Sunday Cycle, Feb 21 (with Beginners cycle)

12039565_903467206396044_3540691929157600668_nSunday looks to be very mild with the likelihood of a shower or two at some stage.  A strong and steady WSW’erly is also forecast to join us.  This week there will be a beginner’s cycle so there could be a big turnout at City Hall in the morning.  To cater for all needs we’re going to offer a number of options.

Beginners – Depending on turnout, the beginner’s route will be decided on the morning but will be kept at a manageable distance.  The beginner’s cycles are led this week by Steve Evans and Sinead McKee.

Short route – This clockwise route heads out to Ballincollig and up the hill near Classis Lake with lovely views of the Iniscarra dam from the south side.  The climb is on a narrow road so keep it tidy when climbing and be careful on the short descent, which drops quickly.  Out past Farran woods and on to Carrigadrohid and home via Coachford.  This clocks in at 65km with the only significant climb being that one overlooking the dam at the beginning.

Medium route – An 84km route heading out to Carrigadrohid before doing a loop around Macroom and coming back home the main road having taken in the windy gap.  700m climbing over this 84km so….moderate.

Long route (aka adventure route) – The usual route out the Butter road before taking a detour up the side of the mountain via Ballinagree, around the top by Millstreet country park and then pretty much straight home…via the windier than normal gap.  Not a prerequiste but perhaps 25mm tyres, mudguards and a map could be useful on this route 😉

All routes head home via Ballincollig so maybe Coffee & Nosh in the middle of Ballincollig could be a good coffee stop?  For any routes where the coffee stop is at the end, it’s vital to bring some food with you for the cycle.  Bring enough for whichever distance you choose.

Seeing as the long route is a little bit longer than normal this week, I’m suggesting an 8:30am start for the long route.

Everybody else leaving at 9am from City Hall.