Today we take to the very 'Old Road' to Cork that brings us to New Inn, from the centre of the village we take a left onto the Golden Road, then to Dogstown Cross where we take a right to Hennessy's Cross, then on to Shanballa Road through the old gaeltach area of Sean Baile and back to Cashel via Windmill to rejoin the Cork Road for a refreshing cup of coffee.
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!
Once again we headed off from the car park at the Rock of Cashel, down the Main Street and onto the old N7 Cahir Road as far as the motorway roundabouts. There we turned onto the much quieter Old Cork Road and out to the Commons Cross, where we headed straight ahead passing the famed Ballydoyle Racing Stables on our left. Riding on through the townland of Farenkendry, we arrived in New Inn and yet to meet a car on the road. After a quick stop at the roadside grave of Lena Rice, 1897 Wimbledon Women's Singles Champion, we headed into the Village where we met the first signs of traffic as people made their way to church. Taking a left in the village onto the Golden Road and after 3km we passed Rockwell College on our right. Two kilometers on and we took a right at Dogstown Cross and the quietest of quiet road with nothing but rabbits to greet us! This took us to the Shanalla Road and the last stretch back into Cashel and a welcome coffee in Grogan's Café on the Lower Gate.
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