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 .
We rolled for a long time behind the lead car and then lost two on one of the long climbs. With then just myself and another man from Mullingar I thought that all those nights over the winter with the lads training would stand to me .
The hills in the last 20km took their toll on my friend from Mullingar and I rode the last 20km on my own . Riding into Fore village and first man home was not going to be national news but to me it was like riding down the Champs Elysse in the Tour . Last July I didnt think I could ride 20km , never mind 80km or 100km that I do quite regularly now.
Eddie came home in the main group and was surrounded by riders in their teens and early twenties who he had ridden the route with and he never broke a sweat. All proceeds went to an injured GAA player from the local club and there was loads of refreshments for all in the local pub on our return.