After a lazy Saturday resting the body and the Legs in particular I was up and ready early for the Sunday club run with Castlereagh Cycling Club. It was a chilly but dry and sunny Morning and I was early so I set off and done 6 or 7 swift solo miles before heading to Forster Green Bus shelter to meet the rest of the club lads.
The oldest member of the club (70+ years young) had a desire to ride to Ballymena so we all set off together down the Ormeau road and took advantage of some roads closed to traffic for the Ciclovia Belfast cycling event that was taking place in the City.
After the City it was the long uphill drag up the Antrim road to Mallusk and on to Doagh. From Doagh we went to Burnside and climbed up past Tildarg and then the big climb of big Colin on the Colin road which rewarded us with a very high speed descent down the other side where I clocked up a personal best top speed of 52mph. We then stopped at the Misty Burn (formerly the Battery) for some refuelling. I chose the healthy option of a bowl of hot, thick vegetable soup (other went for a fry or Waffles) and then had a brew and a Caramel Square for a Sugar fix to keep the legs fuelled for the ride home.
Although still sunny, temperatures were struggling and by now the Wind had picked up a little which made for harder work as we set off along the Shane’s hill road to Ballyeaston and Ballyclare then on through Ballyrobert, Newtownabbey and Glengormley then a fast paced descent of the Antrim road back to Belfast and the Ormeau road back up to Forestside.
At this stage I was about three miles from home but one of the club lads was dead on his feet and still had to climb the Saintfield road to Carryduff to get home to Moneyreagh so I volunteered to accompany him and pace him home. I was still feeling strong so I ventured on over to Comber and then took the Greenway back home for a final total of 78 miles.