After a wonderful weekend of cycling in Dungarvan last week it was back to normal this weekend and the sunshine returned after last weekends misery! On what turned out to be a glorious summers day, Group 2 went to Lismore, Ballyduff, Fermoy and home via Tallow and Lismore. Around 12 in the group, on a relatively flat route after plenty of hills last week, just over 100k completed at a good steady pace.
Group 3 took to the coast road on Sunday where they were treated to some breathtaking scenery on the Copper Coast on such a beautiful morning. A left in Fenor took them across Fenor bog to Kilmeaden and then to Portlaw where the climb known as Scrouty awaited the group. This was the first time for a few of the group taking on this climb and it’s not likely they’ll ever forget it. A quick break at the top and then it was on to Lemybrien and home by Durrow. Another very enjoyable spin.
Group 5 had a lovely leisurely spin today but due to a mechanical early on one of our stalwarts had to return to base by shanks mare but we did have the sausage in Leamybrien for her. The pace might have been slow today but it was a day to enjoy the scenery and they definitely did. The route took them to 5 Cross Roads where they practiced their rollovers, then on to Mahon Bridge and a lovely long coffee stop in Leamybrien they decided to come home by the greenway, it was great to see so many leisure cyclists and walkers on the greenway. They did 50km with an average of 19km.
Last weekend saw the running of the 10th Sean Kelly Tour. Numbers have increased from 900 to 5,000 cyclists over the years. There has also been a huge increase in the numbers of people leisure cycling each weekend. So is your interest piqued? Are you thinking you could join the lycra-clad hordes, but just don’t know how to start? Did you cycle when you were younger and have some spare time again? If you are interested and would like to try out with a group, let us introduce you to Group 5 of Dungarvan Cycling Club, who head off every Sunday -9am in the summer and 9.30am in the winter.It’s a good idea to find out how far you can cycle and at what speed. That will let you know if you are ready to join in with the Group; we start off travelling about 40km-50km at roughly 17-18km per hour. That can be confusing when you’re just starting out, but think about this – could you cycle about 40km (that would be from Dungarvan to Cappoquin and back) and cover that distance in about two and a half hours? That’s what we begin with and gradually increase the distance and speedup (a bit), until by the time the Sean Kelly Tour comes round, we’ll be doing 100km at about 19-20kph. It’s hard to improve that much on your own, but it really does become easy when you cycle in a Group. We chat and laugh, stop for a tea, coffee (and maybe the odd bun or two), the Group 5 spin is social, supportive and fun. We all started off slowly, but everyone improves and enjoys it. With the Greenway opening soon, we are so lucky in Waterford to have a wonderful route to use and enjoy; join Group 5 and you’ll have the legs to do it! Here are few testimonials from some of Group 5 who completed the Sean Kelly Heritage 100km for the first time:
To say I’m thrilled to have participated in the 100km Sean Kelly Heritage Tour as a first-timer is an understatement. I’m still buzzing days later! The key to settling any pre-ride nerves is, of course, preparation. Having completed the 50km Kelly Cruise last year, I decided to step up my training regime by joining Group 5 Dungarvan Cycling Club – couldn’t recommend it highly enough. With great encouragement and support from all group members, it made the training very doable and most of all enjoyable. So I set out on Sunday as part of Group 5 knowing that the hard work was done. We took on the challenging course in our stride and savoured the fabulous scenery all along the way. Being part of such a well organised event can only be described as a wonderful experience. Roll on next year.
As a first timer being part of group 5 is a practical help. There is great camaraderie. I could not experience this while cycling on my own. The Sean Kelly Tour is on our home turf. We had regularly practiced sections on Sunday club spins. This helped me get to know the geography of the road. I could visualise the route and anticipate the ascents and descents, junctions, twists and turns. I could physically and mentally prepare in a structured group environment.I was not feeling nervous, just pure excited. I was confident that our group captain had us all prepped and ready. To be taking part in such a huge event in our hometown is awesome. I’m thinking I know this road; we have travelled this on our Sunday spins, this won’t be a problem I’m only thinking of that dreaded King of the Hill. I had not been on it before. I always say ignorance is bliss and in this instance my motto was good. Head down and as our captain always says, it’s not a race. Loving the wonderful countryside that we live in and being able to see it in such a satisfying way is amazing. The rain might have dampened our bodies but it certainly didn’t dampen our spirits. Being with group 5 has been a pleasure from day one. The encouragement I got from the group was and is second to none. Coming in the Youghal road I had a feeling of pure satisfaction. I could feel myself increasing my speed with the people clapping and saying well done. My experience on the SK Tour was unreal and I enjoyed every single minute of it.
The racing season is nearing its end but Dungarvan riders are still in action up to the very end. Sunday last saw the racing take place in Kilmallock where up and coming racer Alan Landers took to the line in the A4 event. Alan had a great race over the hilly circuit escaping in a breakaway group in the closing stages and finishing just outside the prizes in 10th place. I think we can expect to hear alot more from Alan next season! Next weekend is the final stage race of the year with the staging of the Charleville 2 day. Aidan Connell and Pat Kenealy will be competing over 3 stages and 2 days and we hope to have a report back next week. Best of luck to them.
Club Charity Cycle
Our club bi-annual charity cycle will take place on September 18th at 9:30. This years chosen charity is Nadines Cancer Battle. Last week members of the club committee met with members of the charity’s fundraising team to organise the details of the event. There will be a choice of two routes, 60km and 100km. Both routes follow the same road to Kill via the coast road and Bunmahon. The food stop is in Kill Community hall. Then the 60km cycle returns to Dungarvan via Ballylaneen, Kilmac and Durrow while the 100km cycle heads to Kilmeaden, Carrick on Suir, Lemybrien and Durrow. The cost per rider is 20 euros with all money collected going to the charity. Invites have been sent out to all the cycling clubs in the county and South Tipperary so we hope to get large numbers taking part on the day. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details and links to the routes are up there also. More details on the charity can be found at https://www.facebook.com/nadinescancerbattle/ or https://www.idonate.ie/2035_nadines-cancer-battle.html.
Something that might be of interest to club members is the Bikefitphysio which is based in Cork but also travels out to clubs to do sessions. This is something that might be possible for us if we get enough interest. Their main service in Cork at the clinic is:
– a chat around type and volume of cycling and goals and any symptoms/pain
– full screening of movement and muscle strength/endurance
– Physiotherapy treatment and exercise prescription.
– Bike Fit based on static and dynamic measurements.
– Advice on cycling technique
– Nutrition/Training one to one consultation. This service is currently at 120 Euro and takes 2 hours. For club visits,
Everything is included except for the nutrition/training consultation.
This brings the time down to 1hour 30mins and the cost to 80 Euros if more than 8 clients.
Each member will get a video link of their cycling technique to reflect and improve on, along with a sheet containing the changes to the bike measurements, if required.
Here is a link to the website www.thebikefitphysio.com
And Facebook page is : Thebikefitphysio
Anyone with any interest in this please let Beanie or any committee member know as places are filling up fast!!
The Vuelta continued this week producing some great racing that many would argue rivals the Tour de France. There has been 6 different riders in the red leaders jersey over the first 9 stages and the top ten riders overall are within 2 minutes of each other. Alberto Contador survived a big crash again just like he did at the tour and is struggling with injuries, Chris Froome looks tired and not on form after his busy year to date. Nario Quintana is looking good however holding the red jersey for one day already and not many would bet against him taking the overall win in two weeks time. The race continues on Eurosport and ITV each day.
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