Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Drumbo Hill Climb (3rd Sep 2013)

The TT season closed out with a double ascent of Drumbo Hill. Mike Millar carefully counted the riders off in 1 minute intervals which gave him plenty of time to check out everyones gear and cycling shoes in particular.

This is then an apt time to thank our sponsor McConvey Cycles. Having sponsorship adds to the overall TT series and allows us to have a prizegiving night at the end of season. Please try and visit their shop on Ormeau Avenue, mention the TT league and have a look around. For advice on anything feel free to ask for Mike.

Back to the TT and everyone returned to the second start in time. Almost! The exception was Miss Trainor who spent overlong enjoying the view of Belfast Hills.

Mark Kane impressed overall once more, moving off the line with a cleat click-in smoother than Mark Millar's legs.

Congratulations to Christen McMaster on a maiden TT victory. The Olympian triathlete pipped Miss Kerr from Invictus with two equally gauged precision climbs.

A big well done to all riders this season and thanks for sharing the Tue night duties. There have been plenty of great performances and lots of competition between the various groups that form throughout the field. Keep a look out for details on the upcoming prizegiving night.


Paul Carroll        07:32    07:43    15:15
Mark Millar         07:45    08:14    15:59
Gavin Browne        08:03    08:27    16:30
Glen Pollock        08:34    08:34    17:08
Wes Kettyle         08:40    08:51    17:31
Steve Begley        08:47    08:49    17:36
Bill Rafferty       08:57    09:13    18:10
Paul Hetherington   09:10    09:27    18:37
Desi McHenry        09:35    09:36    19:11
Peter McGuicken     10:18    10:31    20:49

Christen McMaster    09:44    09:44    19:28
Emma Kerr            09:46    09:52    19:38
Aisling Trainor      10:00    10:05    20:05
Special guest           
Mark Kane           06:39    06:56    13:35

Thanks to timekeepers Enda, Mike Millar and Vaughan.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Temple - League#12 (27th Aug 2013)

An all-star cast turned out for the final league race of the 2013 season at Temple and, whilst the sun wasn’t exactly splitting the trees, it was a dry evening with a slight tailwind to help the testers on their way.

When Enda rocked up to the first TT of the season to reveal a fluorescent dave kane skin suit one would have been very much mistaken to think this wouldn’t become one of the fastest growing trends the TT league would have seen since the pointy helmets were launched some years before.

Emma would appear to be one of the few sticking with the more traditional rear light option, however, the start line was maybe not the best time for deciding where the most aero position would be to locate it.

Before the off it wasn’t fancied as being a particularly fast night but the stopwatch differed with the top 6 all coming in under the 26 minute mark and the course record obliterated by Mark Kane making a guest appearance. Mike took second spot and Vaughan, making a rare appearance this season, took third.

It was Judith who again topped the ladies podium even after towing her husband down the final stretch who, having closed the 30 second deficit, just couldn’t make the pass or maybe he just wasn’t allowed ?

Next week could see the aero gizmo's set to one side as we head for the drumbo hill climb.

- Mark M

League Results

Judith Lowry             28:55
Aisling Trainor          33:09
Julie Stewart            33:40
Emma Kerr                34:04

Mike Miller              25:25
Vaughan Purnell          25:46
Paul Carroll             25:55
Enda Marron              25:58
Peter Morrison           27:26
Kevin Egan               27:45
Neville O’Neill          27:54
Bill Rafferty            28:46
Dave Lonnen              28:24
Desi McHenry             29:52
Brian Kinsella           30:00
Steve Begley             30:52
Paul Hetherington        34:07

Special Guests
Mark Kane                23:42
Brendan McCourt          27:43

Thanks to Timekeepers Eamon and Mark M

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Carryduff - League#11 (20th Aug 2013)

Many worries preceded the Carryduff TT tonight - Desi the meteorologist worried it would rain,  Mr. Lonnen, new husband worried he would be chicked, and everyone worried about Neville when he arrived to inform them he was leaving as his carbon road bike was too heavy to race in.

Enda's pre-race cape had yet another outing this evening but its lack of aerodynamics saw it left on the side of the road.  In hindsight he should perhaps have removed another layer of clothing as for the first time in most living legends memory there was a tie for first place between the male riders.  Paul and Enda could not be separated, coming in with a top drawer time.  Timing chips may need to be employed next year if this is to become a trend, although the weight of them around the ankle may become an issue for some.

After a few weeks absence Desi proved he is still D'man.  Apparently away on holiday for a 'rest' he was spotted on the bike by cycling colleagues from another club, who reported that "the sweat was lashing off him!"   

Peter McGuckin didn't let a recent fight with a horse stop him tonight, you want to see the horse! 

While Wes whizzed on oblivious to all, Aisling did the lawful thing and stopped at the traffic lights sacrificing precious seconds to help uphold the Green Cross Code.

And finally, the rain stayed away and Dave had nothing to worry about..........for now.

- Emma



Judith:                   30.49
Ali                       33.47
Aisling T                 35.42

Paul Carroll              27.49
Enda Marron               27.49
Peter Morrison            28.12
Eamon Hill                28.46
Kevin Egan                28.56
Bill Rafferty             30.34
Dave Lonnen               30.40 
Desi McHenry              31.21
Brian Kinsella            31.23
Wes Kettyle               31.37
Steve Begley              32.43
Stephen Smartt            33.59
Peter McGuckin            35.21

Thanks to timekeepers Paul H and Emma.  A stressful job!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Killynure - League#10 (13th Aug 2013)


Judith     21:52
Emma       23:36
Ali        24:20
Maeve      25:18

Mark       19:28
Enda       19:45
Gavin      20:23
Wes        21:56
Paul       22:33

Thanks to Neville for timekeeping and results.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Temple - League#9 (6th Aug 2013)


Mark Miller         25:40
Peter Morrison      25:53
Neville             26:39
Gavin Browne        28:05
Wes                 30:27
Eamon               31:00
Alastair            34:40


Emma                33:14
Aisling Trainor     33:23
Heather             36:12

Thanks to Brian Kinsella for timekeeping.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Carryduff - League#8 (30th July 2013)


Judith       31:24
Emma         34:20
Julie        35:33
Aisling T    35:51

Mike M       27:00
Paul C       27:26
Mark M       27:52
Peter M      28:12
Eamon        28:46
Kevin        28:59
Gavin        29:11
Paul T       29:19
Neville      29:31
Brian K      29:36
George G     30:25
Dave L       30:27
Bill         30:33
Davy C       30:41
Desi         31:24
Paul H       33:24
Johnny M     34:40

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Killynure - League#7 (23rd July 2013)

Mark Millar               19:44 
Enda                      20:14
Kevin Egan                20:58
Dave Lonnen               22:30
Desi                      22:47
Wes                       23:09
Peter McGuckin            24:40
Johnny Megarry            24:45
Alistair                  25:48
Bill Rafferty             DNF
Neville                   DNS (forgot his shoes) 

Thanks to timekeepers Julie and Judith.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Temple 2LAP (16th July 2013)

The second 2LAP Temple TT ran in good conditions for a change.

Enzo Marron decimated the field, taking 70 seconds of his 2LAP Temple PB.

Mechanical failure this week went to Neville who had a problem with his bottom bracket.

Sporting acheivements outside of the TT are not usually mentioned in these blog posts. The main reason for this is there would be too many to consistently mention (showing what a talented bunch you are). However, congratulations go to Mark Millar this week for an excellent time of 10 hrs 1 min in Roth Ironman. Mark is a regular at the TT and has improved steadily over the last 12 months.


Emma            31:30    01:05:30
Ali             33:08    01:07:46
Julie           33:28    01:09:27
Judith          29:58    

Enda           26:00    53:00
Vaughan        26:53    54:20
Eamon          27:49    56:47
Bill           28:45    58:56
Davy C         29:16    59:20
Mark H         29:16    59:20
Wes            31:35    01:04:00
Peter McG      33:42    01:09:00
Neville        DNF

Thanks to timekeeper Glen.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Harbour estate brick details

Here is the brick session for Tue. Please digest.

12 min run (1 lap) run anti-clockwise
4 lap bike cadence @95
1st lap zone 3 other 3 max effort zone 4/5
5 min recovery run zone 3
4 lap bike cadence @105  zone 4/5
12 min run (1 lap) zone 4
Option of cycling from pec Car park barrier at 6.
Session lasts approx 1hr15/20
Remember new meet point and 18:30 start.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Temple 2LAP (2nd July 2013)

The TT started in moderately dry conditions but after a few minutes a deluge of rain came along creating large puddles and fogging visors.

The riders went off in minute intervals although that did not stop Mr McHenry subtracting 30 seconds, rather than the mathematically simpler 1 minute, from the stop watch times. If nothing else the "30 second subtract" test keeps the mind razor sharp.

The Lonnens were their usual tardy selves. Rumour has it that it may be Dave at fault - spending time doing his hair or something. Definitely would not be Mrs Lonnen!

Enda was not so much as a DNF but a THU (Throw Head Up). The THU was attributed to a lack of calories in the diet.

Next week we are back brick training with our close relatives (QUB) at the Harbour Estate.
Start time:  6.15 meet for 6.30 start


Judith Lonnen      31:00    01:04:26
Julie              34:50    01:11:34
Emma Kerr          34:44    01:11:42


Vaughan Purnell    26:52    54:47
Mark Millar        27:00    55:02
Neville O'Neill    27:11    56:02
Gavin Browne       28:42    58:32
Chris Fleming      29:17    59:22
Dave Lonnen        29:09    59:27
Bill Rafferty      29:44    01:01:32
Wes Kettyle        30:52    01:03:00
Peter McGuicken    33:47    01:09:53
Enda Marron        DNF    

Thanks to timekeepers Desi, Peter Morrison (photographer), Mark Heron and Glen.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Easy spin and pint

Safe to say everyone enjoyed this weeks easy spin.

There were a few worried faces when the ride started on Killynure but it all worked out well in the end.

Even Desi let his hair down (pun intended), enjoying a pint at the "4 Winds" while catching the last rays of the setting Sun and listening to the soothing beeping of Garmin watches going into powersave mode.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Killynure Brick (18th June 2013)

Thanks to QUB Tri club for running last weeks brick session at the harbour estate. It can only be a good thing to have some inter club training.

Results for Killynure brick 
1. Emma 24:44  16:52  41:36
1. Matt 21:47  12:15  34:02
2. Chris 21:14  13:21  34:35
3. Steve 23:22  12:48  36:10
4. Paul 23:35  16:30  40:05
Bike only
Enda 20:00
Desi 22:14
Colm 22:53
Wes 23:00
Time keepers - Paul Carroll , Mark Millar 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

BBQ update

The BBQ and bike orienteering will be given a miss this year.

Instead, on the 25th June, be ready to leave the Carryduff layby at the usual time of 18:45. The plan will be a recovery ride (so make sure you do a hard session on Monday) for about an hour. After we will go for a beer, perhaps at the White Horse in Saintfield.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Temple 2 LAP (4th June 2013)

Two notices before the results.

1) Next week we are joining the QUB brick session

Start time: 18:30
Location: Heron Road, off Airport Road West
Map link
Session time: typically 60-90mins
Bring your running shoes.
There should be a group cycling down, leaving Queens PEC at 18:15.
Flat quiet roads and no stop watches!

2) The BBQ evening (Tues 25th June)

There will be an email sent today about the BBQ. Please RSVP as soon as possible.
The BBQ will only run this year if people commit to going upfront. It takes to much effort to come up with a bike orienteering course and put on a BBQ for only a small group. If there is not enough interest we will just go out for an easy roll that evening and have a beer after.


Paul Carroll         00:51:13
Mark Millar          00:53:27
Neville O'Neill      00:53:32
Enda Marron          00:54:18
Eamon Hill           00:55:07
Peter Morrison       00:55:09
Colm Hanratty        00:58:24
James Gilmer         00:58:30
Bill Rafferty        00:59:21
Desi McHenry         00:59:21
Steve Begley         01:05:19
Paul Herrington      01:06:52
Peter McGuicken      01:07:40
Karl                 DNF
David Morrissey      DNF

Judith Lowry        01:03:08
Ali McConnell       01:06:17
Aisling Trainor     01:06:40
Julie Stewart       01:10:59
Emma Kerr           ?

Thanks to Matt Allum, an under pressure solitary timekeeper.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Annahilt (28th May 2013)

Very few of the 1148 residents of Annahilt village were lining the streets to welcome the Time Triallers to town but they certainly missed an eventful evening with PR’s all round (Lets not mention that this was the inaugural running on this course). It may have been that they had all re-located to the Glebe Road junction, incorrectly assuming that “Point A” on a given map might, perhaps, mark the start point of the parcours but the Tifosi were thin on the ground nonetheless.

It was their loss really as there were a number of standout performances from this particular fast-looking bunch. Over recent years the array of aero-enhancements making their appearance at the Tuesday TT’s have included the famed pointy-hats, disc wheels, TT Bikes and figure-hugging skinsuits but tonight it was apparent in the Ladies race that nothing gives as much aero advantage as reverting to your maiden name. The previously underwhelming Mrs Lonnen was replaced at sign-on by Miss Lowry, who returned to the top step of the podium, much to the chagrin of her husband who was seen trying to amend the results board. Looks like wedded bliss losses you a good 25 watts at threshold – a salutary lesson thus for Emma and Aisling who took silver and bronze this week.

Meanwhile in the gentleman’s section Mark Millar, fresh from last week’s victory, decided that all this aero gear wasn’t up to much after all and dispensed with the BMC Time Machine, opting for the Cervelo Road Bike this week, opening the door for those in a more aggressive position (On the bike that is). In the end Enda’s tractor-free run gave him the victory by a very narrow margin from Vaughan, with the time-keepers able to confirm that visual, rather than verbal timings were taken to negate scurrilous accusations of ventriloquism (You know who you are!). Notching a second win in the league this year may lead to imitators of Enda’s signature post warm-up attire – Capes could seen be very “in” on a Tuesday night, not the Godfather of Soul but more the Godfather of Roll.

[This weeks guest blog was brought to you by Gavin Browne]

Ladies Invitational

Judith Lowry                     23.52
Emma Kerr                        24.55
Aisling Trainor                  25.06
Ali McConnell                    25.33
Julie Stewart                    27.10

Gentleman’s Race

Enda Marron                      20.38
Vaughan Purnell                  20.42
Peter Morrison                   20.52
Mark Millar                      21.51
Matt Allum                       22.37
Chris McNevison                  22.41
Bill Rafferty                    22.46
Mark Herron                      23.07
Glen Pollock                     23.34
Steve Begley                     24.47
Dave Lonnen                      25.02
Stephen Smartt                   25.23
Peter McGuckin                   25.39

Thanks to the sharp dressed time keepers: Gavin and Tony
Thanks also to Desi who was born wearing running shoes and denim jeans.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Temple - League#6 (21st May 2013)

A Day that seemed to suggest there will be a sunny Temple TT but alas a false dawn. It turned out to be an overcast & chilly evening that welcomed 18 hardened 'Testers' ... Some even on their summer kit !!!!

The lady's were led home by Emma followed by Mrs Lowry Lonen only 9 secs behind, then came the 2 Aisling's...Fair play to Aisling T, she had been competing at the weekend winter Half IM in Collingstown.....

The Gents also had a very close finish for podium places. Mark Miller took the honours followed by Enda and Peter Morrison , only 12 secs separated them . Poor Enda has had no luck with Temple on the 2 occasions thus far. The chain put an end to his 1st and then tonite a Tractor passed him just as he started the TT, then indicated a turn and slowed up all the traffic behind it including poor Enda !!!! perhaps Time Keep next time at Temple :-)

A couple of the Boyz missed their time offs and had to be rescheduled , I thought this was rare but Desie informed it happens more often than you think !!!

 [Thanks to this Eamon, this weeks guest blogger]

Emma Kerr            31.35
Judith Lowry         31.44
Aising Trainor       33.13
Aisling Allum        33.19
Mark Millar          26.34
Enda Marron          26.41
Peter Morrison       26.46
Gavin Browne         27.51
Vaughn Purnell       27.59
Kevin Egan           28.25
Matt Allum           28.52
Neill Weir           28.58
Tony Wilcox          29.05
Bill Rafferty        29.08
David Calvert        29.25
David Morrissey      30.52
Peter McGuckin       32.29
Allistair Sweetnam   35.59
Thanks to timekeepers: Desi, Heather and Eamon

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Carryduff - League#5 (14th May 2013)

Two Legends tonight deserve a special mention for battling on in the face of adversity. Mark Millar and Neville O'Neill, bless their little cotton socks, are both back from recent adventures on the European continent. Millar completed a 70.3 in Majorca in a superb time of 4hrs 44mins and O'Neill clocked up 400 miles of cycling in Spain as part of the Invictus training camp.

' Mechanical misfortune (is there any other type) of the night goes to Ms Kerr. The invictus lady t had her chain come off which cost precious seconds. Ms Kerr reckoned after it was at least 20 seconds!

Welcome to new girl Judith Lonnen at her first TT. If Miss Lonnen bares any resemblance to a former TT girl Miss Lowry then it is only in passing. If nothing else the bike times show they are definitely different people.


1 Mike Millar       27:59
2 Eamon Hill        28:26
3 Enda Marron       28:49
4 Mark Millar       28:53
5 Neville O'Neil    28:54
6 Kevin Egan        29:29
7 James Gwyther     30:35
8 Matt Allum        31:18
9 Brian Kinsella    31:22;
10 Desi McHenry     31:25
11 David Morrissey  32:20
12 Peter McGuicken  34:50
13 Dave Lonnen      35:07
14 Stephen Smartt   38:04

1 Aisling Allum     35:17
2 Judith Lonnen     35:33
3 Emma Kerr         35:36
4 Heather Bamford   35:49
5 Aisling Trainor   37:02    

Thanks to timekeepers: Ed and Maeve

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Timekeeping thanks

Just a thanks to all those who have helped out with the on-the-night-duties so far this year.
The altruists among us are:

Desi McHenry
Glen Pollock
Dave Lonnen
Vaughan Purnell
Alistair Sweetham
Wes Kettyle
Mark Heron
Bill Rafferty
Neville O'Neil
Enda Marron
Chris Fleming
Aisling ?
(Ed Smith)

It really helps when people do not have to be coerced into timekeeping and volunteer willingly.

If you have not helped out yet please offer at next opportunity.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Killynure - League#4 (7th May 2013)


1 Peter Morrison        19.36
2 Enda Marron           19.54
3 Mark Millar           20.09
4 Eamonn Hill           20.13
5 Gavin Brown           20.44
6 Tony Wilcox           20.44
7 Bill Rafferty         21.31
8 Desi McHenry          21.58
9 Steve Begley          23.25
10 Allister Sweetham    27.53

1 Emma Kerr             23.55
2 Ali McConnell         24.35
3 Maeve Ciesik          26.33

Thanks to the time keepers: Chris Fleming, Ed Smith and Aisling.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Carryduff to Ballynahinch turnaround (30th April 2013)

The "Carryduff to Ballynahinch turnaround" course took place on a dry but chilly evening. This TT presents an interesting test because there are no turns or "rest" sections; the riders have about 10 minutes recovery at the turnaround and an uphill pedal to the finish.

The star of the night was not a rider, but a timekeeper. Enda Marron, possibly time keeping for the first time ever, exceeded himself by providing buns and juice at the end of the training session. This gesture goes part way to make up for his sweary abuse of pensioner McHenry at the Temple TT briefing last week. Messrs Calvert and Hanratty were also heard to be muttering at said pensioner for entirely different reasons (the reason may be deduced by looking at the results).

Thanks to Mark Heron for writing last weeks TT blog. The ghost writer did a grand job with the report and even fooled some of the regular readers. Comments that it was an inferior knock off were mostly ignored. Heron had his opus fifth version of the report ready to publish but sadly missed the deadline.

Results are out split, in split and total time (sadly we cannot see Neville's lovely colour coded columns).

1    Paul Carroll         00:14:28    00:14:30    00:28:58
2    Peter Morrison       00:14:47    00:15:16    00:30:03
3    Mike Miller          00:15:05    00:15:17    00:30:22
4    Vaughan Purnell      00:15:13    00:15:32    00:30:45
5    Mark Miller          00:15:38    00:15:27    00:31:05
6    Gavin Browne         00:15:50    00:15:32    00:31:22
7    Eamon Hill           00:15:40    00:15:46    00:31:26
8    Chris Fleming        00:16:18    00:16:20    00:32:38
9    Desi McHenry         00:16:36    00:16:50    00:33:26
10    David Calvert       00:16:40    00:17:00    00:33:40
11    Colm Hanratty       00:16:46    00:17:06    00:33:52
12    Mark Heron          00:17:04    00:17:10    00:34:14
13    Matt Allum          00:16:52    00:17:23    00:34:15
14    Wes Kettyle         00:17:37    00:17:04    00:34:41
15    Alistair Sweetham   00:21:25    00:21:52    00:43:17

1    Maeve                00:18:39    00:18:25    00:37:04
2    Aisling T            00:19:17    00:19:05    00:38:22
3    Heather Bamford      00:19:54    00:19:31    00:39:25

Thanks to timekeepers Bill Rafferty, Neville O'Neil and Enda Marron.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Temple - League#3 (23rd April 2013)

Temple is defined as a structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities, such as prayer and sacrifice. On a calm Spring evening at Temple tonight, there many prayers being muttered as 23 riders lined up to "sacrifice " their honour and pursue their spiritual love for speed.

Aisling Trainor just back from recent injury claimed podium for the ladies, with Aisling Allum pursuing in second place. As proof, in case it was needed, as to the effort exerted in this "training" league, there were joint times in both ladies and men's. Emma Kerr and Maeve Ciesik cold not be separated in third place.

Paul Carroll scalped the opposition, in 25.02 although he wasn't sure if it was him or not being announced as "Paul Carlisle " at race start. Apologies from Mark ! The remaining men could hardly be separated with 3 riders claiming sub 27 mins and 3 more sub 29 mins. Peter Morrsion, with his winter training firmly behind him, produced a blisterin time of 26.02 to take second place and Vaughan, now "released " on his new Cannodale  TT bike came in just 18 seconds behind  in 3rd place. Mark Millar also produced the goods tonight with  26.41 and looks set for his best triathlon season yet. As in the ladies race there were joint times for Eamon Hill and Neville O'Neill and PB for Bill Rafferty.

Unfortunately tonight for Enda, his front mech let him down, "sacrificing " his podium position from last week. Thanks to Stephen  Smartt who stopped to help Enda, taking valuable minutes off his finishing time.

Next week is Ballynahinch. Please register online if not already done so as points can be added to the league. It was great to see so many at their first TT of the year tonight.

Finally, we wish both Dave and Judith happiness on their wedding day too! Congratulations !!!
As Desi and Vaughan explained there will be no  "2 UPs" this year. Little did they know that they could do nothing to stop the passionate love of 2 of the darlings of the TT league, Mr Lonnen, and Miss Lowry (for the time being) as they chase their own "2 UP the Aisle ".

[Mark Herron]

1. Aisling Trainor     32.09
2. Aisling Alum.       32.45
3. Emma Kerr           33.15
3. Maeve Ciesik.       33.15
5. Heather Bamford     34.26
6. Ali McConnell       34.43

1. Paul Carroll        25.02
2. Peter Morrison      26.02
3. Vaughan Purnell     26.20
4. Mark Millar         26.41
5. Neville O'Neill     28.12
5. Eamon Hill.         28.12
7. Dave Lonnen         28:27 
8. Bill Rafferty       28.43
9. Dessie McHenry      29.18
10. Davy Calvert       29.31
11. Glen Pollock.      29.42
12. Steve Begley.      31.15
13. Peter McGuckin     32.54
14. Stephen Smartt     33.54

Thanks to Wes and Mark Herron for time keeping. Also thanks to Ed for doing the math when the other two looked puzzled.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Online Entry and duties

The online entry is now active.


A duty rota will be posted shortly as people enter online. If you cannot make your allocated night it will be up to you to arrange someone else to do it.

The duties on the night, shared between 2-3 people,  are:
  • bringing the signs and equipment boxes to the sign on location
  • putting the road signs out
  • managing the disclaimer form at the start
  • managing the start list
  • starting the TT on time at 18:45, setting the riders off at 30 sec intervals
  • recording the times and numbers of riders finishing
  • passing the signs and equipment onto whoever is doing next week
  • entering the results into an excel spreadsheet and emailing this to Vaughan
  • race writeup [optional]
Please ask Desi where the road signs go.

If this seems like a lot it is not really when you break it down. We have 2 sessions this year with the QUB Tri club and the Summer BBQ. Two weeks are already done. Hence, if you take these out we only have about 17 weeks. No one should have to give up more than two sessions in the season.

Week 1 : Desi, Glen
Week 2: Vaughan, Alistair
Week 3: Wes, Mark Heron

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Carryduff - League#2 (16th April 2013)

Weather conditions were dry and breezy for the first TT of the year on the Carryduff - Ballygowan triangonal course.

Headlining the show tonight was Enda Marron. Marron was seen by many as the big star of yesteryear, regularly showboating his way around the TT courses. Last year however he struggled to find form but this season "Mr. Dolomite" clearly means business.

One first tonight was Neville O'Neil performing a warmup on the turbo trainer. Most people take a 400m spin for a warmup, if at all. The question is now how many people will bring their turbo next Tue evening?

Online entry will hopefully be active in the next day or two. The delay has been due to the Ulster Bank being completely incompetent. Details will be posted on this site.


1. Judith Lowry        33.18
2. Aisling Trainor     38.45

1. Enda Marron         28.58
2. Peter Morrison      29.16
3.  Mark Miller        29.30
4.  Neville O'Neil     29.40
5.  Eamon Hill         29.42
6.  Bill Rafferty      31.24
7.  Desi McHenry       31.36
8.  Connor McKenna     31.37
9.  Chris Fleming      31.40
9.   Tony Wilcox       31.40
10.  Dave Lonnen       31.56
11. Wes Kyttle         32.28
12. David Morrisey     32.36
13.  Mark Heron        32.41
14.  Glen Pollock      32.45
15.  Peter McGuickan   37.57
16.  Colin Preshaw     39.08

Thanks to time keepers: Vaughan and Alistair

Next week timekeepers are Mark Heron and Wes.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Killynure - League#1 (9th April 2013)

Like a Spring Blizzard the TT season sprung back into action on what was a chilly night.

Matt Allum in an effort to beat the cold looked very comfortable in a pair of 40 denier black tights. The "Predator" meets "Ziggy Stardust" look could be set to be this years fashion trend.

For anyone wondering why Vaughan's new TT bike finished mid field it was not the bike's fault. The bike in fact was great and it was Vaughan's calves that packed in 800m before the finish line.

"mighty oaks from little acorns grow" - Chaucer


1     Mark Millar       20:52
2     Gavin Browne      21:15
3     Tony Wilcox       22:13
4     Enda Marron       22:14
5     Matt Allum        22:37
6     Bill Rafferty     23:04
7     Mark Heron        23:20
8     Vaughan Purnell   23:21
9     David Morrissey   24:08
10    Adam Robinson     25:53
11    Conor Preshaw     26:28
12    Peter McGuicken   27:07
13    Alistair Sweetham 30:14

1     Emma Kerr          25:24
2     Claire McLearnon   26:09     

Thanks to the time keepers: Desi, Glen and Dave Lonnen.

Note: there will be a further post explaining how the duties will be shared out this year.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Season 2013 kickoff

Online Entry
It looks like we will not have the online entry ready in time for the first TT. There has been a delay with the bank concerning signatures. Hence for the first week do not bring your £25 - money will only be taken through the online system. The entry system should be in place for the second week; at this time only those entered through the online system may participate.

First night instructions
A couple of simple things to remember for the first TT at Killynure:
  • Arrive at the Carryduff layby for signon by 18:30 at the latest.
  • People driving should park at the Carryduff layby; we do not want anyone parking on the Killynure Road.
  • Have your TI license ready and rear light on the bike.
  • Only the first 50 sign-ons accepted. There is no holding of places for others. This will be the normal procedure this year.
  • Be ready to roll from the startline on the Killynure Road from18:45.
  • Remember your allocated number and shout it clearly at the timekeepers.
  • Cycle safely as you would on any normal open public road.
  • If overtaking another rider, give a shout to let them know you are coming past.
This is your mission should you choose to accept it.....

Monday, 4 February 2013

2013 season


Planning is underway for the 2013 TT training season. A provisional calendar is available - see bottom of page.

Coming soon: online registration.

Some of the changes this year are:
  1. Online registration (£25)
  2. Sharing of Tuesday night duties between the 3 clubs
  3. No more 2UPS or hanicaps
  4. One new course to try out
  5. Two brick sessions in the harbour estate
  6. There will be no limit on places but each TT will be restricted to first 50 on the night. We have never had 50 before so this should not be an issue.

Watch this space for more information.

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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