Rain drowns out the Time Trial League - again

On Monday of last week the beginners spin organised by thge Marble City Cyclers club attracted a large group of 17 riders and they completed a route which took in Freshford, Ballyragget and Castlecomer before hitting home to Kilkenny.

On Monday of last week the beginners spin organised by thge Marble City Cyclers club attracted a large group of 17 riders and they completed a route which took in Freshford, Ballyragget and Castlecomer before hitting home to Kilkenny.

The total distance of 60kms included some decent climbing and it definitely proved that the beginners group is really making strong progress.

More heavy rain on Thursday forced the cancellation of the Kilkenny Time Trial League for the second week running. Hopefully the worst of the weather is now behind us and the club can get the show back on the road this Thursday.

On Saturday there was a group of six out on the spin - Joe Ryan, Mick Barron, Mick Burke, Willie Carroll, James Kelly and Michael Shields.

On a very wet morning the group did a fairly short spin for this time of year, taking in Callan, Kilmogannny, Knocktopher, Thomastown and Kilkenny. The total distance of 62km was covered in about 2 hours for an average speed of 31km/h. 

On Sunday the club was represented by Martin Morrissey and Patrick Tobin at the Sperrin Mountain Bike Sportive. This event is hosted by Harps Cycling Club in County Tyrone. It was a really enjoyable event; was well organised and the lads would recommend this to anyone who wants a good MTB sportive challenge next year.

With less than 50 days to go to the fourth annual Tour de Kilkenny, preparations are now well underway. Full details of the event can be found on the club website. If you don’t intend cycling it the club are currently recruiting volunteers to assist on the day.

All proceeds from the event go towards the Barretstown charity so volunteers can be guaranteed a very rewarding and fun day helping out at the event. Contact the club via e-mail tourdekilkenny@gmail.com