Full Advantage Taken of the Weekend Sunshine

Post date: Mar 26, 2017 8:47:11 PM

(By Shay O'Toole - Sat. 25th March 2017)

The beautiful spring sunshine of last weekend definitely caused several Wheelers to awake from winter hibernation and saw numbers on the Saturday and Sunday morning spins swell considerably.

On Saturday morning there were over 28 in attendance for the D group spin which forced leaders to split the group into two bunches. Regular leaders, Ollie Bright and Gerry Wallace were ably assisted by James and Billy who took the first group as the riders departed for Tyrellspass via Kinnegad and Milltownpass. Whilst most of the group were seasoned D Groupers there were also some novices out and for them, the infamous Gneevebawn Hill was the major challenge before the coffee stop. Once all were safely over the top of this local landmark it was on to the “Castle” for refreshments where the big decision was to sit indoors or, outside in the glorious sunshine.

(L) to (R) PJ Carey, David Lally, Brendan Kiernan, Paul Murtahg and Seamus Killian

taking a break on Mother's Day spin.

Once the groups were adequately nourished with teas, coffees and scones supplied by the ever efficient staff in Tyrellspass Castle, it was time to return to base via Dalystown and complete a great 70km route. Last November many of these riders would not have contemplated such a distance so well done to all.

Next weekend sees the start of the sportive season for the D Group with some heading to a charity cycle in Longford whilst others are participating in the Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge in Co.Clare. However, fear not, as the ever-Bright Ollie, will be in his usual spot at the Barracks to lead the Saturday spin so wherever you may be, enjoy your cycle.

As with the Saturday session, there were huge numbers out on Sunday morning which led to several groups, of all sizes, heading in all directions. Hopefully the good weather lasts until next weekend when the club will host its annual tribute to the Tour of Flanders Pro race.

Mark Monaghan's tribute to Mother's Day at the break on last Sunday's spin.