We set off from the Canon Hayes just after noon, turning left heading into town. It was a mass, two wheeled invasion! Brilliant! Through the town and out the Galbally Road with the amber light in tow. We didn’t head far when we had to stop for a regroup just after the Co-op. As I looked down the road, just beyond the group, I saw one of the riders just “fall over” while still on their bike!!! Didn’t get his/her name but it was funny! You know who you are. Anyway, we set off, again. It was a great cruise, holding up traffic and more traffic. The banter was good, catching up with people whom you haven’t seen since the Summer /Autum.
About 10k into the spin we stopped again for a regroup at the Shamrock Lounge. At this stage the group had split into three or four packs. Spirits were high and the cycle was making a steady progress out into Limerick. The breeze picked up into a cross wind, made pumping the legs a little tougher! 6k on we hit Galbally, we regrouped again and headed off into Lisvernane. Coming into Lisvernane and nearing the halfway point of our spin we came upon a convoy of over 200 tractors (you read this correctly) out for their post Christmas joy ride through the county. A couple of question came out of this, 1. why? And 2. who sent the teamer out for that event??? I have full respect for agri, but isn’t that what the Ploughing Champs are for? Anyway up and over the hill we all cycled tipping along nicely heading for our rendez vue in the Coach Road Inn for light refreshments.
Sambos, tea, coffee, some light chat and little did we know that the Coach served alcohol. To our horror a number of cyclist who will not be named Keith Coyle, Michael Looby, Martin Hickey, James Beston, Dinny “bike breaker” Lynch, Maurice Crowe, partook in sampling these beverages. So anyway, 45mins later, all watered and fed, we headed off on the return leg of the cycle back to base, the Canon Hayes. Not long after leaving we had a punchture. The damsel in distress Mrs Daly, the heroes to the rescue Tommy Byrnes (camera man) and Martin Breen (the pump guy). The sober spectators Martin Hickey and Keith Coyle did offer their services but the hero’s had the job in hand. What is that clown like with the hat??
From this point the cyclist broke into groups again. The main bunch heading on into Tipperary Town, a small bunch of rogue bikers that were very dehydrated ended up in O’Heneys in Bansha, after all it was a very warm, humid December day and lastly the two heroes and the damsel. We all made it back to the Canon Hayes before dark and without incident. It was a great day out for everyone, with only one puncture. Roll on the 2012 Turkeys…Again I would like to thank everyone who took part in the event and wish you and all your families a very happy new year.