Saturday was a washout for all but a few hardy cyclists but Sunday brought a better day and on what turned out to be another very pleasant day for cycling, around 25 cyclists headed down the coast road, a mixture of Group 1 & 2. The route was Tramore return, taking the inland road via Dunhill to Tramore on the way down and coming home via the real coast road ( a road less travelled!). Good steady pace on the way down, with a nice couple of ramps on the way back, where it was all about finding your own rhythm. Good tough spin of around 85km to ready the legs for those heading to Glengarriff next weekend.
An enthusiastic bunch turned out for Group 3’s Sunday spin which promised to be relatively flat compared to previous weeks. Nice and steady to Lismore and Tallow where our young guns Elia and Mark bade adieu. A right turn in Tallow took them across the long drag up Kilcronan Mountain followed by a nice descent down to Castlemartyr. Ann’s flapjacks put an extra spring in John’s step while a week of sangria took its toll on another! A peppy spin from Killeagh, up the Youghal bypass and back on home turf once again. The speed limit was definitely broken on the Sweep descent and it was a happy bunch who arrived home after another lovely spin. 24 in group, 100k at 29kph avg.
Group 5 put out a welcome call last week and boy did they have a great response! 9 regulars turned up for the Sunday spin and welcomed 8 new people, brilliant to see so many people willing to give it a go. Group 5 split into two to manage the numbers, an older hand with each of the new people. They headed off towards Cappoquin at a sparky pace keeping an eye out for everyone; a quick check there and the whole Group wanted to continue to Lismore. The weather was kind and they stopped at the Farmers Market in Lismore for the much anticipated hot cup and a bun, they were there so early, the stallholders were only just opening up! A nice social chat and the group swapped around to meet up with the other ½ on the way back. The spin was 50km at a cracking 22kph! So well done to Anita, Anne, Cian, Eleanor, Grainne, Karen and Michael, hope to see you again in Group 5.
Charleville 2 Day
The last race of the season in Munster took place last weekend in Charleville. Run over 2 days and 3 stages there was racing for A2/3’s and A4s with both races covering the same courses. Saturday was 86 kilometres over 3 laps of a undulating circuit. The A4s had their time trial a few hours later over the 6 kilometres from Kilmallock to Charleville. The A2/3’s time trialled early on Sunday morning and then both races covered a tough 91 kilometres taking in the tough climb of Ballyhoura mountain twice! Taking part in the A2/3 race was Aidan Connell and Pat Kenealy and the A4 race had Alan Landers aka Michael taking part.
Saturday mornings heavy rain had eased off as the racing got underway and by the finish the sun was shining and the roads had dried up. Both races finished in bunch sprints despite numerous breaks going clear throughout the races. Aidan Connell finished safely in the bunch with Pat Kenealy finishing alone around 15 minutes back after getting caught behind a crash early on. Alan Landers also finished safely in the bunch in his race. Alan had little time to recover before he had to head out for his time trial but that didn’t seem to bother him as he finished only 1:31 behind the winner. On Sunday morning the A2/3s had their time trial and Aidan Connell put in a great ride finishing only 40 seconds off the winners time. Pat Kenealy finished his effort 2:25 down on the winner.
Sunday afternoon was threatening sunshine and rain at the same time and the riders got a bit of both during the afternoons racing. In the A2/3 race Aidan was flying on the Ballyhoura mountain which was climbed twice and stayed with the front group. At the finish a bunch of around 40 came to the line together and Aidan finished a fine 8th on the stage despite getting boxed in during the sprint. Pat Kenealys bad luck/good luck continued with him getting caught behind a crash that blocked the road just before the first climb up the mountain. After making it into the cars at the bottom of the climb the effort chasing took its toll and he slipped back again eventually coming in with 9 others around 18 minutes back. In the A4 race Alan Landers rode a great race over such a tough course and finished in a lead group of 18 that contested the sprint. Overall after the 3 stages Aidan Connell finished 14th from the 107 starters just 40 seconds off the winner in the A2/3 race and Pat Kenealy finished 80th at 35:46 down. Alan Landers in his first stage race finished a fine 17th place at 1:35 down in the A4 race. Well done to all and thanks to John Coleman for all the photos.
There has been a huge increase in the numbers of people leisure cycling each weekend. 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!
Donal O Connor Memorial Spin
Pádraig de Burca will lead a spin next Saturday, September 10th to join with the Donal O’Connor Memorial Spin as part of World Suicide Prevention Day. Leaving Garvey’s, Coolagh Road at 8.30. Cycle the N25 to Waterford to join with this short 10k event @10.30,it goes from the Kingfisher Club Waterford to Tramore GAA and culminates in a balloon release in memory of lost loved ones. Entertainment, refreshments and family fun at Tramore GAA. Pre-register online or on the day.
We will then return home the Coast Road afterwards. Bring a few bob for charity please. Great day in prospect. All cycling levels catered for. Bring a friend.
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.
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