Nineteen cyclists turned out for this mornings spin. The weather was threatening all morning and the group had to head into a very strong wind as we went out the Thurles road. There was much murmurings and a fair degree of nervousness among some of the newer members, as we had Seanin’s Hill as our first big challenge. Good news was that everyone got to the top! Some of the wheelers saw the Nenagh Classic “King of the Hill” sign half way up the hill – and took it as a personal challenge to prove their manliness and fly off into the distance!
Coming down into Toom was a much more easy affair with the wind behind us and there was a lot of smiling faces as we grouped up to head on to Moneygall. Army Hill seemed quite manageable having just done Seanin’s. Again the wind was very strong as we passed through Gortagarry and Dan Hogan lead a breakaway group up to bag a “Bonus Hill!” before we met up just outside Borrisoleigh. The rain started to come down and the temperature dropped – those in shorts looked very tough (Benny’s hairy legs are probably as good as a pair of tights though!).
The trip back to Nenagh via Templederry was broken up with a group photo stop when we found Cian McCormack sitting on the side of road with a snapped chain. The poor chap was waiting for Keith Butler for a lift home! Back to Nenagh with sore legs after a very enjoyable session. Distance 45 miles; Average speed 15 mph (with hills and wind!).
Next cycle: The Wheelers head out every Sunday morning from Moynans for those of you who want a cycle tomorrow. For those that can wait, it will be Tuesday at 6:00pm outside Moynans. There will be no TT next Thursday due to the North Tipp Sprint and Visit Nenagh Classic races that are taking place over the following weekend.