Thanks to Donagh for sending me through this report.
Myself and the great Eddie made our way to the Seven wonders of Fore Sportive on Bank Holiday Monday . There was a 30km fun cycle and a 70km sportive. With about 30 in the fun cycle and 75 in the sportive , the sportive was let away first and it wasn’t long before we realised the type of terrain that was ahead . I got on the tail of the lead group of about 12 and Eddie tucked in to the second group just behind. After 35km our group was reduced to just 4 when a mixture of punctures, mechanical issues and some taking a break from the demanding climbs stopped for a breather at the water / food station . Continue reading Donagh and Eddie’s Bank Holiday Spin
With Classic Season well under way in mainland Europe, Ireland’s ‘classic’ race rolled out on Sunday. The Des Hanlon is a renowned one day race within these shores and yesterdays race was no different. Its certainly one of the toughest races on the calender and the combination of the route and the weather made this years race an epic in all sense.
Peter gratefully offered me a lift and as we headed for sign-on the temperature gauge barely moved north of 2 degrees. The only saving grace was the promise of dry weather which was the only positive about the weather. The weather didn’t seem to dampen the numbers and 133 A3’s signed on. TCTC’s contingent included myself, Peter and Mick. We met Fran Meehan at sign on who was racing for the Aqua Blue team. With the ominously cold temperature I never bothered doing a warm-up and got changed in the relative comfort of Peters car. I layered up in almost full winter attire and waited until just before roll out to enter the frigid air. Mick was sporting a pair of flash wheels to go with the new bike and looked the part. A large group of A1/2’s containing some of Ireland’s best amateur riders rolled out before us as they headed for 100 miles of torture over 3 laps of the circuit. Continue reading Des Hanlon Report