Monday, 31 May 2010

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Temple Handicap (25th May 2010)

Quite a pleasant evening saw 26 riders turn up at Temple. So far 60 people have taken part in the 2010 TT series. The thing about handicap races is there are quite a few time calculations that have to happen. The first is the random assignment of the actual handicap time penalties. Those who placed highly this week have obviously learned the importance of passing the "brown envelope" to Desi. The other calculation is subtracting the start offset and handicap from the stop watch time. Should not be a problem for an ex-School Teacher! Anyway, an impressive 5 column paper sheet taped to a big board was eventually populated with numbers and it transpired that Bill Rafferty found himself top of the charts.

Lost (don't mention the TV show - there's 6 years you can't get back) soul of the week goes to Clifford Rodgers who took the wrong road, turning before the Ballygowan roundabout onto Middle Road. Critics of Rodgers suggested after that he may have been going for the (illegal) shortcut turn before the roundabout but turned left too early by 20 metres.


1 Bill Rafferty 25.32
2 Phil Boyd 25.36
3 Ricky Cowan 25.41
4 Karl King 25.43
5 Gareth Martin 25.59
6 Davy Calvert 26.02
7 Enda Marron 26.04
8 Alison McConnell 26.1
9 Kieran McVeigh 26.15
10 Bernard Mulvihill 26.2
11 Stephen Smart 26.22
12 Thomas O'Hagen 26.28
13 Judith Lowry 26.3
14 Vaughan Purnell 26.47
15 Wes Kettyle 26.47
16 Tony McNulty 26.5
17 Niall McGee 26.51
18 Jim Cooke 26.53
19 Stephen McWilliams 27.02
20 Brian Loughridge 27.1
21 Kevin McCormick 27.42
22 John McManus 27.55
23 Penny Beyer 28.26
24 Jon Reilly 28.44
25 Willie Noteman 29.1
26 Peter Swan 29.23
DNF Clifford Rogers

Time keeping: Dave Lonnen, Desi and Heather

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Killynure - League Race #6 (18th May 2010)

The TT League would like to thank and welcome Lease Options and Decathlon who are sponsoring the race series this year. Lease Options are a locally based vehicle leasing company. Something to consider is the renting of a Motorhome for travelling to further afield races. Decathlon are an established global sports chain who are soon to open a store at the Holywood Exchange, Belfast. Find out more by clicking on the links on this page and support our sponsors.

Just some administration things:
(1) For those who want to start out first you have to arrive and sign on early - 6:30pm would be an ideal time.
(2) At the end of your TT please leave the time keepers alone to collect and record results.
(3) If you have not supplied next-of-kin details please go out of your way at the next TT to do so.

A warm Norn Ireland welcome to Penny Beyer who came all the way from Washington DC to take part in the TT. Well, maybe she is actually studying in Belfast and trains with the Olympia Triathlon club but even so she had to cycle back to Central Station after the race to get the train to Jordanstown which shows a lot of dedication.

Finally, anyone calling "Brian Loughridge" by the name "Brian Loughbridge" will have 30 secs added to their time. This is the Law.


1 Paul Carroll 20.06
2 Vaughan Purnell 20.29
3 John McManus 21.43
4 Tony McNulty 21.48
5 Stephen McWilliams 22.00
6 Desi McHenry 22.13
7 Glen Pollock 22.17
8 Eddie Kierney 22.33
9 Colm Hanratty 22.36
10 Niall McGee 22.51
11 Bernard Mulvihill 22.55
12 Neville O'Neill 22.58
13 Wes Kettyle 23.17
14 Davy Calvert 23.22
15 Jim Cooke 23.32
16 PJ McQuillan 23.44
17 Clifford Rogers 23.45
18 David Morrisey 23.45
19 Brian Loughridge 24.05 (self timed)
20 Kieran McVeigh 24.2
21 Peter McGuicken 24.33
22 Peter Hanvey 24.39
23 Willie Noteman 24.4
24 Kevin McCormick 25.01
25 Ed Smith 25.03
26 Judith Lowry 25.25
27 Alison McConnell 25.28
28 Karl King 25.31
29 Tom Mitchell 25.36
30 Gareth Martin 25.37
31 Ricky Cowan 25.38
32 Penny Beyer 27.20
33 Thomas O'Hagen 27.26
34 Kate Smith 27.31
35 Heather Bamford 27.45

Time keepers: Dave Lonnen and Brian Loughridge

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Temple Garage - League Race #5 (11th May 2010)

The race organisers laid on a nice breeze to push the 34 riders down the first 3 miles to the left hand turn. After that everyone was on their own and had to pedal every so often.

Mechanical malfunction of the night went to Brian Loughbridge who was frantically trying to borrow a tyre before the race because tube was showing.

Wardrobe malfunction of the night went to Jim Cooke who was not too bothered about the rip in his shorts and had bum showing.

Johnny Hooper turned up looking like Woody Woodpecker [that's a reference to woodpeckers two weeks in row for anyone that's counting] by sporting a large pointy white aero helmet. Hooper may have found a simple watch a wiser spend for he missed his start slot and had to go at the back of the field.

Finally, for another week in row Gareth Martin on his city/hybrid bike has been valiantly slugging it out with the carbon frame bunch. Martin is currently in the market for a set of tribars to go on his straight handle bars!

Next week is Killynure. Please park on Killynure Ave, not on the main road.


1 Paul Carroll 26.54
2 Vaughan Purnell 27.49
3 Damien Eanetta 29.14
4 Johnny Hooper 29.21
5 Glen Pollock 29.45
6 Tony McNulty 30.08
7 Desi McHenry 30.24
8 Jim Cooke 30.32
9 Niall McGee 31.18
10 Neville O'Neill 31.33
11 Wes Kettyle 31.36
12 Davy Calvert 31.38
13 Stephen McWilliams 31.4
14 Bill Rafferty 32.02
15 PJ McQuillan 32.17
16 Kieran McVeigh 32.24
17 Clifford Rogers 32.3
18 Michael McLernon 32.38
19 Marty Lennon 33.01
20 Judith Lowry 33.13
21 Maeve Cathal 33.17
22 Alison McConnell 34.08
23 Karl King 34.19
24 Ricky Cowan 34.29
25 Ed Smith 34.44
26 Stephen Smart 35.2
27 Gareth Martin 35.57
28 Heather Bamford 35.57
29 Kevin McCormick 36.26
30 Anne Maguire 38.1
31 Claire Burns 38.2
32 Brian Loughbridge DNF
33 David Morrisey DNF

Timekeeping: Kate (Carol Vorderman watch out) and Eddie (whose subtraction is pretty good).

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Carryduff - League Race #4 (4th May 2010)

At 18:45 exactly the first rider started the Carryduff course on a dry overcast night (with a varying wind strength depending on who you asked). Conditions could not have been too unfavourable as Paul Carroll set a new course record beating Enda's time of 29.18 from last year. Paul is currently tweaking his aero position to make himself as aerodynamic as possible.

The ever "slimmer" Johnny Hooper finished in a comfortable second place. Despite completing the Tour of the Glens at the weekend Damien and Desi followed in 3rd and 4th places respectively. It also looks like Keiran McVeigh has the measure of both Ed Smith and Peter McGuicken and is now looking for his next target.

From the ladies race Joanne Bingham split the Bamford family up, stopping Emma and Heather from a one-two.

A lot of people must be using up their upper body strength out on the TT course. This was obvious tonight when fatigued riders could not muster the power to raise their arms to volunteer for next weeks timekeeping. Despite this Kate and Eddie have their names down for next week.

Here is a one line joke Joe told today at the pool [answer after the results]:
"What do you call a woodpecker without a beak?"

1 Paul Carroll 29
2 Johnny Hooper 31.53
3 Damien Eanetta 32.51
4 Desi McHenry 33.12
5 Niall McGee 33.22
6 Davy Calvert 33.27
7 Bill Rafferty 33.59
8 PJ McQuillan 34.2
9 Stephen McWilliams 34.54
10 Eddie Kierney 34.56
11 Kieran McVeigh 35.06
12 David Morrisey 35.15
13 Peter McGuicken 35.33
14 Emma Bamford 36.16
15 Ed Smith 36.17
16 Ricky Cowan 36.27
17 Willie Noteman 36.45
18 Joanne Bingham 37.42
19 Heather Bamford 38.03
20 Gareth Martin 38.08
21 Kate Smith 38.14
22 Andy French 38.59
23 Claire Burns 40.14

Timekeepers: Vaughan, Glen and Carl

"A headbanger!"

TT Training 2018

2018 News

The TT 2018 series is currently in a planning stage.

What's it all about?

The TT league is a series of training events for triathletes from local Triathlon Ireland affiliated clubs. These are timed sessions, not races, and there are a number of different events that reflect a fun element. The organisers are all volunteers. In June there is a BBQ and in October there is a prize giving evening.

Entry Requirements
Participants must have a current Triathlon Ireland license (either associate or full membership) - no exceptions. Participants must be a member of a Triathlon Ireland club.

Riders must have a working red rear light on their bike and sign a disclaimer before each event.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost however there is a suggested donation, which can made at the start of the season, of £30 to cover running costs.

When and where are the events?

The calendar can be viewed at the bottom of this page. The TTs take place on Tue nights at either 18:45 PM or 19:00 PM sharp from various locations - please see links for maps on this page.

In the event of having to cancel an event a note will be put on this website between 5PM and 6PM on the day of the event. One reason for cancelling would be because of bad weather.

What is the League?
The league is a series of 12 individual TTs with a competitor's best 6 results counting. There will be a separate league for the boys and girls.

Time keeping and marshaling duties?
Marshaling and time keeping duties are shared each week between the competitors.

Legal stuff
Competitors must show their Triathlon Ireland license, sign a waiver form and provide next-of-kin details before being allowed to join in. The TI membership covers public liability for any who are found to be negligent in their duty to other particapants and as such cause personal or property damage. TI also covers for members for 25,000 euro in the event of death or disability following an accidental injury.