A bright Sunny Morning and a Weather forecast for more of the same saw me tempt fate and set off from home for the Saturday Morning Phoenix CC Club spin without the Rain Jacket, in preference for freeing up a Jersey pocket to carry a few extra energy bars. I arrived at the House of Sport meeting point with a few minutes to spare, sitting in the Sun absorbing the vitamin D 🙂
With the B1 group away an hour earlier than normal I was hoping a few B1s wanting an extra hour in bed would turn up, but it was not to be so I could either have a group ride with the B2s or ride solo, I opted for company. There were that many B2s out that as we went to set off the call was made to split in to two groups for safety reasons. There were not many takers for our group with only six of us heading up the outer ring in to Hospital road, Ballycoan road, Mill road, Mealough road and skirting around Temple on some very small badly surfaced roads causing one of the Guys to pick up a puncture.
More lumpy minor roads with numerous short sharp little climbs, twists and turns dodging gravel and pot holes taking us around Boardmills and Lisbane and in to Saintfield.
Leaving Saintfield on the Ballynahinch road then in to the Ballynoe road across country to Annacloy and onwards to Delamont, round to Shrigley and Toye then in to the leafy Ringdufferin road.
The Sun blazed down as we Cycled the Coastal Bays of Quarterland road on the shores of Strangford Lough then another testing little climb.
A nice descent down to Whiterock and round the Coast for a Toilet stop at Sketrick island.
We all lifted the pace on the spin from Castle Espie back to Comber before a more leisurely spin back to Dundonald along the Comber Greenway. Just shy of 60 miles for the Morning, home earlier than usual and feeling a lot fresher than normal too, not bad for a 214 mile week 🙂