Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Carryduff - league#5 (31st May 2016)

Plenty of solar energy present for the Carryduff TT, matched only by a mighty output of cycling wattage.

Gary, on his first timekeeping duties survived a stop watch malfunction and went on to deliver the results in a timely fashion in only two attempts!

Human mechanical of the night goes to Enda whose body got man-flu just before the start of the TT! 



Mark Kane              25:54
Richard Graham         27:16
Kevin Egan             27:38
Enda Marron            27:58
Mark Hanna             28:34
Pete Williamson        28:38
Ronan Kernan           29:22
Connor Preshaw         30:14
Bill Rafferty          30:35
Connor McGandy         31:04
Paul Hetherington      31:49
Desi McHenry           33:21
Chris McKeown          33:45
Carl King              34:01
Peter McGuicken        34:35
Stephen Begley         34:58
Ramesh Rana            36:06


Emma Sharkey           32:35
Emma Kerr              32:59
Ali McConnell          34:48
Geraldine Sharkey      35:13

Thanks to timekeepers Gary, Heather Bamford and Maeve Cieslik.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Killynure - league#4

A week late but well worth the wait. The Killynure TT replaced the scheduled Carryduff Athletes TT and the weather could not have been more different in a sunnier way. The only disappointed rider was Mr Hetherington who had fancied his chances again on an "Athletes" course! The ladder of Jacob is always a tough course to get right. How hard do you hit the first hill? Stay in the saddle or come out? Come off the bars over the bumps or hold on tight? All Universal questions in life.

Well done to the new riders who are showing great improvements. Compared to the first Killynure TT, Mr. Hazlett was a massive 2min 45secs faster! Likewise Mrs Sharkey was 1min 45 secs faster!

Some riders crossing the line normally look they are experiencing a cardiac event. They usually recover! Related to this is a donation by the Olympian Triathlon Club who have given the TT a defibrillator. Hopefully it will never be needed - except for the prize giving party "Casino Royal-esque" defib drinking game this year.


Vaughan Purnell      19:21
Peter Morrisson      19:51
Paul Hetherington    21:53
Conor Preshaw        22:04
Stephen Begley       22:10
Frank sharkey        23:01
Desmond McHenry      23:37
Chris McKeown        24:15
Peter McGuckin       24:20
Gary Hazlett         29:05

Emma Kerr            23:32
Geraldine Sharkey    24:36
Maeve Cieslik        24:42
Heather Bamford      26:04

Thanks to timekeepers Ramesh and Ronan.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Killynure cancelled

Due to the very heavy rain it seems safest to cancel the TT.

Go jump on the turbo if you are all revved up and nowhere to go.

We will run Killynure next week instead of Carryduff athletes TT.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Annahilt (10th May 2016)

How to blog on a TT where absolutely nothing happens

Step 1: Start with a weather observation and comment on the local environment.

The Annahilt TT was enveloped with warm May weather. A bit further out than the usual courses this TT offers a short rolling course with minimal hills. Additionally the roads are quiet and the local Annahiltions very friendly.

Step 2: Provide an inspirational or funny quote from popular culture. Try not to always quote from Star Wars.

"If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress." 
- Barack Obama
(inspirational example)

"It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”
 - Donald Trump
 (funny - in a scary way - example)

Step 3: Deliberately ignore the top results of the night. Those guys egos don't need any more inflation.  Instead stir up rivalry, which may or may not exist, further down the field.

An improving Ronan Kernan got the jump on Mr Browne this week and now has Mr Marron firmly in his sights for next week. The question is if Kernan can produce the goods on the hills that form the feared Jacobs Ladder.

Step 4: Quip with the ladies being careful not to sound sexist, mention age or weight.

Mrs. Sharkey, who posted last weeks top female time, found herself on the back foot this week. Sharkey was seen looking up TT bike reviews on her mobile immediately the race.  Meanwhile Maeve Cahill (now with an unpronounceable surname) made a surprise 7 year return to the TT. Everything changes and yet nothing changes when you step out of the room for a biscuit.

Step 5: When all else fails play loose and fast with some names in the results.


Mark Kaner                   18:48
Richard Red Beard        19:50
Viper Purnell                  20:15
Enda Marshmallow        21:08
Ronan                             21:14
Gav                                 21:17
Steve                               24:03
Jules                                24:09
Emma S                          24:35
Maeve Chest-s-like        25:22 (phonetic spelling - refer to step 4)
Emma K                         25:57
Geraldine                        26:06
Ramesh the Defender     26:21

Thanks to timekeepers Carl, Peter McGuicken and Conor P.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Temple - League#3 (3rd May 2016)

A dry night for the first outing from Temple this season.

Five TTs down and some people made their first appearance. There was David Calvert on his personal "Elvis 1970 tour", Neville O'Neill the sole representative for Cafe Velo Magasin and Ali McConnell appearing very relaxed about the whole thing!

The two Conor's remain locked in battle with mere seconds of separation. McGandy is reportly spending the coming week practicing the clip-in, the leg shave and the early number shout from 10 metres out.

Hetherington this week, denied the aero neutralization of an athletes TT, found himself back again in middle field.

"All my life I've had one dream, to achieve my many goals"
- Homer Simpson


Diamonds and Pearls

Mark Kane           24:16
Vaughan Purnell     26:11
Enda Marron         27:03
Gavin Browne        27:14
Neville O’Neill     27:26
Conor Preshaw       29:05
Conor McGandy       29:06
Bill Rafferty       29:10
Frank Sharkey       29:31
David Calvert       30:00
Fergal Sherry       30:19
Paul Hetherington   30:42
Desmond McHenry     30:43
Peter McGuckin      32:32
Carl King           33:36
Ramesh Rana         34:28
Gary Hazlett        40:27

Raspberry Berets

Geraldine Sharkey   34:22
Ali McConnell       34:27
Heather Bamford     35:42

Thanks to the timekeepers Mark Millar, Ronan and Pete Williamson.

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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