Over The Hill Cycling Club Notes 28th July 2019

The Saturday cycle headed north for Kilworth, on to Araglin, climbing Higgins Hill befor ethe descent into Mithcelstown. After coffee, it was on to Ballyhooly, tking the middle road to Glenville, and a nice finish back in to the village. Further afield, Alan and Susan Crowley tackled the Skoda Ring of Clare cycle. This popular sportive started from Clarecastle GAA club in Ennis. The route that brought cyclists to the stunning Clare coast and the Wild Atlantic Way, Loop Head Peninsula and home via the Shannon Estuary Way. 

Also on Saturday, Donal Scannell and Aidan O'Brien headed west for the Mizen Looper cycle. The Mizen Looper is an Annual Charity Cycle established to raise funds for West Cork Down Syndrome Support Group. The cycle spans the beautiful coast of West Cork. Beginning and finishing in Collins’ Centra, Drimoleague. The cyclists didn't get long to warm up before the brutal ascent of Mount Gabriel was upon them. The 2km climb averages 10% and tops out at 25% on the steepest section. From there it was on to Schull for refueling. The route out to Mizen Head took in Goleen and Barleycove. The break at Mizen Head was very enjoyable, the glorious weather and fantastic scenery were most welcome. The return route took in Ballydehob and Skibereen, with 135km on the clock on reaching Drimoleague. There was a barbeque laid on for the cyclists in Collin's Centra. The cycle was thoroughly enjoyed by the two lads, and is definitely one for next year.


There was a big group left the village on Sunday morning and headed for Templemichael, and on to Whites Cross. The cyclists then climbed to Rathcooney, before the log descent to Sallybrook. There was a stop for coffee before pedalling on to Knockraha, 50km.


Club cycles continue each Saturday and Sunday. Wednesday evening cycles are also continuing. 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.com. Details of cycles will be posted on club Facebook page.