THE damp weather didn’t deter the members of the Marble City Cyclers, who attended the weekend spins in great numbers.
On Saturday the group took on one of the more scenic loops in the county heading down to Thomastown and Inistioge and then up through The Rower and Graignamanagh, back through Thomastown on the return leg to Kilkenny. The group of ten cyclists took three hours to complete the 82km route.
A larger group of 26 cyclists met up outside Kilkenny Castle on Sunday. In the group was MCC club secretary Michael Shields, who is back on the bike after his recent shoulder injury.
The group travelled together as far as Thomastown where, after a brief stop, it split into two with 11 cyclists going with the steadier group to Ballyhale.
The stronger group of 15 proceeded to Inistioge, the Rower, Graignamanagh, back to Thomastown, Knocktopher and home. Total distance of 90km and average speed of 29kph.
The club will have a training day on Saturday which will be led by former professional cyclist and past winner of The Ras, Ciaran Power. After such a great Winter of cycling, club members have great fitness levels and are really looking forward to this training day. Ciaran will put everyone through their paces and also pass on some of the wealth of knowledge that he has gained from competing at the highest level.
Tip of the Week: When riding in wet conditions, always remember to pulse-brake. Pull both brake levers towards your handlebars for a few seconds and then release your grip on the levers, before pulling on them again. The first time pulling on the brake levers will not slow you down, but clears the water off the wheel rim so when you pull again, the brake pad will grab the newly-dried rim.
Marble City Cyclers meet for club spins every Saturday and Sunday, leaving from Kilkenny Castle’s gateway at 10am.