Given the forecast a good spin was in order .With Mr Power shredding himself at enduro practice and Mr Hull on nappy duty ,It was left to PS,Herself , COC, The Late Mr Scullion ( yes he was) and Doc Lewis ( less half a toe-nail) to make up the numbers . Also joined for the first time by Richie who n his FB messages appeared concerned he might not keep up…Ha! Flyin Machine . Look out Mr Power .
The Route took us up giants pad , Low fallow corner , down along the river to nurses cottage , road to Glenloughan lane , up Finlieve , back down to Formal , Milltown lane , losing a few early birds here and Tim who was suffering after near self amputation. PS , Richie and COC then headed back up Kilfeaghan lane in order to appease Mr powers request for at least 1000m climbing . Over shoulder of knockshee , across Sallys to Ballynagelty and home by viewpoint and river walk . A mega spin . Mountain as dry as it ever has been . Mr Scullion was full of music today with a “hey Jude” ear worm .
1300m of climbing should keep Mr P quiet .
The vintage car rally invasion made it a good day to evacuate and with the start of Thriller season some felt the Cooleys a good call .
After the usual prolonged debate about starting time and venue , Tims idea (of starting at Omeath doing the back loop then leaving the front loop as an option) was accepted .
Paul was there for the inaugural ride on new steed , its looks like the piggy bank may have been raided. Kenny , Tim , COC , Herself , Dan and Eamon made up the numbers . Cormac had been unable to fix his car although what he couldn’t have just cycled up from Dublin and met us I dont know.
We escaped any rain which was a miracle given the forecast . Kenny was off form and about half way through , COC and Herself offered to navigate him out on a shortcut to Skull alley 😉 . The others proceeded along the usual route and were never seen again .
Finlieve lane next week ?
Poor show tonight , Mr S was so late he never arrived , Dr L was at home stroking his new 38C tyres , PS doesn’t want to get new bike dirty and the Rossi crowd are saving themselves for the W200 , probably just as well.
Only the trusty BG and Kenny turned up with COC on a rare Tuesday night appearance. The mountain was as dry as dust , Fallow , loop , trails , Tunnel, Mast , Ballynagelty and home . Clear rounds for all on mast and ballynagelty , grip to spare.
The midges were plentiful so stopping anywhere was out of the question , poor Kenny took a bad fall coming ogg Ballynagelty , but was more concerned about the bike than the blood streaming from his elbow . BG helpfully added it would need 4 stitches. Beautiful night with stunning views of the lough and the sunset . Glad to be back.
Despite the good weather forecast the mist smothered our intended route initially at least . Mr Suffern, a guest from Dromore Running club attended along with the lesser spotted Mark Cooper . Stalwarts, Kenny , Cormac, Paul(M) and COC along with Eamon made up the numbers .
Mr Power had planned a “CLIMBY” spin and we headed to Reverse Formal up the green road . Unfortunately when we got to the Fallow Corner the visibility was dreadful , EVEN Kenny and a number of GPS devices left us low of the path and walking most of the way to the river where a correction was applied and normal service resumed . Great spin down Fallow . Lost eamon and Paul at Kilfeaghan before the lovely climb to bath and onward to Fallow corner . How Mark loved it…… Ah well at least the sun came out.
In Which :
- We are honoured by the return of Doc “Gravel” Lewis
- PS feels a bit under the weather
- John (SCO) has no excuse but bails anyway
- Robbie demonstrates a double pike with three quarters turn but fluffs his landing , it was so impressive that I felt reaching for the camera before checking his pulse might have been too much.
- Shane blames fish for failure at very early stage , needs to work on excuses.
- COC is the first to show his easter knees , in the face of a mountain of fully clad lycra.
- Cormac fails on Ballynagelty as G Lewis shows the way.
The idea of the route was to visit all six summerseats , I’m sure McMahon is already working on a better route , it makes a nice challenge and I think we might revisit .