Over The Hill Cycling Club Notes 15th July 2018

The final predict your time event of the current series took place last Wednesday night.  A south westerly breeze  meant that the smart money was on the course record of 38 min 12 seconds surviving until 2019. Never one to back away from a challenge, Nigel Carroll took off at a blistering pace, and at the finish line on the Glenville road,  he stopped the clock at 38 minutes even. As if that was not impressive enough, Nigel had also predicted his time exactly. There were a nervous few minutes to wait as Alan Heffernan was still on the road. Alan came extremely close but it wasn’t to be. Alan was later seen leaving a local hostelry on Bernard Burke’s two wheeled rickshaw. 

A number of members recently completed the Ring Of Kerry cycle. John Heaphy, Paul MccMahon, Fergal O’Sullivan had a great day out. Noel Linnane of the Bike Fix was also spotted in club colours. A number of club members were wondering how Noel was going to have their bikes ready in time for the upcoming Malin to Mizen cycle, if he was off galavanting around the roads of Kerry. Brendan Coakley also completed the Ring Of Kerry cycle, but left his racing bike at home in favour of a 1920’s high nellie. The antiquated mode of transport did not reduce Brendan’s average speed by much.
A large group left the village on Saturday morning and headed for Coachford. A glorious cycle back along the Lee valley was only interrupted for coffee at Griffin’s Garden Centre. Sunday saw a big turn out also. The group headed for the Crosshaven, but unfortunately, the great weather of the past few weeks did not hold out. After coffee in Crosshaven, the group headed for Monkstown, and took the ferry to Cobh. The 80km route was completed in quick time, with the two Peters rushing for last mass in Leamlara.
Wednesday evening cycles continue departing Watergrasshill at 7pm. All are welcome. Club cycles will continue on Saturday and Sundays. Details will be posted on club Facebook page. New members are always welcome. On Sunday mornings, all levels of cyclists are catered for, with the group split into 3 levels. New members are very welcome to turn up and cycle provided they have a racing bike, a helmet, and are over 18. For further information, check out our club Facebook page or contact us by email info@overthehillcc.com