With the weather being dry and warm on Sunday morning there was a large turnout for
both the early group and the main club spin. Two groups of 7 left Monaghan on the
early loop of Monaghan, Middletown, Caledon , Aughnacloy and back to Emyvale where
they joined the main spin at 9.30.
Around 40 cyclists formed into the 3 groups and headed off for Glaslough, Pipers
Bridge, Castleshane, Clontibret, Blayney, Lough Eglish and down into Ballybay for
the coffee stop. It was then on to Tullycorbet, Ardaghey and home via Monaghan.
The 6 youths followed group 2 as far as Glaslough before turning for Middletown,
Caledon and back to Glaslough and home.
Mark Andrews competed in the cyclocross race in Armagh on Sunday. Mark finished the
race, no mechanicals today, on a very muddy and sticky course. Well done Mark .
Best wishes to Lorraine Mullarkey, who crashed on a group training spin on a track
in Dubai. Lorraine broke her collarbone in the crash, get well soon.
Last weekend 12 club members went cycling in Mallorca covering around 100 km per
day in 30 degrees of heat. All the usual milestones were conquered with all the first
timers cycling down and back up the famous Sa Colabra mountain. This is a 9.5km climb
with a continuous 7% gradient so all that training up the Green Lane paid off.
The climbs at Lluc, Orient were also visited as well as tours through Petra and other
scenic villages. On Sunday the group visited the outdoor cycling velodrome track
at Sineu in the middle of the Island. After a few rounds everybody agreed it looks
easier on the Tv than actually taking part. Sunday finished up with a visit to a
hilltop monastery at Santa Margalida, followed up by a cycle to a lighthouse at Cap
de Formentor on Monday.
Anyone interested in the club weekend away in Donegal please contact Ann Marie McCarron
asap. The cost is €50 pps in the Mount Errigal hotel and this includes evening meal
and B +B. Some members will cycle up to Letterkenny, while others intend to drive
up and cycle a route when they get there.
Could any outstanding sponsorship cards and monies please be returned to Patsy McQuillan
or Martin Rushe asap.
Upcoming Meetings :
There are several meetings and AGMs coming up in the next few weeks.
On the 24th October there is a club development meeting being run by Cycling Ulster
in the Council Building in Castleblaney.
The 11th November there will be a leadership course in the Sports Hub in Emyvale.
This is a great course to do and as many members as possible are encouraged to go.
Our own AGM is on the 17th November in the 4 Seasons Hotel at 8.00pm, followed by
club presentation at 9.00.
The Cycling Ulster AGM is in Quinns Corner on the 4th November. This is open to all
The Cycling Ireland AGM is in Newry on 11th November, members need to be delegated
There will be a Child protection course in the Sports Hub in Emyvale on 23rd November
at 6 30pm. We encourage as many people as possible to attend.