The club would like to congratulate John O’Donoghue on completing the 1000km Celtic Knot on the August Bank Holiday Weekend.
The Celtic Knot is an audax event, The culture of audax prizes self-reliance – routes are not marked, and typically riders navigate from a routesheet giving turn by turn instructions. There are no support vehicles (indeed, external support is expressly prohibited in the rules) and if you go off course or experience a mechanical, you are expected to take responsibility for finding your own way home and making your own repairs on the road.
The route was comprised of three loops – 360km, 340km & 300km – all starting and finishing at the center in Clara Co Offaly. The event had a time limit of seventy five hours to complete so pacing was critical to all participants. John got stronger as the days went on and finished well inside the time limit, clear evidence that long training rides in the depths of winter paid the required dividends.
The club eagerly awaits Johns next challenge.