Summer spells busy season for the busy Marble City Cyclers

THE SUMMER season has brought a busy schedule for all involved with the Marble City Cyclers (MCC).

THE SUMMER season has brought a busy schedule for all involved with the Marble City Cyclers (MCC).

The Comeragh CC hosted the first evening of the SRAM Summer league race recently. The MCC were well represented at the first round as Fergal Kennedy, Neil Butler (10th), Mick Barron (8th), Joe Ryan (9th), Colm Keher, Fiona Cooke, James Kelly and Eoin Hogan all competed in the event.

Two nights later it was off to Waterford, as the Waterford RC hosted the third evening of their Criterium league. This was a popular venue for MCC members with Mick Barron, Patrick Tobin, Fergal Kennedy enjoying the night. Neil Butler did even better, taking the red jersey after the third round (A4 leader).

On Saturday morning Joe Ryan, Mick Burke, Mick Barron, Brendan O’Reilly and Denis Keogh led other cyclers out on the club spin. The group tackled a route that saw them take in Ballyragget, Ballinakill, Abbeyleix, Stradbally and Castlecomer before heading back into Kilkenny. A large crowd of club cyclists also turned out for the Gortnahoe-Glengoole Cycle Challenge. The group included Brendan O’Reilly, Eugene Mullally, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mick Kenna, Dave Matthews, Mick Battle, Marcus Dowling, Colin Feely, Martin Coughlan and Barry Lynch.

Meanwhile Fiona Cooke was mixing it with international professionals and Olympics hopefuls when she took part in the Celtic Chrono, a UCI ranking women elite time trial event. Fiona was representing Leinster and had a fantastic experience at such a high profile event, scoring a very respectable 27th place finish amongst such a calibre of riders.

There was another unfortunate accident involving one of members on Saturday, when Sean Hogan was out for a spin just off the Freshford Road when a dog came out in front of him and knocked him from his bike. Sean, who suffered a broken collarbone and ribs, is wished a speedy recovery.

The 2012 TT series, which will be run in conjunction with the Kilkenny Triathlon Club and Deenside Wheelers, will start on Thursday, May 31. The club is also looking for volunteers to assist with marshalling at The Rás. Ireland’s premier cycling race is coming to Kilkenny on Sunday. Anyone interested in assisting in marshalling (between McDonagh Junction and the Blue Bar) should contact Patrick Tobin, tel 087-4108420.