Easy Riders Take to The Trail

Post date: Oct 11, 2015 9:43:7 PM

(By Gerry Wallace - Sat. 10th October 2015)

Saturday was a beautiful morning and thirteen like-minded cyclists had similar thoughts. It was great to see such a large group now taking part in our regulated new members' spins. In order to vary the route and make the spin a little more enjoyable, we headed out of the barracks and before long we were heading for Castletown Geoghegan but not on the main road. As an alternative we headed onto the new cycleway at Clonmore. For most of the group it was their first experience on The Old Rail Trail. What a wonderful development this has created for the town and its environs.

Before long and without any effort we reached the beautiful Castletown station. From here it was up the road to the village and onward to Kilbeggan via the back roads. The group arrived safely at the Distillery and the well earned coffee/tea and fresh scones were a welcome diversion. Once the group had their energy levels restored it was up the old N6 and before long Tyrrellspass beckoned. Once Ger had her rear tyre pumped to full pressure from your's truly she made light work of the return journey. Needless to say some of the group were annoyed that they had missed out on having their tyres "squeezed" - perhaps next week ?.

The group made light work of the return from Dalystown and before long everyone arrived back to the barracks. Tom and myself were delighted to see such great progress in the group since early September - if the group keep up the work it won't be long before they will give the D group a run for their money.

Next Sunday is the official opening of the Old Rail Trail. A number of the group have expressed an interest in taking part in this event. If any of our regulars would like an early morning spin with coffee in Moate we will be leaving the barracks at 8.30a.m.

For all other novice cyclists the regular spin will take place as usual from the barracks at 9.00 a.m. on Saturday.

One of the many beautiful bridges along The Old Rail Trail