A solo cycle today and my longest ever ride to date which also happened to be a new personal record for elevation gain too. At just over 87 miles with six thousand, seven hundred feet of elevation gain it’s fair to say this was a leg tester as well as a test of endurance.
Starting as usual in East Belfast my pre-planned route took me up Gilnahirk hill and across to Drumbo through Legacurry, Annahilt and Ballykeel to Dromara where the route then took in the same rolling hills as were used in last Weekends Over the Quoile Sportive ending up in Leitrim where I stopped at the local shop to top up the Water Bottles (Bidons in the langauge of Cycling).
From Leitrim it was uphill again to the Castlewellan road where I then deviated from the Quoile route to ride over to Lough Island Reavy Reservoir where I done a lap of the Lough before turning in to Moneyscalp Road to descend through Bryansford and across to Dundrum to grab a Sandwich to fuel the ride home.
Leaving Dundrum and up in to Clough before veering left along the Downpatrick road to get off the beaten path again travelling through Loughinisland and on to Killyleagh. From Killyleagh through Shrigley to Ballygowan, Comber and home via the Greenway for a hot bath and some feet up recovery. Stopping at various points along the route I pulled out my LG phone from my Jersey pocket to capture a few Photographs, I still haven’t found a good solution to permit me to carry a better Camera on these rides.
Below is a video clip of the ride around Lough Island Reavy.