Strong turnout for Winter spins

THERE was another strong turnout for the Marble City Cyclers’ club spin at the weekend.

THERE was another strong turnout for the Marble City Cyclers’ club spin at the weekend.

On Sunday a large group headed down the Waterford Road to Knocktopher, cycling across to Kilmoganny and Windgap and back to Kilkenny via Callan. This 77km route was completed in three hours, with the group averaging 26.3kmh. The group featured Pat Tobin, John Corcoran, Mick Burke, Pat Fitzgerald, Eoin Hogan, Joe Ryan, Ronan Meaney, Clive Dunne, Dave Ellis, Joe Griffin, Ger McDonald, Brendan McCarthy, Tom Talbot, James O’Leary, Gerry McGovern, Ger Kennedy and Frank Dwyer.

On Saturday a smaller group made up of Mick Barron, John Corcoran, Denis Kehoe, Pat Fitzgerald, Charlie Parson and Joe Ryan did the same route as the Sunday cyclers - but in reverse. They went around in 2hrs 55mins, giving them a slightly quicker speed of 26.5km/h.

The club will have a group heading to Ballyhoura for a mountain biking trip on Saturday. There will be no club run this Sunday as the Marble City Cyclers will be involved in the Festive Fifty fund-raiser.

The Festive Fifty is a charity cycle in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA). The route will take riders - all are welcome to participate - from Kilkenny to Paulstown and on to Gowran. The cycle will stop in Thomastown for refreshments, returning to the city through Bennettsbridge. The Festive Fifty will finish at the IWA buildings in Kilkenny where there will be further refreshments. Participants are encouraged to dress festively as they will be spot prizes for the best efforts.

Club members are reminded that Friday is the deadline for ordering new club gear.

Tip of the Week: As the Scouts say, “Be prepared”. Carry a multi-tool, tyre levers and a couple of spare tubes in a small bag under your saddle so they’re always there when you need them and fit a pump to your bike. Practice changing a tube at home so that when the inevitable does happen you’ll know what you’re doing.