Cycling Schedule 2016

Saturday Spins

The Saturday morning club spin generally accompanies the tandems and different routes of approx. 50-60km are ridden at a steady pace. They roll out from Ball Alley at 9.30am each Saturday and the route always takes in a coffee stop at roughly half way around. For more info contact Billy Colton 087 2590273 or Paula Tynan 087 7856915.

Starting on Saturday 5th of March we have our adult beginners spin at 10am from the ball alley.

Beginners will be accompanied by experienced club riders and will start with the basic skills of group riding.

Over the following weeks we hope to ride various routes with different levels of difficulty and adding in some extra miles. Beginners will need a road bike in good working order, a helmet ( compulsory) a drinks bottle and a hi vis jacket or vest. This is a great way, and a great time to get into cycling and we hope to see all beginners joining the club and taking part in club ride outs and annual events.

For information on beginners contact Liam Mulhall 087 9293115 or Fiona Claffey 086 1724370

Junior Cycling

Starting on Saturday 2nd April the club will start coaching for the junior boys and girl beginners.

The group will be supervised by experienced club riders and like the adult beginners , the juniors will be coached in group riding, bike skills, and road safety. The group will meet at the ball alley at 10am and the session is for one and a half hours so parents are asked to be there to collect children at 11.30.

The coaches are current and former club racers and are all Garda vetted. The coaches will work under the guidelines of Cycling Ireland and parental consent forms are to be filled out on day 1.

For further information contact Donagh Mc Ardle 086 2510009

Sunday spins

There are three groups that ride every Sunday morning from Tullamore.

Departing at 9am sharp the A and B groups roll out from the Ball Alley car park.

The A group is captained by Marty Byrne and the Sunday spin varies from 90k to 120k depending on the time of year. The group is paced at 30kmph average and has a coffee stop at half way point. The routes are varied from long flatter routes to days of climbing and descending in the Slieve Blooms and the annual trip to Mt Leinster in Carlow. The route for the A group on Sunday is posted on our facebook page on Saturday evenings . For any further info contact Marty Byrne on 087 2551125

The B group is captained by Eamonn Lee . Eamonn is assisted by vice captain Liam Mulhall and as a larger group with numbers averaging 25 to 30 riders, generally split into two smaller groups for safety. the first group may then choose to do a slightly longer spin . Throughout the summer the first B group will be doing steady paced spins of up to 120k and at a 27kmph average. The second B group is paced roughly the same but does less distance and usually 80k spins are ridden. The routes are generally the same direction so anyone who wants to drop back to the second group from the first group mid way can do so at the coffee stop.

For info on the B group contact Eamonn Lee on 085 7673508 or Liam Mulhall on 087 9293115. Again the route for the B group will be posted on club facebook page on Saturday evening.

At 10am on Sunday mornings the third group roll out from the Ball alley. This group is aimed at riders who have been off the bike for a while and want to get back into cycling.  With a couple of weeks under their belt. this group are flying and with fifteen riders approx. each Sunday they are certainly getting their legs back.

The routes chosen are relatively flat 50k loops in the general surrounding roads of Tullamore so riders are never too far away from home if they need to break off at any point. Again there is a coffee stop on the route and this group is being captained by Jacinta Condron  087 2515825 with Damien Mitchell 083 1906157 as vice captain . Routes will be posted on Facebook along with A and B group routes.

Within all of these group ride outs the captains have the responsibility for the groups so may change routes on the morning of the spin depending on conditions and numbers. The captains are there on a voluntary basis and their decisions will be made taking the safety and enjoyment of each group into consideration.

Riders from all of these group take part in sportives (non competitive rideouts) throughout the season ,often travelling to support local clubs and others travelling to the bigger ones like the Wicklow 200, Ring of Kerry and Tour of Connemara to name just a few. These tours are non competitive events and can be ridden at whatever the rider is comfortable with. Most will have two or three options of distances to be ridden and often will have something like 50k, 80k and 120k routes to choose from. The sportives are hugely popular and attract huge numbers , giving the hosting clubs an opportunity to use them as fundraisers.

Our own club hosts one of the most popular events on the sportive calendar. The Pat Colgan Pedal the Peak challenge takes place at the end of August and last year raised €10,000 for the Offaly branch of the Irish Kidney Association. In 2015 we had riders from every corner of Ireland lined out in Tullamore to support the event and a fantastic day was had by all, finishing back at Tullamore Harriers AC  for refreshments and comparing stories of how they tackled the climbs in the Slieve Blooms.

Racing News

The club takes part in all levels of road racing and with the season just about to kick off , we will be represented at Junior, Open and Veteran level. There are races every weekend from February to September.

Race training takes place midweek from Buckleys at 6.30pm with various routes and disciplines involved.

The race group have speed sessions, climbing, interval training and threshold training . Over the winter months when the weather and road conditions don’t allow road work the groups turn to Spin classes and Core workouts at the Tullamore Court hotel. In 2015 the club fully booked out two classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights and got in 12 sessions of cycling specific training.

For information on club racing contact Mick Scully 087 1262067 or Donagh McArdle 086 2510009 and for info on the winter spin classes contact Brian Monaghan on 087 7908486.



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2 thoughts on “Cycling Schedule 2016

  1. Dan O'Connor


    I’m interested in joining the club in Group C as I’m just back into cycling and looking to improve fitness, getting out etc.

    What are the routes for the weekly club spins? Can I join at any time during the year?


    1. Shane Scally Post author

      Hi Dan,

      The route varies every week depending on weather, numbers, time of year. If your interested in getting out we start out every Sunday from the Ballalley Carpark at 8:30am. This time will go back to 9:00am at some stage during the winter. Your more than welcome to come along and join.


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