Between our senior, novice and junior cycles, there was a combined total of 52 club cyclists out on the road today. It’s amazing what a bit of sun and a lot of post Christmas guilt will do for training attendance! We hope everyone enjoyed being outside on their bikes once again. Let this be the start of something big!
There was no taking it easy during the senior cycle as the route selected was long and difficult. A bunch of well over 30 pulled out of the hotel and made their way to Roscrea. The pace was a little slower than usual so as to give the people who had gone awol in December a chance to find their cycling legs. As the bunch neared Roscrea the pace steadily increased. A few turned for home in Roscrea but it was great to see a large crowd taking the turn for Templemore.
The bunch split into 3 groups for the first of two planned intervals, with large handicaps separating each group. The increased pace from Roscrea to Thurles put plenty under pressure and many opted to turn for home in Templemore and Thurles. There were just 2 groups left on the road over to Ballycahill. The middle group were still well ahead at this stage and had clearly been working well up to that point.
From Ballycahill onwards the pain started to kick in. The rolling roads and distance already covered meant that the ‘knock’ was always close by for some. Shortly after Upperchurch the racing group passed the middle group and pushed on ahead. There was still a long way to go in the second interval with the finish miles away in Dolla. A tailwind from Coinins Cross made the task a little easier; however whenever you place hills at the end of a long tough cycle you are always going to suffer; and suffer we did!
Dolla made for a very welcome sight for everyone. The hardship was over and it was time to cycle easy back to Nenagh. The average pace of the racing group back in Nenagh was 32km/hr. The average pace of the middle bunch was 29km/hr. Both average times were good. We urge everyone to try and get out as much as possible over the next week. Some people are flying it but some have a little bit of catching up to do, but don’t worry – you will get there!!
Sunday cycle – we will be starting at the later time of 9:00am from Tescos as there is supposed to be frost tonight. Route will be called that morning. Expect a 3.5 hour cycle.
Saturday training – we have two more normal Saturday spins before the second race of our Winter League takes place. Use those two cycles to get yourself back up to speed. The racing season will be on us before you know it so get stuck in to your training.
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