Nearly 100 riders entered today’s Tour of Strangford Sportive in aid of the Ards and North Down Samaritans, and split into two groups covering either 50 miles or 80 miles. The weather was warm and virtually calm, and spirits were high.
Riders started to gather from about 8.30
There was a chance to find out more about the work of the Samaritans at the start, and also stock up on bananas.
Heather Hamilton in her Samaritan’s cycling jersey, proudly supported by Ards Cycling Club, on World Suicide Prevention Day.
Some of the Ards CC contingent at the start. Check out this week’s Chronicle for more photos!
There was some concern that the mist could delay the ferry, but that didn’t deter the speed..
The first group on the 80 mile route checking that Ben did indeed have the club credit card to pay for the ferry..
More groups join the queue for the ferry, along with the tourists and bemused locals.
Plenty of space for the bikes (and some running repairs) on board.
Thanks to Deli-licious Cafe Portaferry for catering and St Patrick’s Community Hall for the lunch venue. Fortunately the earlier 50 milers had left plenty of grub for those on the longer route.
Plenty of fancy machinery on show.
Thanks to all those who helped organise the event, include road marking, sign on, catering and broom wagon. And it was great to see club president and long time ToS supported James McFarlane down at the start.
But most of all thanks to all of you who supported the event whether by donating or riding. We hope you enjoyed the day out and look forward to seeing you next year!