This morning’s cycle was another cycle affected by the weather conditions. It has been a long time since the club spins have had as bad a run as this. The weather forecast was predicting a good day but we were met by lingering fog on the road once again and this caused the bunch to have to abandon the planned route. Not to be deterred, the group still had a good workout.
There was a strong turnout of close to 30 in the bunch this morning. There were still a lot of notable absentees, particularly amongst our junior cyclists – if ye want to do well at the races this year then you need to be far more consistent with your training – bar one or two young lads, we are not yet seeing anywhere near the desire required to reach for the top in youth cycling. Ye have a week off school now so make the most of it; get out on your bike when you can.
Back to today’s cycle: on the way out to Roscrea it soon became clear that the misty conditions were not going to clear for some time. At Roscrea the decision was made to head back to Nenagh. We separated into 3 groups and took the 19 miles back to town hard. Coming up to the roundabout in Moneygall and the 3 groups merged at the same time. The racing lads kept pushing the pace at the front and with a large group in tow, things started getting a little bit dangerous. Remember – we should be in two up formation on the road and not a peloton.
On the small hills between Moneygall and Toom, Kenneth Kennedy, Mikey Browne and Shane Scully managed to separate themselves from the bunch behind. They quickly built up a gap of 20 seconds on the chasing bunch. But with the bunch failing to organise the chase properly the gap continued to grow. By the time everyone got back to Nenagh there was close to 1 minute between the groups.
After this workout half the bunch headed for home and half the bunch went out for an extended cool down. The remaining group headed out to Toom, Ballinamona (where another half turned for home), Dolla and back to Nenagh. The racing lads got 70 miles into the legs which hopefully won’t take too much away from their performance at the race in Monasterevin tomorrow. I am reliably informed that expectations are very low for tomorrow! Staying upright seems to be the only goal.
Next up: race tomorrow in Monasterevin – text Shane if you want a lift up 0872605743. There is also a Sunday cycle starting at 8:00am from Tescos. There is no better way to build your fitness than getting out for a big spin on a Sunday morning. The weather is supposed to be good so no excuses!!