Cycling long 4:19:27  125.61 km (2:04 / km) +1334m 1:58 / km
Mick Dineen Cycle (organised by Valley Wheelers AC)
Ballingeary-Mouth of the Glen-Topf of Coom-Kilgarvan-Kenmare-Lauragh-Healy Pass-Glengarriffe-Ballylickey-Pass of Keimaneigh-Ballingeary
Avg Cadence = 72rpm, Avg Speed = 29kph
Started off a bit damp, and there was the odd bit of light rain during the day, but other than that it was a nice spin. Some wind at times though.
Cycled with Brian Flannelly for the cycle. Heading up to the Mouth of the Glen we pushed for a small bit but my legs didn't like it so much, they hadn't warmed up yet, but they did react better when they had got going after a while. Road was narrow and rough in places. We waited at Morleys Bridge for some TdeM crew who had stopped for a puncture, but they took a while so we headed off and joined up with a few more lads as fas as Kenmare, the group increasing in size on the way.
Good spread of food in Kenmare, decent brown bread and lots of buns. Enjoyed that stop. Then off towards Lauragh with a group of hardcore TdeM lads, so the pace was saucy all the way to Lauragh. We lost them on the descent into Lauragh, speed and then got distracted by a crash. 2 lads went down on a tight bend, one lad I saw was covered in muck but upright. Then onto the Healy Pass climb, my 1st time, overall it was an ok climb. Tucked in behind a lad in a red jersey and he paced us up at a nice speed. When we finally saw the top ahead I attacked and gained a few metres, the road then turned and increased in gradient, got caught in the wrong gear so lost momentum, Brian came passed and I wasn't able to catch him, 1st blood to Tipperary but i'll have my revenge come September. On the descent i'd some fun around the bends, leaving Brian behind. Joined up with a few TdeM near the bottom and then we regrouped in Adrigole.
Then on to Glengarriff at a very fast speed, ridiculous if you ask me. We were going 30kph plus uphill on a big road, wasn't under pressure though. Then there was a steep descent where I jhit 78.3kph. This must be a max speed for me, don't recall ever hitting such speed before:-) Lost the lads on the way into the village as I eased up to hang on for Brian. We then stopped, had a 99.
Bigger group leaving Glengarriff and pace was slow up the hill leaving the village. Don't like this hill, it annoys me. Once it had levelled out and even a slight decline, pace upped nicely. We were averaging around the 31 mark as we went through Kealkill on the way to the last climb. Then I hit a pothole and punctured, front wheel. So had to stop, Brian stopped too. Took 12 minutes to sort the wheel out.
Then it was just the 2 of us for the last bit of the climb and descent before the flat few km back to Ballingeary. The puncture happened with only 15.5km to go!
Enjoyable spin, legs are tired afterwards, but they could have put in a few more km's if needed. This bodes well for the Sean Kelly but a couple more weeks on the bike would have me nicely primed. Nice bit of climb too, 1334m. So that's more than Carrauntwohill.