With taking a couple of days off from Cycling after Lap the Lough and bar a one hour session midweek I had done no cycling worth talking about this Week other than a few days commuting in to Belfast and back for the day job so mentally I was ready for a good pedal as I got geared up to drive to Banbridge Rugby Club to register for VC Iveagh’s Sportive the Iveagh 50.
The Iveagh 50 as the name implies is a cycle Sportive of around fifty miles in distance around the roads of County Down and this year the money raised goes to benefit Austism NI.
After signing on at the registration and doing some last minute checks on my Bicycle and Clothing we set off from the Rugby Club turning left in the centre of town and climbing up the Scarva road then descending to Scarva and on through to Loughbrickland past Loughbrickland Lake and up the killer hill in to Rathfriland. From Rathfriland it was on to Moneyslane for the Water stop and then on through Katesbridge to Dromore taking the Lurgan Road to almost Waringstown before cutting across to Lawrencetown and back to Banbridge to rest and refuel.
I had set off from Banbridge with a couple of mates Gavin and Paul who are quite a bit faster than me, I managed to hold their wheel until the approach to Loughbrickland but a sharp wee climb saw them power on and myself go backwards and I never saw them again until the end of the route, not surprising given they averaged over 20mph to my 17.8mph none-the-less it was another great Sportive that got fortunate with the Weather. Forty Nine miles total distance at 17.8mph average was none to shabby for an old fat lad.