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Darren takes 10k trophy

With the easterly breeze fading in the evening sunshine, there were no personal best times in the final 10k of the season. Ivan Robinson was once again fastest, but it was Darren Colville who was closest to his PB time for this event, giving him 10 points on handicap and clear overall victory in the 10k Handicap trophy.

Full results, and the final standings in the 10k trophy, are in the tables below.

Thanks once again to time keepers Ron Martin and Paul Robinson, and to pusher off Desi McIlwrath.

Place Name Club Time H’cap
1 Ivan Robinson Ards CC 13:09
2 Robin Millar Ards CC 13:17 1 pt
3 David Fowler Northern Dave Kane 13:26
4 Richard Graham Northern Dave Kane 13:39
5 Paul Kane Northern Dave Kane 13:42
6 Mark Watson Ards CC 14:03
7 Paul McMinn Ards CC 14:04
8 William Orr Ards CC 14:26 5 pts
9 David McCann Ards CC 14:33 3 pts
10= Colin Wilson Ards CC 14:51 2 pts
10= James Lennon North Down CC 14:51
12 Gillian Orr North Down CC 14:53
13 Andrew Laverty Northern Dave Kane 15:03
14 Alan Rodgers Unattached 15:06
15 Darren Colville Ards CC 15:29 10 pts
16 Brian Wylie Castlereagh 15:51
17 Amy McCann Ards CC 19:20 7 pts


10k Straight TT Handicap Trophy – final standings 2014

Place Name 15 April 29 April 26 Aug Total
1 Darren Colville 2 10 10 22
2 Gareth Murray 10 10
3 Richard Hanna 7 2 9
4 William Gill 5 3 8
5= Amy McCann 7 7
5= Johnny Frazer 7 7
7= Paul Cunningham 5 5
7= William Orr 5 5
9 David McCann 1 3 4
10= Colin Wilson 1 2 3
10= John Arlow 3 3
12 Robin Millar 1 1

Great day at Club BBQ

There were over sixty members and friends at the club BBQ on Saturday afternoon, aged from less than 1 to over 80. A sunny evening encouraged the children out into the garden to play and explore, leaving the adults free to relax and chat.

Highlight for many was the roller racing. First up were the kids, with Ross McMinn fastest of the boys in 25.39 and Emma Martin fastest girl with 26.45.

In the adult races, club chairman Desi showed no mercy on daughter Clare, winning in an impressive 24:26.

Clare on her way to the first lady prize.

Paul McMinn was the first to break the 20 second barrier with a 19.91. John Carty bettered that with 19.27, before Paul charged to the best time of the day – 18.71. Paul Robinson was the only other rider to dip under 20 second with a time of 19.81.

Willy Gill was fastest on the kids bike with an amazing 20.78. We’re still trying to work out what this achievement means…..

The quiz was the usual mix of cycling questions with an Ards CC twist. The picture round reflected what a great year it has been, with record fields in our club races, four successful open race promotions and the Giro. We also had Martyn carrying the flag for the Northern Ireland team at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, and Ards CC alumni competing in four separate events. Winner of the quiz was Paul Robinson, but “the quizards” (Emma and Hanna) ran him close after a lot “answer trading” with other guests…

It was great to see Leonora Williams (nee Fagan) and husband Billy at the BBQ. Leonora attended some of the early club meetings back in the ’40s with her father, and was a regular on club runs in the 1950s (Billy rode for the Maryland Wheelers club). Bobby Magreechan surprised everyone by bringing along Leonora’s “Stone Special” frame. Some of the younger members weren’t too sure if “Stone” referred to legendary Belfast frame builder Geordie Stone, or to the weight of the frame compared to a modern carbon fibre super bike. But stories of club runs to the Gobbins on a steel frame, 72″ fixed and hard Brooks leather saddle reminded us all of the toughness of our founder members.

As always, thanks to all those who made the event possible. Special mention to -

  • Willy Gill for supplying the soft drinks
  • Patricia Watson, Joyce McIlwrath and the Cartys for deserts
  • Jack for washing the dishes and generally keeping us tidy.
  • Graham for manning with the bar-b-que

And everyone for turning up and making it such a great event.

Duncan dominant, McMinn takes trophies

Fraser drives the scratch group, before leaving them to solo to victory

Commonwealth Games rider Fraser Duncan (Northern Dave Kane) stormed through from the scratch group in tonight’s road race at Carrowdore to take a solo win by nearly a minute.

Paul McMinn looks pensive before the start


Paul McMinn sprinted in at the head of the main bunch to take the Billy Boal trophy for first Ards rider in the final road race of the season. He also picked up another 10 points, which means he wins the season long club road race trophy as well.


Third on the night was Jonny Webb (North Down), with Willy McMullan (Ards CC), Noel Boyce (North Down) and Liam Curran (Curran Racing) rounding out the top 6.

Click here for more great photos from David McVeigh.

Here are the final standings in the club road race trophy. This table also shows the top six riders in tonight’s race.

Place Name 13/5 3/6 1/7 29/7 19/8 Total
1 Paul McMinn 10 7 10 10 37
2 Willy McMullan 10 10 1 7 28
3 Geoff Brennan 2 3 7 5 17
4 Richard Topping 5 1 2 3 3 14
5 William Gill 7 5 1 13
6 Chris Lappin 7 5 12
7 Richard Hanna 1 2 2 2 7
8 Jack Anderson 5 5
9= Chris Brown 3 3
9= Graeme Brown 3 3
11 James McFarlane 1 1

Mark Kane wins again

The rain may have put off some riders, but local strong man Mark Kane splashed through the puddles to break the 12 minute barrier on this delightfully lumpy little course, taking the win by over 1 minute.

Fastest Ards man on the night was Richard Hanna, but the circuit time trial trophy (for the fast Ards rider on this course over the year) goes to Robin Millar who recorded a 12:52 back in April.

It was great to see Mark Watson back racing this evening – he is obviously timing his comeback to peak for the roller racing at the club BBQ on 23rd August.

Thanks as always to the timekeepers Ron Martin and Bobby Magreechan and the marshal Desi McIlwrath.

Place Name Club Time
1 Mark Kane Northern Dave Kane 11:52
2 Enda Marron Northern Dave Kane 13:15
3 Richard Hanna Ards CC 14:05
4 Mark Watson Ards CC 14:39
5 Andy Laverty Northern Dave Kane 14:41
6 Brian Wylie Castlereagh 15:42
7 John Arlow Ards CC 15:56

Book now for the club BBQ

This year’s club bar-b-que will be on Saturday 23rd August, from about 3.30pm. Last year we had the usual mix of good food, craic, quiz and roller racing, and there will be more of the same this year.

The cost has been held at last year’s price of £6 for adults, and £2 for underage and those in full-time education.  Contact any member of committee to reserve your place, or speak to Alastair at the Tuesday evening club events.

Robin and Peter victorious in final 10

On a damp evening, Mark Kane (Northern) lowered his own course record by another 20 seconds to win the final club 10 mile time trial of the season in a super fast time of 21:50.

Second on the night, and fastest Ards rider was Robin Millar. This gave him another 10 points towards the McFarlane Trophy (for the fastest Ards rider in all club 10 and 25 mile time trials) and he wins this trophy. See below for the final standings in this competition.

Best on handicap was Peter McErlane, and he wins the 10 mile handicap trophy. Congratulations to Robin and Peter, our first club trophy winners of the season.

The full result tonight was as follows -

Place Name Club Time H’cap McF.
1 Mark Kane Northern 21:50
2 Robin Millar Ards CC 23:21 3pts 10pts
3 Richard Graham Northern 24:13
4 David McCann Ards CC 26:15 7pts 7pts
5 Colin Wilson Ards CC 26:21 5pts 5pts
6 Brian Wylie Castlereagh 27:01
7 Alan Rodgers Unattached 27:16
8 Peter McErlane Ards CC 27:20 10pts 3pts
- Peter Morrison Northern DNF


McFarlane Trophy – final standings for 2014

Place Name 22 Apr 6 May 27 May 8 Jun 5 Aug Total
1 Robin Millar 7 10 10 27
2 William Gill 10 5 15
3= Ian Carson 10 10
3= Ivan Robinson 10 10
3= Richard Hanna 7 3 10
6 William Orr 3 5 8
7= Peter McErlane 7 7
7= Michael Rowan 7 7
7= David McCann 7 7
10= Michael Price 5 5
10= Colin Wilson 5 5
12 Peter McErlane 3 3
13= Paul Cunningham 2 2
13= Jack Anderson 2 2
15= Gordon McEwen 1 1
15= Willie McMullan 1 1

McMinn takes lead in club road race trophy

Paul McMinn was first Ards rider in tonight’s club road race at Orlock, and takes the lead in the club road race trophy with one race left to go.

Winner on the night was James McMaster (North Down CC), followed by Andrew McCullough (Kinning) and Noel Boyce (North Down CC). Paul was 4th, with David Hamilton (Curran) and David Fowler (Northern CC) filling out the top six.

The top six Ards riders, and the current standings in the road race trophy, are shown in the table below.

Place Name 13/5 3/6 1/7 29/7 19/8 Total
1 Paul McMinn 10 7 10 27
2 Willy McMullan 10 10 1 21
3= Chris Lappin 7 5 12
3= William Gill 7 5 12
3= Geoff Brennan 2 3 7 12
6 Richard Topping 5 1 2 3 11
7= Jack Anderson 5 5
7= Richard Hanna 1 2 2 5
9= Chris Brown 3 3
9= Graeme Brown 3 3
11 James McFarlane 1 1

Due to roadworks with traffic lights near Donaghadee the race used the Stockbridge Road and was over 5 laps.  It was an overcast evening with patches of drizzle.  34 riders started the race in 2 groups – the first group with 22 riders and the scratch group of 12 riders at 3 minutes. The race came together in the 4th lap.

Thanks to all the marshals, particularly those who had to move quickly following the change of course, and the camera volunteers who assisted the timekeepers/judges Paul Robinson and Ron Martin.

2-Up 10k results

Here are the results from the 2-up straight in 10k time trial held on 15th July.

Fastest on the night were the Northern Dave Kane team of Fraser Duncan and Mark Kane with a super fast time of 11:39. That corresponds to an average speed of approximately 32mph! Fraser also won our Tour of Ards classic road race earlier in the season, and his good form is clearly continuing. He is now in Glasgow preparing for the Commonwealth Games road race at the weekend. Good luck!

Riders Club Time
1 Fraser Duncan/ Mark Kane NDK 11.39
2 Ivan Robinson/ Robin Millar Ardscc 12.20 1st Ards
3 Paul McMin/ William Gill Ardscc 12.43 2nd Ards
4 Richard Graham/ Enda Marron NDK 13.04
5 Mike Curran/ Mark Thompson Curran 13.27
5 Richard Topping / Geoff Brennan Ardscc 13.27 3rd Ards
7 Graeme Brow/ Martin Drennan Ardscc 13.39 4th Ards
8 Chris Lappin/ Gareth Murray Ardscc 13.43 5th Ards
9 Ross Galway / Jill McClements Killinchy 14.07 1st mixed
10 David and Amy McCann Ards/Nd 17.56 2nd mixed

Three riders also rode singly – Shane Farren (North Down CC) 13:40, Colin Wilson (Ards CC) 14:16 and Bryan Wylie (Castlereagh) 14:45.

Thanks to timekeepers Ron Martin and Bobby Magreechan and everyone else who helped out on the night.

Club Kit Order

Ards CC Kit Design


Ok folks – it’s that time again for getting another club kit order together.

Club Clothing Officer – Graeme Brown plans to submit the next order on Monday 28th July 2014, so if you are a new member and haven’t yet got your hands on club kit or you want some additional items please give Graeme a shout over the next week.  Graeme can be contacted on: 07855 410752.

Please spread the word to other club members as well.

Please see link below to Bio Racer’s website for sizing details.

Please note, 50% payment is due at time of placing the order (cheques payable to Ards Cycling Club) and the balance is due on collection (approx 5/6 weeks later).

Orders for arm warmers and leg warmers are subject to a minimum order quantity of 10 sets each (any size combination).  Quite a few have already expressed an interest but we need a few more names to reach the minimum order quantities.  Designs for these is not yet finalised but a picture of the draft design can be found below – the yellow will be fluro yellow in keeping with the rest of the kit.

Winter hats and overshoes also available.

Ards CC Arm + Leg Warmers