Club Spins

Sunday 03rd May 2015

Distance 95km

We had 12 cyclists out today on what was a very mild morning. Both groups stayed together and set a steady pace out to Tulla before turning in Bodyke. The group decided not to stop for coffee as we had gotten caught in a few showers, so we went over the climb in Parteen together. We had a nice tailwind after that, from Sixmilebridge and then home. Great to see big numbers out on a Sunday Spin!

Sunday 19th April 2015
First Group Out

Distance 135km

We had a big group of 11 out this morning to enjoy the super weather. The Dolmen Burren Challenge Route was picked as some guys have to work and will miss the tour next Sunday. We had a nice tail wind to Lisdoonvarna but had a stiff headwind as far as Fanore. where we turned up through the Caher Valley and up into Lisdoonvarna for a nice cup of coffee.
Some riders shortened the route and turned for Ennis while some continued on to Lahinch before turning for home, with 5 going on to Miltown Malbay and home by The Hand.

Second Group Out

The second group had 4 cyclists out enjoying the sunshine and hit for Clarecastle,on through Newmarket-on-Fergus, into Sixmilebridge on to Broadford and home through Tulla.

Sunday April 12th 2015

This morning saw 8 cyclists out. Conditions weren't great earlier but improved as the morning went on

The second group of 5 headed towards Clarecastle and on to Newmarket and Sixmilebridge before stopping at Shannon Airport to check out the huge Russian Cargo Plane. They then headed home via the backroad from Shannon and on through Clarecastle.

2015 Dolmen Burren Challenge 80km Route

The 1st group had 3 riders out this morning and they decided to cycle the 80km route of the upcoming Burren Challenge Tour. They stopped in Lisdoonvarna for a coffee before setting a quick pace home. A very nice route with good climbing and a comfortable distance.

Pat & Joe

Sunday March 22nd 2015
1st Group Out
Distance 91km Elevation 433m

The first group out had 8 riders with 5 having cycled in the Pakie Ryan yesterday. A flat route was decided on and the group set a good pace to Gort and into Kinvara where we had a quick break. With everyone working well  we had a tough spin back along the New Line, Tubber and then home.

2nd Group Out
Distance 65km

The second group out had 4 riders and headed out the Gort Road through Crusheen before turning left and through Tubber and into Gort for a quick stop. Had to work hard with a strong headwind back to Ennis.

Sunday March 15th 2015
1st Group Out
Distance 88km Elevation 563m

The first group seven out, eight of us, hit for Gort then turned off for Kilanena and continued on to Feakle at a steady pace on a beautiful spring morning. In Feakle we turned left for Scariff, where we stopped for an enjoyable and well earned coffee break.Coffee drank, the wind was at our back and we had a quick spin home with everyone working well.

2nd Group Out
Distance 62km Elevation 425m

There were 7 in the 2nd Group out heading for Gort and turning right at Lough Cutra School. The group stayed together over Maghera and into Tulla for a quick stop before getting a nice push home

Sunday 08th March 2015
1st Group Out
Distance 105km Elevation 751m

Today there was 7 riders with the first group out setting a steady pace to Gort, where 4 turned for home via Tubber, leaving the other 3 to continue, working hard against a strong headwind  in to Kinvara, then on to Ballyvaughan for a well earned coffee break. The group stayed together over the climb before turning for home at Lemenagh Castle with a nice tail wind. It was great to see our Chairman Michael Newman back after a few weeks out.

2nd Group Out
Distance 75km

The second group had 3 riders out and went via Ruan and on to Kells Cross, turning right then on to Gort for a quick coffee before having to work into a steady headwind. With only three in the group, everyone had to work hard.

Sunday 15th February 2015
1st Group Out
Distance 90km Elevation 643m

First wet Sunday in a while, there was 7 riders out - 5 in the first group out. John & Terry clocked up 140km yesterday and were out for more today! 
We had a slight push until we turned for Killanena and the group worked well on the climb that brought us out on Maghera onto Tulla, Sixmilebridge and home by Newmarket.

2nd Group Out
Distance 60km

There was 3 in the second group out today so everyone was working hard into a stiff breeze onto Sixmilebridge, then across to Shannon and then had a nice tailwind home.

Sunday 8th February 2015
1st Group Out
Distance 87km Elevation 528m

On what was a very foggy morning we had 12 riders with 7 in the first group out. A nice steady pace was set to Newmarket, then on to Shannon and into Sixmilebridge. At Tulla Cross 3 riders turned for Ennis with the remaining 4 going up over Maghera, then lined it out once we got on the main road and set a steady pace home.

John Colleran & Martin McDonald represented Dolmen at the Donal Crowley 100k Memorial Cycle in Blarney, which the club attends every year .

Derry & Mike

2nd Group Out
Distance 59km

The 2nd group out had 5 riders and a nice steady pace down through Newmarket before turning for home in Shannon in what was a particularly cold fog.

Group 8th February 2015

  Sunday 1st February 2015
1st Group Out
Distance 110km Elevation 754m

First cycle of Spring, it felt more like Summer by the time we got to Ballyvaughan. We had 8 riders out but with some of the group pressed for time by the time we got to Kinvara we were left with 4. Perfect conditions, sunny with no breeze and everybody working hard. The group stayed together on the climb and a quick steady spin back to Ennis..great day.

    1st Day of Spring 

2nd Group Out 
Distance 62 km Elevation 158m

This group is ideal for anybody interested in getting back in to cycling or getting involved for the first time and would like to experience cycling with a group.

There was eight riders out this morning who set a steady pace to Gort. With some ice still around the group stuck to the main road as these had been well salted.
Stopped for a coffee in Gort before heading back to Ennis in lovely sunny conditions.

Sunday 25th January 2015
     Distance 87.9km Elevation 543m

 This morning saw a big turnout with 20 riders out between both groups, on what was a very mild day with light mist. We headed out the Tulla road and on to Broadford at a steady pace, then over the climb with only a slight split in the group, stopping for coffee in Parteen. John and Martin turned off to climb Woodcock Hill (getting ready for the Pyrenees).We continued on to Sixmilebridge and with a slight tail wind home set a good pace.

Great Spin, big crowd.

Sunday 18th January 2015
Distance 112km Elevation 754m

We had a hard frost overnight and with the car park very slippy we relocated to Sheil's car park where 6 riders left for Gort as the main road would be well salted. We turned off for Kinvara in Ardrahan. After 20km Chris turned to meet up with Burren Racing team (getting some 'pre-training' training in). We straight lined it from Kinvara with everyone working hard and a slight headwind. A quick coffee break in Ballyvaughan before tackling the climb. We regrouped at the top and pushed hard for home


                                                    Clear skies after frosty start
Sunday 11th January 2015

There were 10 riders out on what was a tough course in tough conditions, with a strong head wind going up to the wind turbines with Cyril, Eamon & John doing the heavy lifting. We re-grouped at the top and everyone had to work hard back to Kilmihil and on to Labasheeda, where we turned out of the wind with a strong pace to Kildysart for a well earned coffee break before a quick spin home.

Big turnout for Sunday Spin

                                                   Well earned coffee break!