Beginners ready for tougher cycles

THE Marble City Cyclers (MCC) continued their Monday evening beginners’ spins with 15 cyclists tackling a route that took in Paulstown, Gowran and Thomastown.

THE Marble City Cyclers (MCC) continued their Monday evening beginners’ spins with 15 cyclists tackling a route that took in Paulstown, Gowran and Thomastown.

The benefits of the group are starting to take effect. The overall fitness level of this group is really starting to come on now, with a number of beginners ready to make the step up to the longer more demanding Sunday morning club spins. Credit goes to John Britton, who is really bringing this group on well.

With torrential rain forecast for Thursday a decision was made to cancel the second night of the time trial league. The safety of all the cyclists is paramount so this was a wise decision as the forecasters were spot on and there was no let up in the rain all day.

It is hoped that the league will resume tomorrow (Thursday). With the added motivation of to get home as quickly as possible to see the Ireland v Spain game at the European Championships organisers are expecting some very fast times!

On Saturday the club had a large representation at the Wandesforde NS Charity Cycle in Castlecomer. After a very wet week this event was really lucky to enjoy some fantastic weather, turning a well-run event into a fantastic day for all who participated.

The Sunday morning spin took in the first half of the Marble City 200 when Eoin Hogan, Brendan O’Reilly, Pat Tobin, Frank O’Dwyer and Ken Kennedy pointed their bikes in the direction of New Ross, taking in the towns of Bagenalstown, Borris and Inistioge.

The route was 100km and a glorious day made it a very enjoyable spin. Ken Kennedy was kept off the bike for the last few weeks as he was studying for his exams but absence makes the heart fonder - he is now looking forward to a Summer of cycling. Some of the other cyclists could definitely feel the effect of the Wandesforde NS cycle challenge from the day before!