This Morning’s ride choices were a Sportive in Armagh, a different Sportive in Lisburn, a solo cycle or out for a group spin with my Cycling Club. I eventually settled for the latter option but by the time I had made my choice I had left myself very tight on time to make it across time for the 9.30am start… only to remember on the way over that the Club spins were now back to the early start time of 9am for the duration of British Summer Time.
Cycling along the Knock Carriageway I knew I would miss the Club spin and was figuring out a solo route in my head when at Shaw’s Bridge I met a small group coming the opposite direction so I quickly done a u-turn and jumped on the back of the group. It turned out to be the C group a much, much slower group than I normally ride with but I thought why not just go with them anyway and enjoy the more relaxed pace.
From Shaw’s Bridge we went up the Ballylesson road then briefly on to the Hill hall road and in to the Ballycoan road for a long climb up to the Leverouge road and then the descent down to Carryduff. In to the Killynure road through Saintfield to Derryboye across to Balloo, Killinchy, Whiterock and round for a Coffee stop at Daft Eddies.
Leaving Ballydorn we navigated around to the Tullynakill road, ascended the Quarry road to Lisbane onwards to Ballygowan along the Ravara road round to Carryduff and then the main road back to the Knock carriageway and home for a very easy paced 53 mile spin.