Sunday 3 Jun, saw Team Vision Racing launch this years episode, of they’re now firmly established sportive around the lower Mournes area of County Down. With an extended period of good weather, glorious sunshine greeted the 130 or so whom took part with temperatures in the low 20’s.
Rolling out of town together and heading south towards Hilltown via Rathfriland, 2 miles in, the pace lifted causing fractures in the group, into around 3 recognisable groupings. On a positive, this allowed traffic to pass a little easier and was easily managed by an excellent motorcycle marshalling crew (massive thanks).
For those unaware this is a very scenic route, with the hills mostly overcome easily. On reaching Hilltown, the route leads towards Spelga but turns a few miles short onto the Bryansford Rd. Its then a very scenic ride for around 10 miles down to Bryansford, Newcastle and on to Dundrum for the food stop. After refuelling from the Banana’s, chocolate and water on offer, its onwards to Kinallen, via Dromara and Dundrum. Finishing the 62 mile route nicely along the Gallbog, back to katesbridge and then home via the Rathfriland Rd
Club riders taking part were Kevin, Ronnie, Ivan, Brian, Geoff, Martin Moore, Tim and brand new to the club Gareth. We also had a few cameo appearances along the way from JD, who joined us on a loosening up ride after his racing at Bishops Court the day before, and Mervyn, whom was continuing his build up training towards an E’tape challenge in France in around 5 weeks time.
Whilst a fairly steady ride for some or maybe even most, its worth mentioning the gutsy performance of Martin, whom lacking miles in the legs, came along to show his support and endured a fairly tough ride at times, compounded by a cable break shortly after the food stop and being left at the bottom of the block, so spoilt with 2 gears to finish the sportive oouch.
Anyway that said, a great day out and well organised by TVR whom we congratulate for they’re attention to detail and hospitality. Well done to all our riders whom were in good tune and good craic.