Phoenix CC easy spin for ice cream

Finally a Blue Sky, dry roads, sunny Morning and the weather forecast was for more of the same all day long before the Rain returns overnight. It was a chilly start as I clipped in to the Pedals and cycled along past Stormont then up the Knock road to the House of Sport for the Saturday Morning Phoenix Cycling Club group spin.

Despite many of the Club currently out Cycling in Mallorca there was still a great turnout with numerous groups pairing up for a day in the Saddle. I was deliberating between going out with the faster B1 group or staying with my normal B2 group when I heard the B1s mention they were going for a very hilly route today, gravity does not like me all that much so I decided there and then to stick with the B2 group.

We set off along the outer ring then Hospital road and the start of the climbing by taking the Ballycoan road and Leverogue road round to Carryduff then more hills up in to Saintfield and yet more hills up the Listooder road and across to Annacloy.

Staying on the quiet country roads we navigated around to Ballydougan outside Downpatrick and over to the Coast at Minerstown / Rossglass with great views across to the Mourne Mountains and Newcastle.

A brief stop for a group photograph and we were off on our travels again round the coast to Kilough and on to Ardglass where the ladies smashed down some ice creams.

Leaving Ardglass our group rolled onwards to Bishopscourt, up a few more short sharp hills to Saul and across the Quoile picking up a nice tailwind for the remainder of the spin home. Out the Killyleagh road for a short spell then in to Scaddy road with more rolling roads to Derryboye, Raffrey, Darragh Cross and round towards Ballygowan. At this point it made sense for me to say goodbye to the group and set course for Dundonald whilst they made their way to Belfast.

An excellent day on the Bicycle in amazing Weather with 75 miles clocked up, my second 70+ mile ride in 3 days so time now to have an easy day on the Sofa to rest and let the body recover.

Below is a short video from todays club spin.

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