Not having a stop half way made the event even better, keeping it smooth, progressive and safe. We had a quick regroup at Ballywire for the shortcut. After a couple of minutes we set off again and into our first puncture courtesy of Nora Cunningham. This gave the main bunch a good distance on the repair crew James Cunningham (Husband), Keith Coyle (some random person), Dave Dineen (Nora’s brother) and Nora. This allowed the group of four give a good chase and sprint on to get the blood flowing in the cold winter air.
We had a regroup again at Knocklong and then we headed off on the home straight to Tipp Town VIA Emly. There was a few new cyclist getting gear tips from other cyclists to help them enjoy the cycle instead of it being an uncomfortable 40KM fight. A couple of cyclists were on MTB’s just to give themselves a little extra drag.
The last 12KM from Emly to Tipp Town had a slight drag to Lattin and a steady decent heading home and a well-earned beverage and food in Roches. It was great to see a line of cyclist heading into town, all arriving home at the same time. About 1km from Town Maurice Crowe got a blow-out, Grainne Keogh (visiting from the USA) helped him home and he’s a mechanic too… Cheers Grainne! The feedback was very positive on the route and the pace. Some ideas for next year were shared round, so we’ll see what happens.
The club wishes to thank Roche’s Bar of Tipperary Town, all of the participants and Sean Crowe for providing vehicle support. Happy New Year everyone.