Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Prizegiving 2011

Prize giving will be held in Harlequins on Fri 28th October.

(this is a change from the original 21st October)

Please let Vaughan, Wes, Desi or Marty know asap for numbers and if you require a veggie option.

Chicken curry, dessert, wine and prizes; best value in town!

Non-league people, i.e., those that did not pay the exceedingly good value £20, are welcome but will have to pay £10.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Carryduff - Handicap (6th Sep 2011)

The last TT of the season and possibly the hardest thanks to the windy conditions. The weather did not deter the hardy men and women from the Olympian Tri club, QUB Tri and Lunchtime Legends.

This race was all about being first across the line, dictated by the McHenry offset factor.

The boys had a thrilling race to the line with Alan pipping a flag waving Ironman 69.6 Enda by a mere second.

Aero girl Judith finished a very strong season off with another win. Aisling definitely owes Peter a drink (or some pipe leaf tobacco) for the draft up the hill out of Moneyreagh.

Keep an eye on this site for details of the prize giving.

Ladies

1 Judith 41:52 33:22
2 Aisling 42:50 38:20


Boys
   
1 Alan 40:30 33:45
2 Enda 40:31 29:41
3 Jon 41:08 33:48
4 Dave L 41:27 33:07
5 Wes 41:49 35:19
6 Clifford 41:55 33:40
7 Vaughan 42:43 31:48
8 Peter 43:05 38:10
9 Glen 43:33 35:43


Thanks to time keepers: Ed, Desi and Colm

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Killynure - League Race #12 (30th Aug 2011)

As the evenings draw shorter the last league race took place. 16 people started but only 14 finished. Thorns from hedge cutting were responsible for 2 punctures putting out both McNulty and McManus.

Last years "monster cyclist" Maeve has been very noticeably absent this year. However she must be doing something right because Maeve scored not only a win but her first win ever.

No surprise that the flying McWilliams got the best time of the night. Also, Hanratty fresh back from holidays (again) dispatched Lonnen with some ease.

Next week finishes the TT season with a first across the line handicap starting from carryduff layby.

Girls

1 maeve 23.21
2 sara 23.43
3 aisling 24.21


Boys

1 stephen 19.42
2 mike lyons 21
3 peter m 21.2
4 colm 21.25
5 dave l 21.32
6 glen 22
7 enda 22.12
8 john r 22.29
9 kevin 22.41
10 andrew 23.03
11 peter mcg 24.01
-- tony dnf
-- john mcmanus dnf


Thanks to time keepers Bill, Davy and Matt.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Temple - Saintfield League Race #11 (23rd Aug 2011)

You leave work at 4pm to be in good time for the Temple TT. At the bus stop you realise that Translink's new money saving measures means there are less buses. You wait a long 20mins. Then a women bus driver, driving miss daisy, must be the slowest journey ever. The bus finally reaches the destination and within 15 mins you are home.

You get your bike from the garage and put on your fancy 50mm deep rimmed wheels. Floor pump out you watch and hear the pressure gauge snort up to 120psi in rear and 116 in front. You rummage through what has become the bicycle clothes drawer; your in luck, favorite gear is clean.

You cycle nice and easy up to Temple making sure to stay in the small ring; don't want to get to the start line exhausted.

In the distance you see the "Race In Progress" sign and know that McHenry is about. You sign on and engage in small chit-chat with the other riders. Your watch says 6:45pm and the first rider is leaving on time.

Your turn next, 30 secs count down, and you ensure a nice sharp cleat click-in as you power away. Conditions are good and you feel a gentle headwind along the first leg towards Ballynahinch. You are aware of the wind passing through your helmet and the sound of the wheels eating up the road. You clear your nostrils of snot and take the Saintfield roundabout as fast as possible; only two climbs of note left.

Approaching the time keepers you shout your number and let the bike freewheel to a stop. Then the last rider is home and the results get called out in reverse order for the girls and the boys. You hear McWilliams time and congratulate him on a new course record. You notice people are smiling more than they were 40 mins ago as the endorphins do their work. McHenry announces the time keepers for next weeks Killynure race as people go their own way home.

X-Factor

1 Judith Lowry 29.23
2 Sara Manning 30.55
3 Aisling Trainor 33.27
4 Heather Bamford 34.48


Big Brothers
		

1 Stephen McWilliams 25.41
2 Enda Marron 26.57
3 Vaughan Purnell 27.07
4 Hooperman 27.16
5 Peter Morrison 28.45
6 Dave Lonnen 28.54
7 John McManus 28.56
8 Desi McHenry 29.19
9 Bill Rafferty 29.46
10 Alan Laverty 30.1
11 Johnny Boylan 30.2
12 Carl King 31.5
13 Ed Smith 31.52
14 Andrew McMurray 32.41
15 Thomos O'Hagan 33.05


Thanks to time keepers Mike and Niall.

PS: obviously bored and so tried to write this weeks report in 2nd person

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Carryduff - Ballygowan League Race #10 (16th Aug 2011)

This was the last league race of the season on the Carryduff - Ballgowan course. It may be late in the season but there were a few new/old faces present; Neil Darby, Mark Brown and Tony McNulty all making their first appearances.

Best performance of the night arguably went to that mild mannered gentleman Davy Calvert who put one over on his rivals. The rivals acted pleased for him afterward but there will no doubt be a few going home to plan their next bike upgrade!

What game is Boylan playing? Surely someone who can knock out a 61min cycle in an Olympic triathlon can do better than 18th place? Close monitoring of Boylan's pre-race "fuelling" compulsary at next race.

Finally why is it that Enda Marron's cycle computer is always slower than the stopwatch? We will be writing to the BBC to make a Horizon documentary on this strange quantum phenomenon.

Notice: can anyone give Sara a lift to Kenmare? Poor Sara deparately wants to use her Kiwi skills to find the Lost Sheep.

Khaleesi

1 Judith Lowry 30.57
2 Sara Hanning 32.12
3 Aisling Trainor 34.53
4 Anne Duffy 38


Dragonlords
		

1 Mark Brown 27.06
2 Stephen McWilliams 27.44
3 Paul Carroll 28
4 Vaughan Purnell 28.46
5 Enda Marron 28.51
6 Davy Calvert 30.35
7 Colm Hanratty 30.43
8 Neil Darby 30.45
9 Desi McHenry 30.58
10 Dave Lonnen 31
11 Clifford Rodgers 31.07
12 David Morrissey 31.07
13 John McManus 31.1
14 Nial Magee 31.36
15 Tony McNulty 31.37
16 Neville O'Neil 32.12
17 Mr. Lavery 32.22
18 Johnny Boylan 32.55
19 Kevin Eagen 33.53
20 Andrew McMurray 35.03
21 Paddy Dewer 39.18


Thanks to timekeepers: Marty and Conor.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Temple 2 LAP (9th August 2011 )

With Vaughan recovering from the Mourne triathlon at the weekend and two weeks holiday (gorging on 5 course dinners every night), I have taken up the opportunity to slate anyone who stands out from the crowd.

The Temple route (twice) is the most feared route of the series and once again the relatively low turn-out reflected this. Conditions were close to perfect for racing with a fairly calm evening and no rain.

“The quicker you get there, the shorter the pain”, from James Waddington’s cycling book ‘Bad to the Bone’. Paul Carroll took a leaf out of this book by smashing the course record in a blistering 53.39. Enda and Eamon benefited from their week’s training in the Dolomites and finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the ladies league, performance of the evening went to newcomer Sara Hanning, hammering her closest rival by four minutes. Sara is from a rowing background so the cross-over benefits between the two sports is obvious.

Thanks to John McManus and Glen Pollock for timekeeping.

Timekeepers for next week are Marty Curran and Connor Reilly – thanks for volunteering. With only a few races left before the season there are several people who have yet to volunteer for time-keeping. We know who you are so to prevent humiliation at the end of season awards night (details to be announced), ensure you volunteer.

Glen

Betty’s

Lap 1 Finish time

1. Sara Hanning 31.26 62.55
2. Aisleen Trainer 33.09 67.00
3. Ali McConnell 32.57 67.33
4. Maeve Savage 33.43 68.28


Dudes

Lap 1 Finish time

1. Paul Carroll 26.40 53.39
2. Enda Marron 26.45 54.14
3. Eamon Hill 26.53 55.04
4. Vaughan Purnell 27.18 55.09
5. Matt Allum 28.20 56.50
6. Dave Lonnen 29.03 58.56
7. Niall Magee 29.05 59.38
8. Mike Lyons 28.55 59.45
9. Davy Calvert 29.22 60.21
10. David Morrissey 29.27 60.26
11. Conor Reilly 30.09 61.47
12. Bill Rafferty 30.25 61.55
13. Peter McGuickan 31.39 65.29
14. Karl King 32.59 67.22
15. Brendan Lyons 32.34 74.28

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Temple Brick (2nd Aug 2011)

Good conditions for the temple brick tonight with Sarah putting in a good bike leg to win the ladies. Aisling also continues to improve and also PB’d again on the bike course. In the Gents, Matt showed why the legends TTs were far more important than the National Championships at the weekend by saving himself for tonight and a glorious victory! Mike Lyons put in the fastest bike leg to finish second, with Dave L in third.

Ladies

1. Sarah Hanning 31.43 14.12 45.47

2. Aisling Trainor 33.18 13.38 46.56



Gents

1. Matt Allum 28.18 11.06 39.12

2. Mike Lyons 28.09 11.23 39.32

3. Dave Lonnen 28.42 11.22 40.04

4. Colm Hanratty 29.05 12.18 41.23

5. Niall Magee 30.07 12.43 42.50

6. Marty Lennon 31.16 11.44 43.00

7. Ciaran Hanratty 31.11 12.02 43.13

8. Alan Laverty 32.00 11.48 43.48

9. Shane Quinn 32.53 11.27 44.20

10 Kieran McVeigh 31.20 13.12 44.32

11. Ed Smith 31.48 14.24 45.12

12. Peter McGuicken 30.44 14.46 45.30

13. John McManus 29.09

14. Johnny Boylan Punctured on way up L


David Lonnen

Killynure - League Race #9 (26th July 2011)

Results


1 Sara 23.26
2 Maeve 24.35
3 Aisling 24.47
4 Anne 25.44
5 Angela 25.57
6 Heather 25.59
7 Mary 27.19


		

1 Eamon 19.51
2 Enda 20.07
3 Hooperman 20.2
4 Mike 20.29
5 John 21
6 Clifford 21.57
7 Conor 22.11
8 Kieran 22.12
9 David 22.22
10 Andrew 22.43
11 Alan 22.5
12 Bill 23.02
13 Peter 23.46
14 Ed 23.52
15 Shane 24.21
16 Patrick 28.39

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Temple - Saintfield League Race #8 (19th July 2011)

Business as usual for the 8th out of 12 league races. Leaving from Temple the riders enjoyed a tailwind but faced a tough 3 mile uphill finish, bearing out the Second Law of Thermodynamics. [Who said this report was not highbrow enough]

Miss Lowry set the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons on her new TT bike (and borrowed wheels) taking minutes off her PB and chic-ing nearly all the guys. This result has prompted calls to create a separate league race for those who insist on turning up each week with new gear. Effectively the league is in the middle of a benign arms-race.

It is interesting to observe the multitude ways of shouting out one's race number at the finish line. On one end of the scale we have Enda shouting at 20 decibels, then we have the shy ones who whisper out their number to the wind and finally the breathless ones. Which are you?

Girls

1 Judith Lowry 28.51
2 Ali McConnell 32.44
3 Maeve Savage 33.06
4 Sara Hanning 34.00
5 Caroline Cullen 34.11
6 Emma Bamford 34.44
7 Heather Bamford 35.13
8 Angela Burns 35.50
9 Barbara Brown 37.20
10 Claire Burns 38.38


Boys
  
1 Stephen McWilliams 26.3
2 Paul Carroll 26.32
3 Vaughan Purnell 27.06
4 Eamon Hill 27.20
5 Enda Marron 27.22
6 Matt Allum 28.13
7 Hooperman 28.44
8 Dave Lonnen 29.03
9 Colm Hanratty 29.28
10 John McManus 29.37
11 Conor Reilly 30.13
12 Marty Lennon 30.33
13 Neville O'Neill 30.43
14 Nial Magee 31.14
15 Johnny Boylan 31.23
16 Wes Kettyle 31.55
17 Ed Smith 32.02
18 Kieran Hanratty 32.32
19 Willie Noteman 33.26
20 Bill Rafferty dnf


Thanks to timekeepers: Paddy and Peter McGuicken

Monday, 11 July 2011

Holiday arrangement

Reminder: There is no offical or timed TT scheduled for Tuesday 12th July.

Instead Enda will be in charge of a group ride from the House of Sport at the usual time of 6:45PM.

Distance: 63K (with opportunities for people to drop off home earlier)
Time: 2 hours
Terrain: 1 hill otherwise flat/ rolling
General route: HOS, Drumbo, Tullyard hill, Hillsborough, Ballynahinch, Saintfield, Ballygowan, Moneyreagh, Carryduff (tt course), Forestside
Nothing radical and over familiar roads

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Carryduff - Ballygowan League Race #7 (5th July 2011)

A surprisingly good evening with a bit of headwind on the way out to Saintfield marked the return of the League Races.

For those who drive up to the TTs there is always the question of what you do with your car keys. Heaven forbid having to carry the weight of a car key in your jersey pocket! Ed Smith now has an innovative solution to this problem which without any sugar coating simply involves slinging your keys in the bushes. This technique was so effective and secure that 4 people had to hunt in the bushes for 10 mins to find the keys after the TT.

Hooperman showed a distinct lack of business acumen when he shamefully admitted buying tubes from a shop during the week. How did the Hooperman not know that he could have gotten a better deal from the TT tube stockpile (that's the big plastic jar full of tubes you see each week). Martin Lewis must be turning in his grave.

On a serious note we hope that Mike Millar is okay after colliding with a car at the Saintfield-Ballygowan turn. This is an example of why the organisers insist on the disclaimer being signed each week and ask for TI membership. It is each persons responsibility to cycle safely on the roads.

Next week (12th July holiday) Enda is being put in charge. The proposal is to meet at the House of Sport at 6:45pm. The format will be to go for a 60K spin which will take in sections of the normal TT courses and give a chance for some chaingang work.


Girls

1 Judith Lowry 32.35
2 Emma Bamford 33.48
3 Ali McConnell 34.53
4 Aisling Trainor 35.25
5 Caroline Cullan 36.42
6 Heather Bamford 37.05
7 Anne Duffy 38.06
8 Angela Burns 39.12


Boys
  
1 Stephen McWilliams 27.23
2 Enda Marron 27.55
3 Eamon Hill 28.32
4 Hooperman 29.24
5 Vaughan Purnell 29.31
6 Matt Allum 29.45
7 Mike Lyons 30.14
8 Dave Lonnen 30.16
9 Desi McHenry 30.43
10 Peter Morrison 30.52
11 Glen Pollock 30.52
12 Niall Magee 31.32
13 Marty Lennon 31.33
14 Davy Calvert 31.34
15 Bill Rafferty 31.39
16 Connor Reilly 32.12
17 Kevin Egan 33.16
18 Karl King 33.49
19 Peter McGuicken 33.53
20 Shane Quinn 34.15
21 Paul Trainor 34.17
22 Ed Smith 34.22
23 Garrett Green 34.27
24 Andrew McMurray 35.05
25 Gerard Keogh 36.07
26 Patrick Dewar 41.25
27 Mike Millar dnf


Thanks to time keepers: John McManus and Neville.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Carryduff to Ballynahinch There and Back - (28th June 2010)

A pleasant evening with a sunset made a change from standing around shivering in the rain. The format was a straight 10K run down the A24 turning on 30 mins as they say in swimming terminology. The return journey provides more uphill and most people took 2-3 mins longer completing this leg.

A welcome back to John McManus who has been off travelling for the last 3 months. McManus once a "player" last year now finds himself with some remedial biking to do which he is well up for.

In the ladies competition Lowry showed a rare chink in her armour and dropped to third leaving McConnell to bask in the glory.

The mens competition had some very close together results with the difference probably coming down to being able to clip-in faster than the other person.

There has not been a joke this year so here's one to get the guys thinking on the next wet Sunday:
One morning a mad cycling nut gets up for his normal 3 hour morning training ride. He kisses his wife, still in bed, says goodbye and heads out. He is met with gale force winds, driving rain, hail and lightening strikes. After 10 minutes of being blown around, getting soaking wet and nearly hit by lightening he calls it quits heads home and quietly gets back into bed.
"Wow it's really horrible weather out there," he whispers.
"Yeah," says the wife, "can you believe my stupid husband is out there?"


Girls

1 Ali McConnell 17:06 20:09 37:15
2 Aisling Trainor 17:24 20:36 38:00
3 Judith Lowry 17:35 20:58 38:33
4 Angela Burns 18:57 22:12 41:09


Boys

1 Paul Carroll 13:55 16:06 30:01
2 Eamon Hill 13:55 16:08 30:03
3 Enda Marron 14:02 16:34 30:36
4 Vaughan Purnell 14:24 16:57 31:21
5 Matt Allum 14:24 17:24 31:48
6 Thomas Leitch 14:48 17:27 32:15
7 Colm Hanratty 14:55 17:43 32:38
8 David Morrissey 14:55 17:54 32:49
9 Glen Pollock 15:12 17:47 32:59
10 Desi McHenry 15:06 17:55 33:01
11 Davy Calvert 15:06 17:59 33:05
12 Peter Morrison 14:59 18:12 33:11
13 Dave Lonnen 15:14 18:04 33:18
14 Clifford Rodgers 15:27 18:08 33:35
15 Marty Lennon 15:26 18:30 33:56
16 Kieran McVeigh 15:22 18:41 34:03
17 John McManus 15:52 18:22 34:14
18 Karl King 15:43 19:19 35:02
19 Niall Magee 15:57 19:10 35:07
20 Johnny Davis 16:05 19:14 35:19
21 Garrett Greene 16:48 19:34 36:22
22 Kevin Allan 17:39 21:42 39:21
23 Patrick Dewer 19:55 25:03 44:58


Thanks to timekeepers: Neville, Wes, Anne and (?)

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Bike Orienteering and BBQ (21st June 2011)

The longest day of the year gave a wet, damp and cloudy evening. However this did not deter 35 or so hardy souls who took part in the inaugural bike orienteering event.

To begin there was a random draw forming teams of two. Teams then were given a map with numbered points which could be visited in any order. There was a time limit of 45 mins in force with time penalties for arriving back late. At each point the teams had to answer a question, often cryptic - blame Marty.

One other rule was that riders stay together at all times. However, any casual bystander would have seen plenty of individuals time trialling all over the place. Time management was poor as well with only Vaughan and Glen arriving back in time.

There were many contenders including the experienced mountain navigator Kettyle who lost time with a minor mechanical involving his rear wheel coming off? Neville of drafting and starting-before-the-gun fame tried to cheat with some 3G technology and a bit of Google street view only to lose the 3G signal.

The all girl team of Heather and Aisling triumphed in the end. Was this a case of brain over brawn?



After the orienteering there was a BBQ with home-made burgers and twirly sausage. Matt had a go on the tightrope slack wire; let's just say he won't be joining the circus this week.

PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING - Glen posing in purple pants! A fashion expose to surely eclipse all others.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Temple 2 LAPS (15th June 2011)

A great result for Enda indicating that the longer distances may be his forte. Also another ominously good performance from McHenry who seems to be getting better every week.

On the ladies race Judith is out on her own. Can Ali up her game before the end of the season to give Judith some competition?

No sign of Patrick this week; hopefully he did not get lost on his way to Temple. Last week Patrick missed the left turn at Moneyreagh and ended up practically in Belfast harbour. Luckily the PSNI were close by and able to give Patrick a lift back up to Carryduff.

Ladies

1. Judith Lowry 63.23
2. Ali McConnell 67.12
3. Aisling Trainor 70.25
4. Joanne Bingham 71.37
5. Rose McGovern 71.55
6. Angela Burns 73.55
7. Anne Duffy 74.01
8. Caroline Cullen 74.20

Gents

1. Enda Morrow 54.47
2. Paul Carroll 55.36
3. Stephen McWilliams 56.10
4. Hooperman 56.35
5. Eamon Hill 56.40
6. Colm Hanratty 59.24
7. Desi McHenry 59.33
8. Dave Lonnon 60.29
9. Matt Allum 60.35
10. Clifford Rodgers 61.01
11. Johnny Bolan 61.45
12. Bill Rafferty 62.18
13. Peter Morrison 64.18
14. Greg Foster 64.44
14. Wes Kyttle 64.44
15. Jon Reilly 65.56
16. Willie Noteman 66.30
17. Peter McGuickan 67.07
18. Shane Quinn 67.25
19. Karl King 68.20
20. Kevin Egan 68.30
21. Ed Smith 70.26
22. Garrett Green 70.53
23. Andrew McMurray 71.19
24. Davy Calvert DNF (mech/puncture/tired)

Friday, 10 June 2011

MIDSUMMER BBQ & ORIENTEERING

21ST JUNE

Deadline for registering is June 14th. Contact Desi or sign the sheet this Tue at the TT.

The orienteering

- The orienteering starts at 6:45PM from Desi's house - see map on right hand side.
- Duration is 45 mins.
- Do as many points as possible within time and in any order.
- At each point you ID a feature (no dibbing).
- Time penalty given for late back and missing points.
- Riders go at 1 min intervals.
- Teams of 2 people, randomly drawn together.
- 2 bottles of wine for the winning team.

The BBQ

- Parking in Desi's field on the night.
- Free for all who have paid £20.
- Partners are welcome.
- Non-league TT party people can also go for a £5 charge.
- BYO.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Carryduff Handicap - 7th May 2011

A loud peal of thunder got the Handicap TT underway. As the riders sped off towards blue skies over Ballygowan the unlucky timekeepers got an epic soaking.

For this handicap event Desi had carefully worked time penalties for each rider which were subtracted at the end. A low time penalty can be interpreted as an insult and a high time penalty as a certain form of praise from the ex-World Champ.

A delighted Aisling scooped her first victory of the year, narrowly beating Caroline.

In the boys results, Marty Lennon who this year has been more elusive than that snow leopard David Attenborough was searching for, rolled over the line in the first place.

Two riders were lost in action; Patrick and Mike Lyons. For Mike this makes punctures two weeks in a row. Luckily for him there are great value innner tubes available for the low cost of £3 each.

The Midsummer TT BBQ name list was started so anyone going needs to get on this list asap.


Girls

1 Aisling 00:35:44 00:32:14
2 Caroline 0:36:36 00:32:36


Boys
   
1 Marty 00:31:04 00:24:34
2 Bill 00:32:21 00:25:16
3 David M 00:31:25 00:27:00
4 Johnny B 00:31:40 00:27:05
5 Niall 00:31:37 00:27:12
6 Dave L 00:32:24 00:27:29
7 Glen 00:32:16 00:27:41
8 Paul C 00:28:18 00:27:43
9 Davy C 00:32:22 00:27:52
10 Desi 00:31:04 00:27:54
11 Willie 00:35:12 00:28:07
12 Peter 00:36:46 00:28:11
13 Thomas L 00:30:55 00:28:30
14 Johnny F 00:31:55 00:28:35
15 Ed Q.F. 00:35:49 00:28:44
16 Clifford 00:32:00 00:29:00
17 Neville 00:30:28 00:29:08
18 Hooperman 00:30:17 00:29:37
19 Wes 00:34:14 00:29:44


Thanks to timekeepers: Vaughan, Colm, Ali and Shane

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Temple Brick (31st May 2011)

This brick session comprised the regular Temple TT bike course followed by a 2 mile run. Conditions were dry with a light wind.

The results below show some interesting stats and it's clear to see where peoples strengths and weaknesses are. No need to mention Dave Lonnen or Enda Marron here.

One quick fashion update: Neville, always a dedicated follower of fashion, has followed Eamon's lead and now has a pair of black calfy things!


Tigresses

Bike Run Total

1 Ali McConnell 33:20 (1) 14:48 (2) 48:08
2 Angela Burns 35:26 (2) 12:48 (1) 48:14


Tigers
     
1 Paul Carroll 26:23 (1) 10:44 (1) 37:07
2 Eamon Hill 26:56 (2) 11:57 (4) 38:53
3 Vaughan Purnell 27:44 (4) 12:36 (8) 40:20
4 Matt Allum 28:33 (5) 12:10 (5) 40:43
5 Colm Hanratty 29:05 (6) 12:42 (9) 41:47
6 Enda Marron 27:10 (3) 15:16 (22) 42:26
7 Dave Lonnen 30:47 (14) 11:41 (2) 42:28
8 Neville O'Neill 29:40 (8) 13:07 (12) 42:47
9 Marty Lennon 30:25 (9) 12:34 (6) 42:59
10 Desi McHenry 29:33 (7) 13:42 (15) 43:15
11 Johnny Boylan 31:44 (18) 11:53 (3) 43:37
12 Bill Rafferty 30:48 (15) 13:02 (11) 43:50
13 Clifford Rodgers 30:28 (10) 13:23 (13) 43:51
14 Glen Pollock 30:34 (11) 14:12 (16) 44:46
15 Kieran McVeigh 30:42 (13) 14:25 (17) 45:07
16 Davy Calvert 30:55 (16) 14:44 (20) 45:39
17 Alan Laverty 33:20 (22) 12:35 (7) 45:55
18 Brian Clockwatcher 31:41 (17) 14:27 (18) 46:08
19 Niall Magee 30:40 (12) 15:29 (23) 46:09
20 David Morrisey 32:05 (19) 14:55 (21) 47:00
21 Andrew McMurray 34:22 (23) 13:00 (10) 47:22
22 Peter McGuicken 33:06 (21) 14:30 (19) 47:36
23 Karl King 32:10 (20) 15:40 (24) 47:50
24 Tom Mitchell 34:54 (24) 13:40 (14) 48:34
25 Kevin Allen 35:55 (25) 15:57 (25) 51:52
-- Mike Lyons DNF (puncture)


Timkeepers: Thomas O'Hagan, Stephen McWilliams, Aisling Trainor and Peter (qubtri)

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Drumbo Hill Climb (24th May 2011)

The Drumbo Hill climbs for 2.1 miles from the Homestead. This year the climb was double trouble with the riders starting their second climb exactly 30 mins after their first start.



All times were very consistent with some negative splits. Forget fancy bikes, those that could clip-in first time going uphill were off to a good start. This is different from jumping the starters countdown which a certain person was guilty of. A super-injunction has been taken out to protect this rider but I'm sure we will all know who it is before next Tuesday.

Best excuse of the night, could it be Ed's puncture or Clifford's rubbing back brake? Well, spare a thought for Vaughan who, first to head out, encountered a road full of dairy cows crossing fields (on the steepest part of the hill as well).



On the fashion side Ali was sporting a new top she bought with a winners voucher from last years TT awards night. Guest rider Mike Millar obviously dresses "always prepared to cycle" because he appeared to have his full cycling gear on under his clothes despite initially turning up to spectate! Eamon was not wearing his white calfy things this week.

Spice Girls

1 Judith 08:40 08:51 17:31
2 Alison 09:46 09:59 19:45
3 Angela 10:27 10:24 20:51
4 Aisling 10:52 11:00 21:52


Spice Boyz
          
1 Paul Carroll 07:33 07:30 15:03
2 Mike Millar 07:37 07:35 15:12
3 Michael L 07:43 07:47 15:30
4 Vaughan 07:47 07:46 15:33
4 Stephen McW 07:45 07:48 15:33
6 Enda 08:03 08:00 16:03
7 Eamon 08:21 08:18 16:39
8 Neville 08:16 08:24 16:40
9 Niall McI 08:37 08:31 17:08
10 Shane 09:02 08:57 17:59
11 Thomas O'H 09:03 09:04 18:07
12 Paul Trainor 09:01 09:44 18:45
13 Peter McG 09:28 09:30 18:58
14 Karl 12:01 10:38 22:39
15 Ed 09:51 DNF
16 Clifford 11:46 DNF


Timekeepers: Desi, David M, Emma and Kieran McV

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Killynure - League Race #6 (17th May 2011)

The Killynure TT marked the halfway point of the league. Conditions were dry with a moderate crosswind.

Gareth selfishly entertained the ladies while they waited on the start ramp by teasing them with glimpses of his ripped torso. Or so they at least imagined since the ripped torso was hidden under under a mat of shaggy hair.

After the bursleque was out of the way the TT started off proper. In the girls league Lowry stormed to another victory and Bingham made a very good return in 3rd place after being away for a few weeks.

In the boys league Enda took the comeback special King role and the honours. Two other fast improving notables were Michael Lyons and Kieran McVeigh both who have been moving steadily though the positions each week.

Next week is a hill climb at Drumbo. Please park at the car park by Drumbeg bridge. The format is starting from the Homestead, race to the top before returning to the Homestead at a leisurely pace. Then, exactly 30 mins after your first start you do the climb again. The two climb times will be combined to give a total. Confused; you will be!

Results

Chicks


1 Judith 23.08
2 Emma 24.46
3 Joanne 25.11
4 Angela 25.21
5 Heather 25.5
6 Aisling 26.05
7 Claire 27.05


Dudes


1 Enda 20.13
2 Stephen McW 20.2
3 Vaughan 20.28
4 Matt 20.56
5 Michael 21.09
6 Neville 21.3
7 Kieran 22.03
8 David M 22.08
9 Johnny F 22.24
10 Niall 22.4
11 Dave L 22.44
12 Colm 22.46
13 Johnny B 22.49
14 Glen 22.5
15 Wes 22.51
16 Desi 23.11
17 Shane 23.13
18 Davy C 23.17
19 Niall M 23.19
20 Paul T 23.51
21 Thomas O'H 23.54
22 Gareth 24.14
23 Karl 24.22
24 Ed 24.33
25 Willie 24.58
26 Andrew 25.36
27 Peter K 27.02
28 Patrick 29.11


Timekeepers: Clifford, Eamon, Paul C and Ella.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Temple - Saintfield League Race #5 (10th May 2011)

A big turnout at Temple garage for the fifth league race of the season. The conditions were not bad and it stayed dry with a mild headwind.

The previous course record of 26.39 set by Paul Carroll last year fell to Stephen McWilliams.

Fashion risk of the night must go to Eamon Hill for daring to wear white calf warmer "things". It was remarked upon how the white set his leg tan off nicely.

There was no surprise to see Edward Smith post a respectable time for a 60 year old grandad. In Edward's own words from Monday night's Belfast Telegraph: "I would say I'm quite to very fit"! Obviously Edward was misquoted and wanted to say "I am well fit" [read with a Catherine Tate voice]. There does seem extra room for improvement in the TT if the great coach could only control his libido.

Controversy flared after the TT over alleged drafting by Bill Rafferty. Riders are reminded that this year the draft zone is now 10 metres. Bill remained silent and would not comment without his lawyer present.

Many people seemed to leave quite quickly after they had finished. Was this due to a rush home to watch episode 1 of the Apprentice or has McHenry delivered one too many oratories?

Too many excellent performances to mention so that wraps that; you know who you are.

Notice: The QUB Lake swims start this Sunday.


1 Emma 32.5
2 Teresa 33.25
3 Heather 34.01
4 Maeve 34.1
5 Angela 34.14
6 Aisling 34.48
7 Caroline 35.14
8 Ann 35.37
9 Patricia 42.1

1 Stephen McW 26.12
2 Eamon 26.31
3 Paul C 26.38
4 Vaughan 27
5 Hooperman 27.08
6 Enda 27.21
7 Neville 27.47
8 Matt 27.58
9 Michael L 28.27
10 Clifford 28.51
11 Adam 29.1
12 Desi 29.2
13 David 29.4
14 Bill 29.44
15 Kieran 30.1
16 Niall 30.1
17 Johnny the Fox 30.17
18 Davy C 31.1
19 Jon 31.11
20 Glen 31.13
21 Shane 31.34
22 Johnny B 31.44
23 Karl 31.52
24 Greg 31.53
25 Gareth 31.58
26 Brian Lakemidge 32.17
27 Ed 32.49
28 Peter 33.12
29 Kevin 37.29
30 Patrick 39.59


Timekeepers: Tom and Garett

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Carryduff - Ballygowan League Race #4 (3rd May 2011)

The sign on area around the picnic table could have been easily mistaken for a zoo enclosure full of struting duck-billed platypuses. Indeed, it was the night for the pointy aero helmet.

Top girl was Lowry who arrived early for the first time ever although there was no time bonus awarded for that. Behind Lowry, only 30 secounds separated Bamford Junior, McConnell and Savage.

Most dehyrated award of the night went to Neville O'Neill who apparently cramped in his car on the way up to the TT.

Welcome back to Glen Pollock after a knee-op who has been doing alot of time keeping and was able to take part tonight.

As you know there is a BBQ planned for the 21st June. Please have a think about if you are intending to go as the organisers will be asking for numbers in the next week or two. Partners are welcome.


Results

Duchesses

1 Judith Lowry 33.17
2 Emma Bamford 35
3 Ali McConnell 35.22
4 Maeve Savage 35.3
5 Heather Bamford 36.25
6 Aisling Trainor 36.59
7 Anne Duffy 37.51
8 Patricia Quinn 46.2
- Claire Burns dnf

Dukes
  
1 Eamon Hill 28.42
2 Vaughan Purnell 28.45
3 Enda Marron 29.09
4 Matt Allum 29.4
5 Michael Lyons 30.23
6 Colm Hanratty 30.3
7 Thomas Leitch 30.43
8 Adam Heamford 31.31
9 Desi McHenry 31.33
10 David Morrisey 31.41
11 Clifford Rodgers 31.43
12 Tony McNulty 31.45
13 Johnny the Fox 32.07
14 Eoin Bradley 32.1
15 Bill Rafferty 32.35
16 Niall Magee 32.37
17 Glen Pollock 32.41
18 Johnny Boylan 32.45
19 Kieran McVeigh 33.07
20 Niall Mc????? 33.19
21 Garrett 34.16
22 Alan 34.59
23 Ed Smith 35.18
23 Dave Lonnen 35.18
25 Brian Laughalot 35.59
26 Peter McGuicken 36.41
27 Kevin Allen 39.25
- Neville O'Neill dnf


Thanks to Timekeepers: Jon, Karl and Angela

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Killynure - BRICK (26th April 2011)

This training session comprises the straight out and back Killynure bike course followed by a 2 mile run off the bike. The run takes in most of the first hill on the Killynure Road; the turn point convienently marked by a calor LPG butane cyclinder.

The riders went off in one minute intervals on a coolish dry evening.

Mechanical of the night went to Karl who leaned too heavily on his aero bars [one too many Easter Eggs?] making them loose and causing him to record a DNF.

Rising star Angela Burns produced a strong run to come home 1st girl and 9th overall. Angela is one of many who have been improving their running this year by taking part in the popular Park Run 5Ks.

Also of note is David Morrisey who took over 1 minute off his Killynure bike time of 2 weeks ago.

With all these good performances it is perhaps no wonder people are complaining about how tight their aero helmets are becoming!

Results (boys and girls together this week)

Overall-pos Name Bike Bike-pos Run Run-pos Total-time

1 Vaughan 20:29 1 12:36 2 33:05
2 Johnny B 23:32 7 12:13 1 35:45
3 Conor 23:15 4 12:40 3 35:55
4 Colm 23:03 2 13:08 6 36:11
5 Bill 23:10 3 13:08 7 36:18
6 Ciaran H 24:26 10 12:57 4 37:23
7 Alan 23:55 8 13:43 9 37:38
8 Kieran McV 23:27 6 14:13 12 37:40
9 Angela 25:03 13 13:04 5 38:07
10 Peter McG 24:31 11 14:18 13 38:49
11 Garret 24:50 12 14:01 11 38:51
12 David M 23:22 5 15:32 15 38:54
13 Andrew 25:51 16 13:29 8 39:20
14 Ed 25:45 15 13:43 10 39:28
15 Gareth 24:14 9 15:54 16 40:08
16 Alison 25:03 14 15:27 14 40:30
17 Ann 28:27 17 16:55 17 45:22
Karl DNF

Thanks the to time keepers Matt, Desi, Dave, Judith and Wes.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Carryduff - 2UP (19th April 2011)

The randomly drawn pairing of Kettyle and Lyons proved unbeatable in the first 2UP of the season. How these two top cyclists ended up in different halves of the draw in the first place is under investigation.

Despite going on 1 minute intervals there were plenty of battles along the course as riders caught one and another. Most pairs remained together and danced a light fandango down the Comber Road on what was a pleasant evening weatherwise.


All smiles for the camera before the partner pairing draw.


Eamon Hill of Olympia helping out Breda before the race.


Do not adjust your monitor contrast; ginger is this year's red.

Thanks to everyone for competing in the right spirit and making the night enjoyable. Commiserations to Shane for pairing with European Duathlon Age Group winner Paul Carroll. For his reward Shane will now be able to live the dream and eat as many Jaffa Cakes as he wants.

Results

1 Wes & Michael L 30.01 (prize winners)
2 Paul & Shane 30.53 (prize winners)
3 Vaughan & Eddie 31.27
4 Colm & Willie 31.31
5 Neville & Garrett 32.02
6 Johnny the Fox & Emma 32.24
7 Bernard & Hooperman 32.28
8 Matt & Teresa 32.58
9 Jon & Andrew 33.12
10 Clifford & Ali 34.02
11 Desi & Anne 34.03
12 Tony & Angela 34.51
13 Aisling & Claire 36.4
14 Brian Steepridge & Breda 38.36
15 Enda & Paddy 40.49
16 Eamon & Marty DNF

Timekeepers: Maeve Savage, Glen Pollock, Niall Magee and London marathon finisher Ed Smith (3:55).

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Killynure - League Race #3 (12th April 2011)

"I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them." - Edward Verrall Lucas

The spectre of the Killynure Hills was almost overshadowed by the late start and kicked off some out-of-character tardiness rhetoric from World Champion McHenry. The organisers have decided that from now on 6:30 will be the cut off for sign-on.

Over at the Carryduff layby Glen was seen prising a crisp £20 note from Enda's mitten. Good to see Enda is now fully committed to the league. Don't worry, Enda does not look at this site so he will not be offended :)

A few faces from last year made their season debut this week. Welcome back. It is good to see so many of the girls taking part. Up at the front we have Judith Lowry and Alison McConnell but watch out for the fast improving Angela Burns this season.

There were some winners, losers and hard luck stories in the male race. Last weeks winner Stephen McWilliams got stuck behind a silver car out to the turn which stopped his chances of having a go at Paul Carroll. Also, the dreadlocked wonderboy Allum scored a victory over rival Enda (obviously not having a good night).

I won't mention the stop-watch incident near the end. Let's just say we have two stop watches which can be left hanging around the neck if one's hands must be put into warm jacket pockets!

Please do not be put off by the 2UP next week. It is fun and if you are paired with someone better than you it is a good learning experience and you will get to draft. As an incentive there will prizes for first and second places awarded on the night.

Senoritas

1 Judith Lowry 23:12
2 Alison McConnell 24:55
3 Emma Bamford 25:20
4 Maeve Savage 25:25
5 Angela Burns 26:18
6 Caroline Cullen 26:56
7 Anne Duffy 27:00
8 Aisling Trainer 27:23
9 Kate Finn 27:37
10 Claire Burns 28:04

los Senores

1 Paul Carroll 18:28
2 Matt Allum 20:18
3 Vaughan Purnell 20:20
4 Enda Marron 20:34
5 Eamon Hill 20:38
6 Stephen McWilliams 21:10
7 Desi McHenry 21:28
8 Neville O'Neill 22:00
9 Johnny The Fox 22:53
10 Stephen McKeown 22:57
11 Clifford Rodgers 23:12
12 Kieran McVeigh 23:17
13 Jon Reilly 23:26
14 Peter Morrison 23:43
15 Gareth Osborne 23:50
16 Gareth Corry 24:20
17 Marty Lennon 24:22
18 David Morrisey 24:27
19 Willie Noteman 24:43
20 Michael Lyons 24:58
21 Shane Quinn 25:30
22 Niall Magee 25:52
23 Carl King 26:28
24 Peter McGuckin 26:40
25 Thomas Ohagan 27:05
26 Johnny Boylan 27:14
27 Peter Keys 34:03
28 Kevin Allen 38:13

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Temple - Saintfield League Race 2 (5th April 2011)

Second race in and already the battle lines are being drawn on the TT Map. The "no nonsense" McHenry almost did not put his stake on the map at all when he missed the start not once but twice.

Stephen McWilliams on his bike built using US military stealth technology came close to Paul Carroll's last year course record which stands at 26.39. One would not bet on that record standing for long.

Vaughan's season got off to a flat start and left him feeling a bit deflated (and is now writing in the third person as a result). A puncture 3 miles in put an end to his night and put a few grins on some peoples faces; such a sporting bunch! Thanks to the man across the road for providing a pump.

For those who like a bit of stats now and again:
- 1948 views on this site in the last month
- 18% of these are from mobile devices
- "Maeve Cahill" is one of the most searched for keywords - creepy or what!
- 9 page views where from New Zealand. I guess Emma wants to see how her old training buddies are getting on. Hello Emma!

Next week is Killynure: please park at the Carryduff Layby.

1 Alison McConnell 33:38
2 Emma Bamford 34:16
3 Maeve Savage 35:05
4 Angela Burns 36:14
5 Anne Duffy 36:36
6 Heather Bamford 36:49
7 Caroline Cullen 37:50
8 Aisling Trainer 39:25
9 Joan Leonard 41:55

1 Stephen McWilliams 26:51
2 Enda Marron 27:32
3 Eamon Hill 27:58
4 Matt Allum 28:00
5 Desi McHenry 29:12
6 David Morrissey 29:50
7 Neville O'Neill 30:14
8 Michael Lyons 31:04
9 Davey Calvert 31:11
10 Wes Kettyle 31:22
11 Niall Magee 31:59
12 Niall McEnhill 32:12
13 Carl King 32:14
14 Bill Rafferty 32:28
15 Shane Quinn 32:50
16 Dave Lonnen 32:50
17 Garrett Green 32:52
18 Thomas Ohagan 32:52
19 Marty Lennon 33:40
20 Ed Smith 34:22
21 Tom Mitchell 35:04
22 Peter McGuckin 35:06
23 Andrew McMurray 36:14
24 Conal Cahill 36:20
25 Kevin Allen 39:15
DNF Vaughan Purnell DNF

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Carryduff - Ballgowan League Race 1 (29th March 2011)

Desi's Monday night pool side talk must have made an impact as there were an impressive number of people at sign-on before 6:15pm. This really helps so thank you to those people.

A cold and misty night did not deter a record turnout - almost 50 including the time keepers. There is a cap of around 50 people so these Tue night training events are essentially full (first-come-first-served).

A few points that people may not be aware of:
1) Shout your number loud and clearly when you cross the line; no-one is breaking the sound barrier so you will not lose any time.
2) Everyone shares the time keeping. Over the season you should only have to time keep twice. Don't be shy volunteering.
3) If it's ever a misty night again please use a rear light.

The first week is always a bit business like and we'll get to critiquing the clothes and bikes next week.

Female Results

1 Judith 33:50
2 Alison 36:00
3 Emma 36:36
4 Joanne 37:31
5 Heather 37:33
6 Teresa 38:42
7 Aisling 39:53
8 Anne Duffy 39:58
9 Angela 40:01
10 Clare 40:26
11 Caroline 43:28
12 Breda 46:14
13 Joan 48:19


Male Results

1 Paul 28:10
2 Stephen 29:05
3 Eamon 29:25
4 Enda 29:34
5 Matthew 29:58
6 Barry 31:40
7 David M 31:50
8 Ciffard 32:16
9 Colm 32:22
10 Pat 32:31
11 Neville 33:17
12 Desi 33:28
13 Noel 33:30
14 Michael 34:18
15 Bill 34:18
16 Wes 34:20
17 Gregg 34:25
18 B Lookback 34:35
19 Micheal 34:43
20 Johnny B 35:03
21 Ed 35:22
22 Shane 35:28
23 Niall McEnhill 35:32
24 Peter McGuckin 36:27
25 Niall Magee 36:52
26 Conall 37:39
27 Garrett 38:46
28 Dave Lonnen 39:24
29 Brian 40:19
30 Peter Keys 41:33

Timekeepers: Vaughan, Marty and Gareth

Friday, 11 February 2011

2011 season

The TT League starts on the 29th March.

Please aim to turn up for 6:15pm on the first night to allow time for signing on.

Reminder: You must be a member of Triathlon Ireland to take part in training. Please show your TI card at sign-on.

TT Training 2017

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.