ANNOUNCEMENT of SLAUGHTER DATE 2019

SLAUGHTER XII (2019)
Its looking like Saturday 19tth October 9 am, so loads of time to train šŸ™‚ .Starting point forest office .
A Reminder
*It is NOT a race , not even a sportive , nor a challenge . If you want any of these see Mr McCabe .
* At the risk of boring you let me just reiterate and apologise in advance for shouting IT IS NOT A RACE.
*It IS a group cycle, consider it a long day out on the bike. If you are fast go down to the back and encourage someone, don’t spend half a hour waiting at the top getting cold and grumpy.
*There is no entrance fee and hence no support , insurance ,food , t-shirt,medal, buff , plastic bag full of sh*te or any responsibility taken, although we would (usually) consider it bad form to leave someone behind.
*It is a hard day out both for you and the bike . Make sure both are well prepared and have adequate spares/tubes/food etc.
*Because its four loops you can leave most food etc at the bottom as you will pass on each loop.
*Leave no Trace ā€¦at all, bar your tyre print .There are no markers or signs ..just keep up!
*Wear a helmet ( the only rule) ,in fact bar the helmet we are quite happy for you to be totally naked . This is NOT because we care about you or for your safety in any way , its just we don’t like the sight of blood ! Similarly ,If you feel you might need a first aid kit bring one along.
*Respect other mountain users , walkers /runners , because we might be a big group especially on the descents..remember point 1.
*When in pain ..SMILE .
*Grumpy cyclists need not apply ( with the exception of Kenny).
Heres a few photos to remind you how much fun it is !

The Big Excuse Day

In which …
I managed to delete most of the photographs ,
PS had a nasty cold
Scullion was recovering from a nasty tummy
Kenny had nasty bouncy suspension
Peter was broken and had a nasty spill nearly killing Kenny in the process.
Tim was late but still nastily fit .
Paul had nasty thoughts about how much better his cycling was when he was young free and single ( be gentle with him Nicola)
Herself was just perfect

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Kenny’s route was surprisingly excellent , the mountain was dry as a bone . Paul , Scullion and Mick departed early take their various maladies with them . They therefore missed the long committee meeting at which I decided that ……………..the Slaughter 2019 would be on Saturday 19th October .

LES MISERABLES

Well..it was without doubt a fairly miserable day, even Rowan agreed that in fact it was the best miserable day ever. It was so miserably wet and cold that Paul ( M) left almost before he arrived. Chris left after one Cairn and Brian nearly left except he found the peer pressure just too much .

In fact the only thing that brightened our day was Brian’s revelation that he liked to warm his (cycling) tights in the tumble dryer before cycling ( I nearly wrote before “coming out” thereĀ  but it didn’t sound right)

We managed two Cairns and the requisite 1000m plus climbing to keep Mr P happy. Everyone will be glad to hear that Cairnuary will be over next weekend and we can play somewhere else .

Straightforward routeĀ Ā , took a fair portion of the mountain home in my boots . Photos again poor as camera lens hard to keep clear .

Scullion gets his way ( again)

In which

    • We narrowly avoid an international incident in which Brian comments on how “well” Robbie is looking after Christmas.
    • Robbie saves the day with a lightning repost
    • Paul announces his Transalp Bid
    • Cormac tries to carve his face into a rock , the rock lost .
    • An impressive number of clean runs on tunnel mast
    • Liz throws herself off her bike to warn us its slippy .
    • Brian forces change in the route and
    • Paddy is pleased as he is now officially afraid of Fern Gully
    • A couple of sketchy descents of Ballynagelty …out of control doesn’t do it justice.
    • Robbie takes his Cuhulain friends off for early hot chocolate at the thought of another cairn
    • Liz gets dumped by the group
    • Henry looks for a good solicitor …none to be found
    • We get the “Mr Power ” stamp of approval with 1100m climbed

Otherwise an uneventful spin with compulsory Cairns as will be the pattern for January .

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Who needs Sunrise when you have Brian Scullion?

Our annual search for the first rays of light of the year was thwarted by cloud today . However BS returned to bring his own personal sunshine into our lives ( yes he paid me to write this). Joined by Peter , New Paul , DOC L , Davy ,Mr O, Herself and COC we headed up to first right ,hairpin , bridge , trails to stone and round the glen to the top of the switchbacks . Peter and Owen were already there when we arrived , and a few minutes later a herd ( or whatever the collective noun is for that species) of Rossi arrived resplendent in the new Gear from the spring collection from the house of McGinn. We must have met another 8 or ten on the way down so it looks like Cairnuary could be busy this year .

Happy New Year to all

and remember

If you’re walking(or cycling) down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking(or cycling) , eventually you’ll make progress.

Barack Obama