Congratulations to Chris Mc Keown DCC on winning our very own GP Open Race today.
First off were the A3’s who were to complete three laps of the eighteen mile circuit. The course took the riders from Dunloy to Finvoy, Killagan, Dunloy with the tough climb of Millbrae on each lap and it was this climb that was to be the doing or undoing of many riders in all of the three races promoted by the club.
By the time the race reached the climb on the first lap a group of riders had broken free of the peloton and this proved to be a dangerous break as it included some strong young riders. Among these were juniors Cathal Clarke (Newry Wheelers), Aaron Swan (NRPT), Marc Heaney (Carn Wheelers) as well as local man Chris McKeown of Dunloy.
This group along with Keith Philips (North Down) managed to stay away but hardriding saw Gerard McNally join them. At the line it came down to a sprint which was taken by McKeown to the delight of the home crowd. Heaney was next followed by Clarke, Swan, Philips and McNally. The remining two places for points came down to a bunch sprint which was taken by Stephen Geary of Phoenix CC with Damien Lagan of Inishowen Wheelers taking eighth spot.
- Chris McKeown (Dunloy CC)
- Marc Heaney (Carn Wheelers)
- Cathal Clarke (Newry Wheelers)
- Aaron Swan (NRPT)
- Keith Philips (North Down)
- Gerard McNally (Bann Valley RC)
- Stephen Geary (Phoenix CC)
- Damien Lagan (Inishowen Wheelers)