43 riders signed on tonight for a cracking night’s racing on a tough course. We were treated to a tense battle in a strong field however Stuart Laverty from Ballymoney CC again showed his class by taking 1st place followed by Breandan Flannagan also from BCC and Michael Anderson from Northwest CC. Well done to all the competitors and thanks both to the timekeepers and the marshalling team who did a great job!
The full results are as follows:
We wish the very best of luck to Dunloy CC riders Chris McKeown, Jonathan Dooey and Philip McGuigan as they embark on the Ras Dhun na nGall 3 day stage race based in Ardara.
The lads have 4 stages to deal with, one tomorrow, two on Saturday and the climax on Sunday with a mountain top finish on Glengesh.
Ride hard lads but stay safe, we will be following your progress on
Our second annual open races took place today in brilliant sunshine and heat. Riders from all over Ulster competed in A3, A4, M50 Masters and Ladies categories on a course dominated by the intimidating Millbrae climb. Spectators were treated to a feast of superb racing with a very competitive combined Masters/ Ladies race won by an inform Benny O’Kane from the Square Wheelers with the superb Joanne Regan from Termoneely leading the ladies home. The A4 was a tense affair with very little separating the riders even after 3 ascents of Millbrae, this culminated in a spectacular bunch sprint won by Gerard Craig from VC Glendale. The top A3 event which comprised a 71 mile course proved to be a war of attrition with riders combating strong competition, high temperatures and challenging climbs. Our own Philip McGuigan broke away in the final 5 miles with Barry McKenna from West Tyrone CC and Barry proved the strongest on the finishing straight in Dunloy Village.
This event will live long in the memory and it is a testament to the work done by volunteers in the run up and on the day. Our thanks go out to the Race sponsors, Cycling Ulster Commisaires, Gordon Parker and his team of timekeepers and also to the PSNI for their very kind assistance.
The results were as follows:
A3 race Sponsored by CDE Global
- Barry McKenna : West Tyrone CC
- Philip McGuigan: Dunloy CC
- Chris McCann: Inspired Cycling
- Daniel Purdy: Banbridge CC
- Johnny Gault: Causeway CC
- Ivor Hessian: Phoenix CC
A4 race Sponsored by Pappy’s Bakery Dunloy
- Gerard Craig: VC Glendale
- Pablo Alvarez: Phoenix CC
- Alastair Robinson: Bikeworx
- Adrian McGregor: Dunloy CC
- Samuel Carmichael: Roe Valley CC
- Alan Glendinning: Island Wheelers
Ladies Race sponsored by Altrichard Concrete Solutions
- Joanne Regan: Termoneely CC
- Laura Wylie: Team Madigan
- Jane Millar: Bann Wheelers
Masters M50 race sponsored by Altrichard Concrete Solutions
- Benny O’Kane: Square Wheelers
- Gerry Maguire: Phoenix CC
- Sean Wright: Ballymena Road Club
Would all members who have confirmed their willingness to Marshall at tomorrow’s Open Races please attend a Marshall Briefing in the GAA Clubrooms at 12:15 sharp. At that stage you will be issued with equipment and given your control location.
Thankyou all for your help in delivering a safe event. If you have yet to be asked and are able to help please contact Philip McGuigan or Martin Montague as soon as possible.
Our first organised kid’s cycle of 2016 takes place tomorrow at 2pm from St Joseph’s PS on the Bridge Road, Dunloy. The forecast is for dry weather in the afternoon so hopefully it will be an enjoyable day for all.
The route takes us up the Bridge Road and down the Glenbuck Road before returning to the village via Anticur Road. Stronger cyclists may do two laps of the course.
We would appreciate as many club members as is possible to help marshall the event so the safety of our guests can be ensured.
See you all at 2pm!