I had planned to go out on the Club spin with a faster group this Weekend but Andreea was keen to try a Club spin so I opted for a slower group to be able to accompany her home if she was unable to stick the pace and distance. As usual we met up on the Comber Greenway then I took her along the Knock Carriageway round the outer ring to the House of Sport and got her signed on to the Club’s insurance indemnity form to comply with Cycling Ireland’s regulations.
We were soon off and rolling along the Malone road passing Lady Dixon Park, through Drumbeg and in to Lambeg through Derriaghy and Ballymacash and on to the Glenavy Road where a Mini driver deliberately put a too close, fast, dangerous, overtake on us! It was all caught on video.
Now in Glenavy I reminded Andreea about the need to eat a little on the Bicycle to keep her energy topped up but she did not heed my advice. Leaving Glenavy we meandered around Aldergrove on quieter roads before taking the Dublin road to the Antrim forum and on to the Lough Shore for a Coffee stop.
Back up to the Antrim forum out to Dunadry then along the Seven Mile Straight to Loanends then across country towards Crumlin where by now both Andreea and another girl (Barbara) were starting to fade. By the time we got over to Stoneyford they were fading badly needing helping hands on their backs to help push them up the hills. Back on to the Glenavy road heading for Lisburn I told the group to go on and I would Nurse Andreea back home but the group opted to stick together.
Through Derriaghy and Dunmurry we were close enough to some members homes that the group numbers were reducing and I got Andreea to stop at a shop on the Malone road to get some food and water in to her and let her rest a little. A few minutes rest and we were on our way through Stranmillis along the Lagan, over the Ormeau Bridge down the embankment and back to the Greenway via the Beersbridge road for an easy [for me] 75 mile spin.