DCC Notes, August 30th, 2015


At the end of a memorable season in which he has been the strongman in almost every race he has entered, Mark McGarry proved it on the national stage last weekend by taking the gold medal and the tricolor jersey in the strongman’s race, the Time Trial, at the National Championships in Westport last weekend. Well done Mark, we’re all very proud of you in the club. Not content with one medal he also took bronzes in both the road race and the criterium.

Mark McGarry receiving the tricolour jersey for National TT champion in Mayo last weekend
Mark McGarry receiving the tricolour jersey for National TT champion in Mayo last weekend

Mark wasn’t the only rider in Westport. Aoibhe Power rode a strong TT. She had a mechanical in the road race but still finished strong. She had a brilliant criterium, riding really aggressively, just missing the break and finishing in the bunch. Good stuff Aoibhe. Conor Coleman’s had a very strong first season at under 16, and turned in a top 20 in the TT, and finished comfortably in the bunch in the road race.

Also racing at the weekend was Ciaran Frisby and he put in a terrific effort at the under 14 race in Kilmallock, taking 7th in the bunch sprint.

Well done to all of our juveniles this season. They are a product of our successful underage summer league. Hopefully we’ll have more riders from the league coming through to give racing a try next season. Many thanks to everybody who’s helped and supported them, and especially the sponsors – Forde’s Daybreak, and MTS Broadband.


Saturday’s trip was to Cappoquin, Lismore, over The Vee to Clogheen, Newcastle, Ballymac, and home.

On Sunday we debuted a new group. This group is ideal for anyone who’s just completed the Sean Kelly Tour, and will typically cover 60-70 kms at an average speed of about 23kph. Paraig will be leading the group. Last Sunday, 14 cyclists enjoyed a sociable ramble through West Waterford, to the Welcome Inn, Kereen, Villerstown, Cappoquin, Lismore for coffee, Deerpar, Cappoquin, and home. The group stayed together, except on the 2 designated hill sections where each cyclist went as hard (or as easy) as they wanted, and regrouped again. The 23kph target pace was spot on. More of the same next week. Group 5 had 7, including Therese on her first spin with the group who did great work. Great weather and a good social spin took the group to the Seanchai, Mount Stuart, Clashmore, Piltown, coffee at the Ardmore farmers market, and hone via Old Parish. Group 4 headed to Lismore, Tallow, Youghal Bridge, coming home by Clashmore, and Cappagh. Group 3 had 24 riders. It was great to see some people moving up from Group 4. The route was the Kelly 100k in reverse. The combined Groups 1 & 2 (Group 1.5???) went to Cappoquin, Lismore, Ballyduff, the back road to Fermoy, Tallow, Camphire, and home.

To be informed of the weekend’s routes please check the Facebook page on Saturdays or send an email to spininfo@dungarvancc.com requesting to be added to the list to receive the routes.

Club spins leave at 9:00, from John Foley’s Kilrush on Saturdays, and The Square on Sundays.


A few of our hardier members have been putting in some savage miles recently, and they’ll need it as they’re planning on cycling from Mizen Head to Malin Head in just 2 days. It’s in aid of Waterford Hospice and Fourmilewater GAA. Enjoy shams.


Club legend Marc Flavin is starting back spinning, and core and flexibility classes in September. Ideal winter training for next season. Give Marc a shout if you’re interested.


From the Velominati, some essential cycling terms:

“Belly Breathing” The assertion that one is not sporting a protruding gut but is in fact using a highly sophisticated respiration technique called diaphragmatic breathing.

“Training Properly” The assertion that you are only being passed on a climb because you are following a strict training regimen.


You will find loads of updates, tips, photos, and commentary on the club’s Facebook page and on the club website dungarvancc.com. We’re even on Twitter if 140 characters is about all you can handle. Join the Dungarvan Cycling Club group on Strava to see what everyone else is up to. If you have anything you’d like me to report please email seanoduibhir@gmail.com

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