Foyle Cycling Club

Cycling club based in Derry

Foyle Cycling Club - Cycling club based in Derry
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Dublin to Derry 23 May 2010

A high spirited group of 17 Foyle Cycling Club members left the GPO in O’Connell Street on Sunday morning at 7:10, when most people were still in bed, for the challenging cycle to Derry. The route took them through Ashbourne, Slane, Ardee, and Monaghan to Omagh and home through Strabane.

After 7hrs 45min on their bikes and two food stops for essential refuelling, the group rode together into the Guildhall Square before the clock struck four – a total journey time of less than 9 hrs – to a warm welcome from appreciative family and friends.

For 3 of the group it was a return journey, as Chris Philson, Paul Nelis and Donal Dorrian had undertaken the cycle to Dublin on the Friday – a round trip of almost 300 miles – to raise funds for the local branch of Duchenne Ireland, which supports children with Muscular Dystrophy.

A particular word of thanks to Alastair L’s friend Clare, who provided a support vehicle the whole way to Derry, which is greatly acknowledged and appreciated.

Tour du Sperrins 16 May 2010

A team of 13 hardy FCC cyclists – Simon, Chris, Tom, Shaun, Terry McL, Peter McL, Lawrence, Aidan, Stephen, Ed, Eamonn , Kevin and Gavin – laughed off forecasts of heavy rain showers, strong cross winds and low temperatures to depart TSC at 8 30 for our annual Tour du Sperrins. The route took us to New Buildings, Donemana, and Plumbridge and along the beautiful, but hilly Glenelly Valley. Then a sharp left to Moneyneaney before the traditional charge on the challenging climb up through the Sperrins to the pylons. But alas with the wind in our faces the 55 mph descents of 2009 were not to be repeated!! After regrouping outside Feeny, rain jackets were on again, just in time for our second good soaking of the day. We made it to Claudy as a group and then home via Ardmore, were Alastair L who drove past us on the Ardmore Road was waiting with his camera to capture our triumphant summit of Church Brae. Thanks Alastair !!

Benevenagh (Bishop’s Hill) Run 9 May 2010

A 19 strong peloton had decided that a decent hill climb was in order and with Tom and Colin showing some fresher legs we headed up that well known hill climb, the road to Bishop’s Mountain. This 3 mile challenge is one of the steeper tests in the area with gradients approaching 16%. Its ferocity was well met by Simon, Tom, Colin and Chris who summited in close order at a very creditable speed.

Running in to Downhill, speeds picked up perceptibly and squealing brake pads heralded our return to sea level. Our now 12 strong group had more hills to tackle as reaching Articlave we headed westward over the other slightly less steep side of Benevenagh mountain. This climb, although taken at a more measured pace, still did some damage to our party. The stronger men now including returnee Ciaran, ever fit Fergal and mountain goat Eamon, pressed ahead while the remaining number ascended in somewhat more steady fashion. The downhill run to Windyhill was once again a delight for the speed lovers, and using Alastair as a shield proved an excellent way of getting maximum benefit from the sharp change in elevation. A great Sunday run , 65 miles , more that 1,000 metres ascended.

Tour of the Glens 2 May 2010

Sunday was an early start for the12 enterprising members: Simon, Tom, Chris, big Waren, Shaun K, Kevin M, Peter McL, Gavin, Alastair, Eamon, Mark and Donal (Kevin’s bro in-law), who headed to Belfast to face the always challenging Tour of the Glens. This annual event organised by Castlereagh CC covers 206km of hard riding round Glenarm, Cushendun and the 7 glens, Ballymena, Broughshane, Ballyclare and Glengormley. The day was cold and wet as we left City Hall shortly after 0800 hours and with a change in elevation of 2,200 metres, it provided a tough first major challenge of the year, particularly following on a dreadful winter of lost Club runs. But the reward in completing the course was a marvellous sense of achievement. The day was made by fireman Chris’s arrangement for all to avail of warm showers at the central Belfast station, sending us on our home trip greatly refreshed, though without hard earned medals which had not been struck for the number of entrants!