Slaughter 2019 …does what it says on the tin! Started with 15 ( and a dog) and finished with 6 , what a war of attrition . In fairness the first two laps were pretty grim with rain , and mist .Leona quit to rest for race tomorrow , Eamon punctured and needed a new tyre. Then a torrential downpour before we started the third lap put paid to Liz , Dan and a few more.
Kenny and I were swinging off the back by the end while Peter danced up again on his shiny new Giant . Big kudos to Chris who cleaned the switchbacks on the last lap , although Mr Power might disagree. He did however also provide the most entertainment on the gully ( see photos)
The weather for the last two laps was actually very pleasant with restoration of views etc , although the mountain was like an ice rink and I had several falls .
Another year another slaughter …it takes a year to forget how hard it is .
I’m far too tired to entertain you with witty repartee, all I can say is it doesn’t get any easier and any clear rounds on the climbs were hard won today .
Our old friend Capt. Alex Wright joined us on loan from Ryanair , He wanted to charge us all £10 to cycle with him .Didi and Pamela started early along with Hugh ,The girls did brilliantly and knocked out the four laps . Hugh was running out of battery and had to leave after 3.
Leona got a puncture which was fixed by Al , no cause for the puncture was found and I later caught Liz trying to let the air out of her tyre 😉
Not much to say about the route which remains steadfastly unchanged . Robbie distinguished himself not only my staying for four rounds but by a descent of the gully like has never been seen …straightlining is all I can call it , I know he was in full control. Cormac was his usual gentlemanly self looking after the back markers but was also going well and you will see the shot of him launching himself off the end of the world.
Kenny …. what can I say about Kenny , despite having just been assailed by a virus which would have killed lesser mortals and despite doctors advice to quit after 3 , he steadfastly refused and finished like the true NTSR soldier he is .
PS was going so well that a call was made for drug testing , there is no knowing what these 6.1ers can be up to.
Another great day, hope I’m able to do number 12 .
Slaughter The 10th
The child of prague lived up to its reputation once more and delivered a glorious day despite the gloom mongering from Banbridge direction.
Dan Duffy was up early and had a lap in before we started just to make us feel bad . Al arrived late but caught us up just as we arrived at the mast for the first time. The girls got a bit frisky at this stage so we headed straight for cairn number 1 where we were met by Mr Drone AKA Ross McLaughlin . Down to the Gully where a few fallers managed to escape my lens.
Second Lap up by Fiddlers and The glen is a tough one , but then we are all tough except Mr Robbie who was saving himself for France , enough said . A moments respect for poor John Duffy at this point , went down the road to avoid the dangerous mountain descent . Braked to avoid a dog and ended up in casualty with a wrecked AC joint. 🙁
Third Lap up Fallow and round by tunnel and the legs were getting tired , despite this quite a few clear rounds on Mast Climb , impressive at this stage of the day .
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Last lap , the dreaded switchbacks, and a clear round here gets a you a position in the hall of fame , alas no one up to the mark although Doc Lewis damn close.
Handshakes all round and lots of back smacking , home by the glen to a well deserved rest for some the bar for others , sore heads to match the sore legs today methinks. Route Here if you want to give it a go.
All Images here , far too many to label .