We meet at the front of the Coachmans Inn, on the Old Airport road in Cloghran and make our way via Stockhole Lane, then Baskin, briefly onto the Malahide road, Chapel Lane to Portmarnock raceway/railway/greenway. Straight on to the seafront, careful at the level crossing, before turning left to Sutton Cross and right up to the summit. I will always remember the first time I made it up to 'the summit' on a rented auld hybrid, the scores of racers who lapped and left me for dust, but were they enjoying themselves? Did they stop to smell the roses, take in the views and taste the ice cream? Well, we will! What a lovely feeling of accomplishment when I eventually got there, justly rewarded with a '99' and a stunning vista while I got my breath back. We only go as fast as our slowest rider - which could very well be me!
Then the best bit, the lovely, long descent down to Sutton Cross - slow and watch out for the speed ramp by the school, after the graveyard. After a refreshing mug o'tay and some chocolate biscuit cake (or whatever you're having yourself!) we will take the Strand road (another level crossing) to Baldoyle and then we will be retracing our route, with a continuous but gentle ascent, all the way back to the meeting point.
(3 to 4hrs max, allows for delays, choo choo trains, cafe etc.)
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Cycling 5 years in Fingal & a few holidays across Europe - most recently the Moselle wine valley & Bavarian Brewery Bike tour! In 2018, I took up the Cycling Ireland #2828challenge which led me to joining a club and completing a handful of sportives over the last year. Still learning and still enjoying the leisurely aspect whilst sharing a common interest, with new friends, plenty of coffee, cake and ice-cream!
Oh solo Mio…
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