Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Carrduff - League#5 (27th May 2014)

A cool dry evening for the Carryduff TT.

Many people are reasonably serious about the TTs but tonight it was refreshing to be reminded that the time keeping remains often amateurish at best. Miss Kerr and Mr. Hillis were in charge tonight and apart from a constantly revised list of top three times, wrong winners called out, missed times and incorrect time subtractions everything went smoothly. Calls to introduce a timing chip RFID system were somewhat premature and uncalled for.

It was discovered that Desi McHenry is missing a vital piece of kit in his arsenal; namely a soft shell bag for his aero helmet. Upon finding out all the top people have one McHenry is now in the market. Like most of McHenry's kit, once acquired, you can be sure he will get a good 20 years out of it!

It's a bit of a tradition to do one joke a year in the blog so here goes:

Professor Smartt and Dr. Hanratty were walking across the Queen's University quadrangle when Hanratty said, "Where did you get such a great bike?"
Smartt replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday, just thinking about superluminous supernova, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."
Hanratty nodded approvingly and said, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway."


Judith Lonnen     00:31:08
Ali McConnell     00:34:43
Jenny McCready    00:35:35
Heather Bamford   00:36:31

Mark Miller       00:26:21
Vaughan Purnell   00:26:41
Peter Morrison    00:27:58
Matt McKibben     00:28:41
Sean McGreevy     00:29:09
Desi McHenry      00:30:02
Glen Pollock      00:30:03
Joe Henry         00:30:05
Mark Hanna        00:30:20
Bill Rafferty     00:30:38
Davy Calvert      00:30:43
Dave Lonnen       00:30:58
Johnny Boylin     00:31:46
Steve Begley      00:32:07
Carl King         00:33:11
Paul Hetherington 00:33:18
Stephen Smartt    00:33:22
Peter McGuicken   00:34:00
Shane Quinn       00:40:19
Enda Marron       THU

*THU = Through Head Up

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Temple 2LAP (20th May 2014)

Thanks to Judith for the results.

                              Lap 1             Finish

  1. Emma            32:17            1:06:11
  2. Julie               32:28            1:06:57
  3. Ali                 33:41            1:08:03
  4. Jenny             34:16            1:08:42
  5. Heather         34:52             1:11:50
  6. Rachel           41:38              -

  1. Mark Kane    24:11              49:00
  2. Mark M         25:09             50:59
  3. Paul C            25:41             52:14
  4. Peter M          25:42             52:32
  5. Mark D          -                     52:42
  6. Kevin E          26:23              53:04
  7. Cormac         27:03               54:10
  8. Neville           26:39               54:30
  9. Enda              27:12               55:42
  10. Neil               27:31               55:55
  11. Sean              27:27               56:09
  12. Colm             27:37               56:31
  13. Michael          -                     57:05
  14. Matt McK     28:53              57:34
  15. Davy C          28:51              58:47
  16. Ronnie           28:53              59:06
  17. Desi               30:20              1:01:16
  18. Stephen B     30:59               1:01:29
  19. Bill                 -                     1:01:47
  20. Carl               31:46              1:05:20
  21. Peter McG    32:21               1:06:12
  22. Paul H           33:16              107:45
  23. Shane            34:00              1:09:26
  24. Chris McN    30:23               -

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Killynure - League#4 (13th May 2014)

Never let it be said that the TT crew lack a moral compass. Those present tonight witnessed two selfless good deeds. The first was Heather Bamford stepping in last minute to marshal. Note: teamed with Desi at the finish line there were very few arithmetic mistakes made proving that maybe the education system used to be better than today (not being ageist). The second was Emma Kerr who played domestique to Chris McNevision. Miss Kerr was quick to give her front wheel to McNevision who broke a spoke on his ride in from Lisburn. Not quite sure how Miss Kerr then went on to get the fastest girls time!

Regular training nights at the TT should definitely improve bike speed. A good example is Rachael Sands who did her first ever TT on Killynure less than 2 months ago and tonight took 3 mins off that first time. Rachael is also recovering from a nasty collision with a car door just over a week ago.

In brief,
 - looks like Neil Weir will go back to the road bike on the Killynure course
- Mark "Magnets" Millar has definitely raised his game this year (but can he swim amd run still?)
- Enda is going through a period of soul searching but we are confident he will be back, especially with his favorite 2 LAP at Temple coming up.


Emma Kerr       00:23:53
Joanne Bingham  00:25:24
Jenny McCready  00:25:25
Rachael Sands   00:31:44

Mark Millar       00:18:58
Mark Diamond      00:19:12
Vaughan Purnell   00:19:20
Neil Weir         00:20:02
Michael Sinton    00:20:08
Matt McKibben     00:20:30
Enda Marron       00:20:45
Chris McNevision  00:21:02
Colm Hanratty     00:21:32
Ronnie Smart      00:21:41
Mark Hanna        00:21:46
Steve Begley      00:22:13
Dave Lonnen       00:22:52
Peter McGuicken   00:24:10
Stephen Smartt    00:24:33
Carl King         00:24:50

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Annahilt (6th May 2014)

As giro fever infects the country the TT series continued on the Annahilt course. Despite the dire weather warnings the weather stayed dry; sorry Angie and Cecilia. Who could predict that!

The Annahilt course looks flat on paper (like every 2D representation on paper) however there are plenty of bumps and potholes to keep the riders from falling asleep.

Well done to all those who completed the Big Italian Bike Ride at the weekend.

It looked like Enda put his helmet through the washing machine - this had the undesired effect of shrinking his helmet. The other school of thought is that Marron's head has expanded since last week. We leave it to the avid reader to decide which to believe the most likely. Of course this folly does not excuse Marron borrowing Peter Morrison's good aero helmet and ripping the visor completely off during the course!

Finally a hello to the professional triathletes in Malaga this week.


Jenny McCready      00:26:49

Vaughan Purnell    00:20:35
Kevin Egan         00:20:49
Enda Marron        00:21:12
Chris McNevision   00:21:59
Keith Bradley      00:23:51
Mark Hanna         00:24:01
Desi McHenry       00:24:13
Cark King          00:26:09
Peter McGuicken    00:28:33

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.