The Northern Ireland Thread. *Warning* May include cake

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  • Garmin spotted at Gilnahirk petrol station! Maybe staying at the La Mon.
  • Sodafarl
    Sodafarl Posts: 118
    Garmin spotted at Gilnahirk petrol station! Maybe staying at the La Mon.
    Was told last night that is where Garmin are staying.
  • leolo70
    leolo70 Posts: 2
    Yes, was out for a quick spin with the other half this morning and was passed by the Garmin Sharp guys just as we were coming out of Comber, friendly toot from the cars and a hello from the riders.
  • magoo289
    magoo289 Posts: 223
    Sodafarl wrote:
    Garmin spotted at Gilnahirk petrol station! Maybe staying at the La Mon.
    Was told last night that is where Garmin are staying.

    Yes they are as are AG2R and Astana.
    leolo70 wrote:
    Yes, was out for a quick spin with the other half this morning and was passed by the Garmin Sharp guys just as we were coming out of Comber, friendly toot from the cars and a hello from the riders.

    Gutted wished I stayed at home! Is it just me or is any feel like a child waiting for Christmas Day? :roll:
  • Sodafarl
    Sodafarl Posts: 118
    magoo289 wrote:
    Sodafarl wrote:
    Garmin spotted at Gilnahirk petrol station! Maybe staying at the La Mon.
    Was told last night that is where Garmin are staying.

    Yes they are as are AG2R and Astana.
    leolo70 wrote:
    Yes, was out for a quick spin with the other half this morning and was passed by the Garmin Sharp guys just as we were coming out of Comber, friendly toot from the cars and a hello from the riders.

    Gutted wished I stayed at home! Is it just me or is any feel like a child waiting for Christmas Day? :roll:
    I know what you mean.
    The centre of Belfast (I work in Chichester St) is really starting to buzz the stage at the City Hall is being set up and loas of people in what appear to be official Giro coats walking about.
  • antlaff
    antlaff Posts: 583
    PedroJake wrote:
    141 miles ave 18.4mph. Big thanks to Bann Wheelers and Dromara CC for pulls round the back half of the course. That climb out of ballintoy was a wee bugger!
    I was one of the Bann Wheelers....was a great run to be part of, even though one of our members punctured on the flyover 50yds from the start.
  • leolo70 wrote:
    Yes, was out for a quick spin with the other half this morning and was passed by the Garmin Sharp guys just as we were coming out of Comber, friendly toot from the cars and a hello from the riders.

    Did you not try and join at the back?!
  • dw300
    dw300 Posts: 1,642
    If I see any team out I'm getting on the front for a selfie!
    All the above is just advice .. you can do whatever the f*ck you wana do!
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  • magoo289
    magoo289 Posts: 223
    4 teams now at La Mon Hotel: Garmin, AG2R, Astana and seen on way home from work Cannondale too.
  • leolo70
    leolo70 Posts: 2
    leolo70 wrote:
    Yes, was out for a quick spin with the other half this morning and was passed by the Garmin Sharp guys just as we were coming out of Comber, friendly toot from the cars and a hello from the riders.

    Did you not try and join at the back?!

    Let's go with 'the wife would never have forgiven me', nothing to do with lack of ability whatsoever!
  • madden2011
    madden2011 Posts: 142
    dw300 wrote:
    If I see any team out I'm getting on the front for a selfie!

    That would be the ultimate selfie even if it did risk crashing.

    Seen Tinkoff Saxo team car sitting in traffic on Boucher Road only one guy in the car and no bikes on it.
  • germcevoy
    germcevoy Posts: 414
    Some Orica kit from Templepatrick tonight.

    http://imgur.com/a/driJX
  • madden2011
    madden2011 Posts: 142
    Germcevoy wrote:
    Some Orica kit from Templepatrick tonight.

    http://imgur.com/a/driJX

    Was up in Templepatrick today on the bike, seen nothing. What hotel they staying at?
  • germcevoy
    germcevoy Posts: 414
    Hilton.
  • Sodafarl
    Sodafarl Posts: 118
    madden2011 wrote:
    Germcevoy wrote:
    Some Orica kit from Templepatrick tonight.

    http://imgur.com/a/driJX

    Was up in Templepatrick today on the bike, seen nothing. What hotel they staying at?
    Up there last night 4 teams at least staying there.
  • wotnoshoeseh
    wotnoshoeseh Posts: 529
    Guys, got to pick my son up today in Lisburn around 3 o'clock. Any advice for how to get into Belfast at that time, considering roads are closed from 4 would be greatly appreciated??

    Thinking to park in Lisburn and get the train in - but would like something easier for getting home again later.
  • Diamant49
    Diamant49 Posts: 101
    Just bunked out of work for an hour to watch the TTT practice coming past - saw most teams except Sky.

    Hard to know about parking & access tonight (and getting away afterwards) - I have to pick my daughter up from Comber & my wife is coming in from Dublin later this evening, I am a bit torn between getting a train in from Hollywood or Bangor or trying to get in to park at work before the roads close at 4. Problem either way is that she won't be happy to walk very far.
  • wotnoshoeseh
    wotnoshoeseh Posts: 529
    Guys, got to pick my son up today in Lisburn around 3 o'clock. Any advice for how to get into Belfast at that time, considering roads are closed from 4 would be greatly appreciated??

    Thinking to park in Lisburn and get the train in - but would like something easier for getting home again later.

    Drove in - handy enough - got parked on Wellington Park.
  • dw300
    dw300 Posts: 1,642
    Just bumping the thread.

    Do we have any vets or dentists locally that cycle by any chance?
    All the above is just advice .. you can do whatever the f*ck you wana do!
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  • antlaff
    antlaff Posts: 583
    Just to say Bann Wheelers Causeway Cycle Challenge is on Sunday 27th July. Always a great day, great route and all monies raised go to local charities - over £6000 donated last year.

    https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=1504

    https://www.facebook.com/events/476669635798416/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
  • paul_mck
    paul_mck Posts: 1,058
    dw300 wrote:
    Just bumping the thread.

    Do we have any vets or dentists locally that cycle by any chance?

    you buy a chinerello? :P
  • paul_mck
    paul_mck Posts: 1,058
    antlaff wrote:
    Just to say Bann Wheelers Causeway Cycle Challenge is on Sunday 27th July. Always a great day, great route and all monies raised go to local charities - over £6000 donated last year.

    https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=1504

    https://www.facebook.com/events/476669635798416/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

    any route info?
  • dw300
    dw300 Posts: 1,642
    paul_mck wrote:
    dw300 wrote:
    Just bumping the thread.

    Do we have any vets or dentists locally that cycle by any chance?

    you buy a chinerello? :P

    Nope, but I wouldn't mind xraying my bikes out of curiosity! Maybe do an annual inspection to see how long a light carbon frame really lasts. I don't know if you'd be able to see tiny stress fractures or not, I guess thaats what I'd like to find out.
    All the above is just advice .. you can do whatever the f*ck you wana do!
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  • paul_mck
    paul_mck Posts: 1,058
    you know anyone works in shorts?
  • dw300
    dw300 Posts: 1,642
    Don't think so Paul. :cry:

    Do any of you mofos play Ingress?
    All the above is just advice .. you can do whatever the f*ck you wana do!
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  • antlaff
    antlaff Posts: 583
    paul_mck wrote:
    antlaff wrote:
    Just to say Bann Wheelers Causeway Cycle Challenge is on Sunday 27th July. Always a great day, great route and all monies raised go to local charities - over £6000 donated last year.

    https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=1504

    https://www.facebook.com/events/476669635798416/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

    any route info?

    Here it is...sorry thought they had it in the link

    http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/479814502
  • Anyone have any details or know anything about the Gran Fondo just annnounced?
  • NeXXus
    NeXXus Posts: 854
    Money making scheme that has nothing to do the legacy of anything. Much like the 2015 version of the Big Italian Bike Ride, which is neither Italian nor on any of the route taken by the Giro.

    They also, as it's not a Cycling Ireland event, plonked their date right on top of one of the biggest sportives of the year (NDCC Coastal Challenge) that actually has charity beneficiaries.

    You know what they say about fools and their money :D The same companies Euro gran fondos cost 70e + to enter
    And the people bowed and prayed, to the neon god they made.
  • paul_mck
    paul_mck Posts: 1,058
    Bangor coastal every time. Great event.
  • If the Gran Fondo was Closed Road, it'd have a USP. As it stands, it's not really floating my boat. For another thing, it's a bit short.