Uphill struggles and downhill delights

I gave yesterday Morning’s Club spin a miss to listen to the Isle of Man TT race commentary online and I have not ridden a Sunday club spin for quite some time so today I decided to sample the Sunday spin. As usual I took the direct route out the Knock road past Forestside and Newtownbreda over to the House of Sport on another gorgeous, warm, sunny Morning.

With no specific B1 group ride this Morning I opted to ride out with the slower B2 group. Our route took us up the Malone road through Finaghy, skirting around Dunmurry and Lisburn and straight along the Glenavy road to Glenavy.

From Glenavy we weaved around Crumlin and Aldergrove and onwards to Antrim and a leisurely Coffee stop at the Lough shore Cafe at Lough Neagh.

Other than the Glenavy road hills (I just can not find any uphill speed at all no matter how many hills I ride) I had been finding the pace very leisurely (too slow for my liking to be fair) but the homeward leg would be a lumpy affair which I knew would be a struggle… all good training as the skinny lightweight whippets say!

We rolled out from the Lough, up the Belmont road and the start of the uphill drags and climbs along the Seven Mile straight through Loanends and ever upwards along the Budore road to Wheelers and finally a fast descent down the Glenside road where I was back in my element keeping the pedals working and the speed high. Unfortunately my chain dropped off at the next road end, a short stop to put it back on again and I was now playing catchup as the group had not stopped to wait for me. But we were still going downhill and I easily reeled them in and passed the whole group, they might be fast uphill but not too many can descend quick.

The group headed off for Finaghy at this point and I took a solo tour of the Stewartsown road, Andersonstown road and Falls road back to the City.

On such a nice day I was in no hurry home so I cycled out the Sydenham road over to Victoria Park and in to C.S. Lewis square at Holywood Arches and sat in the sun enjoying the Vitamin D before riding home via the Comber Greenway.

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