Strong crowd for Sunday spin

Beautiful spring weather greeted riders for the Marble City Cyclers (MCC) spin on Sunday morning.

Beautiful spring weather greeted riders for the Marble City Cyclers (MCC) spin on Sunday morning.

The overnight frost was gone by the time the 19-strong group set off from Kilkenny Castle in the direction of Freshford, with the good tempo quickly warming up the legs. From there the group made its way to Urlingford and then on to Durrow.

The group decided to split shortly after Urlingford with Mick Barron leading the steady group. They made their way towards Durrow and then back towards Ballyragget and home to Kilkenny.

The fast group headed on towards Abbeyleix at a very lively pace. From there they turned South and headed back towards Ballinakill. Just outside Ballinakill the group turned for Castlecomer and then back towards Kilkenny. Total distance for this ride was 108kms, completed in 3 hours 36 minutes at an average speed of 30kmph.

Patrick Tobin represented the club at the Ned Flanagan Memorial race. A well organised event by Newbridge Cycling Club, the first race of the season attracted a large field of over 200 riders. The 68km route, a relatively short distance for cyclists, resulted in a very high average speed of 39kmph on the undulating course.

After a few skirmishes off the front to test the legs, Patrick was delighted to finish safely among the main pack and glad to get the first race of the season under his belt.

Tip of the Week: After a long uphill trek, don’t coast downhill without pedalling. As you climb up the hill, lactic acid builds up in your muscles and can contribute to muscle soreness. By pedalling lightly but constantly while coasting downhill (even if there’s little resistance) you can help remove the lactic acid.

The MCC meets for club spins every Saturday and Sunday, leaving from Kilkenny Castle Gates at 10am.