Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Annahilt - 30th May 2018

The annual excursion to Annahilt resulted in a night of firsts at the TT this evening as 10 riders enjoyed a spin in the sunshine around the county down village.

The first time all riders were present and correct prior to the official start time of 7pm. 
The first time all riders took the correct left turn before Ballynahinch (phew....)
And also the first time everyone enjoyed the finishing straight thanks to the newly resurfaced road. 

The boys were led home by Mark Millar fresh from the podium at the Cutra Castle Gauntlet over the weekend, The magic from Galway also seemed to rub off on Emma Kerr who led home the girls - a blind eye turned by the commissaires to any vehicular drafting that may or may not have occurred out on course "I haven't seen that new film called Tractor yet - but i did see the trailer"

Mark Millar      19:22
Vaughan         20:24
Enda               20:55
Frank              23:05
Glen                23:06
Steve B           24:19
Desi                24:05
Emma             24:14
Geraldine        24:58
Mark Gormley 25:07

Thanks to Mark Hanna for timekeeping; good luck at Challenge Venice this coming weekend .
And to Conor P for standing at the edge of the road and telling people to turn left. 

Next week is the Temple course with a 7pm start time and Steve B on the watch.

- Conor P

Monday, 28 May 2018

Killinchy 22nd May

Almost perfect conditions for racing saw 9 people take the start line, with some new machinery on show from Desi.

Honours for the night to one of the three Marks on show, this one of the Millar variety, followed home by Mark from the Hanna clan.

Mark Millar 19:44
Mark Hanna: 21:32
Enda Marron 21:50
Conor Preshaw 24:04
Frank Sharkey 24:32
Mark Gormley 25:13
Desi McHnery 26:05
Emma Kerr 26:31
Leeann Stewart 32:34

Time was kept by Gary.

Next week's race is at Annahilt with Mark Hanna and Conor Preshaw volunteering.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Carryduff - 15th May 2018

"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails"
- Dolly Parton

The first run of the year on the Carryduff circuit proved a windy affair. The wind that fast sailed the riders towards Saintfield became a strong headwind on the homeward legs.

Nevertheless all 8 riders powered around the course. A special mention to Leeann on her first TT ever! Leeann captured the spirit of the TTs at the end when she said "I'm just here to improve". And that in a nutshell is what it is all about.


Mark Millar     27:51
Enda            29:19
Mark Hanna      29:58
Conor P         32:43
Mark Gormley    35:27
Desi            35:47
Gary H          39:30
Leeann Slevan   48:50

Thanks to time keepers Vaughan and "stop-the-watch" McGuckin.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Temple - 8th May

A better night, brought a larger number of riders for the season's first Temple run.

Timekeeping was looked after Mark G and Peter McG.

Mark Millar - 25:13
Enda Marron - 27:25
Mark Hanna - 28:16
Conor Preshaw - 30:14
Frank Sharkey - 31:05 (just about made it Frank!)
Geraldine Sharkey - 32:31
Stephen Begley - 33:05
Desi McHenry - 33:06
Gary Hazlett 37:42

Next week's race is Carryduff, with Vaughan and Peter marshalling.
Killinchy Time Trial - 1st May

A quieter night, no doubt influenced by the rotten weather saw three souls brave the elements to complete the Ballygowan to Killnchy route. Indeed, rumour has it that there was a feisty debate as most people wanted to timekeep!

Enda 21.36
Desi 25.32
Mark(Gormley) 26.57

Geraldine, Emma and Arthur won the arm wrestle for marshalling. 

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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