Laurence Roche is a former participant in the Tour de France and a brother of the Stephen Roche who won the event. Currently Laurence runs a company that help administer the bike to work scheme whereby employees can purchase a bike in a tax efficient manner. As part of the service he provides, he hosts regular training cycles to help the employees in the companies that he works with can get a chance to make more use of their new bikes.
This morning I joined in one of these training cycles that covered a 40 km route starting and ending in Clonee. I must say that this was a really enjoyable event. Laurence was very friendly and helpful to us novices. We had a great cycle in the unusually pleasant weather and Laurence kept checking with all of us to see that the pace was not too fast.
I definitely intend to attend more of these training cycles. Hopefully we can recruit more people to take part and maybe even form a new cycling club.
Here is the route as recorded by the My Tracks application on my phone.
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