Great turnout today with special guests Herr Power and Mr Sportive.com Oisin . Rossi reps Hugh , John and Gerry . Marchin and Nico ( apologies if spelt wrong) . Ann Duffy was on the mountain before all of us , nothing new there . Colin and Brendan also made cameo appearances .
The forecast was spot on and we stayed dry all day . There was a bit of mist at the top which miraculously disappeared as soon as we got to the top.
Gerry and John found the pace challenging on Sallys but hung in nevertheless . Chris and Paddy were sent on a wild goosechase by Doc L who still doesn’t now the route after many years , so they headed up fiddlers first and had time for a nap waiting for us to get round by Sallys .
Rowan got sent home for bad behaviour after two laps , apparently he is now drinking some lesser form of beer than Carlsberg 😉 .
The third lap is always the hardest by Tunnel/mast , despite this there were plenty of clear rounds . It has to be said a fair few hikers as well . We lost Herr Power on the way down Fern Gully and a search party had to be despatched . He was deflated when found but soon back in the groove.
The last lap up the switchbacks is always a sufferfest , however today took this to new levels with greasy roots and rocks preventing anything even approaching a clear round out of the question .
19 finishers might be a record? Great day had by all and hopefully gravel bikes put away for a while and get back with regular Saturday MTB .
In which :
The evil twins appear and disappear.
Dan fails to break his leg despite throwing himself off the bike 3 times
The Eagle nearly landed at an early stage ( with a broken derailleur)
PS fell off at least twice .
New Paul finds Bike wash at Bernagh
Irregular John wishes he’d brought his full sus .
Robbie got an impressive second wind , despite having not signed up for so much portage.
John (SCO) is caught without a T.U.E.
Simply the best F*****G day out on ( and off) the bike for ages . Big miles , slow speed but loads of portage . Mighty descents to test the evil twins who performed outstandingly until the final climb when they collapsed.
SEE ROUTE MAP AND GARMIN HERE Dont laugh at the slow speed some of those trails were gnarly++.
Sun , mud , banter , plenty of falls and great grub at Meelmore Lodge . Very tired legs at the end of the day and forecast for tomorrow good …arrghhhhhhh!
The weather called for something a bit special today and we delivered in spades , although not quite meeting the Epic classification it definitely was a Mepic . New boy Mark had been warned and despite early signs of weakness and our best efforts to destroy him he stayed the pace . Fiddlers , Badger , Sallys Yard to post , to shoulder knockshee , down to the gorge , Dan whites , road to glenloughan , Finlieve lane , Fallow . Here we lost Mark , John (SCO) and Liz . Kenny COC and John stayed the pace for a tunnel , sleive martin extension with a couple of clean rounds to the mast adding to morale.As far as todays situational analysis ,I fear any mention would lead to divorce so it will remain need to know only .