Why “Can’t Do Hills?”
……so the Cant do Hills team was formed! Mick is a member of Slaney Cycling Club and also a member of Racing795 triathlon and mountain biking club along with myself (Frank). Some of you may be wondering where the name “Can’t do Hills” came from. I was chatting to some of the Slaney boyos about Mick’s prowess as a cyclist and the word that came back was “He’s alright on the flat, but can’t do hills!” Considering the Race around Ireland event has a lot of the main climbs in Ireland included, we thought it was the name for us. Now, I might point out that the Slaney boys comments were in the early days of Mick becoming a cyclist. I can assure you that he’s fairly adept at hill climbing and can testify to this after doing the Mount Leinster Mile High spin with him. For my penance on Good Friday, he dragged me up the four ascents of Mount Leinster resulting in 1600m of climbing (hence the Mile High) over 80km.
Now to the event…well, a training plan was drawn up between us, having spoken to past competitors and following a review of previous training plans. A large part of the weekly training is completed at the weekend with a hilly session on Saturday and a longer and steady paced spin on the Sunday. The weather hasn’t been kind to us, so we even resorted to some mountain biking in the snow, to get the hours on the bike. It turned out that these modifications to the training plan added some nice variety to all the cycling – Turbo on the TT bike, mountain biking for the hill training (during some of the more inclement weather), cyclocross biking on quiet back roads and the road bike for the long Sunday morning spins.
But there is a lot more to RAI preparation than just cycling. There is huge organisation required to meet all the criteria for having a team in this event. So a crew was formed and we have 10 people committed at this stage – the majority, club members of Racing795. This is a huge ask and this event is as much about the crew as it is about the cyclist, but we are very grateful to all our clubmates/friends for stepping up!
A van and an RV have been secured (again courtesy of clubmates) for the event and the team have received some sponsorship to aid with the costs of completing this event (food and fuel will be a major expense for 5/6 days and nights). Thanks to See Sense, Roadstone and Lismard Group for their valued sponsorship.
We have also decided to try and raise some money for charity on the back of this event. Our chosen charity is Wexford Hospice Homecare (WHH) and thanks to the local Bunclody WHH committee for getting on board. We will have a street collection in Bunclody during the August Bank Holiday weekend. For those of you who are further afield than Bunclody and might like to donate, you can do so via a link on our website http://cantdohills.com/. Please reference RAI when donating, so WHH can give us a total of RAI related donations.
That’s all for now, until our next blog….