Sunday Tour: A bakers dozen headed out this morning in bright sunshine led by master chef Warren Gillan, heading south for Camross Newbawn and home through Adamstown, at a good steady pace and picking up the legand that is Stephen Kelly along the way. Nice to meet Paul Nolan who was out on his bike. Hopefully wont be long till he will be leading the tour again
Des Hanlon Memorial: Great performances by all our lads at the Des Hanlon today. (A3: Reece Young, Fionn Jordan, Ryan Byrne, A4: Paul Bolger, Billy Harris and John Redmond). Huge step up for our three juniors from racing U16 last year to competing with 200 ridrs in a 3 hour 70+mile race. While the terrain didn’t suit Ryan he put in a fighting performance while Reece and Fionn were comfortable all day in the front group. After cresting the top of the final climb they were in a group of about 30 riders left to contest the sprint for 5th place with only the super juniors who had broken away still ahead. Billy Harris and John Redmond were also competing in their first Des Hanlon along with Slaney veteran Paul Bolger and put in good rides on the hardest race of the year.
Weekend rides: Looks another good weekend with two dry days to look forward to.
Saturday spin: Leaving Aldi at 9.30am. Going to Aughrim via Bunclody and Carnew and home through Arklow and Gorey. Coffee stop in Aughrim.
Sunday tour: 10am from the Duffry Gate. Plan is to head south for Camross, Newbawn and home through Adamstown about 50 k or so with options for longer or shorter if desired! Newcomers very welcome.
Best of luck to the Slaney crew at the Des Hanlon Memorial RR in Carlow on Sunday. Arguably the toughest ‘Spring Classic’ in Ireland we should have Reece, Fionn & Ryan in A3, Billy, John and defending champ Paul in A4 and Elliott in underage. Let us know if we are forgetting anyone!