The Tuesday Spin saw seven people turn up for a great session. The recent NW wind was prevailing again but we were a little bit bored with the Ballymahon – Ballymore route. We opted to ride towards Roscommon and we ended up doing the 65km route that will be used this Sunday as the short route on the Tour of the Heartlands. That of course meant scaling Skryne Hill
Tinman, Goldfinger, DSchlack, Slam On, Brian N, Mick M and Flash were the protagonists on this occasion. The banter was good on the way to Roscommon and Slam On was having a good night as he stayed in the bunch right up to Skryne Hill even if he was not too sure what county he was actually in!! Skryne Hill caught us like a sneaky Mike Tyson uppercut and was just as damaging. The surface of Skryne is very smooth nowadays but there are 25kph speed limit signs all the way up the hill??? Flash warned everyone to stay legal on the ascent Interestingly, Goldfinger knew in advance about the 25kph speed limit signs, the SSCC Secret Training police have been alerted!!
We all attacked the climb with Tinman, Goldfinger, Flash and DSchlack cresting together. Of course Flash was concerned for everyone and asked for a cease fire for the others (always beg for mercy for someone else when your own balls are bust, eyes bloodshot and tongue licking the front wheel!!). No mercy was forthcoming so we hammered over the following two drags after Skryne itself. The ceasefire was called at the crossroads but not before Tinman was nearly devoured by Lassie!! Tinman must have sent the Lassie dog a rant by email
When Slam On had rejoined us we opened up a nice bit of up and over work all the way back to Monksland. Of course the obligatory ging happened at St. Josephs FC. There are about 18 signs on that stretch of road so who the hell knows where the finish is?? I suppose everyone gets to claim some kind of victory here but last night Tinman and Goldfinger were strongest with Flash and DSchlack close behind.
We came back through town to avoid the ByPass but the average clocked by Flash on the Garmin was 32.6kph for the first 62km. That is a decent training spin and it would be great to get bigger numbers turning up for these sessions. There will proabaly be a Thursday spin as there is no MIL this week. However we have to launch our main gear sponsorship with PlanetX at their shop at 6pm on Thursday with a photo shoot for the papers so all are welcome to attend that first. We could meet at PlanetX in Blyry Industrial Estate and pull out from there at 6.30pm.