Cyclers take to roads for race training

WITH the change in time and weather conditions, the Marble City Cyclers have started a session of race training nights.

WITH the change in time and weather conditions, the Marble City Cyclers have started a session of race training nights.

The session consists of laps of the Waterford Road starting at the roundabout near the Springhill Court Hotel and going up to the motorway roundabout at Danesfort. The emphasis on these sessions is speed, power and sprinting and geared towards those racing.

The tempo of the first evening was quite high and close to the pace at the club league races, with the group fitting in three laps in just over an hour. For added training, organiser Eoin Hogan marked two lines on the road, one on the way out and another on the way in. Acting as ‘sprint lines’ this meant there was two sprints contested on each lap which added some real edge to the session and kept things interesting.

A variety of tactics were used by the participants throughout the evening, some more successful than others, with Neil Butler and James Kelly taking most of the spoils. It was an enjoyable and very beneficial session for all.

Further information for club members interested in racing and taking part in these sessions is available from Eoin Hogan, tel 086-8122030.

On Saturday the club spin headed out to Gowran, Goresbridge, Paulstown and then back to Kilkenny. Among the group who covered the 60km distance in just over 2.5 hours were Mick Burke, Mick Barron, Denis Keogh, Joe Ryan, Eoin Hogan, Pat Tobin and Mike Shields.

On Sunday the group headed out to Urlingford and then on to Durrow, coming home via Ballyragget and Castlecomer. The group covered 85km at an average speed of 28kph and included Paul Cullen, Gerry McGovern, Catherine Price, Denis Carrigan and Eugene Mullally.

MCC members Mick Burke, Mick Barron, Denis Keogh, Joe Ryan and Eoin Hogan participated in the South East Road Club Three Peaks Challenge recently. The 110km route took in a number of very challenging climbs, but was an enjoyable outing in more very fine weather.

Fergal Kennedy and Patrick Tobin headed to the Silver Pail GP in Fermoy on Sunday. This is a very fast race and it was no big surprise that there were crashes in both the A3 and A4 race at the sprint stage, but the MCC duo managed to avoid trouble while putting in good performances.