Get out of bed folks for the new early morning starts

The Marble City Cyclers spins have been brought forward an hour to 9am. With fine weather all weekend it would appear that some members alarm clocks were not updated as numbers for the weekend spins were lower than normal.

The Marble City Cyclers spins have been brought forward an hour to 9am. With fine weather all weekend it would appear that some members alarm clocks were not updated as numbers for the weekend spins were lower than normal.

On Saturday a small group did a 100km spin to Kilmanagh, Callan, Windgap, Owning, Mullinavat and returning to Kilkenny. This route took the group 3 hours 30 minutes.

On Sunday a group of 12 were met by sun, but it was cold and windy. They took in a regular MCC route via Freshford, Urlingford, Durrow, Abbeyleix, Ballinakill, Castlecomer and home to Kilkenny.

The large group split in Durrow where a number did a shorter route heading back to Killkenny via Ballyragget. The total distance on the long route was 100kms and it was done in 3 hours 25 minutes.

On Sunday a couple of club members, Neil Butler and Patrick Tobin, competed in the Cycling Pursuit Cup in Broadford, Co. Limerick. This A4 race involves three laps of an 18km circuit with a 600 foot climb in the middle.

Patrick wasn’t even half way around the first lap when his rear derailleur failed him, meaning he couldn’t move off the largest cog at the back and all the spinning in the world couldn’t move him fast enough. After looking over the bike with some officials, Patrick was forced to concede and call it a day.  

Neil fared considerable better. He put in a fine performance on one of the more challenging A4 races on the calendar. He worked well with others to put in an average of 34.5kph over this hilly race. No doubt the experience will stand to him in future races.

Members should note that club spins have been brought forward from 10am to 9am with immediate effect, and until further notice.

Tip of the Week: Replace your chain regularly. Every bike has a chain and they wear out. Road bike chains can get anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 miles before needing replacing, about once a year.

What happens as a chain gets used is it stretches and causes more wear on cassette and chainrings. Replacing them can become a much more costly exercise so its worth spending a small amount of money replacing the chain every year or two.

Oh, when it squeaks it would like some oil!