Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Drumbo Hill Climb 4th Sept

In a week when Belfast saw the introduction of new machinery to join us cyclists in the bus lanes, Drumbo saw a number of legends "gliding" up the hill and for the most part, they made it look effortless.

As predicted, the clash of the titans was close... very close, a mere 4 seconds separating Conor and Glen... it was an even closer contest between Desi and Sean, with 1 second between them.. Its a pity Emma couldn't make it to see how she would have impacted on that tussle! However Steve B kept them honest just a further 12 seconds behind.

Name                   First run             Second Run           Total time  
Vaughan                7:48                       7:50                        27:50
Conor P                 8:39                       8:43                        28:43
Glen P                   8:41                       8:47                        28:47
Steve B                 9:05                       8:59                        28:59
Peter McG            9:38                       9:45                        29:45
Mark G                 10:20                    10:41                       30:41
Desi McH             11:14                    11:04                       31:04
Sean O'H*             11:48                    11:05                      31:05
Gary H*                12:28                    13:29                      33:29
Leeanne S             12:50**

* Sean and Gary had chain issues... in Gary's case, a rookie mistake of taking off in the wrong gear on the second lap!

**Leeanne chose the sensible option of completing one lap only as she is racing at the weekend.. she won't have that excuse next year when she gets her new machine! She'll never know if she could have taken advantage of Gary's chain misadventures to pip him to the line on the second lap...

With thanks to Enda and Geraldine for providing the timings.

Killinchy 28 August

Steve B and the Conor, both P and McG took on the marshalling duties this week, which saw Vaughan lead the way on a night with a mulish crosswind.

Glen P laid down a marker for the hill climb next week with a deserved second place; Conor P has taken up the challenge from Glen and its all to play for next week between the two... it'll be a sore one to lose as its the last race of the year... revenge won't come until April 2019 at the earliest; thats a lot of vengeance taken out on the poor winter turbo for the loser!

Sean made it another podium finish, with Peter just pipping Desi into 4th place.

Vaughan 21:29
Glen 24:27
Sean 24:04
Peter 25:52
Desi 25:56
Gary 28:13

Temple 21st August

A shortened course due to some roadworks, although only shortened by less than a kilometre, so still plenty of road to race on - this shows the value of the marshal checking the course beforehand to make sure that everything is clear and safe - well done to Vaughan and Glen for their vigilance.

The racing saw another masterclass from Conor McG, coming home in an incredible 25:58. Sean O'H and Peter completed the podium.

Just behind was the Desi and Emma showdown, with Desi taking the honours this week, although Emma did claim she was "tapering" before her trip to Austria...  Leeanne continued her improvement with a sub 40 minute 38:35.

Conor McGandy 25:58
Sean O'Hagan 30:01
Peter McGuckin 31:05
Desi McHenry 32:07
Emma Kerr 32:28
Gary Hazlett 35:17
Leeanne Stewart 38:35

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