Group A Spin
The last couple of races have been pretty tough and with Sunday’s race taking place on a Navan Circuit where crashes are the norm I wasn’t feeling up to any hardship this week. With the promise of a Seamus-less A Spin I rolled into the Ball Alley for the 8:30 roll out. Normally when our leader in chief is away the group spin degenerates into a glorified race. Thankfully this Sunday would turn out to be quiet a relaxed spin.
7 willing riders rolled out with the A group. The numbers were reduced by the Wicklow 200 which for once got some nice weather. Typical really as last years event was the worst weather I’ve ever cycled through. The route was decided by committee with a short visit to the Slieve Blooms on the plate for the days spin.
We rolled out onto the bypass and headed on towards Killeigh. The pace was kept steady enough on the way towards the Blooms. We rolled through Killeigh then taking a right turn towards Rosenallis. We followed along the base of the Slieve Blooms towards Clonaslee. We met up with Ollie in Clonaslee who had already climbed the Wolftrap and Cut twice. Considering in was only 9:30am this could be classed as being very dedicated, or being completely mad. Ollie decided he’d join us for another ascent of The Cut, his 3rd time that morning.
Onto the climb, the group split up a little bit as we passed the C Group also on the way up. I pushed it on a little bit too hard and suffered at the top where my breakfast threatened to re-emerge. I took a small break before trundling down the descent. We paused at Monicknew for the group to reform. Once back together we pushed on for Mountrath. Brian started the antics heading into Mountrath and was soon joined by Damien and the group flew into the town.
After a quick coffee stop in Mountrath we headed on towards Portlaoise. The weather was warming up nicely as we worked our way through Portlaoise. With a nice tailwind we were rolling well towards Monastrevin. The home leg took us into Portarlington. Damien launched his attack just outside Port. With a small headwind it was doubtful his attack would stick. The remainder of the group got the up and overs going and soon caught up with Damien just outside Cloneygowan. The efforts to close down Damien took its toll and only 3 remained up front. Myself, Paul and Damien kept the speed up until I turned for home at Ballina Cross.
Overall it was a nice spin with nice weather and sets everyone up for the Midland League races this week.
Garmin Stats: Distance – 119.8km, Avg Speed – 31.2km/h