Dermot Reynolds & Camillus Farrell after Sundays spin