While the weekly turbo training sessions are an invaluable training tool during the winter months, nothing really beats getting out on the road on your bike. Unfortunately due to short days and inclement weather at this time of the year it’s not always possible, or indeed safe, to get out on the road. In order to encourage members to get out on their bikes the Blackwater Triathlon Club organises weekend cycles where groups of members can get together and head out in one or more groups, depending on numbers and fitness levels. As is the case in all of the club’s events we aim to cater for everybody, from the least experienced to the members who virtually live in the saddle. Each week a number of routes of varying distance and difficulty will be chosen and a different group will tackle each route. Members can select which group and route best suits their own particular level. Details of each weekend’s routes will be up on Whatsapp and Facebook each week. All members are encouraged to take part. The recent unseasonably mild weather has been a huge boon from a cycling perspective, and we had large numbers out on our first two Saturday cycles of the year. Each morning we met at the Texaco service station on the Cork Road and were on the road for 9am. We split in to three groups, depending on levels of experience and fitness, and completed distances ranging from 22km to 60km. The beginners’ group was set up specifically for new members who may not have much cycling experience. The group was led out by a number of more experienced cyclists who also give instruction on basic riding skills, safety on the road and how to ride in a large group. We would strongly recommend these Saturday morning spins, no matter what level you are at. Hopefully , weather permitting, these rides will continue for the foreseeable future.