There were 34 club members on the road at our annual End of Year Cycle. We couldn’t have picked a better a day for it in terms of weather. There was little wind and bright sunshine accompanied us all day. After all the group photos were taken, we hit the road at 8:10am. There was little appetite for two bunches on the road so we kept it all together with Maeve Ryan in the support car behind us. Some people only stayed with us for a few miles while others stayed for the whole thing. No matter what distance you cycled, the club thanks you for turning up.
The cycle took us from Nenagh to Roscrea, to Birr, to Borrisokane and back to Nenagh before heading out to the food stop in Garrykennedy. After that, those that felt strong enough to finish the full 168km distance would proceed to Ballina, Shalee, Newport, Birdhill and back to Nenagh. On the first loop the average pace was higher than expected at 31km per hour. The group stayed fully together till the hill just after Borrisokane when our new Ironman Keith Butler got to the front and laid down the law. A few went out the back but they continued on their way out to the food stop.
Well done to everyone that made it out to Garrykennedy (100km mark). Eoin Sheehan, Maeve Ryan, Úna O’Doherty, Martin Farrell, Majella Moyles all helped with getting the refreshments ready and everyone that took part thanks ye for that! The baking was fantastic as always. Those brownies that Kenneth Kennedy baked were divine. Garrykennedy was the end of the road for most but for 12 others they were going to push on further so this food break was a chance to refuel. Eoin gave out the new club hats to everyone that made it out to Garrykennedy and before long everyone was back on their bikes again.
Onwards towards Ballina and the group were experiencing a couple of mechanical issues. At Roundhill, we pulled in a for a while and at this point we lost 3 or 4 out of the group. That meant there were 10 or so heading for Shalee hill. At the top the group was reduced to just 7, with everyone else having now turned for home. The lads and lady were determined to do the full distance so they cycled on through Newport and Birdhill and with a tail wind back to Nenagh they were home in double quick time.
Congrats to everyone!!
For those that couldn’t make it we expect to see you at the final club event of the year – the End of Year Swim.
Cycling training: is now over for the season. Take a well earned break or if you have been missing in action for the last few months get back on your bike and start some easy cycling. Official training will be back on Saturday, October 4th. Turbo training will also start back on Tuesdays in early October. For those of you looking to move up to the faster group on Saturday cycles you might need to put in a little extra training in the week(s) before we resume again in October.