Departing Comber Leisure Centre, we follow Bridge St to the A21 bypass, turning left for approx 300 yards along the main Killinchy Rd before taking a left for the Ballydrain Rd. We will follow this gentle road for about 1 mile before turning up the Ballygraffan Rd, which is a short sharp climb. Crossing the main Killinchy Rd, we will follow the Tullynagee Rd, which features a moderate drag for about half a mile, then on to the undulating Ballykiegle Rd. We turn right for Ballygowan, back along the Carrickmannon Rd, New Line Rd before we take the downhill Kilmood Church Rd to the Ballybunden Rd. This sweeping road takes us to Balloo with only one short climb. Turning left at Balloo we have a gentle climb along the Beechvale Rd to Killinchy and then cover undulating roads, with a couple of short tougher hills, down to the scenic Whiterock Bay where we will stop for a well deserved coffee at Daft Eddies. Here we will take time to enjoy the wonderful scenery in this beautiful part of county Down.
After refreshments, we will take the Strangford Lough coast road home via the Ballydorn Rd, Ardmillan Rd, Tullynakill Rd, Quarry Rd and into Lisbane. From here we will make our way to the Ballybunden Rd, heading back to Comber Leisure Centre via the Bog Rd, Loughview Rd and Old Ballygowan Rd.
Overall, this is a nice undulating road with a few short testing climbs thrown in. No-one will be left behind and with plenty of water stops scheduled, this route will be an enjoyable cycle! Please check this page before setting off for the start location in case of any changes.
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I'm an enthusiastic leisure cyclist, being a member of my local club in Killinchy. Earlier in 2019, I completed a charity cycle for Marie Curie from Malin Head to Mizen Head. Cycling is how I get my exercise, helping me control my weight, all the while enjoying good fun and camaraderie with my friends. I'm keen to help people in my local area, who perhaps presently cycle alone or in small groups, build their confidence so they can enjoy the experience that cycling in a larger group can bring.
A nice, mild morning for a bike ride.
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