Cyclers get back in the old routine

AFTER the Festive Fifty Charity cycle and a mountain biking trip to Ballyhoura, it was back to business as usual at the weekend for the Marble City Cyclers club spin.

AFTER the Festive Fifty Charity cycle and a mountain biking trip to Ballyhoura, it was back to business as usual at the weekend for the Marble City Cyclers club spin.

A smaller than usual group took to the roads on Sunday. The group was made up of John Corcoran, Mick Burke, Denis Keogh, Gerry McGovern, Paul Cullen, Frank O’Dwyer, Fergal Kennedy and Barry Lynch. They headed to Thomastown, Kilmoganny and then across to Ballycallan before returning to the city. This was a 75km trip at an average speed of 26.8kph.

Saturday also saw a good turn out. The group headed up to Carlow and back, opting to stick to the main Dublin Road which tends to be safer on frosty mornings as it thaws out quickly. The group, which covered the 77km in 2 hours 48 minutes, was made up of Mick Burke, Mick Barron, Fiona Cooke, Eoin Hogan, John Corcoran, Charlie Parsons, Eddie O’Keeffe, Brendan O’Reilly, Joe Ryan and Denis Keogh.

Cyclists should also keep an eye out for Seamus Nugent from SmarterTravel who has a stand at the Christmas Markets in Kilkenny. SmarterTravel is the official Government Transport Policy for Ireland that sets out how the vision of a sustainable travel and transport system can be achieved through an individual’s choices at home and at work.

The National Cycling Policy Framework is a key part of SmarterTravel. Seamus has lots of interesting information at his stand that is well worth a look at.

The ten week Spinning and Core Strength training classes come to an end next week but the club plans on doing another spinning class course straight after Christmas. Anyone interested should contact one of the committee members as soon as possible, as places are limited.

Tip of the Week: Keep your feet warm. If you are going for long cycles in the cold, or anticipate a lot of rainy cycling, buy some waterproof overshoes that will keep your feet warm and dry. They are generally made out of neoprene (same stuff as wet suits) and just slip over your ordinary shoes.