Last Saturday two of the volunteer crew on a charity cycle from Cork to Carlow were in the shop . They mentioned that almost everyone was accounted for aside from one lady who they presumed had gone straight on in Cahir in the direction of Cashel . At least she would be able to make her way from Cashel into Clonmel with just about an extra 15 or 20k on the clock .
This reminded me of the guy on last years edition of the Tour de cure from Middleton who asked in Clonmel where the turn off for the 100k was , about 50k after passing it .
Then this evening I heard about the longest detour yet . Last Sunday week the Ballyduff GAA club ran a sponsored cycle from Ballyduff County Waterford to Thurles .
One of the organisers said in the pre cycle talk ‘ now lads , we’re headin on through Kilmeaden up asfar as Fiddown , where we turn right and out onto the main Carrick road . We stop in Carrick for oranges and water , then on up to Clonmel . IF ANY OF YE GET LOST IN CARRICK DON’T CROSS THE BRIDGE . Then we stop in Clonmel for tea and sandwiches before heading on to Cashel where we have another stop for oranges and water . Then it’s a straight run on up to our hotel at The Horse and Jockey , this side of Thurles .’
One of the riders who had been half paying attention heard the dont cross the bridge in Carrick part but missed the turn right in Fiddown part . So he found himself arriving into Carrick on the wrong side of the river . Following the instruction given he did not cross the bridge and continued on . On out to Dungarvan . On to Cappaquinn . On to Lismore . On over the Vee . On to Clogheen . On to Cahir and finally on to Cashel where he rejoined the original route . With only one water bottle and no tea , sandwiches or oranges for sustainance he still managed to make it to the hotel just 3 hours after the rest . And his comment upon arrival ‘ The scenery on The Vee was very beautiful ‘
Those GAA boys are tough !
There is an article in today’s Irish independant about a new initiative in Mayo where 1000 cyclists will be using number plates on their bikes . The reason given is to highlight road safety for cyclists as the number plates are reflective .
I think that many cyclists are slightly ahead of the curve on this one . Almost everyone who comes into our shop nowadays is buying a helmet with their bike . The demand for hi-viz clothing is way beyond that of the traditional team replica kits and everyone seems concious of just how busy and sometimes dangerous the roads can be nowadays .
More emphasis needs to be made on teaching those seated behind a steering wheel in front of which they think is their display screen for their playstation game how to drive their vehicle in a responsible manner .
The ‘playstation generation’ have learned to drive using control pads before steering wheels and learned that the only way to win the game is to keep the button pressed and speed to the max all the way . In some games pedestrians and cyclists are ‘bonus points’ when aimed at .
The only skill required when they get out on the road is the ability to do ‘donuts’ or mark out temporary black rubber roundabouts .
There may be a reset button on the playstation to put you back on the road after a dramatic crash but there is no such button in real life !
I was asked recently what the best way to train for an event in 4 months time would be . After explaining the benefits of tapering and working back from the date of the event and training in 4 week blocks ,I began to wonder just how much the person would actually enjoy riding their bike during that time and what would happen even if they won the event .
The simple pleasure of heading out for a spin on the bike without any pressure might not be experienced this summer . Every spin will have to have a purpose and any deviation from the plan may lead to frustration and resentment .
Life is all about balance , just like riding the bike . We all need to have a purpose but somedays we need to enjoy that day or that spin just for what it is .
Today , have a good one !