Unusually for a Sunday Spin we had just 7 riders in total, 4 from the intermediate group and 3 from the faster group, The Sean Kelly Tour and holidays accounting for many regulars. All 7 set off together towards Moneygall riding at a steady pace and in a tight bunch. The 4 intermediate riders took a left towards Cloughjordan, on to Borrisokane and back to Nenagh, with an exquisite tail wind! Total distance covered was 55km at an avg speed of 27.5km/hr. Coincidentally we reckon this was a unique spin where the distance covered was similar to the average age of the group!
From Moneygall, the faster (see below!) group turned right and headed for the hills (route map above), first on the cards was Army Hill, then onto Gortagarry where they turned right and climbed the steep side of latteragh. The trio then descended to Seanin’s before climbing again to Templederry, onto Dolla, then Silvermines before taking the n7 to Birdhill. At this point, the lads headed for Ballina and took the scenic route home to Nenagh via Portroe and Newtown, a total of 92km. As it happened on the day, this group averaged slightly lower than the intermediate group at 26.6km/h, however this was due to the significant amount of climbing on this route.
Thanks to Michael Molamphy for the intermediate group report and to Kevin Byrne who provided the stats for the Faster Group.
Wheelers on Tour
A number of Wheelers headed to Waterford for the Sean Kelly Tour and as you can see from the picture above, Pat Bergin had to be carried off his bike after putting in a savage effort dragging the rest of the lads up every climb on the 160km route. Well done to all who took part. Great to see the club colours out in force!
Meanwhile, a little closer to home, a number of Wheelers including Ciaran Moran, Paul Lenihan and Tommy Hanrahan, took part in the Sarsfield’s Ride, Gathering Cycle which took place on a 60km route from Killoscully. Rumour has it that Paul and Tommy have been cycling together since 1979….no wonder they look so tired! Well done guys.
It was a quite weekend on the racing front, with no open races of note on the calendar. 3 Wheelers took part in the first of the Cycle for Sick Children Time Trial Series last Thursday night. In the Male Elite Category, John Foote placed 7th, while Kevin Byrne placed 4th in the Male Rookie category and Julie White placed 2nd in the Female Senior Category. This series continues for the next 4 weeks for any other members interested in taking part.
Next up is Rás Cill Mocheallóg on Sunday which is good preparation for members taking part in the Charleville 2 Day the following weekend. Good luck to all taking part.