Today myself and a few Work Colleagues travelled to the County Antrim Seaside town of Ballycastle to participate in the SQS Tech Team Challenge charity Cycle ride in ade of the NSPCC. The event was open to all Technology Companies in Northern Ireland, each Company had to donate 1000 pounds to the charity and each team had to try to raise at least another one thousand pounds. As a result the NSPCC benefitted to the tune of Thirty Thousand Pounds.
The route was challenging enough on its own but a Wet and Windy Morning added to the task and if that wasn’t bad enough we had to endure the difficulties of very poor visibility on the higher ground as the Fog bound hills left visibility down to maybe only 80 yards in places. We set off out of Ballycastle through Armoy, Loughguille and onwards to Clough before taking the Cargan road all the way up to Glenariff Forest Park and a long descent down to Waterfoot and on to Cushendall for the food stop.
Refuelled we were soon climbing upwards again over the Glendun Viaduct and all the way up to the vanishing lake on the Loughareema Road, the lake was definitely invisible today such was the density of the Fog! Finally the upward gradient relented and it was mostly downhill all the way from here back to Ballycastle for some warming Soup.
A ‘short’ route of 50 miles but the legs certainly felt it after all the climbing.