Today was the big reveal of the new kit , Cormac couldn’t come as his jersey wouldn’t cover even his arm , I did think a medium was risky for him . Kenny had been warned but insisted there was no way he could be seen in a XL never mind an XXL . Emma might need a sharp knife to get his jersey off , hope she is careful. John Murray refused to come as we had not incorporated any tartan in the new design .
Robbie decided that NTSR might stand for Not The Slim Riders , which is close to the truth whereas Kenny thought NTRS might be better ..Not The Right Size.
In any event most folk seem happy so big shout out to Martin McGinn ( and Julie who did most of it ) and Maria at Spin 11.
Dan , Eamon , Scullion (our new Sponsor) , Peter , COC ,Doc, Liz and PS made up todays posse . Headed up Sallys to post and then to much trepidation from Robbie we headed into the mist towards Knockshee , dropping down to bath and back towards Fallow in very poor visibility . We took care to check that Robbie was ok along the way . Scullion had a spectacular dismount in the mud and unfortunately the camera took a while to get out , the new jersey got a fair testing . Dropped down to fallow corner then back up to Tunnel and mast , with a surprising number of clear rounds . Drooped down to style and then on to Badgers claw for an early finish .
Failed miserably to achieve a ” Power ” spin with only 800m climbed .
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 .
Further to Tuesdays appearance “T” arrived on her new bike which required more faffing. It looked like the pit lane at Brands Hatch as The Doc , Mr Power and Paul M attached various bits of plastic mudguards . These of course to stop the new bike getting dirty . Cormac had to lie down on the ground every time there was a puddle or any dirt so she could keep the bike clean , and when the mountain got just too muddy, T, Didi and Paul M headed off in search of some nice clean grass . Herself returned today but only in gravel mode and managed to subtract Mr Scullion from the group.
Todays route was definitely a 2 banana spin especially if like MR P and Doc you started at 8 and did 400m before 9. Route stated at Glen , Fiddlers , view point , stone , mast , low fallow corner , nurses cottage , road to glenloughan after a short delay to rewire Shanes Di2 . Finlieve lane and back into Fallow and home . My Garmin ran out of battery so no route till someone send me a GPX .
Good route from Finlieve down to Fallow bar the last 2-300 m which could do with a bit of exploring.
Having saved Germany from itself Cormac finally made it out today , he claimed to be in poor form but was noted at the front on most occasions. Meanwhile in the groupetto Robbie was secret training for “The Rock” , apparently his camelback was filled with lead so when he hits France he will be unbeatable.He would need to get his bike sorted before that as he had to borrow my spare today and by the time Mr Power had serviced it Mr Scullion had arrived ..and you know what that means.
Newby Peter joined us today also ,having turned up last Tuesday expecting a gentle spin only to meet Doc Lewis and Rowan , it cant have been pretty! A duet of Cuchulainn riders made up the bunch with PS and John (SCO) failing to provide sick notes.
Poor turnout with Mr Power too busy siphoning the gross national product of Germany into his post office account , Mr Hull probably off camping and Doc Lewis with no sick note.
Old reliable PS was there to try and improve on Thriller performance and hoping for a few gems of advice from COC . Scullion returned following USA trip where he was no doubt selling his services to Mr Trumpet . There were no photos of course as the man who has never taken a bad photo could never be seen with the man who has never taken a good one.
It was gentle spin with much productive talk on how to solve Brexit /Northern Ireland /The Pope / World peace etc etc .
Castle bog , red bog , Fallow loop , trails to home with a bit of sliart 😉