25 Results for tag: leisure cycling

Rush raids the Alps

August 11, 2014 - Peter Rush has featured here before; as a rebel of fashion. But he is also an unwavering rider keen to push himself, quietly, wherever possible. Here is his account of one such occasion, earlier this summer when he took on the Raid Alpine sportive with Marmot Tours. Thonon-les-Bains to Antibes. Six days, 31 Alpine cols, 740km, 16,800 ... More

Tour of Flanders 2013 – Part 5

An account of our adventures in Flanders 2013 by Mick Dempsey On a long descent I passed Dean and was on my own for a while. Soon after Siobhán joined me. Dean and Emmet were behind us, and I was sure Brian, Dave and Seamus were home and hosed at this point. Darkess began to fall – it was a bit disconcerting to see them dismantling the Red Cross ... More

Tour of Flanders 2013 – Part 4

An account of our adventures in Flanders 2013 by Mick Dempsey Ahead of us lay the Koppenberg. I had heard so much about this hill, I actually couldn’t wait to get cracking on it. The first thing I noticed about the Koppenberg is how narrow it is…very, you’d fit two bikes only it seems to me. But the way it is paved, with a pronounced camber on both ... More

Tour of Flanders 2013 – Part 3

An account of our adventures in Flanders 2013 by Mick Dempsey We pushed on – at this stage, the main concern was the cold – I found it bitterly cold, and the fat thermal hiking gloves I was wearing was making it extremely difficult to adhere to Brian’s recommendation of one bar every 20kms or whatever it was. There were big enough bunches on the ... More

Tour of Flanders 2013 – Part 2

An account of our adventures in Flanders 2013 by Mick Dempsey SSo, the next morning we met up in the main square in Bruges at 6.50am. With Brian’s advice ringing in our ears, we had stuffed snickers, nutri bars, assorted pieces of fruit cake and anything other energy-rich product we could find in our pockets. I would estimate that, in normal circumst... More

Tour of Flanders 2013 – Part 1

An account of our adventures in Flanders 2013 by Mick Dempsey Having been inspired by our Chairman’s accounts of battles in Flanders in previous years, I decided to test myself this year in the Tour of Flanders, having decided last year that my performances in the high mountains during the Étape might suggest that I am not a Grand Tour rider, and that ... More

Wexford Training Weekend Report

by Brian Kilbride We had a well attended weekend of cycling and socializing down in Carrigbyrne, this weekend gone by with 18 down for the Saturday spin 11 for the Saturday Night and the hard core of 6 who headed out into the wind and cold on the Sunday morning. Saturday was a stunning day. All assembled in our Wexford bolt hole at 10 am on the ... More

Tour of Waterford 2012 Report

Thanks to Ronan Gallagher for the report For those of you in the know, it’s common knowledge that I’m not the fastest on descents; indeed, I’m generally quicker going up hills! So it was off to Dungarvan last weekend for the Kelly Comeragh, the fourth instalment of the An Post Cycle Series, with its three CAT 1 climbs plus the drag into the Nire ... More