We invite everybody to join us on TUESDAY 27 December for an enjoyable, social cycle through Tipperary and the surrounding locality. this will be a FUN event to help work off that Christmas dinner...and the leftovers!
Starting from Cannon Hayes Sports Complex at 12PM SHARP.
Route Details: Tipperary, Galbally, Lisvernane, Bansha, Tipperary, 42.5km with a one hour stop at the midway point at the Coach Road Inn for some light refreshments.
Cover charge of €10
Participants cannot join the cycle without a suitable helmet.
The 9am Sunday training spin is a well paced 50km loop at a speed of 25-30 km/hr. All the spins start at the Canon Hayes Sports Complex in Tipperary town and the routes vary from week to week. One of the routes takes us from the complex, turning left in Donohill heading to Cappawhite and left again towards Doon, left again towards the N24 and back into Tipperary. This route has a good mix of climbs and flat roads. With a good peloton and mixing up the lead cyclists, this can make for good pace and shares the work. I remember someone saying "It is a mix between a leisure spin and a speed date".... funny!
Sunday the 11th saw Dermot Radford, the Bresnan boys Richie and Daniel, Mr. and Mrs. Byrnes and Keith Coyle heading out on a 50km spin. The weather was good (to start with), with a crisp , cool bite in the air. Thermals and winter gloves kept them warm.
Dermot was on his trusted Peugoet 531, Reynolds tubing (history class, as his Cube was still tucked up in bed). Having already done an hour he included us in his training and took in an extra two hours, plus a round trip to Bansha ansd back into Tipperary town. Richie on his Giant Defy 4 was showing great form. His training for next yeasr's race season paying off, even if Dermot had words with him on Sunday about his training stats. Dan on his Boardman Pro with carbon forks, currently studing in WIT was as usual giving the sprint into town a good push with Dermot. We had England vs Italy with Martina Byrnes on her Planet X Nanolight Hi Modelus and Tommy on his Willier Triestina Mortirolo (how's your Italian??). Thats some mouthfull of bikes. Tommy's "boss" even let him start work late on Sunday. He's a very nice guy. And then we had Keith on a road bike! What's going on here? Where is the "pimped out" MTB?? Well he was on a Giant SCR4, which is a re-cycled bike. KC was out on the bike for the first time and was keeping the pace well until coming into town he lost the power in his legs. He needs to get out more and drink more water.
All enjoyed the spin. They got some rain, not to heavy, so it was a wet end to the day but well worth it. Roll on next Sunday.
If you feel you can push yourself, this is a good training spinfor you. The last few km into town is a good sprint. The speed goes up to 40km/h (plus).
Tippwheelers are still running a MTB night ride every Wednesday at 7pm starting in Bansha woods. The riders start in the car park and take a 1.5 hour spin up into the forest, trekking up to 17km, taking in The Rock of Thorabh (the flagstone of the bull) and the great views of Tipperary town at night. The ride offers a good mix of climbs and downhill challenges. How fast you take the downhill depends on how brave you are. The craic with the riders and and the mixed weather conditions add to the experience.
Now a trek through the forest isn't a trek without something breaking, like a chain (Dinny Lynch), getting a puncture (Dinny Lynch) or even getting your cleat stuck in your SPD, guess who, Mr. Lynch and for added good measure, failing brakes.... Dinny likes to keep us on our toes at least once a week and yes we get him up and running again.
The group numbers vary from 4 to 10 plus riders with various skill levels. Newbies are always welcome to the trails. An MTB is an MTB. All you need are light, working brakes (DInny), a lid (helmet) and warm clothing. If you have any questions regarding the MTB night rides or any other aspect of the club go to the "contact us" part of the website and we will gladly answer your questions.