The Ulster Team Time Trial Championships has continued to grow in popularity in recent years and tonight was no exception. The event, promoted by Phoenix CC, saw a total of twenty five teams sign on.
Hot favourites were Curran Racing consisting of Liam Curran, John Madden, Ian Inglis and David Hamilton. They did not disappoint clocking up a fantastic 50.18 for the twenty five mile distance to take the Gold medal in the men’s competition.
Phoenix CC managed to enter a total of ten men’s teams so it was no surprise that they would have a team on the podium.… Read more
The first of the Spires Trilogy TT’s took place tonight on a very windy Toome course.
Thirty Six testers lined up on what turned out to be a difficult night with a strong head wind on the outward 5 and not a great advantage on the way back. Despite the conditions some fantastic times were set with only 3 seconds between Stuart Bennett (Phoenix CC) in first place and Matthew Heaney (Clann Eireann) in second, being the only 2 testers to go below 22 minutes.
Stephen Harkens (Team Madigan) set a good time in third.… Read more
Not many people like to ride a time trial twice, the body on fire sensations, particularly for the first event of the year, aren’t particularly pleasant, but when John Madden had an issue fitting his rear wheel, started his event and watched his minute man ride off into the distance, something was wrong. The answer came apparent at the turn when his rear tub went pop having rubbed his brake blocks for 3 1/2 miles at a very high wattage.
However James McLaughlin, not wanting to see him get off so lightly, threw him his car keys and told him he could restart.… Read more
Madden Smashes 100 Record - Yes – he’s back and with a bang. After a year of recovering from injury John Madden of Curran Racing ate up the 100 miles at Woodgreen in the Ulster Championships today in a time of 3:45:05 .
This is a new Irish record (subject to ratification) by almost six minutes. In 2010 it was Cuchullain man, Bryan McCrystal who broke Rory Wyleys’s record by a mere one second in a time of 3.51.01.
The weather was kind to the riders today with the sun coming out and becoming quite warm.… Read more
Marcus Christie was a welcome returning face to the Ernie Magwood Memorial Super Six TT league which took place on Saturday morning at Toome. Marcus has been in crushing form since he returned home, winning at will both the Ulster 10 & 25 titles within the last few weeks. When he arrived on Saturday morning, the other riders all knew they had their work cut out to try and take the fight to him. In the end we were miles off! Marcus has improved week on week and he clocked a super time of 20:11 winning by a clear 71s, maybe next year we will see Marcus go head to head with 2011 and 2012 champion, the absent, undefeated John Heverin a few times?… Read more
Following on from his victory in the Ulster 10 mile time trial championship, Marcus Christie was the fastest in the Ulster 25 mile time trial championship promoted by the David McCall Foundation at a windy Woodgreen this morning. Christie recorded 51 minutes 47 seconds, almost two minutes clear of John Madden (Curran Racing) who took second and the vets title with Kieran McKenna (East Antrim-Audi) lifting bronze, a further 40 seconds adrift.
Daniel Stewart (East Antrim-Audi) won the junior title in a time of 55 minutes 17 seconds.… Read more
The David McCall Foundation / Bikedock TT Series held the final round on the Ballydonaghy course last night. The weather was kind to the 38 riders who signed on, remaining dry throughout the event but a cool changeable wind made conditions testing enough. David McCann (RTS) ran out a comfortable winner with a time of 19.57. John Heverin (Clann Eireann) took second place with a 20.38 over Sunday’s Ulster 10 TT Champion Marcus Christie who clocked a 20.48. Amy Brice (Phoenix) covered the distance in a personal best time of 23.54 to finish first female on the evening.… Read more
Marcus Christie (Unattached) returned to competition after over 12 months with victory in the Ulster 10 mile time trial championship at Ballymoney yesterday. The former Irish junior international recorded a time of 20 minutes and 21 seconds, just seven seconds ahead of the newly crowned All Ireland Veterans time trial champion, John Heverin (Clann Éireann).
Heverin was the pre-race favourite but almost didn’t make it to the start line after his car broke down on the way to the start, he still managed to put in a fine performance to take the vets title.… Read more
The Fifth round of the Ernie Magwood Super 6 took place on the Moy-Armagh Road on Tuesday evening past. A smaller than usual crowd was present due to the bad weather, and a course with a fierce reputation. Fastest on the night, taking 5 out of 5 wins, leaving him undisputed league winner for 2012, was defending champ, CECCs John Heverin stopping the clocks in 20:45, which was well over one minute ahead of 2nd place Cathal Doyle of Carn wheelers, Cathal has also virtually assured himself of second place in the league, with Desi Foley of Phoneix pushing him close on the night, only 2 seconds in the margin.… Read more
Junior rider, Daniel Stewart of East Antrim took the honours in tonight’s open 10 mile time trial promoted by Clann Eireann CC. Sewart recorded a 22.04 on the Birches course near Portadown which was over a minute faster than next best place rider Sean McIntyre of Orchard Wheelers who posted a time of 23.33.
Many thanks are due to all the marshalls and helpers who ensured the the even ran smoothly.
16/08/12 – 10 Mile TT – Birches Circuit -
Daniel Stewart East Antrim Audi 22.04
Sean McIntyre Orchard Wheelers CC 23.33
James McLaughlin Island Wheelers CC 24.15
John McAuley Apollo CT 24.16
James McCusker Orchard Wheelers CC 24.19
Kevin McAlinden Banbridge 24.26
Marty McConville Clann Eireann CC 24.46
David Blevins Harps CC 24.49
JP Donnelly Clann Eireann CC 25.07
Seamus Walsh Phoenix CC25.08
Cormac McCann Phoenix CC25.12
Harry Martin Clann Eireann CC 25.12
Glenn Dunwoody Orchard Wheelers CC 25.16
Robert Greer Apollo CT 25.50
Campbell Armstrong Apollo CT 25.59
Barry Hayes Island Wheelers CC 26.02
Colin Wilson Bikeworks 26.13
Gareth McCann Apollo CT 26.26
Ryan Moore Banbridge 26.43
Matt Hylands Keevan CC 27.29
Chris Potts U/A 27.32
Toni Armstrong Apollo CT 29.24
Sheena O’Neill Island Wheelers CC 29.29
James Carragher Keevan CC 29.49
Marcel Mulholland U/A 31.13… Read more