This is a slightly more challenging bike ride with a few hills, but we will always stop after each hill to re-group and take a drink of water. The pace will be dictated by the slowest rider; nobody is ever left behind.
We will meet in the car park at the Apple Green Service Station and cycle out the Glen road towards Orchardstown in a group, taking the Ballyscanlon lake road to Fenor where we will stop for a cup of coffee. After coffee we will take the straighter route home via the R675 back to the car-park at the Apple Green Service Station.
Following introductions, we will have a short safety check on all bikes and a quick chat about our cycling experience, bike skills, confidence cycling in groups, etc. We will also discuss the route and address any concerns or questions.
Turning left when leaving the Apple Green car-park we will cycle in single file, stopping at roundabout and taking the 1st exit as guided by the Leader. Continuing to cycle in single file to the next roundabout (20metres), stopping at roundabout and taking the 2nd exit as guided by the Leader, onto the Glen Road. We will have a continuous cycle for about 5km in single file.
After the hill at Cullencastle, we will pull into the left hand side and stop to re-group and take a drink of water. We will turn left onto the Ballyscanlon road and continue for about 4km, taking the right at the ‘Y’ junction to pass Ballyscanlon lake on our right. After another 2km, we will stop at the T-junction and turn right onto the Fenor road as guided by the Leader.
After about 2km we will arrive at Fenor, stopping at the church cross and turning left, and then left again into the Café car park as instructed. Here we will have a well-deserved tea or coffee and the opportunity to chat about the ride so far or whatever takes our fancy! This break will last for about 20mins. We will leave the Café, taking the left and cycling towards Tramore in single file.
We will continue towards Tramore on the R675/Coast Road for about 5km. This road is wide in places so we will take the opportunity to cycle two abreast if possible and if traffic allows. There is a hill at Coolnacapogue which might be a challenge for some but we will pull in at O’Shea’s garage on the left just after the hill to re-group and get our breath back. We will cycle to the roundabout at Newtown Hill, stopping and taking the first exit onto the Ring Road, as instructed by the Leader. We will continue cycling past the Golf Club, stopping at each of the next 3 roundabouts and taking the 2nd exit at each as guided by the Leader
We will reach the roundabout at the GAA Centre, stop and take the 1st exit, onto the Tramore Road. We will continue for 500m and arrive back at the Apple Green car park on our left.
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As an enthusiastic, leisure cyclist I’ve wanted to support people who would like to cycle in a group and improve their road skills, but who feel that joining a cycling club is not for them. Many cyclists have little opportunity to take part in group cycling and I see the AXA Community Bike Rides as a means to get more people enjoying and improving their cycling experience.
Great spin today to Fenor and Ballyscanlon Lake. Everyone had a good morning exercise and we all got home safely, finishing with coffee in Cove Stores
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