Sunday Time Change
As the clocks are moving back next week and with the mornings getting dark the meet up times have changed to suit.
- Group A will maintain the 8:30am meet up time for the next couple of Sundays
- Group B will now leave at 9:00am for the winter season
Groups leave from the Ballalley carpark as always.
Night spins on a Tuesday and Friday are ongoing and leave from outside Buckleys at 6:30pm.
Cycle the Ring of Kerry
For those who didn’t manage to make it down for the main event in early July some of the club members are organising a weekend away to Killarney to take in the Ring of Kerry.
This will take place on the weekend of September 13th 2014. If numbers are good a bus will be arranged to take participants down on the Friday night. Cycle the Ring on Saturday and return home on Sunday.
For the hardcore, Niall is organising to cycle down on the Friday.
In order to figure out hotel costs etc. let Sandra know if you are interested so we know the likely numbers. Call or text on 086 8506201.
Pat Colgan Charity Cycle 2014
Tullamore CTC are pleased to announce the Pat Colgan Charity Cycle is back for 2014.
The cycle will take place on Sunday August 31st 2014. There is a new route for this years event with some changes from previous events.
Sign-on is from 8:30am at The Harriers Athletics Ground on the Spollenstown Road in Tullamore.
There will be 2 adult cycles and 1 Kids Cycle
- 120km 3 Peaks Challenge takes in 2 climbs in the Slieve Blooms with a fast flat finish from Mountmellick to Tullamore. Cycle begins at 9:30 am. Route is as follows. Tullamore, Kilcormac, Birr, Kinnity, Wolftrap Mountain, The Cut, Clonaslee, Rosenallis, Mountmellick, Killeigh, Tullamore.
- 80km Base of the Blooms Tour takes in flatter roads around the base of the Slieve Bloom mountains before joining with the 120km route to finish. Cycle begins at 9:45am. Route is as follows. Tullamore, Kilcormac, Birr, Kinnity, Clonaslee, Killeigh, Tullamore.
- The Kids cycle will use a short 25km from Tullamore to Blue Ball and back to Tullamore via Killurin.
The entrance fee is € 20 with Cycling Ireland licence. There will be a € 5 additional charge for those without a licence. All proceeds will go to a local charity.
120km Slieve Bloom Challenge – http://connect.garmin.com/course/1614408
80km Pat Colgan Tour – http://connect.garmin.com/course/1614428
Sign On Location
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Novice Midweek Cycle
Any novices in the club who are currently doing the Sunday ride-outs might be interested in getting in some extra miles midweek over the summer. If enough are interested, we will have a ride-out on either Wednesday evening
or Friday evening (Whichever suits) and take in a climb along the route.
The spin will be 50 km approx and we hope to start with a few runs over Croghan hill, The Cut and Knock hill. ( Not all the same night obviously !!). These will be great for building stamina and strengthening the legs ,and will be at controlled speeds so everyone enjoys it. We will have riders from the club looking after you, and there to give help and advice.
If you are interested and want to bank a few extra miles contact any of the following :
Seamus Buckley ( Buckley Cycles) 087 7474381
Donagh Mc Ardle TCTC 086 2510009
Jacinta Condron TCTC 087 2515825
Road Safety Issues
Donagh recently posted this over on Facebook so just re-iterating the message here. Stay safe folks!
Over the weekend we have had two serious incidents on the roads involving club members out on weekend spins. In Tullamore two of our regular “A” riders were struck by a car when an elderly driver pulled straight across them at a junction. The driver of the car “never saw them “!!
In Wicklow yesterday, one of our members joined some friends on a club ride and a similar incident took place. Unfortunately the rider sustained serious head injuries from the impact and is not expected to survive. Our prayers are with this man and his family. I am not mentioning names in either incident.
We are currently looking at ways to improve rider safety on the roads. In both cases the riders were doing exactly what they should have been doing on the road, and became victims of careless driving.
The cyclist is always going to come out worst when this happens. Just because there is a bit more light in mornings and evenings, we should not take for granted that we are any more visible to motorists. WE ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT !!! We are all looking forward to a long season of ride outs, tours, races and good training spins……Make yourself visible, Obey the rules of the road and expect the unexpected. This is not the type of news we like to have to highlight so stay safe folks !!!