More than 50 cyclists took a Sunday morning spin through the counties of Tipperary, Waterford and Kilkenny in the Comeragh College, Carrick-on-Suir’s inaugural fun cycle.
The 60km cycle was led by Martin O’Loughlin, Irish Olympic cycling team manager at the London Olympics and his son Michael, a fifth year student at Comeragh College, who has won multiple Irish youth cycling titles and is member of the Canyon Youth Heroes Team, comprising 16 of Europe’s most promising youth cyclists.
Comeragh College past-pupil and U-23 National Road Race champion Sam Bennett, who rides with the Belgian based An Post Sean Kelly professional cycling team, was also originally pencilled in to lead the cycle but was unable to attend on the day as he was abroad.
The school cycle took place on Sunday, March 24 in fine but bitterly cold conditions. It started and finished at the Swan GAA Club Hall in Carrick-on-Suir.
The cyclists pedaled down the Waterford Road to Piltown in Co. Kilkenny and from there headed back into Co. Tipperary and travelled through Faugheen, Ballypatrick and Kilsheelan where they crossed the river into Co. Waterford.
They then cycled in the shadow of the Comeragh Mountains to Rathgormack before returning to Carrick-on-Suir.
Refreshments were served in Kilsheelan and also after the event in the Swan Hall.
The cycle was organised by Comeragh College Principal Kevin Langton with the help of Deputy Principal Catherine O’Dwyer and a school committee.
It was run to raise funds for the school’s sports department but also to promote cycling as a sport and healthy outdoors past-time to students.
Mr Langton and the organising committee said they wished to thank students, staff, parents, sponsors, the Civil Defence and cycle stewards, who helped to organise and run the cycle event
They also thanked Carrick Swan GAA Club for the use of their hall and all the supporters, who lined the route to cheer the participants on.
Comeragh College plan to run the fun cycle again next year and make it an annual event.