Callum, Debs and I decided to make a weekend of it at this years Armoy meeting and found a cottage available for rent at the last minute. It was located less than a mile south of the village. Details of the cottages can be found at http://www.limepark.com/ We booked the Little Pigs House – no funny comments please and found it to be excellent. The underfloor heating was class.
Anyhow we left Carrick with 2 bikes and Debs in the car as soon as I finished work on Friday afternoon and made it to Armoy by about 4pm. The practice session had started and I was a bit late to sign on as a marshal so I decided to spectate from the village.
This was Debs first real visit to road racing and I plonked her on the inside of Robbos Corner where she could see right into the riders eyes. You will have to ask her yourself what she thought of it.
Robbos Corner during practice
Little Pigs House
Little Pigs House
Inside the Pigs House
Garden at Little Pigs House
Some visitors to the Little Pigs House
#113 Ronan Pentony rejoins after a clutch problem during practice
Visit to #113 Ronan Pentony after practice
The weather stayed pretty kind. Walter and the boys joined us for a while. After the session was completed Callum and I popped up to the paddock where we saw Guy Martin and Conor Cummins leaving, no doubt for a Ballycastle Hotel. We called into see Ronan Pentony and his team of helpers, all busy prepping 3 bikes for the next days racing. The machines looked superb (R1, R6 and SV) in red and white and Ronan had just got a new set of leathers to match. Sadly as I write this Ronan has had a nasty off at Dundrod. I understand that he has several broken bones and is in a pretty bad way but not life threatening. We wish him a speedy recovery.
When we got back to the Little Pigs House we enjoyed the Olympics opening ceremony with a well earned couple of cold beers.