The midweek spin changed to Wednesday this week and altered from a steady recovery ride to a hilly spin as a precursor for the upcoming jagged edge tour. 14 on board into a tough headwind on the coast road, lots of personal bests on the climb to Kill and a speedy descent to Ballylaneen. Cris crossing some backroads to arrive back down to Durrow and with the wind in their sails a fast return to base. 27.5kph over 55 kilometres with 550 metres of climbing.
Sunday started off dull and cool but brightened up as the day went on. The back road group had 18 cyclists for another adventure on the traffic free roads around the county, the group left town and straight away took on some lung opening climbs taking them through Coolnasmeer, Kilbrien, Tourneena, Cappagh, Canty, Glenbeg and onto another new climb taking them up to Toor from where it was downhill to this week’s coffee stop courtesy of Ritchie and Emer Hickey in Mount Stuart and what a stop it was! From here the group split with some heading back up hill and down strikes to get to soccer matches and party’s while the rest of the group took on new back roads and meandered their way along the Blackwater taking in the beautiful views on offer overlooking Strancally castle and Dromore quay, then it was on into Villerstown and past Kereen, Ballinameela and home with 96 kilometres complete and almost 1300 metres of climbing.
Group 3 were well represented at Saturday’s Jagged Edge with 6 of the group completing the 130k without any difficulty (see separate report). The Sunday spin was a little depleted but still had 11 for the trip to Tipp on a beautiful calm morning for cycling. Up to Ballymacarbry, skirting Clonmel, pushing up the mountain road to Rathgormac, Clonea and home via Kilmac and the coastal run in to town. 1000 metres climbed covering 100 kilometres at 27.5kph.
Group 4 enjoyed a great double-header last weekend as they tackled the 70k Jagged Edge sportive in Crosshaven on Saturday followed by their regular Sunday jaunt to Tallow. Saturday was breezy but as the hilly section to Kinsale and Innishannon was with an easterly tailwind there were no complaints. Following a beautiful footstop, they pressed onwards to Halfway and Carrigaline and finished at a strong pace back to Crosshaven. For many this was their first sportive, and the feedback has been all good. Well done to all. Sunday was calmer and ideal weather for cycling. The route selected was reasonably flat to Tallow and on backroads to Camphire to enjoy some tasty rhubarb tart at Lismore Farmers Market. This energy burst kicked off a faster pace back to Dungarvan, again on quiet backroads by Kilmolash and Ballinameela. The distance was 80 kilometres covered at 26kph on the button. As per usual with Group 4, others added extra kilometres up to Millstreet and home by Colligan.
The G23K Sunday spin took the 7 cyclists for Margarets 60th birthday cycle which took the group along the coast road towards Seafield were the group turned left and headed for Ballylaneen. The group stoped for a water stop to gather the troops and then headed for Kilmacthomas, Fews and Mahon bridge were the group headed to Leamybrien for much needed coffee. After the photo shot the group headed back into Leamybrien and headed for Kilrosanty. After Killrosanty the group were back onto the N25 where a left at the pike brought them to Durrow and then home. 67 kilometres covered at an average speed of 22 kph. Group 5 had 6 cyclists out on Sunday, including 4 hardy souls who had participated in the Jagged Edge sportive on Saturday. So Sunday’s spin was a gentle warm-down on a wonderfully wind-free morning, from Dungarvan to the Welcome Inn, through Kilmolash to Cappoquin and onto Lismore where the Farmers Market was just opening up. The group restored themselves with hot drinks and the strawberry & rhubarb tart – nearly compulsory eating at this stage! Well done to all, especially those who cycled on Saturday as well – 54 kilometres covered at an average speed of 22kph.
Jagged Edge Tour
DCC descended in large numbers to the coastal town of Cross haven in Co Cork for the 2017 Jagged Edge Tour on Saturday last. The clue is in the title of the sportive as it is regarded as one of the toughest on the cycling leisure calendar, with two routes available the 130k Pain route or the 65k Pleasure route (the latter only named Pleasure in relation to the Pain route)
Groups 2 and 3 opted for the 130k route, 1600m of climbing all in the first 2/3s of the spin followed by rolling hills. Hill after hill with very brief respite in between the tour hurtles along the coastline over to Kinsale, down to Garretstown, over to Timoleague for a well-earned coffee stop, then back towards Bandon, Ballygarvan, Carragline and back to base. A very blustery day with a stiff headwind for the latter part of the journey, the spectacular scenery made it all worthwhile. The G2’s attacked the hills from the word go while G3 were happy to take the steadier approach. All completed the task with little difficulty, a great result from all the training during the winter months.
G4 and G5 had big numbers out for the pleasure 65k route, 800m of climbing in total with some tough hills presenting in the first 10k. For some it was a return visit, for others it was the first on a long bucket list and all were thrilled with the accomplishment.
DCC leisure members will be taking part in lots of events up and down the country over the summer months. What better way to see the countryside only on a bike with great company, one down lots to go, watch this space for more updates!
After a break last weekend the racing side of the club was back in action in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny and Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Damian and Jason Travers along with Niamh O Donovan made the trip to Castlecomer. Damian was competing in the A1/2 race over a tough circuit. The race split up as the day went on and Damian called it a day with one lap to go. Jason was in the A4 race and finished in the bunch. The ladies race was a round of the national series so attracted a top class field. Niamh O Donovan rode a great race and finished 7th on the day.
Daryl Kerns, Marc Flavin and John Hodge travelled to Newcastle West. Again a very tough circuit and race was had but the 3 lads rode well on the day making it into the splits that broke clear from the bunch. At the finish John finished 7th, Daryl was 9th and Marc was 10th. So 3 DCC riders in the top ten was a good day out for the lads. Well done to all. This week the league races return with the Comeragh CC league on Tuesday and our own O Mahoney cycles league on Thursday.
O Mahoney Cycles Summer Series
Our annual summer series gets underway on Thursday night. Sign on from 6:45pm at Ballinroad hall with first group off at 7pm. This year we are back on the Ballyvoile, Seafield, Kilmac, Five X rds, Brenan circuit. This lap always provides some great racing thanks to the rolling roads and some tough little climbs. Last years winner Conor Hennebry won’t be back to defend his title as he is riding for the An Post team this year. So the Joe Fitzgerald cup is up for grabs again! We hope to see as many club members as possible turn up each week as with the handicap system each group races at their own pace and sometimes it all comes together near the end and other times the early groups stay away. So everyone is in with a chance. If you are not riding but are around on a Thursday night please consider helping out with the running of the races, there will always be a job for you on the night! We also hope that some riders from neighbouring clubs will join us over the summer, you are assured of a good workout that you’d never get on your own! A huge thanks to our sponsors Tony and Siobhan O Mahoney of O Mahoney cycles in Abbeyside who are supporting this event from the beginning. So you all know the time and place so no excuses! See you all on Thursday.