The Saturday Club spin

Saturday Morning and time for another Phoenix Cycling Club group ride, I opted for the B1 group this Week as its quite a bit faster than the normal group I ride with, a bit of suffering would do me no harm. The Weatherman decided to add to my suffering by bringing Rain overnight and in to the Morning.

I set off down the Greenway across Kings road and out on to the Knock road passing through the Ballygowan crossroads I saw two club members pulled in just up ahead. When I rolled up to them one of them had a puncture but declined my offer of assistance and so I continued on to Forestside but the Rain was constant so I pulled in and put the Rain jacket on before cycling on to Knockbreda, down past Shaws Bridge and on to the House of Sport to meet the crew.

Rolling out from the H.O.S., we were off back along the same route to meet up with the same two cyclists from earlier picking them up at Stormont then out the main road to Comber through the town and up the Darragh road to Scrabo with the group dropping me on the climb [this would be repeated a lot on this ride] such is my feeble climbing abilities. Regrouped at the top we descended the Scrabo road then across to Londonderry Park and out the Portaferry road.

A road closure due to a road traffic accident sent us up Finlays road through Loughries to Carrowdore and round to Greyabbey. I was more than comfortable with the brisk pace on the flat but every uphill drag and climb saw me dropping back through the group and sometimes out the back all together, but I knew this would be the case when I chose this particular group ride. Something to work on!

From Greyabbey we crossed the Peninsula on the Cardy road to get over to Ballywalter.

Leaving Ballywalter we were now catching a cross tailwind for a little assistance and inevitably the pace lifted but again I was comfortable enough with the speed but knew I had not eaten anything yet and might regret it. I also wasn’t drinking much as the wet, muddy road spray [and dear only knows what bugs] was all over my bottle. We continued up the coast heading for Millisle, up ahead we could see another Club member riding solo and we all put in a big effort to catch and pass him before the town speed limit. Time to pull in and refuel before the homeward spin.

After that short stop in Millisle we rolled on again, initially at an easier pace towards Donaghadee before picking up the pace again only for it to slow as we came in to the traffic at Donaghadee. Through the town then back inland across the peninsula through Cotton to the six road ends roundabout and back in to Newtownards for the second time that Morning. Myself and another guy left the group at this point to make our own way home, I went back up over Scrabo and down the Newtownards road for a 61 mile spin and some good hard training burn in the legs 🙂

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