This trip is a “figure of 8” loop around Clarinbridge. Starting from the school in Clarinbridge, we head towards Kilcolgan, turning left before Kilcolgan to bring us to Roveagh where we turn right and travel on over the Dunkellin river. We then turn right again which brings us back to Kilcolgan.
From Kilcolgan, we go to Ballinderreen where we turn right and travel along a fairly quiet and narrow road, bringing us past the derelict Tyrone House, Kilcolgan Castle and back once again to Kilcolgan.
We turn left bringing us back to Clarinbridge where we will stop for coffee at Goat’s Lane café, having completed about 22km. Don't forget to bring some money for coffee and cake!
After the coffee break, we will complete another loop, travelling down through Maree and back through Creganna. At the end of the Creganna road, we turn right and return to Clarinbridge to finish the spin for a total distance of about 35km.
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I've been cycling for over 20 years both individually and as part of a cycling club. I've really enjoyed cycling in a group, both the exercise and the social side. I'd like to help others in the locality to get out on their bikes and get that enjoyment as well. Nothing too strenuous and guaranteed to include some decent coffee stops along the way!
A wet start to the day didn't dampen the spirits with a full turnout for today's spin, our first group spin this year after so many months in lockdown. Great to see some of the regular crew as well as some new faces.
Our original plan had been to grab some coffee in the lovely Goat's Lane cafe in Clarinbridge, but with takeaway-only still the only option we diverted instead to the recently opened Roots Cafe in Kilcolgan which has some external shelter which helped keep us dry for our coffee break. Our first trip to Roots and we'll definitely be back again.
The weather cleared up and the sun made an appearance after the coffee break so we were almost dry by the time we finished. Thanks to Jana for the lovely homemade apple cake at the finish.
Overall stats for the spin:
Average speed: 18.6 km/hr
Cycling duration: 1 hr 56 mins
Overall duration: 2 hr 38 mins
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