Killorglin Cycling Club Winter Training Weekend Report

First and foremost on behalf of the club I would particularly like to thank all the members of the O’Shea family Micheal O’Shea our main organiser who put in a monstrous effort in the days and weeks preceding this event for most of us it is a job in hand just to prepare ourselves for such a weekend but to ensure the safety and welfare of 42 individuals over the course of a weekend takes meticulous planning food stops water accommodation he also arranged a Yoga Class along with an hour and a half discussion with former Ras Mumhan Winner Timmy Barry which was very informative for all who attended and it is work which sometimes can go unnoticed and unappreciated.

It was a real O’Shea family effort over the past weekend, Gene our lead car driver ensured the safety of everyone on the road, Catherine and budding photographer Catriona provided the riders with food on the Saturday upon arrival to Kenmare and food and water stops on both days, as well as transportation of all the riders luggage and providing warm pasta to the rain soaked riders on their return to Killorglin on Sunday afternoon. On behalf of the club I would also like to thank Nathan Clendennen for driving the club bus and also Bernard Murphy who drove support vehicle and Alan Jones. Without the generosity of these people selflessly giving up their time it would not be possible to run such an event.

We had both racing riders eager to get in some substantial kilometres for the forthcoming racing season and Leisure Riders eager to get training in for the forthcoming sportives. The racing riders on the Saturday departed Killorglin at 9.30am from Killorglin Sports and Leisure Centre a loyal supporter of the club the riders headed in the direction of Glencar admidst strong wind and weather conditions which got progressively worse as the day continued none the less this did not deter the riders who embarked on a a two day traverse of the County’s roads and beyond on routes which took in two of the main Stages of Ras Mumhan

On reaching Glencar the riders headed for the infamous Beallagh Oisin Pass and from there continued to Caherciveen, Portamagee, the Cat 1 Climb of Coomaneaspig, The Glen, Waterville and from there followed the Ring of Kerry route to Kenmare where the riders stayed in the comforting surrounds of the Kenmare hospitality glad to receive food and rest after a hard day in the saddle.

Our leisure group was accompanied by our Hamper Ride Champion John O’Donoghue a notable absence from our group was Gay Gallagher who was unfortunately unable to attend on this particular weekend his charisma was very much missed. These riders followed the main Ring of Kerry route through Glenbeigh, Mountain Stage, Chairciveen, Sneem, Kenmare with a coffee stop in Caherciveen.

On Sunday the racing riders embarked on the route of Stage Two of Ras Mumhan abet in much milder and more favourable weather conditions the route took the riders from Kenmare to Lauragh Healy Pass, Glengariff, Ballylickey,Kealkil,Ballingeary Ballyvourney, the County Bounds, Killarney and back to Killorglin where the riders had started the previous day.The leisure riders traversed the Caha Pass and Borlin,Kilgarvan and returned to Killorglin.

We had riders who supported us from a number of clubs from within the county and beyond our good friends in Killarney Cycling Club Tralee Lee Strand Manor West iBike Sliabh Luchra Nenagh Cycling Club your support is greatly appreciated and to anyone else who I may have omitted. Overall it was a great weekend of cycling for all involved and I would like to wish everyone who attended the very best with their cycling endeavours in the forthcoming season.
Yours in Sport
Brendan O’Sullivan
Killorglin Cycling Club