I set an early Alarm to give me plenty of time to get ready and Cycle over to the House of Sport for another ride with Phoenix CC now that I have officially swapped over from Castlereagh, but looking out the Window I could see there was a much harder frost than yesterday Morning and rather than risk a fall/injury I opted to delay my start and go for a solo Cycle.
Just after 10am with a substantial brekkie onboard to fuel the legs I clipped in to the Pedals and set off in bright Sunshine and dry tarmac directly in to a tight East wind for a steady spin along the Comber Greenway all the way to Comber and then turned in to the Ballydrain road for a nice easy Sunny Sunday Cycle along the shore of Strangford Lough to Ballydorn and Whiterock. Unsurprisingly there were good numbers of Cyclists out enjoying the great Spring Weather.
I stopped briefly in Ballydorn to top up the energy levels with a gel before tackling the ‘lung-buster‘ climb up to Killinchy which still bore the road markings for the King of the Hill section of the very recent Tour of the North Cycle Race. The gel must have worked as I climbed the ‘lung-buster‘ with a personal best time before enjoying the short but fast descent down to the Balloo crossroads turning right and then left to get off the main road. A right turn up past Kilmood Church and a fast descent of the Tullynagee Road then straight across the main road to again rejoin the Ballydrain Road back to Comber.
Looking at the Garmin Cycle Computer on my handlebars and seeing I had only done twenty five miles I decided on another loop as the Weather was still holding fair and so I turned right in Comber then left on to the Darragh Road climbing up on to the Killynether Road close to Scrabo before emerging out on to the main dual carriageway where with the Wind now on my back I enjoyed a nice fast spin down through Dundonald and home for a total of 32 miles just in time to watch the action in the Paris-Roubaix Cycle race on TV.