Club news update - March
Lots of activity happening now that the sportive and race season is well under way again. This weekend there was a great turnout of members at the Gowlin Cycling 40km & 90km sportive in aid of MS. With the weather staying dry for most of the day, all participants were greeted with a well deserved beef stew at the finish line! Well done to all for making it out on the bike on the morning after St. Patrick's weekend!
Next weekend, on Sunday the 24th March the Lap of Laois starts in Portlaoise. There are two routes for this event; 60km and 120km routes, start time 9.30am (sign on from 8.30am) full details can be found here.
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Kilkenny Triathlon Club - Duathlon
Congrats to all Marble City Cyclers that competed in the Kilkenny Triathlon Club Duathlon in Kilkenny Castle last Saturday 9th March (Fiona, Ashley, Barry, James & Robert.... I think that was everyone on the day!). A fantastic event, really well organised by the Triathlon club - a big thanks must go to the tri club for putting on a superb event in Kilkenny!
The event started in Kilkenny Castle with a 5k run around the castle grounds, followed by a 20k cycle loop that went out the Waterford road, across to Bennettsbridge and back to the city (where all MCC cyclists should have picked up a nice few places!). The race then finished off with a slightly painful 3k run back around the castle grounds.
Another duathlon takes place again in Kilkenny on March 23rd, so we hope all members will beat their previous time now that they know what running actually is!
Lots of great shots up on the KTC site and a few more below of them in action.
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Carrick Wheelers Cup
Joe Ryan and Colm Keher made the trip to Carrick this weekend to race in the Carrick Wheelers Cup on St Patrick's Day. A record 279 riders lined out to race on Sunday morning, fantastic to see such great numbers out to race! Well done to both of the guys who finished up in the bunch. A good report on the race here by John Dempsey from Carrick Wheelers. Lots of great shots of the race here on Sticky Bottle and a brilliant read as always from the A4 race winner Barry Meehan of Worldwide Cycles and what he learned as an A4.
(Joe Ryan in action in the Carrick Wheelers Cup.)
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Our weekend group spins are continuing to grow in popularity, with groups leave from the castle every Saturday and Sunday morning at 10am. Our new steady group leaves from the castle at 10.30am on a Sunday morning. The steady group is a great way to get introduced to cycling within a group, so come along if you are interested, the distance is usually around 40k at about 25km/ph.