On Sunday 28th VC Iveagh Member Richard (road rascal) Gamble took part in the Inishowen 100 organised by Foyle CC. He gives us a run down of the day below.
Sunday the 20th of August saw me meet up with a mate at 8 o’clock inside Templemore leisure complex L’derry.
The organisers smiled and weren’t going to be rushed signing us 300 riders on.
To enter a sportif you need a few good pull factors. Such as supporting a local club, bragging rights to a challenge or even you just hear the grub is good at it ….ultimately , a good sportif stands out for being memorable, for being that bit special.
We headed out clockwise along the coastline of the Inishowen Peninsula towards Buncrana. We met the 1st of 2 very challenging climbs of the day.
Mamore Gap, which even had its own decent warm up hill , yes a brutal kicker near the top saw plenty of cyclists switch to Duathalon mode.
Very fast descents , with lots of Marshall’s pointing out hairpin bends and well hidden stop signs. Folye cycle club did a good job with the road markings as we hardly ever took the wrong route.
The up and down roads weaving in around Balkyliffin up to Malin Head were awesome. Our food stop here saw us get our £30 entrance fee covered.
Onto Portaleen and Kinnego, with more hills and better views. The Kinnego climb was brutal. This challenge made everyone appreciate the sliced oranges, bottled water and chocolate bars at our next food stop in Greencastle.
We made a few friends with local clubs Portadown and Apollo and formed a slick time trial team blazing the last 35km home to Derry. The cycling right along the coast was a fitting finish
The climbing made it challenging, tougher than the Wicklow 200, and the Gran Fondo.
Memorable ….yes and brutal, the toughest ride for me yet.
2018, one for the calender , book a house, hide Cartmill’s Camera and do one of our absolute best sportifs.