THE fine weather continued to bring out the Marble City Cyclers (MCC) who enjoyed some great cycling over the weekend.
On Saturday a group of ten cyclists covered a route which took in Callan, Mullinahone, Killenaule, Ballingarry and Kilmanagh. This was a total distance of 103kms and took the group three hours 30 minutes to complete.
The main spin on Sunday saw a larger group of 22 riders gather at the Castle Gates. The cycling party headed north of the city on a circuit which took in Freshford, Urlingford, Johnstown, Durrow, Abbeyleix, Ballinakill, Castlecomer. The group was given the option of splitting in Durrow, so those that wanted to get extra miles in headed on to Abbeyleix whilst others headed straight back to Kilkenny.
Cyclists have been reminded that the renewal of club memberships are now due. New participants who join in on the club cycles are also invited to become official members of the MCC.
Tip of the Week: Point out hazards. When cycling in a group it is very important to point out any potential hazards on the road, e.g. potholes, parked cars. Communication is key; cyclists should simply shout out where the hazard is (left, right, middle) and if possible also point to where it is.
The onus is on the riders leading the group to point out the hazards but everyone in the group should relay the message back through the group to ensure everyone’s safety.
The Marble City Cyclers meet for club spins every Saturday and Sunday. The cycles leave from the gates of Kilkenny Castle at 10am.