After my rather poor showing in last weeks race I wasn’t hugely exited by the prospect of a long trip to Gorey for
more torture. So I chickened out and headed out with the Group A lads on Sunday. I cycled in the 6 miles to meet with the group with a slight tailwind helping me into town. The day was promised dry even though it started off on the cool side.
With the Vets on a week off a good group of 11 assembled in the Ball alley. The usually prompt roll out was delayed for Dermot who arrived a little late. The route for the day would see the group head for the open expanse of the Curragh.
The 11 soon became 13 when we met up with Martie and Avril on the way into Cloneygowan. The pace was kept steady as we headed through the lively towns of Monastrevin and Kildare. Normally on this spin the wind is a pain in the neck. However on Sunday the wind was very light and the trip around the Curragh Racecourse was unusually calm and serene.
The route continued on past the Curragh Racecourse then turning right towards Rathangan. In March the Newbridge GP takes place on this section although the race approaches Dunmurray hill from the opposite side. The usual sprint to the coffee shop was instigated by yours truly as we headed up Dunmurray Hill. We kept the up and overs going all the way into Rathangan where we called a truce to refuel.
After the stop we continued towards Clonbullogue and then onto Edenderry. The pace was kept around 20mph throughout which lessened the hardship. The expected tail wind for the homeward trip didn’t really materialise as we headed towards Daingean. I called it a day as we headed through Ballinagar.
I think everyone enjoyed the spin and it was great to be home early. Being able to walk around comfortably on
Sunday evening is also a nice feeling.
Garmin Stats: Distance – 115.5km, Avg Speed – 32.2km/h
Well done to TCTC member Mark Serviss who was competing at the Lanzarote Ironman this Saturday 19th May. Mark completed the 3.8km swim, 180.2km cycle, and 42.2km run in 11 hrs 56 minutes. That’s a great time for such a hard course in tough hot conditions.