Spins / Group Cycling

We take a wide variety of routes throughout the year. They vary both in length and pace but are always aimed at maximising enjoyment for our members. You don’t need much to be able to participate but there is a short list of items which we recommend you don’t leave home without. Here is a guide to what you need as well as a sample of where we go and what we do.

What’s it like on a spin?

See for yourself below:

What Roads Have We Been Travelling This Month?

Over The Hill CC activities since

What do I need on a training ride…?

  • Hard shell helmet (essential…!)
  • Rain cape or jacket
  • Two spare tubes
  • Pump
  • Tyre irons
  • Water bottle
  • Some food, banana, chocolate bar or energy bars etc…
  • €5 or €10 for the coffee stop or lunch break
  • A quick recap of the club group cycle etiquette: http://www.overthehillcc.com/group-cycle-etiquette/
  • Familiarity with the Cycling Ireland Guidelines for Cycling on the Road: ci ride leader – guide to cycling on the road
  • A road racing bike, preferably with 700 x 25 tyres, drop bars and in a good state of repair
  • Front and rear lights are recommended for low light and winter conditions riding
  • ICE (In Case of Emergency) Contact information either on a Safety Bracelet or Phone

OTHCC Cycling Levels ” A level for everybody”

Level Av Speed (km/hr) Distance (km) Details Coffee Stop Start Time (am)
L3 20-23 25-50 Suitable for beginners that have no experience riding in groups. Accompanied at all times by two experienced cyclists. Yes 9
L2 23-26 60-100 For cyclists that need more of a challenge. Have experience riding in groups. Excellent training for Sportives. Accompanied at all times by a minimum of one experienced cyclist. Optional 8.15
L1 26-30+ 70-120+ For the stronger cyclists with good level of fitness and experience. Be prepared for a bit of pain. This level should be target for most cyclists. Accompanied at all times by an experienced cyclist. Optional 8

Over The Hill Selecting your group

Ref Applicable Level Guideline
1 L1,2,3 Individual members will determine their own levels
2 L1,2,3 New members will be allowed maximum 3 spins before required to joining CI and Club
3 L3 A rota will be in place to ensure two “Leads” accompany all L3 spins.
4 L1,2,3 Spins will be cancelled/rescheduled if there are no experienced cyclists identified to manage.
5 L3 Will run on Wed and Sunday only
6 L1,2 Captains will circulate route using FB, Email and Text minimum 24hrs in advance of the cycle.
7 L3 L3 Leads will circulate route using FB, Email and Text minimum 24hrs in advance of the cycle.
8 L1,2,3 Members planning on attending the cycles must respond to confirm.
9 L3 A menu of L3 routes will be available on FB and Website.
10 L3 It is the responsibility of the leads to check the”L3 Lead Rota” and if they are not available they must arrange to swap with another L3 Lead.
11 L1,2,3 Minimum requirements is a racing bike
12 L1,2,3 Minimum age is 18years.

Sample Training Routes

Various options exist for training spins, the majority of which begin and end in Watergrasshill. The list below links to a number of those that have been ridden and mapped over the club lifetime

Legend
WGH Watergrasshill
Level 3 routes
Route # Start Direction Distance Climbing
Route 1 WGH Hazelwood – Brooklodge – New Line – WGH 29km 304m
Route 2 WGH Rathcormac – Dispensary Lane – Fermoy – WGH 39km 408m
Route 3 WGH Bridesbridge – Castlelyons – Rathcormac – Glenville – WGH 36km 291m
Route 4 WGH Glenville – Whites Cross – Glanmire – WGH 34.5km 374m
Route 5 WGH Bridesbridge – Castlelyons – Fermoy – Duntaheen Rd. – WGH 44.2km 527m
Route 6 WGH Bridgeland E. – Midleton – Glanmire – WGH 60.4km 528m

General training routes

Ride # Start End Locality Distance (km) Gain (m) Route Rating Notes
TR-001 WGH WGH Lee River Valley 116 524 WGH – Dunkettle -Cork – Dripsey – Coachford – Macroom – Lissarda – Cork – Dunkettle – WGH Medium Medium Climb Contour, Medium Difficulty, Residential Area, Road Surface, Rolling Climb Contour,Rural Area, Smooth Terrain, Urban Area
TR-002 WGH WGH East Cork – West Waterford 148 736 WGH – Dunkettle – Youghal – Dungarvan – Cappoquin – Fermoy – WGH Difficult Medium Climb Contour, Medium Difficulty, Road Surface, Rolling Climb Contour, Rural Area, Smooth Terrain
TR-003 WGH WGH East Cork 113 615 WGH – Dunkettle – Youghal – Tallow – Fermoy – WGH Difficult Medium Climb Contour, Medium Difficulty, Road Surface, Rolling Climb Contour, Rural Area, Smooth Terrain
TR-004 WGH WGH Glenville Loop 61 386 WGH – Fermoy – Ballyhooly – Castletownroche – Killavullen – Beenaskeha – Glenville – WGH Medium Average Terrain, Medium Climb Contour, Medium Difficulty, Road Surface, Rolling Climb Contour, Rural Area
TR-005 WGH WGH Bride River Valley 71 341 WGH – Corrin – East Aghern – Conna – Tallow – Fermoy – WGH Medium Easy Difficulty, Medium Climb Contour, Medium Difficulty, Road Surface, Rolling Climb Contour, Rural Area, Smooth Terrain
TR-006 WGH WGH Loop to Kinsale 101 697 WGH – Glanmire – Cork – Bandon Road – Inishannon – Kinsale – Riverstick – Cork – Glanmire – WGH Difficult Medium Difficulty, Road Surface, Rolling Climb Contour, Smooth Terrain
TR-007 WGH WGH Loop to Ballyhooley 48 483 WGH – Rathcormac – Cappagh Cross – Ballyhooley – Cappagh Cross – Rathcormac – WGH Difficult Average Terrain, Hard Difficulty, Hilly Contour, Long Climb Contour, Road Surface, Rural Area, Very Steep Contour
TR-008 WGH WGH East Cork – West Waterford – South Tipp – North Cork 178 1111 Hilly 3 county spin, Cork – Waterford – Tipperary- Cork Difficult Average Terrain, Hard Difficulty, Hilly Contour, Low Traffic Area, Mountains Surroundings, River Surroundings, Road Surface, Rural Area, Scenic Surroundings
TR-009 WGH WGH East Cork – West Waterford 146 1193 WGH – Corrin – Conna – Tallow – Lismore – The Vee – Clogheen – Newcastle – Mt. Melleray – Lismore – Tallow – Fermoy – Rathcormac – WGH Difficult Hard Difficulty, Hilly Contour, Long Climb Contour, Mountains Surroundings, River Surroundings, Road Surface, Rural Area, Scenic Surroundings, Smooth Terrain
TR-010 WGH WGH Loop to Bandon / Kinsale 140 1002 WGH – Glanmire – Cork – FiveMile – Halfway – Crossbarry – Bandon – Oldchapel – Courtmacsherry – Old Head – Kinsale – Belgooly – Riverstick – Cork – Glanmire – WGH Difficult Hard Difficulty, High Traffic Area, Hilly Contour, Low Traffic Area, Medium Climb Contour, Oceans, Rural Area, Scenic Surroundings, Smooth Terrain, Urban Area
TR-011 WGH WGH Loop to Midleton 60 354 WGH – Glanmire – Dunkettle – Midleton – Lisgould – Dr. Barry’s Bridge – WGH Easy Easy Difficulty, Flat Contour, High Traffic Area, Medium Climb Contour, Residential Area, Rural Area, Smooth Terrain
TR-012 WGH WGH Loop to Passage – Cobh 60 311 WGH – Glanmire – Cork – Rochestown – Passage West – Cobh – Carrigtohill – Glounthane – Glanmire – WGH Easy Easy Difficulty, High Traffic Area, Low Traffic Area, Oceans, Residential Area, Road Surface, Rolling Climb Contour, Rural Area, Smooth Terrain, Urban Area
TR-013 WGH WGH 15K Hill Time Trial 15 116 WGH – Glanmire M8 on-ramp (15K Time Trial) Easy Medium Climb Contour, Medium Difficulty, Road Surface, Rolling Climb Contour, Rural Area, Very Smooth Terrain
TR-014 Little Island Little Island Little Island Flat Time Trial (6.6K) 6.6 29 Little Island Easy Flat Contour, Road Surface, Smooth Terrain, Very Easy Difficulty
TR-015 WGH WGH Ballyvourney 153 540 WGH – Glanmire – Cork – Bllincollig Bypass – Lissarda – Macroom – Ballyvourney – Macroom – Lissarda – Ballincollig Bypass – Cork – Glanmire – WGH Difficult Flat Contour, Hard Difficulty, High Traffic Area, Low Traffic Area, Medium Climb Contour, River Surroundings, Road Surface, Rural Area, Smooth Terrain, Urban Area
TR-016 Dungarvan Dungarvan Sean Kelly Comeragh Challenge 158 1473 Dungarvan – Lemybrien – Carrick-on-Suir – Seskin – Kilsheelan – Clonmel – Ballymacarbry – Harney’s Cross – Mahon Falls – Kilrossanty – The Mama – Dungarvan Very Difficult Hard Difficulty, Hilly Contour, Long Climb Contour, Mountains Surroundings, River Surroundings, Road Surface, Rural Area, Scenic Surroundings, Smooth Terrain
TR-017 Bantry Bantry Beara Peninsula 117 1040 Bantry – Ballylickey – Glengarrif – Adrigole – Healy Pass – Lauragh – Tragalee – Kenmare – Caha Pass – Glengarrif – Ballylickey – Bantry Difficult Beach Surroundings, Hard Difficulty, Hilly Contour, Lake Surroundings, Long Climb Contour, Low Traffic Area, Mountains Surroundings, Oceans, Residential Area, Road Surface, Rolling Climb Contour, Rural Area, Scenic Surroundings, Smooth Terrain, Steep Contour
TR-018 Allemand Allemand La Marmotte 187 5600 Torture Long Climb Contour, Mountains Surroundings, Road Surface, Rough Terrain, Very Hard Difficulty, Very Rough Terrain
TR-019 Baltimore Baltimore West Cork 200 200 1598 Baltimore – Skibereen – Ballydehob – Schull – Crookhaven – Durrus – Kilcrohane – Bantry – Ballylickey – Farnanes – Drimoleague – Drinagh – Leap – Skibereen – Baltimore Difficult Average Terrain, Beach Surroundings, Hard Difficulty, Lake Surroundings, Long Climb Contour, Medium Climb Contour, Mountains Surroundings, Oceans, Rolling Climb Contour, Rural Area, Scenic Surroundings,Smooth Terrain