Sunday, 22 March 2015

Coffee at Niki and Olives

Hannibal knows what it's like when you spend 30 mins writing this rubbish and Facebook suddenly wipes it out - the result is a short write up.... 16 riders left Forster Green bang on time heading up to Carryduff and then into the lanes to Saintfield. From there we cut across to Listooder and Kilmore back tracking our route home from last week.

We cut across to Annacloy. The main group turned left a few miles after the village, while Cav and Chef making their first appearance this year took the option to head straight on for Loughinisland/Seaforde.

The pace lifted a bit as we headed for Ballyduggan Mill and round Lake Rd. From there we headed off piste, turning off the Clough Rd on to Tobercorran Rd. Big G took the direct route to Clough while the rest of us soaked up the view of Murlough Bay from Carrickinab Rd. A loop round our hidden gem Ardilea Rd and then a headwind slog in to Newcastle arriving about 11:30.

The town was bunged so half grabbed coffee at Niki's while the rest settled at Olives Bizarre. It made sense to split for the way home and the Big Lad "volunteered" to guide a steady group with Mark, Sean and Lanterne home.

That meant the other 9 were free to light it up through Maghera and Spa home. With Hannibal, Bullet and Digger not on race duty there were plenty of strong legs to drill it alongside Nightmare. No one was destroyed, but there was plenty of "stretching".... Home for 2 to watch Milan-San Remo, what more could you want.


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