Ards crit

Riding a Bicycle for me is more than exercise and has become more than a hobby, it has become a daily dose of feel good. If only I had taken it up years earlier. As a kid I was always on a Bicycle. A Bicycle, a football and outside were all kids of my generation had to play with. I do not recall an Obesity epedemic back in those days.

When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.

Arthur Conan Doyle

Early this evening I set off to Cycle over to Newtownards to watch the town centre Cycle racing, but first out for a short and sharp hard push on the Bicycle myself to get the endorphins firing.

A steady little spin up the Greenway through Comber town and out the Ballydrain road and then across the Killyleagh road in to the lanes around Ballygowan and a hard sustained effort up the Burn road. Burn road by name and burn road by nature as it starts of with about a mile of climbing peaking out at a 10% gradient and then drags on for another mile and a half at a much shallower gradient. I kept up a hard but sustainable effort along the whole road and set a new personal best time. A left turn took me along the Moss road where I caught a strong tailwind and a fast effortless spin through Drumreagh and up the Lisbarnet road then another left turn straight in to a headwind along the Tullynagee road and the nice descent back down to the Killyleagh road.

Time to ease off the gas and take a steady spin over to Newtownards for the Crit so back along the Ballydrain road to Comber town then up the Darragh road, up the Ballyhenry road, Scrabo road and the nice descent of the Killynether road.

Shivering with the cold air and a light shower of rain starting, I decided to head for home rather than hang around for the end of the racing, no point catching a cold!

The rain shower was short lived and as I started to climb up around Scrabo in the fading evening light the Sun came out and lit up the Countryside. I stopped and grabbed a couple of quick Phone camera pics before dropping in to Comber and home via the Greenway for a hot shower.

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