Leaving from the Plaza in Cashel we will head for the the village of Ardmayle where we cross the bridge over the River Suir and up to the T-junction at the old RIC Barracks where we take a left, then right and on towards The Hive. From there we head onwards to the old Blackbridge Creamery where we take a left to the village of Knockavilla. Passing through the village we head for Camus where, once again, we cross the River Suir with Camus Park Stud on our right. Two km later we pass Brittas Stud on our right before seeing the Rock of Cashel straight ahead and heading to the Lower Gate of the ancient City of the Kings. We will then head for a welcome cup of coffee and a chat in one of the many fine cafés to be found in the town.
I joined the Cashel Rock Pedallers in 2014. Since then I built up my distances, from an initial 5km in 2016, completing a 170km on the 2012 Olympics Road Race Course! I have also completed many more Sportives, including all four Great Dublin Bike Rides. If I can do it at nearly 70, so can you!
After a night of frost, it was a clear, crisp dry morning and thankfully the sun was up to melt any any danger.
We set off from the Plaza, up Canopy St and onto Ladyswell - then down the cat6 decent of the Kiln to the new roundabout to take the left onto the Bianconi Drive for Ardmayle.
Crossing the bridge over the Suir we take the rise up to the old RIC Barracks junction and left again heading for The Hive. Through the hive crossroads we pedal downhill for 1km before taking a sharp right for Cappamora.
Passing Cappamora Hse we soon reach the main Dundrum to Cashel road opposite Dundrum Hse golf club and left here sees us heading for home.
Thankfully we've met little or no vehicular traffic so far and it was a bonus that the main road also saw very few cars.
Through Knockavilla Village we head for Camas Bridge on the Suir and a brief pause at the stud to take in some of the thourerbred stock.
Back on the bike for the last 3km to Cashel and a very welcome hot coffee.
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