Plenty of club members were out and about this weekend. We had our usual senior and novice cycles and we also had a group from the club down in the rain-soaked Kingdom for a tough weekend (apparently it was like Day 3 Mizen to Malin revisited!)
Saturday / Sunday Cycles: there were just over 50 cyclists on the road in club colours this weekend. Saturday saw the senior group (minus the Rás lads) demolishing the Roscrea Birr record set by the Rás lads a few weeks previous. The Rás lads have now been demoted to group 2 and Will Rymer is the new King of the Club. The novice cycle headed out towards Toomevara and took in the club youth race route before heading for home. Big improvements are being seen already. Unfortunately, the junior cycle had to be cancelled due to poor weather.
Winter Training Weekend, Killorglin: the Killorglin cycling club were kind enough to let 5 members from the club tag along for their big training weekend down in Kerry. The weekend of training consisted of two 155km cycles with just short of 2000m of climbing on each day. Both days involved much of the Rás Mumhan stages so the rás lads saw this as an ideal opportunity to recce the course.
Saturday: the route took us from Killorglin to Kenmare. Climbs such as Coomanaspic made the cycle difficult but it was the heavy rain and driving head wind that made it a survival of the fittest. It was a shell shocked group of riders that pulled into Waterville for a quick but welcome food stop. We were soon back on our bikes and with 60km still to go a decision was made to up the pace to keep warm and a small but strong group pressed on for Kenmare. After 6 hours on the bike we finally reached our destination. We were delighted to get into our houses and get warm. It was a tough day but those days are always the ones you remember most. A yoga sessions and talk from Aqua Blue head honcho Timmy Barry finished the day for us. We were wiped but blown away by the great organisation, food, accommodation made available for us.
Sunday: today was a much easier day. The weather was alot warmer and as we were heading back for Killorglin we had a tail wind for most of it. There were plenty of tired bodies on the start line but spirits were still high and conversation was good the whole way round. It was great to meet up with other clubs like this and to get to know the ‘opposition!’. The Healy Pass was the big climb of the day today but there were plenty of smaller climbs too. There was no hard cycling, although anytime you spend 5.5 hours on the bike you are going to feel it in the legs afterwards. It was great to get back to Killorglin after a most enjoyable two days on the bike. Mike, Kenneth, Shane, Gary and Matty would like to thank Killorglin Cycling Club and in particular Michéal O’Shea and family for putting on a fantastic training weekend. It was a credit to ye.
Training: once again we have a jam-packed week of training planned. Racing season is fast approaching so you need to get your ass to as many of these sessions as possible.
- Monday: circuit training at 7:00 in the complex. Build up those leg muscles and core strength.
- Tuesday: turbo training from 7:15 to 8:30 in the complex. Focus on high intensity. Junior training starts at 6.
- Saturday: the big one – WW2 – the second race of our winter league takes place this Saturday, Jan 30th. This time round, the start will be moved back from Toom to the roundabout just after the M7 flyover. We will provide more details about this later in the week. The aim of these races is to get you ready for the start of the season which is now just 3 weeks away!
- Sunday: advanced cycle – probably the lake route, starting at 8:00am.
***Cycling Ireland License*** we have tried the good cop routine with this but now it is coming to the time where the bad cop needs to come out. We are going to put a deadline of next Saturday for people to sort this out. If you train with us, then you need a license. Plenty of friendly warnings have been given so we will be checking the members registration list on Friday night and asking those on the Saturday and Sunday cycles, that are not on the list, to stop cycling with the club until the issue is sorted.