Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Temple - League#12 (28th Aug 2012)

The last league TT of the 2012 season took place under sunny skies. The strength of wind varied depending on who you asked. At least last weeks discussion on the volume of extra oxygen in the air after rain was not revisited!

Eamon Hill was due to go out first but missed his start slot due to badly mistiming his warmup.Nevertheless the tanned one eventually got away, leaving from the back of the grid.

Judith Lowry once again dominated the ladies race. It's hard to see how the other ladies are going to respond to Lowry's times other than getting Miss Lowry moved into the mens category.

Vaughan Purnell finished off with a clean sweep in the last three league TTs (with 3 PBs) this time only just holding off a charging Peter Morrison by 9 secs.

Next week is the last TT of the year. The format will be twice up Drumbo Hill, going off 30 mins. Please arrive at the Drum Bridge car park for sign on at 18:30 latest.

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.”
 - George Harrison

1 Vaughan Purnell  26:39
2 Peter Morrison   26:48
3 Eamon Hill       27:09
4 Mark Millar      27:48
5 Enda Marron      28:04
6 Neville O'Neil   28:28
7 Dave Lonnen      28:42
- Colm Hanratty    28:42
9 Gavin Browne     28:53
10 Kieran McVeigh  29:06
11 Matt Allum      29:31
12 Desi McHenry    29:53
13 Mark Heron      30:12
14 Chris Fleming   30:41
15 Bill Rafferty   30:54
16 Michael Davis   32:13
17 Karl King       34:00
1  Judith Lowry    28:56
2  Aisling Trainor 32:11
3  Aisling Allum   32:48
4  Emma Kerr       34:24

Thanks to timekeepers Niall Magee and Shane Quinn.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Carryduff Ballygowan - League#11 (21st Aug 2012)

The thunder showers thankfully passed before the 18:45 start time. The sign on took place at the usual picnic table in the layby to the sonic backdrop of the Foo Fighters pumping it out from the Boucher Road.

A hypersonic Lowry turned in a lightning quick time becoming the first of the fairer sex this century to dip under 30 mins for the Carryduff quadrangle course. In the battle of the Emmas it was the Sharkey one was was fastest on the night. It should be mentioned that Miss Kerr did however improve on last weeks performance. In the battle of the Aislings it was the Allum one who came out top. However Miss Trainor was undoubtedly still recovering from the Groomsport Half at the weekend.

It was good to see Matt 'Predator' Allum back after several weeks illness. Meanwhile Johnny Boylan continues to play the game of TT bluffaroo by obviously holding back in training and saving it for race day! Come to think of it that sounds quite a good idea.

Top of the penalty board this week was Hooperman and Mark Millar for blatant drafting between Ballygowan and Moneyreagh. As Master Yoda would say "named and shamed, you are!".


1 Judith Lowry      29:55
2 Emma Sharkey      34:02
3 Emma Kerr         34:47
4 Aisling Allum     35:07
5 Aisling Trainor   36:25

1 Vaughan Purnell   28:04
2 Peter Morrison    28:38
3 Mark Millar       29:02
4 Enda Marron       29:13
5 Dave Lonnen       29:22
6 Jonny Hooper      30:22
7 Desi McHenry      30:45
8 Matt Allum        30:54
9 Shane Quinn       31:23
10 Glen Pollock     31:24
11 Mark Heron       31:25
12 Johnny Boylan    32:42
13 Wes Kettyle      33:02
14 Karl King        33:25
15 Frank Sharkey    33:28
16 Peter McGuickan  33:38
17 Johnny Megarry   33:55
18 Michael Davis    34:51

Thanks to time keeper Willie.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Killynure - League#10 (14th Aug 2012)

The weather was unusually pleasant this evening with some blue sky arching over the Killynure Road. Also for a change the riders went off on 1 min intervals rather than 30 secs.

Glen Pollock punctured on the cycle up to Killynure but was able to carry out a repair and still make the start. It should be noted that due to Pollock's weak upper body strength he could only pump around 80 psi  into the new tube. More pressups required!

The TT bike twins of Morrison and Millar continued their good form finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Meanwhile Michael Davis is to work on his confidence for next week. The "Game of Thrones" extra was heard at the start saying "put me first, I'm slow". Now, Davis does not need quite as much confidence as Jamie Lannister but a bit more positive mental atitude should help.

In the Ladies race the benevolent Miss Lowry was clear first with Miss Kerr slipping back a few places to 4th position. In the battle of the Aislings it was the Allum one that got the better on Killynure this time.

Note: A distinct lack of Olympians tonight who will no doubt be back in force next week with all their new gear.


1 Vaughan Purnell      19.49
2 Peter Morrison       20.23
3 Mark Millar            21.03
4 Gavin Browne        21.26
5 Enda Marron          21.35
6 Shane Quinn           22.04
7 Dave Lonnen          22.15
8 John McManus       22.27
9 Glen Pollock           22.40
9 Jonny Hooper         22.40
11 Johnny Boylan       23.00
12 Michael Davis        23.46
13 Johnny Megarry     24.41
14  Peter McGuickan  24.45
15   Karl King             25.16

1 Judith Lowry            22.48
2 Aisling Allum            24.49
3 Aisling Trainor          25.09
4 Emma Kerr              25.20

Thanks to time keepers Mike Millar, Wes and David Morrisey

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Carryduff Handicap (7th Aug 2012)

The weather was surprisingly tolerable this evening; not a bright summer evening but at least it was dry and calm.

The course was the usual Carryduff / Ballgowan circuit with the riders this time given a time handicap and it was a straight "first across the line" race. Forget about times, this was just about the final positions and glory.

After an earlier frustrating incident with a spreadsheet the offset times were allocated just before the TT start. In theory the riders should all be quite close at the end. And indeed this was the case with most of the positions being decided on the final ascent of the Moneyreagh drumlin.

Dave Lonnen snatched the gold medal and also de-chicked himself from Miss Lowry at the same time. Carl King, representing New Zealand, finished a very commendable second place. In bronze position was Glen "I'm taking it easy tonight" Pollock who obviously decided on a new strategy of not taking it easy once things kicked off. Top girl was Emma Sharkey in fourth place who overhauled her Dad Frank along the way.

Results (no times this week unfortunately due to only having one timekeeper)

1. Dave Lonnen
2. Carl King
3. Glen Pollock
4. Emma Sharkey
5. Frank Sharkey
6. Vaughan Purnell
7. Donald Evans
8. Peter McGuicken
9. Ali McConnell
10. Enda Marron
11. Johnny Megarry
12. Peter Morrison
13. Aisling Allum
14. Judith Lowry
15. Ed Smith 

Thanks to Wes for timekeeping.

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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