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 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.



27 - Titanic (Head to head final)

3 - Drumbo Hill Climb