There was a distinct chill in the air and a cloudy mist over the Belfast Hills as I clipped in to the Pedals and set off along the Knock Carriageway for the House of Sport and the Saturday Morning, Phoenix Cycling Club group ride.
The Weather forecast was promising a dry day and lots of Sunshine with light winds, we got the dry sunny day (eventually) but it was a lot windier than we expected. There was a large turnout with good numbers in each group and our group in particular was very large so for safety reasons we split it in to two separate groups.
Taking the Malone road through Drumbeg then up the Sandy Lane and the Lagan towpath to Lisburn we then took the traditional Phoenix route up the Ballynahinch road through Legacurry and Annahilt to Ballykeel. Myself and three others turned off at this point and returned to Belfast via Ballynahinch, Boardmills, and Drumbo at a brisker pace than the main group had been sustaining. 47 miles clocked up and nursing a sore calf from Thursday Evenings spin it was time to put the leg up and rest ahead of a spin tomorrow with Gavin.