Following a very good 2017 season for the club, the racing section of the club wants to carry forward the progress into 2018, encouraging as many members as possible to give racing a go. However, September/October is a rest and transition period for most of us; a time to watch the World Championships, the final classics, and re-group for next year. Its a time for off-bike activities, gym work and of course some cyclo-cross racing right up to the Nationals next January 14th in Glencullen, Dublin.


Starting next Sunday 24th and running up to the clock change in October, the race group will depart from 9am on a short but steady non-stop spin of about 70km; the distance is similar to Inbetweeners/C group, the pace somewhere between A and B group, but the emphasis is mostly on bike skills, group dynamics and a bit of banter. Many riders are tired from a long season so there are no intervals etc – it’s more about thinking ahead for the long winter months and setting goals for 2018. And riders are encouraged to be fit and have their bike/gear in good order for the spin.


Riders who are thinking of racing next year – at any level – are advised to take in one or more of these spins: training in Jan/Feb will be easier if you get started now with easy group rides. A dedicated “Beginners Racing Spin” will be staged on Saturday October 14th, 9.30am from K Leisure if there are riders interested.

The upcoming “Tour of the Falling Leaves” Leisure Cycle in Baltinglass (Sept 30th) – which covers a section of the Gorey 3-Day course – is also an really excellent end of season event to whet the racing appetite for next season. While a variety of cyclocross events take us right up to Christmas and beyond, for those who love the mud. (See Mark Yandle for more info)


Sun 24th – Club Spin 9am

Sat 30th – Tour of the Falling Leaves (75km) Baltinglass 10am

Sun 1st – Fixx Cyclocross Rd. 2 (Grange Castle)

Sun 8th – Club Spin 9am/Navan Cyclocross Race 1

Sat 14th – Racing Spin for Beginners: K Leisure, Naas. 9.30am

Sun 15th – Club spin 9am

Sun 22nd – Club Spin 9am

Sat 28th October – Fixx Cyclocross Rd.3 (Charlesland)

Sun 29th – WINTER ENDURANCE Begins: 3.5 – 4 hr Club Spin (winter bikes)


More Info: Joe Kelly (Captain) Simon Wallace (Secretary) Mark Yandle (Cyclocross) or message the club via the usual channels.