Ards CC Road race

After a Rainy Morning the late Afternoon dried up and I got out on the Bicycle for a spin. Ards Cycling Club were holding a Cycle race later that evening that I wanted to watch and Photograph but I also wanted to get a bit of training done too so I opted for a short but hard session of training then out to the race.

The biggest training bang for the buck is hills or sprints so I done both. I cycled over to Holywood and put in a hard tempo effort up the Chreightons road climb then back home via the Newtownards road with hard sprints between traffic lights, the legs certainly felt the burn after that ride even though it was only 14 miles.

Home for a change in to a dry base layer and grab an extra layer to put on later in the evening for the inevitable drop in temperature after the race, then it was back out on the Bicycle up the Comber Greenway and out the Killyleagh road to await the first lap of the four lap road race.

I cycled on round the Circuit up a hilly climb to await the racers on their second lap. I knew the location offered a great scenic backdrop, and I was hoping for some warm evening light but my luck was out on that front.

As luck would have it the Sun came out shortly after the Bikes had raced through, but it still gave me a picture of this unlucky lad.

I cycled on further to capture the action from the third lap, the roads now bathed in the great light I was hoping for from my previous location.

I then cycled onwards to the finish line for the finale of the race, I would now be photographing in to the strong sunlight a very tricky exposure.

The flies were out in force as I cycled home via the Comber Greenway with an additional 20 miles clocked up.

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