Cyclers get pumped up for Christmas

THE Marble City Cyclers got into the spirit of Christmas when they hosted this year’s Festive Fifty fun cycle on Sunday, with all proceeds raised for the Kilkenny branch of Irish Wheelchair Association.

THE Marble City Cyclers got into the spirit of Christmas when they hosted this year’s Festive Fifty fun cycle on Sunday, with all proceeds raised for the Kilkenny branch of Irish Wheelchair Association.

Ninety-two participants really got into the festivities with loads of Santa hats on display. Many cyclists donned the full Santa outfit for the cycle - with beard! - while one participant took the traditional route and donned the green Santa suit. Other participants decorated their bikes with holly, bells and even snowmen. The sight set the atmosphere for the Christmas holidays, drawing bemused looks from passing motorists!

The cyclists were fortunate that the weather forecast predicted for the morning didn’t come through, with all enjoying the 50k cycle in mild December weather. The spin started at the IWA House on College Road and then moved on to Gowran and Dungarvan. The touring party stopped in Thomastown for some festive refreshments, including mince pies and chocolates.

The group then made their way back to Kilkenny, where the good people of IWA had bowls of warm soup and rolls ready for the hungry cyclists. The provisions at the food stop were sponsored by Super Valu in Loughboy, while the soup was donated by Avonmore.

Following the cycle Brendan O’Reilly, organiser of the Festive Fifty, presented Tony Coy of IWA with the fund-raising cheque for €1,000, while spot prizes were presented to the most festive of cyclists. Thanks went to all who donated prizes and supporters who helped raise interest in the cycle and the much-needed funds.

Tip of the Week: For every one week you’re off the bike, it normally takes two weeks to get back your fitness. Enjoy Christmas, but try to get a few spins in over the Festive holidays to keep the hard-earned fitness up.