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Some very nice photos of the Ride of the turkeys can be seen by clicking the above link
Ride Of The Turkeys Report
There were 30 turkeys present for the inaugural Ride of the Turkeys which has been a tremendous success for the club. We had racing bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids and all sorts of machines for the fun Christmas cycle. The cycle started well with Jeremiah Ryan getting a puncture after 500 metres. However Club chairperson/mechanic Dermot Radford had Jeremiah back on two wheels faster than a formula 1 pit stop. The cycle continued to Galbally with a brief stop for Liam Butler to take some snaps of all the Turkeys on the cycle. The cycle then went on to Lisvernane where some nice pics of the Turkeys climbing up through the village were taken. We then took a brief stop at coach road where lots of Sandwiches were consumed along with some nice warm tea, Jimmy Hally must be thanked for his up keep of the fire during our warm stay, the owners of the pub had to ask Jimmy to slow down adding timber to the fire as they were running low, however Jimmy being the club Farmer/Local lumber supplier attempted to sort their problem by getting a sale. It was time to get back on the road. Unfortunately as the turkeys went to leave Tommy Byrnes noticed his nice shiny MTB bike was stolen. Tommy was quick to point the finger at Club Secretary/ Slightly Hung-over Brian Devitt. However after a brief laugh at Tommy’s misfortune It was discovered that the “Big Mac” was the thief. After club Thief/Garda John Mc Cormac had returned the bike to Tommy the turkeys were on the road home. About 1 mile from the finish another hung-over Turkey Neil Ryan got a puncture, Neil had no spare tube but thanks to Andrea Radford in the Tippwheelers team bus Neil got home with his feathers intact. Thankfully all turkeys returned home for what was a very fun day for club members. We really hope the ride of the turkeys will become an annual fun cycle for club members and anyone else who dares to become a Christmas Turkey for a day
Big thanks must be given to Dermot Radford for his design of the poster and promotion of the cycle, Thanks also to Jim Kissane for organising the tea and sandwiches which went down a treat with everyone, Thanks to Tommy and Martina Byrnes who helped organise, promote and involved the 1 life charity in the cycle. Thanks to Liam Butler for taking all the photos which can be accessed at the link above. Also, a big thanks to Keith Kelly who helped keep the turkeys going for the last fifteen minutes! Thanks to every cyclist who turned up for the bit of crack and banter. Let’s hope we will all meet again for Ride of the Turkeys 2011 on the 27-12-2011 and be turkeys for a day again.
Shown below is more photos taken by Tommy and Martina