Cyclers make resolute start to 2012

THE mild weather over the weekend meant that the members of the Marble City Cyclers (MCC) club were able to make good on their New Year’s resolutions and get January off to a solid cycling start.

THE mild weather over the weekend meant that the members of the Marble City Cyclers (MCC) club were able to make good on their New Year’s resolutions and get January off to a solid cycling start.

The Marble City Cyclers had a group of nine cyclists for their Saturday spin. The group of Eoin Hogan, Mick Burke, Denis Kehoe, Mick Barron, Niall Butler, Joe Ryan, Clive Dunne, Bill Usher and Les Sparling headed out to Knocktopher, Kilmoganny, Callan across to Kilmanagh and then back to Kilkenny, covering 85km in 3hrs 8mins.

At the main spin on Sunday the club was delighted to see such a large turnout which included some new faces. The group made its way down to Mullinavat and then headed along the backroads to Callan where the group split; some chose to head across to Kilmanagh for some extra work while others made their way back to Kilkenny. The total distance of 88km was covered in 3hrs 6mins.

Amongst the group were Joe Ryan, Pat Tobin, Pat Murray, Paul Fitzgerald, Ger Kennedy, Denis Keogh, Gerry McGovern, Neil Butler, Mick Barron, Mick Burke, Billy Quinn, Ger McDonald and Paul Cullen.

The main MCC spin leaves from the gates of Kilkenny Castle Gates every Sunday at 10am.

Members are going to start upping the pace as the first events of the season aren’t too far away so we intend splitting the Sunday group into steady and fast groups from next weekend. This new arrangement should cater for the wide variety of abilities in the club and allow everyone to get the most out of the club spin.

The Steady group will be led by two experienced club riders who will offer tips and advice to those new to cycling with a group and will cover a route of between 50 and 70km at a moderate pace - no-one will be left behind. The Fast group is, as the name suggests, aimed at the more experienced cyclist looking for a harder workout. This group will be doing routes of up to 90km at a brisk pace.

The club will start another ten-week spinning session at the Watershed on Tuesday. Although currently fully subscribed, people are asked to contact the Watershed directly should they wish to join another class.

Tip of the Week: Don’t pedal in a high gear for long periods. This can increase the pressure on your knees and lead to overuse injuries such as biker’s knee. Shift to lower gears and faster revolutions to get more exercise with less stress on your knees.

The best cadence for most cyclists is 60 to 80 revolutions per minute (rpm), though racers pedal in the range of 80 to 100rpm.