B Group Spin

Post date: Aug 24, 2020 1:34:13 PM

B Group Spin Sunday 23rd August 2020

A group of 14 set off from our temporary HQ at O'Brien's carpark at 9.00 with Mark Horohoe deputising as group leader for the absent Eugene Duffy ( enjoy your holidays Eugene). With people coming back from either long breaks from cycling or just the holidays, the pace was kept nice and reasonable and chatter could be heard from the group for the entire spin. We stopped to attend to a puncture just outside Clara and it was rumoured that the best man to help fix a puncture in the club was in attendance so we expected to be back on the bikes in jig time. Sure enough the cry of 'saddle up' was soon heard and we were back on our way.

A nice indoor tea stop in Applegreen in Tullamore was had. We were lucky that there was lots of available seating so we were able to spread out and chat in our little groups.

Even though it's getting late in the cycling season you know some people mean business when they have swapped the usual sticky bun or even a breakfast roll and Coke for a mixed green salad and mineral water!

Back onto the bikes and with the wind more or less in our backs we were soon in Tyrrellspass via the back roads, then up Guinebawn hill into Rochfort Bridge. A few folks were starting to feel the kilometers in the legs at this stage and the pace was 'adjusted' to allow a breather. However that didn't last too long as recent runner turned cyclist Bernard Groenewald broke from the back of the bunch up the long drag into Gainstown and for home. A few others gave chase and anyone who wasn't tired out by then certainly was by the time Mullingar came into view. A very enjoyable spin with a great group and 95 kilometers completed.