Over The Hill Cycling Club Notes 4th August 2019

The Wednesday evening cycle was short but quick last week. The club was delighted to welcome Ben, a French cyclist who was holidaying in the area. The bank holiday weekend saw members hit the road in large numbers. Donal, Mike, Alec and Brian headed for a spin around East Cork on Saturday morning. Peter Power followed in hot pursuit. The pedalling was rewarded when the lads stopped for coffee at the Greengrocer in Castlemartyr. From there, the lads tackled the climb to Dungourney and on to Ardglass. The descent to O'Leary's Cross was welcome respite before the final push to the village. 


There was a big group left the village on Sunday morning and headed for Leamlara, where they turned and headed for Lisgoold. From there it was on to Midleton and Cobh Cross via Ballintubbber. There was a coffee stop in Cobh Cross, where the crack was ninety. After much banter, the group headed back for the village via Carrigtwohill and Leamlara. Everyone got back safe and dry before the heavens opened. 


This week sees four members, Aislinn Hurley, Eleanor Fennessy, Kevin Fennessy, and, Aidan O'Brien embark on the Tour De Munster cycle. The cycle departs Cork city hall on Thursday morning. The first day of the nineteenth “Tour de Munster” will take the cyclists through Cork, Waterford, Tipperary and Limerick and on to Killaloe, County Clare. Day Two, they will go through Limerick, Clare and North Kerry to Tralee. Day Three will see them face more big climbs over the Conor Pass and Molls Gap as they make their way via Dingle and Killarney toward Kenmare. Day Four will start with a climb over the Caha Pass and finish on the steep St. Patrick's Hill in Cork City.The total distance will be 640km. 


If you would like to support the cyclists in their fund-raising efforts for Down Syndrome Cork please use the following iDonate link: https://www.idonate.ie/…/11381006_aislinn-hurleypage.html or https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/kevin-eleanor. Any sponsorship will also be gratefully accepted by any club member, for what is a very worthy cause. 


The primary beneficiaries are the Munster Branches of Down Syndrome Ireland.  Down Syndrome Ireland is an organisation of people with Down syndrome and their parents and guardians. Their goal is to help people with Down syndrome make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.


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.