Over The Hill Cycling Club Notes 21st April 2019

The past week has been a busy one, with members taking advantage of the fine weather and holidays to hit the road. Wednesday evening saw the commencement of the club TT. This is a 15km out and back course, from the national school to Killydonoghue. Fastest cyclist on the night was Jimmy Condon who is in flying form. Some of our newer members also put in very impressive times. The TT will continue for eight weeks, and is suitable for all levels of cyclists, and new members are very welcome. 
A small group headed out for a 75km spin on Good Friday morning, Doanl led the group on a spin to Lismore and back. Saturday saw two groups leave the village at 8am heading east. The group headed to Midleton and Cloyne, before stopping for refreshments in the Village Greengrocer in Castlelmartyr. From there it was on to Mogeely, and the testing climb to Dungourney. The climbing continued as far as Ardglass, before the long descent to O'Leary's Cross. From there it was stright back to the village.  
The Sunday cycle also saw two groups hit the road. There were large numbers out, members burning off the calories prior to tackling the Easter eggs. The route headed to Rathcormac and Conna, before turning back for Fermoy. Just to make sure enough calories were burned, Donal included the testing Coole hill in the route. The coffee stop in Fermoy was a welcome break, before the final leg home. 
The weekend was not to forget one for club member Peter Van de Beek who headed to his native Netherlands to take part in the Amstel Gold Race sportive on Satruday. The sportive follows the same route as the pro race. The  240km route is a true test, with 3706m of ascent on famous climbs including the Geulhemmerberg, the Maasberg and the Cauberg. To round out a super weekend, fellow Dutch man and rising star of the professional peleton, Mathieu Van der Poel. In the most dramatic of finishes, the young Dutch man show a never say die attitude to grasp victory from the clutches of Julian Alaphilipe and Jakob Fulsang. 
The coming weekend sees the first away trip of the year. A large group are heading to Bantry for two nights. The roads around the west Cork town offer some of the best cycling in the country. Thanks to Alan Heffernan for organising the weekend. 
Club cycles continue each Saturday and Sunday. The club is always delighted to welcome new members. On Sunday mornings at 9am, 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.comDetails of cycles will be posted on club Facebook page. 

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