Ready to step it up? This ride would be ideal for those of you who are already managing 30 / 40km spins, but now with the addition of a challenge, in the shape of Howth Head…
We will meet at the front of the Frye Model Railway Museum, cutting thru Malahide Castle, onto the Back Road, Kinsealy Lane, then Chapel Lane to Portmarnock raceway, then railway & greenway. Rejoining the road, passing St Peter & Paul's Church Baldoyle, careful at the level crossing, past The Elphin then left at the seafront, towards Sutton Cross and right to begin our climb up Howth Head.
I will always remember the first time I made it up to 'the summit' on me 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 ramps 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, back onto the greenway and then follow the coast road through Portmarnock, past High Rock, Robswall and back to Malahide.
(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!
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