Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Annahilt (29th July 2014)

I would like to begin by quoting form the minutes of the pre-season meeting on 25th March 2014

Punctuality was discussed. Riders should be present to sign on between 6:30 and 6:40pm.

The TT starts sharp at 6:45pm. Anyone running late and not going to make it for 6:40pm should not bother and do their own thing for that week. We agree that TOUGH LOVE rules

Therefore in reality there were actually only six starters this evening, as some notorious timing recidivists (Ms Kerr clearly chief amongst them with Mrs Lonnen as her right-hand woman) were spared the aforementioned tough love and allowed to compete. Excuses for this lateness varied but mostly centered on the distance to the start at Annahilt – although clearly the geographic location at Annahilt is not subject to seasonal variations or temperature fluctuations and therefore if adequate time is allowed a prompt appearance for sign-on should not prove to be an insurmountable problem. There were, however some more novel excuses, with Judith’s mechanical tinkerings providing some amusement to the time-keepers and allowing her to start, and indeed set a new course record, as did Vaughan in the men’s category (Resplendent – is that the right word? – in Trisuit and arm-warmers!)

There were a number of excuses floating about that failed to be as amusing as Judith’s with Enda having undertaken a slightly overcooked 120km warm-up that morning ahead of the TT and was at pains to mention so (He tried to compensate by pumping his tyres up to 130psi+!). One man who always gives of his best and never is one for excuses is Peter McGuckin, who was in “classic” model on a much-admired Reynolds 653 frame, complete with down-tube shifters….none of this fancy STI malarkey, never mind aero-frames and bar end shifters! Much admired that is until 27 metres into the course he managed to un-ship the chain (Clearly too much power when shifting onto the big ring!) and stop for running repairs!

Timekeepers and Marshalls were plentiful this evening (although not available for mechanical support!) with Marshalls available at each turn and two time-keepers….nice to see everyone doing their turn for the Time Trial League.



Femme Fatales

Judith Lonnen                22.44
Ali McConnell               25.19
Emma Kerr                   25.30
Jenny McCready           26.18

Men of Mystery

Vaughan Purnell              20.25
Enda Marron                  21.10
Chris McNevison            21.13
Mark Hanna                   23.35
Paul Hetherington            24.14
Peter McGuckian            26.00

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Temple - league#9 (22nd July 2014)

Glorious weather for another Temple TT. The sun glinting off the lake at the sweeping banked left turn was a sight to inspire any tired legs.

Ali McConnell took the honours this week in the female category. It was noted that Miss Kerr in second place might have been faster had she not coasted down the hills.

Performance of the night goes to Gavin Browne who got a satisfying PB - is there any other type?

Finally, some lyrics to help Enda whose cycling has been going through a perceived rough patch this season:

"The line it is drawn
And the curse it is cast
The slow one now

Will later be fast

As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'

And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'  "

-Dylan 1963


Ali Mconnell      00:32:16
Emma Kerr         00:32:22
Jenny McCready    00:32:49

Mark Kane         00:23:26
Gavin Browne      00:26:14
Vaughan Purnell   00:26:19
Enda Marron       00:27:02
Bill Rafferty     00:29:06
Steve Begley      00:30:12
Steven Smartt     00:31:39
Conor Preshaw     00:31:52

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Carryduff - league#8 (8th July 2014)


Judith           31.20
Emma          34.58


Mark Kane          25.52
Mark Millar          26.30
Paul Carroll          27.09
Peter Morrison     27.11
Enda Marron        28.49
Michael Sinton      29.09
Chris McNev        30.07
Bill Rafferty           31.03
Dave Lonnen         31.41
Dessie McHenry   32.08
Conor Preshaw     34.11
Peter McGuckin    34.42

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Temple 2LAP (2nd July 2014)

Most concise report to date from Cormac:

Temperature: 18 C
Humidity: 52%
Wind: 6.214mph (N)
"People cycled round in circles for a while"


Name               Lap 1   Lap 2       Finish
Mark Millar 00:24:51 00:26:18 00:51:09
Paul Carroll 00:25:35 00:26:05 00:51:40
Peter Morrison 00:25:59 00:27:30 00:53:29
Michael Sinton 00:27:07 00:28:34 00:55:41
Neville O'Neill 00:27:08 00:29:18 00:56:26
Mark Hanna 00:28:55 00:30:37 00:59:32
Desi McHenry 00:29:59 00:30:47 01:00:46
Peter McGuckin 00:33:12 00:35:40 01:08:52
Carl King 00:34:50 00:38:11 01:13:01
Stephen Smartt 00:32:13 00:43:33 01:15:46


Judith Lowry 00:29:13 00:30:46 00:59:59
Emma Kerr 00:32:39 00:34:43 01:07:22
Jenny McCready 00:34:12 00:35:40 01:09:52

1 Lappers

Bill Rafferty 00:28:34

Ali McConnell 00:32:33
Claire McLernon 00:32:34

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