After a week in Pollenca, with temperatures reaching 25, it was back to bread-and-butter today. The DCC Group 3 met despite very strong winds, and forced their way to Lismore.
It was here that the split occurred. After coffee and a chat, the ladies outnumbered the men four to three on the back roads to Deerpark and Kilmolash, while the remainder of the group inched their way to Inch in County Cork.
The official group report was as follows:
14 riders rummaged through presses and boxes and pulled out the winter gear for Sunday’s group 3 spin. The group set off for Lismore in windy but dry conditions and at this point half of the group glad to be still dry turned for home. On to Knockanore and The Pike for the remainder where they were treated to blue skies and even some sunshine. Next it was on to Inch which was a first for the group to pay a visit to this area and then back to more familiar roads in Youghal. From here on the group cruised home with a strong tailwind covering 90k at just under 27kmh average. (Anthony D)
My rummaging through drawers and presses also included suitcases. There was a long list of tasks needing attention before the spin:
- Find overshoes
- Get winter jacket from the winter bag. Now where did I store that bag last Easter?
- Get winter gloves from same bag
- Double check the weather app, in case my eyes were deceiving me
- Check a second app just in case the weather might be better there
- Put pedals on bike. Note for next time we go to Mallorca: don’t pack the pedals at the bottom of the suitcase!
Boxes ticked, but I forgot to bring water and money. Just as well I’ve got good friends who remember all these important little things.
We met a dog today. He was delighted to see us, and likely very annoyed that we shouted. Maybe the windy conditions had him thinking we’d be a soft target. Reminds me of the “Problem Dog” joke…
There are lots of things cyclists need to know about strong blustery winds, but here are just four:
- The prevailing wind in Ireland is south westerly.
- Therefore, for us here in Dungarvan, it comes from Youghal.
- Some days the wind completes that distance in about 30 minutes.
- No matter how quickly you cycle into a headwind, you’ll never slow it down.
While all this was happening, Slovakia’s Peter Sagan won the men’s World Championships for the second year running, while Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) took the women’s title. There was a very strong wind also in Doha. It seems even world champions have to cycle in tough conditions!
Safe cycling out there,