It was a weekend of two halfs last weekend. The first half was what we have become used to, dry, cold and sunny on Saturday and the second half came as a shock to most with rain and cold and Sunday. A good group was out on Saturday for the club spin but the frosty roads brought about a change from the planned route with the group heading up the main N25 towards Youghal. As the morning and the roads seemed to be heating up nicely the lure of Tallow was too much at Youghal and the group swung off the main road heading for the promised land and home via Lismore and Cappoquin.
Sunday morning dawned dull, wet and cold but plenty of tough cyclists still togged out to get their weekly fix of cycling. Group 1 had 6 out for some character building. 3hr 30mins off of it was enough for them and as soon as the group hit Dungarvan talk of extra kilometres was replaced with talk of warm showers and they went their separate ways. Group 2 took the N25 and bypass road to Waterford, back to Kilmeaden and home via Kill and Bunmahon, slightly altering the planned route on account of the biblical rain which was a shock to the system after so many dry weekends. Six in the group with just under 90km covered at an average of 30kph.
The Back Road Group had 4 riders heading off on a slightly damp morning for an adventure on the quieter roads of the county, A pleasant damp spin as far as Ballylannen was replaced by a deluge and as the group arrived at Carrolls Cross they decided to shorten the spin returning by Newtown, Kilmac, Faha and Ballykeroge, on what turned into a cold and very wet Sunday spin the first time in a while.
10 die hards braved what started out to be light rain for Group 3’s weekly spin. The eternal optimists among us were sure it would clear up but unfortunately as the group approached Bunmahon it became a deluge. Once the Kill hills were cleared it was decided to abandon the planned route and head for the comfort of home. The new greenway was embraced for shelter from the relentless road spray. A puncture at Durrow took time to mend with wet and cold hands. All happy to return to base with a hard earned 60k in the legs. In the words of Van Morrison “there will be days like this”!
Group 23K consisted of 3 determined cyclists who took on mother nature on Sunday morning .The group headed on the N72 to the Welcome inn were the group turned left and headed for Aglish and then onto Villierstown and then through Dromana .At the bridge leaving Dromana the group stopped for rest a decision was made due to the deteriorating weather to head onto the Killmalosh road to the Welcome Inn and then head for home. The group covered 50km at an average speed of 21.4kph. Group 5 changed the route slightly as it was so wet and headed straight for Lismore, but after the reviving cuppa they decided that as they were thoroughly wet going back via Deerpark was a good idea. Thanks to Margaret for upholding the girl power group captaincy today and to the others for turning up in such foul weather. The group did around 55km with an nice 20kph average facing a bold head wind on the way home from Cappoquin.
Cycling Ireland Licences
As you are all probably aware at this stage your club and Cycling Ireland memberships should be renewed at this stage. If you have done this and haven’t received anything in the post don’t despair as Cycling Ireland are dealing with huge numbers applying at the moment. They moved to assure members about delays in licences being issued or renewed.The national governing body is also alerting riders to a processing error occurring with some licence renewals and has told members to simply ignore the error as it will not adversely impact them.It said while there are delays currently being experienced with licence renewals, riders could use PDFs emailed to them as licences until their licence card was delivered.It added while members who renewed their licence automatically each year would be seeing an error suggesting their licence had expired on December 31st last, this was not the case.“Your licence card is valid until the date stated on it and your fee for this year will be debited in due course,” Cycling Ireland said.
It was announced during the week that the Waterford Greenway will be officially opened on March 25th next. This is great news for the region and means you will now be able to cycle traffic free all the way to Waterford! It promises to be a very busy summer for the area thanks to the crowds expected to travel to use the facility.
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