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Thanks to all From Tour of the Glens 2011

Castlereagh CC would like to thank all who took part in their annual Tour Of The Glens this year on Sunday May 1st. In total we had 170 riders signing on at the new start/finish venue of Loughside Recreation Centre on the Shore Road, which worked very well compared to the front of the City Hall. We had a bigger than normal 'slow' group who left at 7.45 with the main group going at 8.00ish after having to wait for the North Down guys who decided riding over would be a good idea.

The new start took the riders out the Shore Road as far as the Doagh Road where they started the long drag up past the old Nortel factory before a left and quick right up Carntall, where the crosswind took its first casualties with a few riders deciding that going into the red at this early stage was a big mistake, maybe wishing they hadn't missed the early group. From Ballynure we were back on the traditional route and heading for the first stop in Ballygalley, where fruit and a toilet break was a welcome relief from the fast pace.

This fast pace continued up the coast, with the first riders arriving in Cushendall approx 20 minutes ahead of last year's time, with some riders already looking like they were starting to suffer even though we hadn't reached the halfway point.
The first group had a quick stop where they grabbed veda, friuit loaf and a welcome glass of coke, as the boiler wasn't fired up early enough and the hot water wasn't quite ready for teas/coffees. With the day being so warm and the pace pretty hot, cold drinks were the order of the day and with bottles filled and some grub on board the first riders were off before many had even arrived... With the food flying out of the kitchen as quick as it could be made, hopefully everybody got more than enough and a big thanks to the team of 4 women from Cushendall who made up all the fresh sandwiches that the TOG is famous for. We were able to give them £400 for Action Cancer and the Hospice. Also big thanks to Cushendall Sailing Club for use of their excellent facilities which were again greatly appreciated by all riders.

We had a couple of accidents due to the wind/road surface and this resulted in the St John's girls being kept a lot busier than normal, but I suppose our luck had to run out at some stage and again big thanks to Joe Barr's support car who were able to bring Bryce Irvine back to Cushendall where he was able to get treatment before being transferred to Antrim Hospital. Jay Gault gets the Tyler Hamilton award for riding home before realising his shoulder was pretty sore with an xray showing a broken collar bone, get well soon to Jay and Bryce!! The ride home from Broughshane is a hard rolling road but with a brutal crosswind it took it to a whole new level, according to many of the riders who all were happy and relieved to make it home to Loughside for a welcome cuppa and some sandwiches and a medal and Planet X jersey as memento of a hard day's riding.

Special mention to Brendan McCartan AKA Alex Zulle who didn't fancy sandwiches so went for a Burger and chip as a suitable lunch, and also Dessie McHenry and his mate who stopped in Ballyclare for a fish supper, while trying to convince others to join them.

Can anyone who completed the event and didn't get a jersey please contact gheverin@hotmail.com and also anyone who lost a lusso yellow cape please get in touch.



Gerard Heverin

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