- Tuesday: with my friend Declan
- Wednesday: easy group spin to Kilmacthomas
- Thursday: off-road Waterford Greenway with Marion and lunch
- Saturday : I wanted to go, but I was stewarding for Tried & Tested Triathlon Club’s annual event and the garden needed gardening
And So To Sunday
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.
About The Author
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.