Plenty of eager beginners test legs on the hills

On Monday members of the Marble City Cyclers club had another great turnout of 18 cyclists on the beginners spin. The group headed to Freshford and then on to Kilmanagh, taking in a few hills to test the legs, before returning to Kilkenny.

On Monday members of the Marble City Cyclers club had another great turnout of 18 cyclists on the beginners spin. The group headed to Freshford and then on to Kilmanagh, taking in a few hills to test the legs, before returning to Kilkenny.

The beginners spin group meets at 7pm every Monday at the gates of Kilkenny Castle. New people are always welcome.

The Kilkenny time trial league started on Thursday. There was a fantastic turn out of 60 cyclists. The event is being run jointly between Marble City Cyclers, Kilkenny Triathlon Club and Deenside Wheelers.

The series will continue over the next six weeks. The format of the event means that people do not have to attend every event so even if they have missed the first night they shouldn’t worry. They can still join in at anytime over the next few weeks.

Neil and George best

First up on Thursday was the Kilmanagh Hill route measuring a distance of 14.5kms. Starting at the creamery in Kilmanagh, cyclists headed in the Kilkenny Road before taking a left turn off it and cycling up to the top of Kilmanagh Hill.

Neil Butler (MCC) and George Sherwood (KTC) were joint fastest men and Fiona Cooke (MCC) was the fastest lady. It’s all to play for though as cyclists get to cycle each of the three routes on two separate evenings and the fastest time will be taken for each route.

Next up this Thursday is the Cillin Hill route. This is a nice rolling fast route that will suit the real power cyclists.

Club spins continued as normal over the weekend, meeting at Kilkenny Castle gates at 9am.

On Sunday, despite the conditions, Terry Brophy and Com Keher were brave enough to take on the Carrick Wheelers Challenge Sportive. This is one of the tougher sportives on the calendar. Well done lads for taking it on in very wet conditions.

John Britton is currently in training for ‘The Raid Pyrénéen’ which is a 720km long cycling challenge in France. The distance must be completed in under 100 hours from the time you leave.

Starting in Hendaye on the Atlantic coast at 9am on July 23, John must be in Cerbere on the Mediterenian coast before 1pm on Friday, July 27. The Raid Pyrénéen takes in 18 climbs which includes some of the epic climbs people see each year in the Tour de France, including the Tourmalet at 2115 metres high. In total there will be 11,000 metres of climbing.

John is financing the trip and is also raising money for the Susie Long Hospice fund. If you would like to support John’s efforts by donating you can do so online by visiting www.mycharity.ie/events/raid2012.