Over The Hill Cycling Club Notes 17th June 2018

There was great excitement last Saturday morning as members gathered at the Kenmare Bay Hotel for the club Ring Of Kerry cycle.  Cyclists were split into three groups for the 170km route. The climb to Moll's Gap and the quick descent to Killarney blew the cobwebs away. Steady progress was made to Killorglin into a stiff headwind. The first stop of the day was in Glenbeigh to take on some water. The weather took a turn for the worse in Cahirciveen when the rains came and temperatures dropped. After a quick bite to eat, the road to Waterville was shortened. 
The rain cleared as he climb to Coomakista was tackled. The descent to Derrynane was a welcome respite before tackling the lumpy approach to Sneem. There was a short stop in Sneem to refuel for the final 30km to Kenmare. Wind assistance ensured Kenmare was reached in quick time, with all cyclists completing the route safely. The showers laid on by the Kenmare Bay Hotel were very welcome after a tough day in the saddle. 
Credit to Donal Scannell for organising the trip, and to Ger Tobin and his trusty lieutentant Mick O'Leary for supporting the cyclists. 
Members are eagerly following Donncha Cuttriss' progress in the Trans Am Bike race. The Trans Am Bike Race began on June 2nd at 6AM PST. The race is self supported and covers 6,800km from Astoria to Yorktown. Donncha has 5,200km completed at the time of writing, having powered across the flatlands of Kentucky, and is now heading for West Virginia. 

Last Wednesday night saw five brave cyclists take to the road for predict your time. Paul, Eleanor, Brian, Jeremy and Pat put in excellent times in wet and windy conditions. Thursday night saw a group head for Glenville and Whites Cross, and back through Knockraha. 
Wednesday evening cycles continue departing Watergrasshill at 7pm. All are welcome. There will also be a club cycle on Thursday evenings for the next few weeks. 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