Club cycling was inevitably affected by the recent snow and sub zero temperatures and is now contending with the large number of potholes that have appeared on the county’s roads since the thaw! Indeed so bad are road conditions that traditional routes have had to be modified to avoid the worst stretches. Nevertheless there have been large turnouts on the last two Sundays with nearly 30 cyclists leaving the Bullring in three groups. On last Sunday Conor Crowley led his super fit band of warriors on a tour of north west Wexford , via Enniscorthy, Bunclody, Carnew, Gorey and Ballycanew back to Wexford – a mere 120 km at an average speed of 30 km which included periods of interval training between Kyle Cross and Bunclody. Brendan Ennis led his less energetic tour around south Wexford: a mere 70 km was covered in an average speed of 25kmph. In this group was Andrew Farrell who has made a welcome return to cycling and is expected to promote himself to the training group very shortly! All budding and prematurely retired cyclists are cordially invited to join any of the groups leaving the Bullring on Sundays – the only proviso being that helmets must be worn.
Phil Lynch and her group of young cyclists covered 40km. Phil and fellow club member Annis Kehoe are in final preparation for their 1000km charity cycle to Lourdes in April . Also doing a charity cycle is Eddie Reddy in aid of The Console & Life Suicide Prevention and Awareness Centre on Francis Street in Wexford town. Eddie’s 160km cycle begins from the Riverbank House Hotel next Sunday, January 31st at 8.30 a.m. going to Gorey Bunclody and finishing at Mary Jo’s Pub at Larkin’s Cross.
Barrow Wheelers second Sporting 100km takes place next Sunday beginning from Geraldine O Hanrahan’s GAA club at 10 a.m. and takes in a route that climbs to Killann before falling all the way to the sea near Duncannon followed by a gradual ascent back to the clubhouse.