This week we are back to Cashel, departing from the car park at The Rock of Cashel. Heading down to Ladyswell we take a right, down Canopy Street then south on the Main Street, up Boherclough Street and onto the Cahir Road. At the motorway roundabouts, we will take a left at the second roundabout and on to the Old Road (part of the pilgrim path St. Declan's Way) as far as the Common's Cross. Riding through the crossroad we will make our way past the back of Ballydoyle Racing and on as far as Lough Ceant. Here we take a left and then cycle through Caddlestown, passing the Old IRA memorial then reaching the Cashel - Clonmel Road east of Rosegreen. Leaving the very quiet country roads behind we will take a left and head for the village, passing the gallops and front gates of Ballydoyle Stables on the way. In the centre of the village we will take a left and freewheel down the hill and make our way back to the Common's Cross where we will turn right and back to Cashel. On reaching the motorwayway roundabouts we will take another right and head back in by Spafield, passing Cashel Rugby Club and down into town to finish off with a nice sociable 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!
After a night of clear sky and frost, it was a nice bright, crisp morning for a ride. Heading off from The Rock and down Main Street, it was out the Cahir road to the roundabout and a left onto the Old Road. Arriving at the Common's Cross it was straight ahead and on to the T-junction at Lough Ceannt and left for a kilometer before turning right and the slight rise to Caddlestown, passed the Old IRA Memorial as far as the T-junction on the Cashel to Clonmel Road. Here we took a left for Castle Blake and on to Rosegreen, passing the front gates of Ballydoyle Stables on the way. Taking a left in the centre of the village it was a speedy downhill before pushing on to the Common's Cross again where we took a right onto the Old Road back to Cashel and a nice warm coffee to take away the chill.
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