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Paul Crossen wins again

Paul Crossen (Killinchy) won his second Ards CC club race in a row this evening with an impressive time of 13:14 for the 10km. Second was Glenn Kinning (Kinning Cycles), just 15 seconds behind. The battle for third was very tight, with just 4 seconds separating William Gill, Barry Mitchell and Robin Millar (all Ards CC).

Winner on handicap was Richard Hanna, showing that his strong performance last week wasn’t a one-off. He takes an early lead in the 10k handicap cup.

Thanks to all riders who shouted their starting number at the finish tonight, and for all the bright rear lights. And also to Darren and Bernard for offering to help with the time keeping. It made a big difference, and helped the event run more smoothly than last week in spite of an even bigger field.

David McVeigh in action. Check Facebook later for more photos from tonight’s race.

Fast improving Barry Mitchell (with Grace) closed to within 2 seconds of William Gill


No Name Club Time H/Cap
1 Paul Crossen Killinchy 13:14  
2 Glenn Kinning Kinning 13:29  
3 William Gill Ards CC 14:13  7
4 Barry Mitchell Ards CC 14:15  
5 Robin Millar Ards CC 14:17  
6 Keith Phillips NDCC 14:20  
7 Richard Hanna Ards CC 14:33  10
8 Paul McMinn Ards CC 14:39  
9 Johnny Webb NDCC 15:06  
10 Michael Paton NDCC 15:10  
11 Gareth Murray Ards CC 15:15  
12 Graeme Brown Ards CC 15:17  
13 Andrew Godfrey Kinning 15:23  
14 Mark Thompson NDCC 15:24  
15 Richard Topping Ards CC 15:28  5
16 Andrew Patton Kinning 15:34  
17= Paul McArthur NDCC 15:35  
17= Wayne Garrett Ards CC 15:35  
19 Peter Scott Ards CC 15:40  
20 Geoff Brennan Ards CC 15:43  
21 Colin Wilson Ards CC 15:44  1
22= William Orr Ards CC 15:47  
22= Andrew Laverty Northern 15:47  
24 Paul Cunningham Ards CC 15:59  3
25 Joshua Porter Ards CC 16:00  
26 Andrew Evans Killinchy 16:05  
27 Paul Duffy NDCC 16:06  
28 Gillian Orr NDCC 16:07  
29 Stephen Cardy NDCC 16:16  
30 Alex Porter Ards CC 16:31  
31 Brian Wylie Castlereagh 16:34  
32 Alan Rodgers Unattached 16:37  
33 John Carty Ards CC 16:52  
34 Jonny Frazer Ards CC 16:58  
35 Craig Browne Ards CC 17:26  
36 George Roddy Ards CC 17:34  2
37 John McDowell Ards CC 18:10  
38 Lynda Gawley NDCC 18:46  

Thanks to Evie Martin (7) for the 2 photos above.

Request for assistance and patience…

It was great to see such a big turnout at the first club race, with 8 Ards riders taking part in their first ever cycling competition. However, this also led to some teething issues, with a long queue at sign on and an incorrect time due to mistaken identity at the finish. Apologies for that.

To try and smooth things out in the coming weeks, here are some suggestions.

  1. The biggest problem the time keepers face is trying to identify riders as they sprint for the finish line. So if each rider could get their start number from the time keeper at the start line, and then shout this number as they cross the finish line, that would really help.
  2. The latest Cycling Ireland guidance means we have to collect ICE (In Case of Emergency) details from each rider. This makes sense, but takes time, so if it’s your first event could you have your ICE details (your name and a contact number) written out in advance so that you can just hand them over? And remember, it needs to be a relative or friend’s contact number – giving us your own mobile number sort of defeats the point of it!
  3. And finally – we have a club rule that says all riders must use a flashing rear red light in club time trials. This is another safety improvement that we all agreed to at the AGM, so please don’t give the time keepers grief by not having one. Tour of Ards sponsors SeeSense do a great range :-)

The average age of our time keepers (excluding young whippet Paul Robinson) is over 70. They appreciate a curly Hetchins (check out that lug work) over the latest Cervelo, and can probably remember a ride round Lough Neagh in the late ’70s more clearly than last week’s club race. So please bear with us. And any offers to help “spot” riders at the finish, or indeed to become a trainee time keeper, would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Great turn out for first club race

After the cancellation of last week’s season opener, there was a great turnout of 31 riders for tonight’s circuit time trial on the Comber-Ballygowan course. Fastest was regular visitor Paul Crossan (Killinchy) who just dipped under 12 minutes with a superfast 11:57. First Ards man was ever green William Gill, who takes an early lead in the circuit time trial trophy. He’ll need to watch his back though, with new comer Barry Mitchell just 9 seconds back, and Richard Hanna also showing well tonight.

It was great to see Club Run Leader and club stalwart Desi McIlwrath down tonight. Hopefully he’ll be back on the bike soon.

And finally, the timekeepers have asked me to remind all riders that they must use a working rear light in all club time trials.

No. Name Club Time
1 Paul Crossan Killinchy 11.57
2 William Gill Ards CC 12.30
3 Barry Mitchell Ards CC 12.39
4 Robin Millar Ards CC 12.58
5 Richard Hanna Ards CC 13.02
6 Gareth Murray Ards CC 13.08
7 Davy Park Killinchy 13.23
8 Andrew McCullough Killinchy 13.25
9 Michael Patton NDCC 13.30
10= Wayne Garrett Ards CC 13.33
10= Matthew Ormesher NDCC 13.33
12 Andrew Godfrey U/A 13.35
13= Robin Logan Dave Kane 13.38
13= Mark Watson Ards CC 13.38
15 Geoff brennan Ards CC 13.43
16 Andrew Evans Killinchy 13.56
17 Michael Price Ards CC 13.57
18 Robin Wilson Ards CC 13.59
19 Paul Duffy NDCC 14.00
20 Gideon Burrows Ards CC 14.05
21 Mark Rushby NDCC 14.22
22 Paul Cunningham Ards CC 14.32
23 Andrew Laverty Dave Kane 14.45
24 William Orr ArdsCC 14.46
25 Alan Rodgers Unattached 14.54
26 Andy Young Unattached 15.37
27 Gillian Orr NDCC 15.39
28 John McDowell Ards CC 16:13
29 George Wood Ards CC 16:22
30 Chris Speers Ards CC 16:28
31 Bernard McCloskey Ards CC 16:45