On Sunday, 25th August a large number of LCRC members from all biking abilities, travelled to Dungarvan to satisfy their hunger to complete both the 100km and 160km Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford. Five of us decided to ride the 100km route together (Dave, Brendan, Susan, Eugene & Anne) and as we made our way to the start line for the 100km we caught sight of the LCRC riders who were commencing their challenging 160km route (Pat, Michael, John, Peter & David) – these five hard men were obviously hungrier than others and I suspect their hunger was satisfied by the end of the hilly 160km!
Fed and watered we continued on our way and were quickly onto the main climb of the day. This was broken into two climbs where some riders were over eager on the climbs (Dave!) and some were over eager on the descents (Dave too – well saved!). From here on the route became more challenging than was expected but kept its promise of being a scenic coastal route. Thanks to Eugene getting two punctures, we had plenty of time to take in this scenery and soak up the sun. Being a cyclist for 20 years you’d think he could fix his own punctures – the locals took supporting the riders to new levels!!
Are you hungry now?
2000 riders lined up on Dungarvin Quayside at 8.15 on a very pleasant morning to ride the 160km Tour of Waterford. Myself and 2 other Lucan riders lined up near the front of the pack knowing somewhere behind us there were a number of other Lucan riders ready to face this very hilly challenge.
Overall one of the most challenging routes, but not too long, and with great support from marshals, spectators, helpers, and other riders. I will be going back again. I had heard the 160km was really tough and before the start I was anxious that it might be too hard but if ridden sensibly paced it’s not as hard as the Wicklow 200 and arguably more enjoyable.