Da Ballyhoura Hooley 2010

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Most of us met up for breakfast at 9am in the Horse and Jockey, and then made the final run down to Ballyhoura.

The weather was good with just a few rain showers but it was a cold day so we didn’t have too many long stops along the way. We did the red route missing the last 9k, covering about 40km and a few took a short cut due to injuries.

The pace was gentle but it did pick up a bit at times with Baggy V Lycra showing it’s head, I could taste eggs at 4km and bacon at about 8km, must be what they call an all day breakfast.

Patrick McKeever had the only major mechanical  but in a flash  blue peter genius they filled a 20mm hole in the tyre with about 15 patches to make it the 15km back to the car park, lads remember next time its Presta not Schrader.

After a tough day in the saddle we headed for the Deebert Hotel in Kilmallock where we were greeted by Margret who did a great job of looking after us for the night. After a couple of well earned pints and some slightly exaggerated stories, we then all settled down for a lovely meal (with four different types of spud!!).

After a few sociables in Duffys we got an invite to a party where the boys were left dancing on the tables in Ivan’s Bar at three o’clock in the morning with no signs of them stopping.

There was a groggy start to Sunday morning with half of us heading home with sore heads and the other half braving another run around the Ballyhoura trails.

Long Live Lycra