Slaughter The Ninth

In which Doc Lewis nearly gets a clear round ,Liz takes a short cut , Scullion gets a hair cut , Dan and Eamon bring the wrong bikes , The COC nearly quits , Cormac stayed healthy for the day ,No 6.1ers in sight bar the two double agents and not even a glimpse of a Rossi .

The child of Prague deployment was spot on ,I dont think we have ever had a better day . As cycling goes its up there with the thriller as the best day day on a bike. Hills to challenge , descents to conquer , craic , slander and nice cups of tea.

Only 20 takers which made for little stopping and with no punctures or mechanicals the pace soon took its toll on me for one . In fact I nearly withdrew after 3 rounds if Rowan and Kenny had not prevailed on me and I knew I would never hear the end of it. There were some good excuses today but Scullions was by far the best ..he needed a haircut for going out apparently!!

Doc Lewis entered the switchbacks with clear rounds on the 3 previous climbs the elusive 4th just escaped him however and he finished a broken man .

A great day , have to think of a twist for next year to mark the 10th !

Route here .

By The Light Of The Slippery Moon

The Rossi once again made the mistake of arriving at the glen at 7 . I think they really like it even if they try their best to complain and look unhappy . Martin apparently had a sick note although I do not remember signing it.
An easy spin was in order with the Slaughter looming , Fiddlers , view point , trails to top .A Beautiful evening with glorious skys and a lovely silvery moon , bit wet and slippy on tunnel descent but BG showed the way .
A little bit of reverse trails to fallow . Home in a shot with the Rossi showing a clean pair of pedals on the descent.

See you all Saturday 9am sharp @Brian Scullion

Route

S minus 7

The child of Prague appears to have been deployed a week early , I can only hope that the effect will carry on till next Saturday !

With the Slaughter only 7 days away some climbing was in order . However as Kenny had no brakes and was descendingly challenged this proved an issue . I was somewhat less than sympathetic after his “devil may care” treatment of my switchback ascent , and it was all I could do to share my genuine jelly babies with him after the put down.

Cormac , John (SCO) , Scullmeister , Herself and PS made up the group. Giants pad , Fallow , Tunnel, Knockshee , Post , dropping down to high gate , back up Sallys to post , Left towards Ballynagelty fence then right and back to Slievemartin . Lovely day for it .

9AM SHARP NEXT SATURDAY AT FOREST OFFICE , IF YOU WANT TO GET A HEAD START THEN HEAD UP BURMA ROAD TOWARDS BALLYEDMOND WOOD.

ROUTE HERE

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So , imagine you are on your holidays from Australia and you fancy a nice mornings mountain biking and that nice McMahon fellow recommends you join NTSR for a spin , nice chaps and chapesses you know.
Only problem is the planned route was two laps of the slaughter and it was raining so no views and the ground was as slippy as ice.
Anyhow Troy turned up resplendent in Newry Wheelers attire on a borrowed bike. Off we go up the Burma , bit steep but not too bad you think , along the wall , no bother at all. THEN sallys yard climb and by the second gate Troy was I suspect hoping we were at the top, no such luck . Dragged all the way to the mast for a descent at last . Unfortunately the gully was as gully is and the sight of COC poised with camera should have been like a “warning Kangaroos crossing” sign . Over the top but thankfully no injuries . Back on for the briefest of moments , too much speed , not enough grip , stoppie rock and over again with a very heavy landing . Even COC felt a photo might have been in bad taste . Bloody knee , Burst front tyre , bent bars , but made of stern stuff and survived the descent to forest office where he wisely decided not to continue on or second loop .Probably won’t improve tourist industry in Rostrevor I fear !

The other news today is that Mr Power returned complete with new achilles tendon, half of Irelands GNP having been spent on his therapy. Judging by his form there were deep suspicions that he had been secretly training all the time . Up fiddlers , View point , stone , glen , fern gully which it has to be said was very ferny . home by wall leaving John (SCO) to an extra loop for turning up late. ROUTE HERE

Some notes on The Ninth Slieve Martin Slaughter…

9am Saturday 17th September meet at Forest Office Rostrevor .

*It is NOT a race , not even a sportive , nor a challenge . If you want any of these see Mr McCabe .
* At the risk of boring you let me just reiterate and apologise in advance for shouting IT IS NOT A RACE.
*It IS a group cycle, consider it a long day out on the bike. If you are fast go down to the back and encourage someone, dont spend half a hour waiting at the top getting cold and grumpy.
*There is no entrance fee and hence no support , insurance ,food , t-shirt or any responsibility taken, although we would (usually) consider it bad form to leave someone behind.
*It is a hard day out both for you and the bike . Make sure both are well prepared and have adequate spares/tubes/food etc.
*Because its four loops you can leave most food etc at the bottom as you will pass on each loop.
*Leave no Trace …at all, bar your tyre print .There are no markers or signs ..just keep up!
*Wear a helmet ( the only rule) , This is NOT because we care about you or for your safety in any way , its just we dont like the sight of blood ! Similarly ,If you feel you might need a first aid kit bring one along.
*Respect other mountain users , walkers /runners , because we might be a big group especially on the descents..remember point 1.
*When in pain ..SMILE .
*Grumpy cyclists need not apply .

Last years report Here