Childrens Cancer Charity Sportive

This Morning saw me Ride my first Cycle Sportive of 2017 when I and approx., 250 other Cyclists entered local cycling Club VC Glendale’s ride to raise funds for a Childrens Cancer Charity where collectively we raised over 4,000 pounds for a very worthy cause.

Myself and a number of colleagues from my Phoenix Cycling Club met up at the House of Sport and then cycled over to the Balmoral Hotel to sign on and await the mass start. But I had a bit of a drama before I left the House.

My Winter Bike has had a rear puncture this past two times that I have ventured outside but punctures are part and parcel of Cycling so I thought no more about it. I went to leave the House this Morning and I had another rear flat despite it being a new tube and not having been ridden on yet. I will need to investigate further but it could be an issue with the Wheel.

As a result I had to quickly prep my Cannondale Synapse aka the Summer Bike. That Bike has Carbon Wheels which don’t brake very well in the Wet road conditions like we had this Morning so I changed the front wheel to an Aluminium one and changed the brake pads to suit. I was soon on my way and the bike felt so much better than the normal Winter Bike.

With the assistance of the PSNI halting the traffic, the Sportive got underway with us all rolling out en masse, our club started off near the back of the group but it quickly became apparent that it was more dangerous at the rear and we moved on up towards mid-pack. Even that was a bit sketchy for my liking so I put the hammer down and embedded myself a couple of rows back from the front and settled in to a nice rythm.

The route took us through Lambeg in to Lisburn then Blaris, Culcavy, a loop of the various lanes between Lisburn and Moira then back to the Maze past Down Royal Racecourse up the Lissue road and on to the Ballinderry road and along Boomers road back to the Balmoral Hotel for Tea and Buns.

With such a nice mild day for so early in the Year and the Rain staying away I was enjoying being back on my good Bike and wasn’t ready to return home yet so I set off again returning to Belfast via the Malone road and Stranmillis then out the Newtownards road through Dundonald and down in to Newtownards looping around by Scrabo before descending down in to Comber and returning home via the Greenway for a nice comfortable 68 miles and a Bicycle covered in Mud such was the state of the roads.

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