Bumper turn out for Christmas Fry Run
Members come out to support their clubs annual Fry Run to The Cuan
We had 10 early birds that met from 06.30 as several of them had planned to complete the ton (100 miles), we had others who couldn’t make it to the Fry, so they just wanted out, so they didn’t have to help dress and feed the kids.
At 09.00 the first and main group of riders gathered at KCH, were we cycled off to Strangford via Ballygowan, Crossgar etc. This wasn’t the easiest route by any means due to the strong headwinds, however the group worked well and everyone took their turn at the front. Whilst we stopped at the Quoille to ring ahead for number confirmation, the second 09.30 group (that was taking a more direct route) passed us in tight formation. However some of our group couldn’t see passed themselves if they got beaten by the slower paced riders, so it was fast from the off again to reel them in and get passed, and once this was accomplished two of our ‘non fry attendees’ turned off for Saul and headed back to their homes (or maybe not I think the PP was mentioned).
On arrival at The Cuan we were greeted by Peter, and no sooner had we sat down the food was on the tables. However this was somewhat too early for our Killinchy ladies as they were still having fun on the trails at Castleward playing in the dirt and picking themselves up from their tosses and tumbles, but they didn’t miss out as no sooner did they arrive they had a cup of warm tea/coffee in front of them followed by their fry. We also had several drive down due to other priorities and maybe just due to laziness or great excuses (Laura & Jane LOL).
Everybody fed and watered, now time to get the ferry, were some left their Garmins on and whilst doing so the acquired cheeky wee cups ;-). Once off the ferry we split into three groups, with the faster, wanting more miles in their legs group headed towards the far side of the Lough were they were greeted with a lovely tailwind that saw them average just under 22 mph for a little over 30 miles. The others didn’t too badly either as our very own female rider of the year racked up more QOM’s on her way home, along with Joe-Anne getting a wee sneaky one in too (nothing to do with the fact she left her Garmin on during the ferry crossing LOL).
On the way home, some couldn’t resist the temptations to stop off at our Sponsors establishment for one final refreshing drink, while the mile munchers were still out busting themselves in the windy conditions to see who would top the miles for the day.
In total we had 34 members and 1 very welcomed non member attending the cycle and on behalf of the committee we would like to say a BIG thank you to all those who attended and supported us.