Thursday, 8 October 2009

Prize Giving Photos 2009

Thanks to everyone who turned up at Harlequins for the TT prize giving. There were about 30 people present although some may have opted for the speed-dating.

Everyone seemed to wolf down the chilli con carne and chicken stroganoff; just a shame the bar ran out of Guinness.

After food Desi announced prize winners for the League, 2UPs, Handicaps and Ballynahinch Hill climb. No-one publicly questioned the fact that members of the executive committee somehow came 1st, 2nd and 3rd...there is a results spreadsheet if anyone wants to launch an inquiry.

I am also most pleased that Emma got the opportunity to get a photo with sporting hero Desi. On that note there should be some photos uploaded here in the next day or two.

Keep in touch and see you all next year.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Carryduff - Ballygowan Race 12 (1st Sep 2009)

Back on the 31st March, Neil Masterson won the first TT in a time of 31:47. Tonight Vaughan finished the last TT of the season with a time of 29:23, some 5 secs outside Enda's course record. Incidently, Neil has been recovering the last 6 weeks from an operation and we hope to see him back out next year.

Luckily the rain was mostly over by the start and Dave Lonnen just made the startline after puncturing on the cycle up. The general consenus is that pan racer tyres are a bitch to get off.

Glen, heavily fatigued after Lap the Lough on Sunday, wimped out and opted to help Emma timekeep. Thanks to the time keepers.

Keep an eye out for an announcement about the prize giving. All the money collected will be going towards prizes so don't miss out.

Thanks to everyone throughout the last few months for contributing to an enjoyable series of TTs. We hope to continue with something similar next year.


1 Vaughan Purnell 29.23
2 Steve McKeown 31.15
3 Desi McHenry 31.34
4 Dave Lonnen 31.58
5 Bill Rafferty 32.37
6 Wes Kettyle 33.29
7 Keith Crymble 33.33
8 Davy Calvert 33.58
9 Ricky Cowan 34.22
10 Peter McGuicken 34.53
11 Maeve Cahill 37.07

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Temple Garage - Race 11 (25th August 2009)

The choice tonight was cycling with Lance and 1000 others or doing the Temple TT. Obviously the Temple TT was the best option.

The last Temple TT for this year saw 10 riders turn up. Enda's course record of 27:42 remained intact despite Vaughan's best efforts.

Biggest whinge of the night went to Glen who it seems was the only one caught by the roadwork traffic lights costing him an apparent 40 secs. When I went past him anyway I thought he could use a break so maybe it was not a bad thing.

A noteable performance tonight from Wes with a good speedy outing.

Ricky Cowan had a lucky escape when his front derailler broke just after the race. I put this down to all the jumping into the big gear during the winter.

I hope Maeve enjoyed her beans on toast afterwards - well earned.

Thanks to Davy who did timekeeping duties and hopefully he can get some new cleats for next week.

Hope to see as many as possible in a week's time for the last one of the year.

1 Vaughan Purnell 27.48
2 Desi McHenry 29.42
3 Bill Rafferty 30.26
4 Dave Lonnen 30.29
5 Wes Kettyle 30.30
6 B Loughbridge 31.39
7 Glen Pollock 31.46
8 Maeve Cahill 32.53
9 Willie Noteman 33.31
10 Ricky Cowan 34.33

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Killynure Hill Race 10 (18th Aug 2009)

Update: Gerry has been given the all clear by the Doctor and apart from some stiffness and bruising should hopefully be back in a spin class near you in the next while.

We all wish Gerry a speedy recovery after coming off his bike at tonights mostly aborted TT. He has been taken to hospital for precautionary tests and I will inform everyone of his status as soon as I hear. It looks as if his helmet absorbed the impact so hopefully only the ego is bruised. Gerry's new bike had broke on the Inish100 on Sunday and he was out tonight on the old bike.

A good reminder for everyone to keep their bikes well maintained and wear a helmet (which we all do).

Also, for anyone who was looking at my damaged tyres tonight I have just found out there is a product recall on for them; some mistake in the rubberising process. Apparently very dangerous and should not be ridden on!

Back to business next week for the last 2 TTs of the year. Can anyone throw a few surprises this late in the year?

Monday, 10 August 2009

Optional ride for 10th Aug

Details for those who want to meet for a cycle tomorrow night (11th Aug). Note: this is just an informal bike ride for those not going for the 25 mile champs on Thursday.

Meet at Carryduff layby, ready to go at 18:45.
Split into groups of 4.
Groups leave at 3 minute intervals, slowest first.
Easy pedal to Temple.
Chaingang work until Saintfield.
Easy pedal back to Carryduff layby.

The full route is 23.6 miles.

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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Carryduff - Ballygowan Race 9 (4th Aug 2009)

The Met office wrong again! Predictions of heavy rain did not come to pass and apart from a headwind on the way out to Saintfield the weather was fine for a TT. Not quite the "bbq summer" but good enough for us.

The course record for Carryduff-Ballygowan is 29.18 (records began this year) and set by Enda on a perfect evening many weeks ago with his disc wheel, tribars and aero helmet (to not take anything away from a great performance - they will be saying polyurethane swimsuits give a time advantage next).

Talking of records Bill Rafferty set a new one; unfortunately not for out-and-out speed but for three punctures in his last three times on the bike. Advice to Bill - stop skimping on money by fixing these punctures and buy some new tubes. I hear chain reaction cycles have an inner tube sale at the minute. Also, make sure you have no shard of glass in there and replace your rim tape while you at it.

Thanks to Colm for timekeeping and luckily I could interpet the slightly hard to read Doctor's handwriting.

Next week is a rest week due to the 25 mile Ulster TT champs. However as there will probably not be that many doing this event anyone who wants can meet at Carryduff layby at 18:45. The plan is to head out on a new route and do some chaingang work. More details later.

1 Vaughan Purnell 29.45
2 Damien Eannetta 30.25
3 Glen Pollock 32.05
4 Davy Calvert 32.25
5 Jonny Hooper 32.58
6 Was Kettyle 33.05
7 Maeve Cahill 33.14
8 Peter Hanvey 34.08
9 Willie Noteman 34.11
10 Peter McGuicken 34.21
11 Keith Trimble 34.21
12 Ed Smith 34.25
13 Ricky Cowan 34.38
14 Ciaran Hanratty 34.53
15 Gavin Noble 35.19
16 Niall Magee 35.43
17 John McManus 35.45
18 Joanne Bingham 35.48
19 Andy Mulholland 37.25
20 Kate Smith 38.58
21 Bill Rafferty 46.59

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Temple (28th July 2009)

A very wet Tuesday evening seen 10 riders turn up. Those who arrived at Temple garage by car would have been happy to call the TT off but when wet stragglers like Ricky, Colm and Damien turned up on their bikes everyone had to make the effort. Since no-one had mudguards (see Glen if you want to know the benefits of mudguards) it was deemed safer to scrap the 2UP and just go individually in 30 secs starts.

Good performances from everyone. Vaughan proved the socks work just as well in the wet as in the dry. Glen, back from holidays (training) in France got some revenge on Damien for earlier in the season. Biggest improver of the week was Ed Smith, obviously fired up after a good showing at the Lisburn triathlon last weekend. Age group winner at Lisburn, Kate, found some pre-holiday form narrowly pipping Emma (who so kindly cycles on the hard shoulder). Finally, the McGuicken is obviously benefiting from cycling with McHenry at the weekends.

Thanks to Maeve and Johnny for timekeeping and good luck to those doing the Mourne Tri this weekend.

1. Vaughan Purnell 29.22
2. Glen Pollock 30.41
3. Colm Hanratty 31.50
4. Johnny Hooper 32.01
5. Damien Eanetta 33.12
6. Peter McGuicken 33.19
7. Ed Smith 34.51
8. Ricky Cowan 34.47
9. Niall Magee 36.06
10. Kate Smith 36.25
11. Emma Kerr 36.39

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Killynure Hill Race 8 (21st July 2009)

Rain at 6:30PM saw people seeking shelter in cars. However the rain eased up in time for the start of Killynure and the riders were off into a headwind in the normal one minute intervals.

Connor Eannetta pipped brother Damien by just 1 second on his first Tuesday night outing. Kate, suffering from post holiday excesses perhaps found the hills tougher than usual and has volunteered to timekeep at the the next Killynure TT. Ed meanwhile had to contend with a saddle that wanted to point down all the time.

Thanks to Johnny for timekeeping. Next week is a 2UP so you only need to work for 50% of the time!

1 Vaughan Purnell 20.57
2 Connor Eannetta 22.29
3 Damien Eannetta 22.30
4 John McManus 22.34
5 Dave Lonnen 22.49
6 Colm Hanratty 22.51
7 Bill Rafferty 23.15
8 Willie Noteman 24.23
9 Peter McGuicken 25.01
10 Edward Smith 25.20
11 Emma Kerr 25.25
12 Kieran Hanratty 25.34
13 Judith Lowry 25.43
14 Joanne Bingham 26.29
15 Kate Smith 27.41

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Temple Garage - Race 7 (14th July 2009)

Ten riders came out for the holiday week TT which returned to Temple. The air temperature was perfect with a moderate headwind in places.

Vaughan's new socks didn't lose their magic in the wash and performed admirably again. Gerry "King of the Sportive" O'Neill put in a decent performance after many weeks absence. In the battle of the sibling's Colm seems to have shook off brother Kiernan for the time being. Putting in a late first appearance Dave Lonnen had a good run but faded in the hills over the last 2 miles. Peter is talking himself real close to getting a new bike; his bottom bracket has a lot of play and is locked solid preventing putting a new one in.

Thanks to Maeve and Judith for timekeeping so well.

1 Vaughan Purnell 28.39
2 Desi McHenry 29.23
3 Dave Lonnen 29.57
4 Gerry O'Neill 30.12
5 Pat O'Hare 30.16
6 Colm Hanratty 30.24
7 Johnny Hooper 31.17
8 Peter McGuicken 32.27
9 Willie Noteman 33.18
10 Kiernan Hanratty 34.05

Monday, 13 July 2009

Roadworks finished

The roadworks on the Temple TT route are away.

Hence, tomorrow's TT (14th July) will be the Temple route as displayed in the calendar - please be there as usual for 6:45PM.

There are no time keepers arranged so we will work something out on the night.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Carryduff - Ballygowan (7th July 2009)

Due to popular demand (whinging by some) tonight was just one lap rather than the advertized two laps. This will not happen often; the organisers are a strict bunch and will not bend to any populist way of thinking.

Heading out to Saintfield was a breeze for most but after turning for Ballygowan the cyclists turned into quite a stiff wind. That and the hills made it a challenging course.

With Enda away cycling in the Alps and Desi on holiday it left the race open for others to do well. Davy after making a good increase in times on his new bike added tri-bars tonight and knocked another 30 seconds off his time. Lance is wrong - it is all about the bike. Vaughan sported a fashionable pair of long socks which seemed to pay off; we'll see how many turn up next week wearing similar socks.

Thanks to Niall and Pat for timekeeping. Also thanks to everyone who turned up at the Chelsea last Wednesday. One could tell the proper athletes who were drinking the water.

Keep an eye on this site for details on next weeks TT.

1 Vaughan Purnell 31.16
2 Damian Eannetta 31.43
3 Bill Rafferty 31.51
4 Glen Pollock 32.24
5 B Loughbridge 32.39
6 Davy Calvert 33.44
7 John McManus 34.16
8 Jonny Hooper 34.20
9 Peter McGuicken 35.04
10 Ricky Cowan 35.13
11 Maeve Savage 35.25
12 Peter Swann 35.40
13 Ed Smith 35.41
14 Emma Kerr 35.46
15 Joanne Bingham 37.01
16 Maeve Cahill 37.15
17 Heather Bamford 38.22

Monday, 6 July 2009

Calendar Change due to roadworks

Due to roadworks with a phased signal on the Temple route we are swapping the 7th July route with the 14th July route.

Hence, the 7th July is now Carryduff-Ballygowan TWICE round and the 14th July will be Temple.

Hopefully the road works will be away by the 14th July.

Please pass the word around.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Killynure Hill HANICAP (30th June 2009)

Conditions were again perfect for the handicap race over the undulating Killynure Hill. Seventeen racers turned up and after the briefing, which stated that drafting was not allowed, Heather Bamford was the hare we all had to chase down.

Bunching was inevitable as there were only 20 seconds separating some groups of five riders, however all seemed to abide by the drafting rule and there were no complaints at the end.

Victory went to Pat O’Hare, who held off John McManus by 16 seconds. The current number one ranked male triathlete in Ireland came third, holding off Enda by only 2 seconds.

Joanne Bingham, who incidentally is also the current number one ranked female triathlete in Ireland, won the ladies race.

Thanks to Desi for taking the time to work out the handicaps, to Damian Eaneatta, and to Marty from QUB for sharing the time-keeping duties.

Pat O’Hare and Niall Magee have kindly volunteered to do the time keeping at the next race on the 7th July.

Remember the summer social on Wednesday 1st July at The Chelsea on the Lisburn Road. Edna, who is touring round France on his bike for the next six weeks, is bringing along his maps to show us some of the mountains he is planning to conquer.

Pos Name Finish Hcap Actual Time

1 Pat O'Hare 25.38 3.55 22.33
2 John McManus 25.54 3.5 22.04
3 Glen Pollock 26.16 5.2 20.58
4 Enda Marron 26.18 6.45 19.43
5 Bill Rafferty 26.2 5.15 21.05
6 B Loughbridge 26.21 5.05 21.16
7 Peter McGuicken 26.25 3 23.25
8 Davy Calvert 26.37 3.1 23.27
9 Joanne Bingham 26.41 2.3 24.11
10 Tony McNulty 26.59 5.15 21.44
11 Edward Heaney 27.04 3.55 23.49
12 Mark Brown 27.12 6.55 20.57
13 Ed Smith 27.19 3.2 23.59
14 Niall Magee 27.3 2.45 24.51
15 Ricky Cowan 28.16 3.4 24.46
16 Heather Bamford 29.1 1.3 27.48
17 Kevin Morgan 31.09 5.05 26.04

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Handicap times for Kilynure, Tue 30th June

First across the line is the winner...

Everyone must know their start time and be in line ready to go. The start times are as follows:

1 Kate Smith 1.00
2 Heather Bamford 1.30
3 Emma Kerr 1.45
4 Maeve Savage 2.05
5 Joanne Bingham 2.30
6 Maeve Cahill 2.35
7 Niall Magee 2.45
8 Willie Noteman 2.45
9 Seamus Linden 3.00
10 Peter McGuicken 3.00
11 Davy Calvert 3.10
12 Ed Smith 3.20
13 Carl King 3.35
14 Ricky Cowan 3.40
15 John McManus 3.50
16 Erwin Cameron 3.50
17 Ciarn Hanratty 3.55
18 Pat O'Hare 3.55
19 Peter Hanvey 4.00
20 jim Cooke 4.15
21 Sean Bradley 4.40
22 Peter Swann 4.45
23 B Loughbridge 5.05
24 Kevin Morgan 5.05
25 Colm Hanratty 5.05
26 Tony McNulty 5.15
27 Bill Rafferty 5.15
28 Stephen McKay 5.15
29 Glen Pollock 5.20
30 Gerry O'Neill 5.25
31 PJ McQuillan 5.30
32 Damien Eaneatta 5.40
33 Vaughan Purnell 5.50
34 Trudy Brown 6.05
35 Derek Patterson 6.05
36 Enda Marron 6.45

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Hill Ballynahinch - Carryduff (23rd June 2009)

You won't get much better weather than tonight in this country. The course this week was a straight climb from Ballynahinch to Carryduff, finishing at Cyril Johnstons. Incidentally Cyril has an electric fence which one or two discovered when they went for a premature "lean".

He might be "King of the Tuckshop" but Damien the last few weeks has been setting some great times. Maybe his two stints with Enda in the 2UPs explain the improvement or more likely the school tuckshop ran out of stock.

Well done to newcomer Mark Brown for setting the fastest time and Teresa for being the fastest lady.

Next week is a handicap race at everyones favorite, Killynure. Please check this website before next Tue for a list of the handicap start times.

Remember that there is DRINKS next week in the Chelsea on Wed. Come along and say goodbye to Bing who is leaving Belfast for the wild country.


1 Mark Brown 15.11
2 Nigel Somers 16.21
3 Damien Eaniatta 16.48
4 Desi McHenry 17.24
5 Vaughan Purnell 17.25
6 PJ McQuillan 17.37
7 Marty Lennon 18.11
8 Tony McNulty 18.13
9 Glen Pollock 18.27
10 Sean Bradley 18.34
11 Ricky Cowan 19.16
12 Peter McGuicken 19.26
13 Ed Smith 19.26
14 Davy Calvert 19.32
15 Conor Reilly 19.34
16 Carl King 19.46
17 Teresa Monroe 20.47
18 Willie Noteman 31.44

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Carryduff - Ballygowan Race 6 (16th June 2009)

Everyone seems well race fit at the minute with a few triathlon's in the bag. Some good times posted and very competitive, especially in the 30min to 33min grouping.

Good to see Heather back on the bike after a bad fall during the Wicklow 200.

Congratulations to Desi on his recent European Triathlon Championship age-group win in Zurich; you are frustratingly inspiring for one your age. Forget aero helmets, Desi was sporting some "sexy" knee high socks tonight which seemed to give him an extra minute.

I was just home 15mins tonight and Glen phones asking if I had logged on and updated the site thats Ironic - somebody should write a song. At least he did have some good news in that you are all welcome to come along for some DRINKS in the Chelsea Wine Bar at 8pm on the Wed 1st July. No particular reason other than being social.

Also, the missing results are now posted in the archives on the right hand side.

Thanks to Peter and Ricky (with impeccable ex-school teacher block writing) for the timekeeping.

The results:

1 Enda Marron 29.18
2 Desi Mchenry 30.25
3 Derek Patterson 31.02
4 Trudy Brown 31.04
5 Damien Ennetta 31.1
6 Stephen McKay 31.5
7 Bill Rafferty 32
8 B Loughbridge 32
9 Vaughan Purnell 32.03
10 Colm Hanratty 32.08
11 Kevin Morgan 32.31
12 Pat O'Hare 33.23
13 Ciaran Hanratty 33.36
14 Glen Pollock 33.44
15 John McManus 34.15
16 Carl King 34.2
17 Ed Smyth 34.47
18 Seamus Linden 35.02
19 Niall Magee 35.03
20 Maeve Cahill 36.28
21 Joanne Bingham 36.33
22 Emma Kerr 37.3
23 Heather Bamford 39

Temple Garage 2UP (9th June 2009)

Conditions were again perfect for the second 2Up of the season on the Temple-Saintfield-Temple route. Considering the sun was shining and not a breath of wind to be found, it was surprising that only 14 turned up. I put the low turn out down to the fear factor of being drawn with Edna.

Desi, who was acting as timekeeper, drew the names and Damian’s face was a picture as he was once again drawn with Edna. He is still convinced that the draw was rigged.

First place was no surprise as Edna and Damian posted a blistering time of 27.20. Well done also to Peter McGuicken, Bill Rafferty and Ricky Cowan and myself, who finished second and third respectively

Next race on the 16th June is the Carryduff, Ballygowan, Carryduff route.

1 Damien Eannetta 27.2
Enda Mallon
Glen Pollock

2 Bill Rafferty 30.07
Peter McGuicken

3 Glen Pollock 30.25
Ricky Cowan

4 Sean Bradley 30.57
Ed Smith

5 Davy Calvert 31.22
Jim Cooke

6 Peter Hanvey 31.41
Brian Loughbridge

7 Kate Smith 31.49
Ciarn Hanratty

Killynure Hill Race 5 (2nd June 2009)

Conditions were perfect for the short but sharp 7.6 miles Killynure Road, out and back. The cloudless skies, with not a breath of wind, brought out the fair weather cyclists Bill Rafferty and PJ McQuillan.

There was a good turn out with 20 racers ready to do battle and to set a new PB, after the first Killynure race on the 7th April, when a stiff headwind meant Edna was the only person to post a sub 23 minute time.

In first place was Damian Eannetta, which was a surprise, as he is no stranger to the tuck shop! I still do not know how he managed to carry all that extra weight up the inclines and post such a respectable time. P.J McQuillan must also get a mention in dispatches as he finished a close second, only 9 seconds behind Damian. As a fair weather cyclist, I reckon he must have solar panels fitted to provide extra energy. I was pleased with my third place and way, way back in fourth place was a seething Bill Rafferty.

The ladies race was very close with Maeve Cahill finishing just 3 seconds ahead of Joanne Bingham.

Thanks to Desi and Edna who volunteered to be timekeepers.

Next week is a 2up race with the names drawn from a hat by Desi. (Will Damian be ‘drawn’ with Edna again?) If you wish to volunteer to time-keep, please post a message on the Lunchtime Legends message board

1 Damien Eannetta 21.32
2 PJ McQuillan 21.43
3 Glen Pollock 21.52
4 Bill Rafferty 21.58
5 Colm Hanratty 22.25
6 Sean Bradley 22.31
7 Jim Cooke 22.59
8 Peter Hanvey 23.16
9 Ed Smith 23.56
10 Davy Calvert 24.07
11 Erwin Cameron 24.21
12 Seamus Linden 24.23
13 Ricky Cowan 24.26
14 Willie Noteman 24.31
15 Maeve Cahill 24.41
16 Joanne Bingham 24.44
17 Ciarn Hanratty 25.02
18 Carl King 25.26
19 Heather Bamford 25.46
20 Kate Smith 26.18

Carryduff - Ballygowan Race 4 (26th May 2009)

There was a good turn out again, despite the breezy conditions and rain showers. The early starters had an advantage as they missed the rain and the accompanying increase in the head wind, which was a factor on the home straight from Moneyreagh to the finish.

Honours again go to Enda Marron, who for the first time took over 30 minutes on this course. Performance of the night must go to Desi McHenry, who was just under a minute behind Enda. His good time was probably because he had rested up at lunchtime instead of doing his normal spin class! Third place went to Damien Eannetta and he was pleased as punch, considering he had barely been on the bike much over the winter as he was marathon training. At the beginning of the TT season, we thought Enda would be unbeatable but with Desi, coming within a minute a dink in his armour has been made. My money is on Vaughan with his new bike to give Enda some sleepless nights before the TT races wrap up in September.

On down the field there were quite a few close finish times and no doubt scores will attempt to be settled at the next outing at Killynure. If you would like to be a timekeeper, please register your interest on the Legends message board.

Stephen McKeown suffered bad luck just outside Ballygowan when his chain came off and got mangled – thanks to Jim Cooke for going to rescuing him. Stephen is off to compete in Ironman 70.3 in Switzerland in two weeks time so good luck for that one.

Finally, thanks to Willie Noteman and Heather Bamford for braving the elements and doing a great job in timekeeping.

1 Enda Marron 30.23
2 Desi McHenry 31.18
3 Damien Eannetta 31.3
4 Paul McGuire 31.41
5 Bill Rafferty 32.32
6 Brian Loughbridge 32.38
7 Glen Pollock 32.5
8 Jim Cooke 33.04
9 Gerry O'Neill 33.14
10 PJ McQuillan 33.16
11 John McManus 34.33
12 Tony McNulty 34.54
13 Peter McGuicken 35.09
14 Johnny Hooper 35.11
15 Davy Calvert 35.26
16 Carl King 35.55
17 Ricky Cowan 36.05
18 Peter Hunter 36.07
19 Ali McConnell 37.5
20 Emma Kerr 37.26
21 Stephen Mckeown DNF

Carryduff Handicap (12th May 2009)

In the first handicap race of the season, Ricky Cowan took top honours with Enda Marrow, the hot favourite, finishing down in 8th place. There can be no criticism of the handicaps set by Desi, as the finish times between 2nd and 14th place was only 56 seconds. The handicaps were based upon previous times over the same course and offset against Edna’s winning time a few weeks earlier.

Gerry O’Neill finished propped up the pile as he suffered a mechanical problem less than a mile from the finish.

Finally, thanks to Desi for setting the handicaps and doing timekeeper.

1 Ricky Cowan 35.23 7.4 27.43
2 David Calvert 34 5.4 28.2
2 Carl King 34.55 6.35 28.2
3 Bill Rafferty 32.47 4.2 28.27

4 Joanne Bingham 37.36 9.05 28.31
5 Maeve Savage 36.16 7.35 28.41
6 Tony McNulty 32.47 4.05 28.42
7 PJ McQuillan 33.13 4.3 28.43
8 Willie Noteman 34.3 5.35 28.55
8 Edna Marrow 28.55 0 28.55
9 Emma Kerr 36.07 7.1 28.57
10 Peter Swann 33.04 4 29.04
11 Heather Bamford 38.06 9 29.06
12 Colm Hanratty 32.55 3.45 29.1
13 Ed Smith 36.43 7.3 29.13
14 Sean Bradley 33.19 4.05 29.14
15 Johnny Hooper 36.25 6.5 29.35
16 Glen Pollock 32.51 3.05 29.46
17 Peter McGuickan 34.47 5.2 29.47
18 Niall Magee 35.34 5.45 29.49
19 Maeve Cahill 35.3 5.4 29.5
20 Kate Smith 38.18 7.25 30.53
21 Johnny Bolan 38.39 3.45 34.56
22 Gerry O'Neill 41.07 3.35 37.32

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Glen apathy and Hill Climb Update

Apologies for the lack of updates and results the last few weeks. This was entirely down to Glen who just seemed not to bother despite the computer training he recieved. He will now be under pressure to buy drinks at the prize giving party in the pub. Does everyone know Desi beat Glen in Athy and Camlough; just thought I would mention that!

Anyway, I should be able to get the last few results and post them here.

Please note the calendar has been updated for the 23rd June session. We will not do the Ulster Sprint Champs at Scrabo. Instead we are going to do an uphill sprint from Ballynahinch to the top of Carryduff Hill (just before Cyril Johnstones). The plan is to leave Carryduff around 6:30 and cycle down slowly as a group to the start. Alternatively people can just turn up at Ballynahinch.

No other news except I now have a carbon watch out!


Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Portaferry TT and Update

Ards TT
Well done to anyone who braved the weather for the Ards TT - I wimped out! Results should be posted at some point on the Ards CC website:
Ards CC Results

Maximum limit reached
We now have 50 unique names of people who have entered a Legends TT. It is good that people are enjoying the league but 50 is the maximum limit and hopefully not everyone will turn up on the same night. It would be appreciated if people do not invite anymore friends etc. along so the organisers do not have to turn people away.

Calendar change
The race calendar will be amended in the next few days as we are not allowed to participate in the Hill Climb Championship (23rd June) or the 25 mile TT Championship (13th August) as we are not members. These two events will be replaced with something similar at a different venue.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Temple - Twice Round (28th April 2009)

Two laps of the Temple-Saintfield circuit made a great workout for the old legs. The wise riders would have saved a bit on the hills on the first time around. Three people got under the hour including Paul McGuire on his first outing.

Unfortunately Sean punctured on the first lap just after the Saintfield roundabout (which i hope everyone went around and didn't take the shortcut). The valve broke on his spare tube forcing him to fix the puncture with glue and a patch. Better happening on a Tue night than in a race.

It is noted that many people chose to drive tonight - I wonder why?

On a personal note I most apologize if i am asking everyone what gears they are running. One month ago strange numbers like 50/34 and 12-25 mean't nothing to me but lately i can think of little else. Also, perhaps I should have brought my rope to give a Desi a tow up the hills (I'm sure I'll pay for that comment).

Good to see Johnny got the message and didn't turn up in his Jimmy Saville outfit!

Next week we are going to the TT on the Portaferry Road run by the Ards club. Expect to see proper cyclists!


1 Enda Marron 56.02
2 Paul McGuire 59.08
3 Vaughan Purnell 59.49
4 Neil Masterson 61.52
5 Damien Ennetta 62.02
6 Glen Pollock 62.23
7 Desi McHenry 63.04
8 B Loughbridge 64.05
9 John McManus 64.43
10 Pat O'Hare 64.49
11 Johnny Davis 65.22
12 PJ McQuillan 65.36
13 Peter Hanvey 66.06
14 Maeve Cahill 66.23
15 John O'Neil 66.3
16 Peter McGuicken 67.49
17 Willie Noteman 67.54
18 Davy Calvert 68.17
19 Nial Magee 68.29
20 Alan Bates 69.54
21 Joanne Bingham 71.38
22 Emma Kerr 72.28
23 Carl King 74.25
24 Ian Campbell 75.03
25 H Bamford 75.14
DNF Sean Bradley

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Carryduff - Ballygowan 2UP (21th April 2009)

Surprisingly most people started and ended as a pair with the exception of Johnny and Martina! The statisticians' among you will be beside yourselves comparing individual performances with 2UP performances.

The top 3 pairs for this 2UP will get a small prize at the end of the series.

Did Desi use his rope and who was towing who is the question?

Where did Johnny get them warmup jogging bottoms - he cuts a figure like a fit Simon Callow? Or perhaps he thought it was fancy dress and came as Jimmy Saville!

(Check out the photo's)

1. Enda Marron + Damien Eannetta - 30:56
2. Pat O'Hare + Vaughan Purnell - 31:56
3. Peter McGuicken + Bill Rafferty - 32:05
4. Desi McHenry + Sean Bradley - 32:08
5. Maeve Cahill + Colm Hanratty - 32:58
6. Glen Pollock + Ed Smith - 33:24
7. J Boylan + Gerry O'Neil - 33:44
8. Edward Kearney + Ricky Cowan - 33:59
8. Alan Bates + Emma Kerr - 33:59
10. Kate Smith + Niall Magee - 35:37
11. PJ McQuillan + Maeve Savage - 36:06
12. M Barr + Brian Loughbridge - 36:16
13. Martina Elliot + Johnny Davis - 40:57

Photos (21st April)

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Race 3 Results (14th April 2009)

Good conditions and everybody on time for the Temple start! Enda is now officially the man to beat, comfortably winning a second week in a row. Two weeks ago we had Glen grinning like a chesire cat and Desi looking down at his feet. Tonight the roles were somewhat reversed. This was repeated in many similar battles the whole way down the field.

I must raise my hand and admit a mistake! Despite having done the course before and being responsible for drawing the map I managed to miss the turn and took a nice wee trip to Ballynahinch garage. Also worthy of a mention is Wes who completed the course despite breaking his collar bone two weeks ago (good thing we don't test for Ibrofen). Finally, a welcome back to the triathletes' from Olympia after a weeks warm weather training.

Next week promises to be a bit of fun with the 2UP; it could be the start or end of some beautiful relationships.
- Vaughan


1. Enda Marron - 27:42
2. Eamon Hill - 29:00
3. Desi McHenry - 29:51
4. Glen Pollock - 30:10
5. Edward Kearney - 30:27
6. Gerry O'Neill - 30:33
7. Colm Hanratty - 30:45
8. Tony McNulty - 31:05
9. Bill Rafferty - 31:22
10. Pat O'Hare - 31:24
11. John McManus - 31:39
12. Wes Kettyle - 31:40
13. Joseph McKay - 31:55
14. Vaughan Purnell - 32:06
16. Peter Hanvey - 32:38
17. Willie Noteman - 32:45
18. Alan Bates - 32:48
19. Davy Calvert - 33:22
20. Niall Magee - 33:27
21. Peter McGuicken - 33:33
22. Ricky Cowan - 34:55
23. Stephen Smartt - 35:13
24. Emma Kerr - 35:29
25. Maeve Savage - 35:49
26. Joanne Bingham - 36:12
27. Connor Reilly - 40:16
DNF - Neville O'Neil

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Race 2 Results (7th April 2009)

Throw in some rain, a bit of a headwind and make the out-and-back course hilly and we have the first Killynure TT! Well done to everyone for braving the weather and turning up on time (except one person - you know who you are)! Thanks also to this weeks time keepers, Desi and Wes. Just on a safety note please keep your bikes and yourselves off the middle of the road at the start and end of the races. Alright, results below:

1. Enda Marron - 20:57
2. Vaughan Purnell - 23:07
3. Glen Pollock - 23:44
4. Edward Kearney - 24:23
5. Joseph McKay - 24:31
6. Brian Loughbridge - 24:40
7. Neil Masterson - 24:53
8. Peter Hanvey - 25:02
9. Colm Hanratty - 25:14
10. John McManus - 25:30
11. Marty Lennon - 25:44
12. Alan Bates - 25:49
13. Peter McGuicken - 26:09
14. Maeve Cahill - 26:21
15. Davy Calvert - 26:41
16. Bill Rafferty - 26:57
17. Johnny Hooper - 27:30
18. Emma Kerr - 27:45
19. Ricky Cowan - 28:11
20. Kate Smith - 28:44
21. Maeve Savage - 28:58
22. Alison McConnell 29:17
22. Heather Bamford - 29:34
23. Martina Elliot - 30:12

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Race 1 Results (31st March 2009)

The first TT kicked off with a big turnout of 22 registered riders. Perfect weather conditions saw some promising times for so early in the year. Aero helmets seem to be the must have accessory!

Reminder for next week that there will be no entries accepted after 6:45. Here are the results which I tried my best to record accurately.

1. Neil Masterson - 31:47
2. Glen Pollock - 31:56
3. Desi McHenry - 32:13
4. Eamon Hill - 32:14
5. Sean Bradley - 32:47
6. Johnny Davis - 33:00
7. Pat O'Hare - 33:10
8. Wes Kettyle - 33:17
9. Neville O'Neil - 33:49
10. Peter McGuicken - 34:14
11. Willie Noteman - 34:36
12. Peter Hanvey - 34:47
13. Nial Magee - 34:50
14. Carl King - 35:47
15. Ed Smith - 36:19
16. Mark Barr - 37:10
17. Kate Smith - 37:18
18. Stephen Smart - 37:37
19. Heather Bamford - 37:50
20. Joanne Bingham - 37:57
21. Martina Elliot - 41:20
22. Barbara Brown - 41:50

TT Training 2019

2019 Rules

You must have a TI licence (a training licence is sufficient), be a member of a triathlon club and have working front AND rear lights on your bike. Cycling helmets are also mandatory. For events marked (ATH) - this means it is an athletes TT, meaning that no TT equipment should be used, such as TT bikes, TT bars, aero helmets etc. You can of course turn up with TT equipment, however, you should be prepared for general teasing and mickey taking as the penalty for doing so!

As we are riding on public roads, the rules of the roads apply. The committee have notified the PSNI of our plans for the season; being seen and riding safely are of paramount importance - these events are very enjoyable and will improve your time trialling, but we should all stay safe when participating in them and we all have a responsibility to ensure that this happens.



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