Philip Cassidy was the victor in today’s second stage of the Tour of Ulster which covered 75 miles from Enniskillen to Omagh taking in the tough climbs of Correll Glen, Glenasheevar and Scraghey Mountain but the ‘yellow jersey’ went to Rory Wylie (Carrick Cidona).
The biggest loser of the day was overnight leader Timmy Barry (Carrick/Cidona) attempting to win his third Tour of Ulster. The Corkman missed the main break of 20 riders which moved clear after 20 miles of racing and at one stage was 4 minute in arrears.… Read more
Timmy Barry from Cork attempting to win his third Tour of Ulster made the best possible start when he took the stage win at Enniskillen today. The 68 mile stage which began in Emyvale in glorious sunshine saw attacks from the drop of the flag. Bill Moore (Stamullan), Kenny Conlon (Newbridge), Aidan Crowley (Cycleways) and Mick Mulcahy (Usher Irish Road Club) all attempted to open gaps on the main field but it wasn’t until Aughnacloy that a strong 10 man group developed. This group contained amongst others former professional and Olympic hopeful David O’Loughlin (Total Cycling-Litespeed), Conor Murphy (Crannog Ireland), Irish 10 Mile TT record holder Tommy Evans (Total Cycling – Litespeeed), Sean Lacey (Earl of Desmond) and Cork Select’s Ritchie Cahill and John Horgan.… Read more
With the web team attending the Shay Elliott we were unable to attend the John Beggs and Sean McGreevy Memorial Road Races at Dromore. Many thanks to Wilbur Aiken and Nino Braik for supplying results and Paul Watson for taking the pics. Marian could well lose her job as official Cycling Ulster photographer. Excellent pics Paul.
RESULTS OF JOHN BEGGS MEMORIAL RACES ON 24 April 2004
Senior 1 & 2
1 Tommy Evans , Total Cycling, in a time of 3:06:46
Winner of the John Beggs Memorial Trophy.… Read more
Former Commonwealth Games competitor Davy Gardiner (Apollo) was the victor in the 60 mile John Moore Memorial R.R. promoted by Castlereagh CC at Carryduff. Gardiner easily outsprinted breakaway companions 19-year-old Fraser Duncan (Lough Ness) and junior Adam Petrie-Armstrong (Northern) to claim the trophy.
Despite a spirited effort from the limit group to stay clear, the 5 minute handicap was clawed back after 30 miles of racing. A crash on the penultimate lap ended the hopes of pre-race favourites Ian Proctor (Castlereagh), Brian Stewart (Northern) and Jim McConnell (East Antrim-Audi).… Read more
Although the day began in dull but dry conditions for the senior, women and junior events in the East Tyrone Spring Classic race it was not long before driving rain swept the five mile circuit.
However it was not the rain but the bitter cold which took its toll on the riders leaving only a dozen finishers from the original line-up of 80. The men’s event was split into three bunches with a seven minute gap to scratch. Early in the race Jim McConnell, (East Antrim-Audi), closely followed by Norman Campbell (unattached) broke away from the bunch and began to build up a lead.… Read more
The final stage of the 2004 P&O Irish Sea Tour of the North proved to be eventful from the off, with overnight leader Ryan Connor carrying a slender 14 second lead in to the 70 mile stage around the demanding Co. Down roads.
The big news of the day came after only 6 miles when main challenger Tommy Evans coasted to the side of the road just outside comber. As the convoy drove past it was assumed he was victim to a puncture, but shortly after news came through on the race radio that he had in fact snapped his chain, and with no replacement bike was unable to continue.… Read more
Riding on `home turf` Ballymena rider Ryan Connor (Ballymena Road Club-Scott Rooftiles) thrilled the crowds lined up at the Fry`s road finish in the town with a superb solo victory in todays penultimate stage of the 2004 P&O Irish Sea Tour of the North.
The longest day at a shade over 76 miles was right up Connor`s street, and he was on the attack from early in the stage.
A group of 5 had moved clear on the first climb at Shanes Hill after 13 miles, but having reached a maximum lead of 2minutes 20 seconds they were reeled in on the second climb at Glenarriff (46 miles)
Immediately a group of around 25 riders moved clear, and shortly after on the toughest climb of the day at Orra, Connor eascped with 20 miles remaining.… Read more
It could almost have been predicted, Ulster-born British Time Trial Champion Michael Hutchinson again triumphed over Irish 10 mile Time Trial record holder in a repeat performance of last years stage 3 Time Trial result.
This time the advantage to Hutchinson (Madigan Pro-Bike Centre) was 22 seconds as he stormed round the hilly Carigantlet 7 mile circuit in 16minutes 22 seconds. Only 4 riders were inside the 17 minute mark, with Evans on 16.44, Ben Morrow (East Antrim-Audi) on 16.54 and Ryan Connor (Ballymena-Scott Rooftiles) on 16.57.… Read more
Like his namesake Justin in the Masters Golf, Cardiff sports psychologist George Rose still holds control of the 2004 P&O Irish Sea Tour of the North following todays opening road stage around Downpatrick and the Mourne mountains.
Todays 62 mile route was a tough opener, with 4 AA King of the Hills primes, the first after only 21 miles. The race split apart on the first climb towards Spelga, and first over the top was Energycycles Racing Teams Matt Sewell. Around 30 riders moved clear, with the rest spread over the South Down roads, and by the second climb at Rathfriland at 30 miles, local resident Don Travers took the honours.… Read more
Welshman George Rose, riding for the Energycycles Racing Team opened his account at the 2004 P&O Irish Sea Tour of the North by winning the Prologue Hillclimb stage at Stormont on the outskirts of Belfast. In doing so he also set a newcourse record for the climb, previously held by fellow countryman Jullian Winn since 2001.
Rose`s ride of 2 minutes 5 seconds was five seconds ahead of 2002 prologue winner Jonathon Dempsey (Classic Walls-Roe Valley CC). East Antrim-Audi rider Ben Morrow, off number 15 of the 102 starters, was an early leader, setting a time of 2.11.… Read more