Beginner get in a spin as Cyclers keep busy

THE MONDAY evening spins continue to attract cyclists, with the Marble City Cyclers (MCC) bringing another group out on the roads.

THE MONDAY evening spins continue to attract cyclists, with the Marble City Cyclers (MCC) bringing another group out on the roads.

The 16-strong group tackled a route which brought them out of Kilkenny and on to Ballycallan, travelling through Kilmanagh and across to Callan before heading back to Kilkenny. A beginners’ spin, the group meets at the gates of Kilkenny Castle every Monday at 7pm. Further information on the spin is available from the club website or John Britton, tel 087-6290244.

The second leg of the Comeragh CC’s SRAM Summer League race was held during the week. Flying the flag for the MCC were Joe Ryan, Mick Barron, Patrick Tobin, Eoin Hogan and Neil Butler. Neil and Patrick were also involved in the fourth leg of the Waterford Criterium league on Thursday. Owing to the wet conditions, organisers shortened the race to 50 minutes (+3 laps). There was another fine performance from Neil, who strengthened his grip on the red jersey (A4 leader).

The very popular and well-run Mount Leinster challenge was held on Saturday. The sportive included Mount Leinster and even included the very challenging Corribut Gap. Joe Ryan took part in the cycle in which a great day was had by all.

The An Post Rás, Ireland’s premier cycling race, came to Kilkenny on Sunday. The day belonged to Marcin Bialoblocki who took the stage and left Kilkenny on day two wearing the yellow jersey. With some overdue sunshine, this was a very enjoyable spectacle for the city to host. A number of club members volunteered as marshals for the event on the Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

Details of the Kilkenny TT League have been confirmed. The league will start on Thursday, May 31 at the Kilmanagh creamery. Participants are asked to be there for 6.30pm.