This is a Guest Post by Niamh O’Donovan. Niamh is from Modeligo in County Waterford, is a member of Dungarvan Cycling Club and races her bike uphill and down with TC Racing. Last Sunday, September 16, 2018 Niamh dominated the infamous Lacca Climb to win the Munster Hill Climb Championship, organised by Southside Wheely Wheelers. This article was originally published on Niamh’s instagram and is reproduced here by kind permission.
My first 🚴♀️ jersey! This is weird to say but it actually was a little emotional to be able to tell my Mam and Dad that I randomly made the trip to #southsidewheelywheelers last Sunday morning and surprisingly came home with the Queen of the Hill jersey. Here’s why,
I have so many wonderful childhood memories from my family home on ‘THE HILL’. Significant to this story, my family home, in the parish of Modeligo Co.Waterford, which is a valley, can be seen from everywhere, perched on top of as everyone calls it ‘the hill’. We used get post addressed ‘yellow house on the hill, Modeligo’ 😂 We even had tug-o-war competitions where the four sides of the Parrish used pull against each other, they were ‘the Glen, The Hill, Churchquarter and I think Sleady Castle’. Growing up I hated living on ‘The Hill’, home from school meant a kilometer hike back up the hill, a cycle to the shop meant, pushing my mtb back up the hill with a gear bag full of penny sweets and mr freezes from mrs Bannon’s shop, playing hurling, if you missed the catch, you had better get running or the ball would be gone so far down the hill, i used roll down the garden with my school friends, we used have competitions to see who could cycle to the bottom the fastest, apparently my neighbor made it in 7 seconds, legends were spoke of in those who could cycle up it back in the day without getting off, and that was before there were gears on bikes. The hill in total is a mile and a half long. My family home is half a mile up. My dad told me that one spot in his ‘top field’ is the highest point in Modeligo, there is also a Fairy fort here. I used go up there with friends and make a wish in the fort. I am so grateful i have had this childhood, full of innocence and adventure. I have enjoyed writing this and I hope you have enjoyed reading it.
Pádraig is the author of Burkes Biking Blog. This week he loves latté and cycling in early Autumn. He loves dahlias, begonias and Marion too, but not Strava segments that finish 10 metres beyond a junction.
What a beautiful morning to be out on the bike with my club. The forecast last Friday gave epic rain for Sunday morning, but thankfully it arrived overnight. I had seen the announced routes and planned to go with my usual G3 and have coffee with G4. Everything went without a hitch. Here are the DCC notes from the road for 16/09/2018: (credits PRO Carol and group scribes)
With the evening light restricted members were out in force for the weekend activities.
On Sunday G3 stayed close to home with 14 doing a ring of West Waterford. Turning off the main road for Ballinameela, across Villierstown, Camphire to Tallow, up Ballyduff to Lyons Cross and back down to Lismore. (My note: I left the group in Cappoquin and soloed to Lismore to sit in a suntrap with coffee, chatting to riders from Youghal and Dungarvan who also love suntraps)
On the road from Cappoquin it was a 50/50 split for straight home or the black hill to Colligan. A super day to be out on the bike with 90k covered at 28kph.
Four G4 riders set out on a dry & bright Sunday morning. Numbers depleted due to a few late cry offs and one doing the spin on Saturday as the early forecast for Sunday was not good. Thankfully it was wrong and the 4 enthusiastic riders began the climb up Colligan. Onwards towards Half Way and onto Cappagh cross heading for Lismore with very pleasant perfume wafting in the wind to overcome the slightly pungent smells of the countryside. A refuel stop at the garage in Lismore in glorious sunshine meeting and greeting other cyclists from Youghal and Cork swapping banter and in some cases shoes!!!
Padraig (that’s me) from G3 on extended coffee break joined us for the spin home. Back on the bikes up the hill in Lismore turning left for Deerpark with one who didn’t study the route heading for Tallow. All was well as he realised he was on a solo run! All straightforward to Cappoquin, Military road, Ballinroad and home. A great spin just over 80Km.
Páraig is the author of Burkes Biking Blog. This week he loves latté and cycling in early Autumn. He loves dahlias, begonias and Marion too, but not Strava segments that finish 10 metres beyond a junction.
Group 3(b) took advantage of the fine weather on home ground as 11 ascended Millstreet sheltered from a strong NW wind. After Ballymac, there was no shelter, yet they pushed on at pace to Clogheen. The ascent of the Vee was thronged with motor enthusiasts awaiting the Cannonball Run, and the group had a sense of real professionalism as they were cheered, photographed and filmed. The cheers had the greatest impact, and the climbers had a small battle to the top. Given that they were only minutes ahead of the motor cavalcade, it was decided not to stop at the top, but to continue the descent into Lismore for coffee, staggered rather than as one group. The spin home via Deerpark, Kilmolash and Bog Road was at a PB pace, as they had a strong tailwind. 105km @27.4kph and 950 metres elevation.
It’s the first weekend of September, and we were rewarded once again with lovely weather.
Group 3 club spin to Tramore via coast road. On to Kilmeaden, Portlaw, Newtown, Kilmac and home by 5X. No big ring for last 25k as Di2 battery was low. 9 started and 7 for full spin. Hard lumpy route. Managed fine, but left knee pain after Kilmac to the finish.