Week Ending 17/04/16

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We had our new KCC ‘bridge the gap’ ride on Tuesday evening that gathered good numbers for the first outing, which shows that members (& non members) are willing to put the effort in to push themselves towards the faster club runs etc.
Wednesday saw another one of DR’s epics and to his surprise 10 cyclists turned up (1 had to cut it short at Clough), so the remaining 9 headed on for what was to be a very cold, wet cycle but with great team work it allowed for it to be a fast paced 120+ miler & our two ladies did there fair share throughout.
Wednesday & Thursday club runs continue to draw in numbers, even though the Thursday seems to be slightly more popular, possible due to the fact that it finishes at the Poachers Pocket 😉
Saturday morning came and in addition to the 9am Saturday run that went to Moira, 6 set off early for what was to be a lap around lough Neagh, however due to some navigation problems and text messages to get home earlier than expected it was cut short and 180 degree turn around was made to please the wives. The Maitland family & Hill Repeat set of to Sligo for the first round of the Irish XC NPS.
On Sunday the club had only one member road racing, wee Andy McC, who drove to Drogheda and entering the A4 race he finished inside the top 12 out of over 100 riders – so WELL DONE to him. Scott, Reuben & Drew Armstrong all raced in their respective categories, however it wasn’t to be KCC’s day for podiums, but a good learning curve racing in the Irish series and what needs to be done for the next race.
Over a dozen attended the newly formed club SMCC charity cycle in Lisburn.
From the results of our ladies survey the club took on board the need to develop members who want to push themselves and progress through hard work to attend club runs, leisure events etc etc, so on Sunday the inaugural KCC development ride took place with 12 members & non members turning up to gain experience in group riding, club etiquette, discipline amongst good craic on the 21 mile route. We set of as a unit and everybody got warmed up and as they did the pace was sitting at a steady 15-16mph (slightly higher than expected), but the rotation in the group was working, everyone was putting in good efforts and at the end we finished with everybody around 250 yards apart at Balloo for well deserved WELL DONE and a coffee.
Thanks to everybody who took the time out to attend all the club runs, helped/assisted in anyway and hopefully we will see many more out at these club rides in the future.

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