Ards Town Centre Races

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There was another great evening of criterium racing on a closed road circuit in Ards Town Centre last night. First up, as always, were the novices. The 40 riders were split into 4 groups – balance bikes, 4-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years – and competed over two laps.




All riders received a goody-bag. There was also a prize for the proudest father….








Next up were the under 12s, with 24 riders racing over 4 laps. Seth Dunwoody (Shelbourne) and Aine Doherty (VC Glendale) quickly built up a lead over the others with Seth taking the win. Reuben Maitland (Kilinchy) was third and Lucy Brown was best unplaced girl.

The start of the U12 race

The 20 under 14 and under 16 riders raced together over 8 laps, with the U-14s getting a short handicap. The increased speed and group riding skills, compared to the earlier races, were clearly visible, and there was still a big group fighting it out for the finish. Unfortunately there was a bit of confusion due to duplicate numbers between U14 and U16 riders but it was eventually sorted out. The final results were as follows (thanks to all for their patience).

Under 14 Name Club
1st Shea O’Kane Phoenix
2nd Neil Kelso East Tyrone
3rd Aaron Wright Ballymoney
Unplaced Girl Rachel White NDCC
Under 16 Name Club
1st Rowan Montgomery Ballymoney
2nd Christopher Donald Madigan
3rd Odhran Doogan Powerhouse
Unplaced Girl Maria McAllister Island Wheelers

The A4s were next, with 24 riders racing over 20 minutes plus 1 lap. The Ards riders looked strong throughout, often riding at the front, and did the club proud.


A4 Name Club
1st Jonathan Coen Dromore CC
2nd Stephen Hanna Dromara CC
3rd Barry Greer Kinning Cycles
4th Jonathan Taylor NDCC
5th Neil McCartan Dromore CC
6th Barry Mitchell Ards CC
1st Lady Jacinta Guirguis
First Ards Barry Mitchell

Final race of the night was the Senior 1, 2, 3 and Junior race over 40 minutes plus 3 laps. 29 riders lined up, with a healthy sprinkling of local stars and past winners.

Top 3 on the night – looking tight and professional with 2 laps to go.

The speed was visibly faster, with numerous attacks. First rider to really establish a gap was John Buller (Banbridge). After about 10 laps by himself, he was joined in the closing stages by Lindsay Watson (Powerhouse) and James Curry (VC La Pomme), but John still had enough strength left to take the win.

The bunch sprint was won by former Ards CC man Dale Walker – now making a comeback with Phoenix :-). Ricky Topping (Ards CC) rode strongly in the exalted company, taking first unlaced A3, and top Ards rider.

 A1,2,3 Junior Name Club
1st John Buller Banbridge
2nd Lindsay Watson Powerhouse
3rd James Curry VC la Pomme
4th Dale Walker Phoenix CC
5th Christopher McGlinchey Chain Reaction Cycles
6th Christian Nachtigall Phoenix CC
Unplaced Junior Lee Harvey Kinning Cycles
Unplaced A2 Luke Joyce Kinning Cycles
Unplaced A3 Richard Topping Ards CC
First Ards Richard Topping Ards CC

Club timekeeper Darren Colville makes sure that the top three prize winners know where to go for all their fruit and veg needs.

As always, the event would have been impossible without the generous help and support of many people. Here’s a list – apologies if I’ve missed anyone.

  • The club committee, for organising a great night’s racing.
  • The Police, for once again closing the roads.
  • All the marshals, judges, time keepers, sign-on, etc.  It was great to see so many folk helping out. You were brilliant.
  • St John Ambulance.
  • The Commissaire Laura Wilson, who stayed calm while keeping us straight.
  • The Council for the barriers and use of the Town Hall.
  • Our photographers – check out the Ards CC Facebook page and
  • The sponsors – Home Grown Fruit and Veg, Wirefox, Chain Reaction Cycles and the Belgian Project.
  • Dany for his knowledgeable commentary. And Cycling Ireland for photo finish.
  • Gwen for the novices goody bags.
  • The enthusiastic spectators

Ricky collects his prizes

Dale’s not forgotten the skills learnt as a schoolboy with Ards CC

Dany adding a continental flavour to the proceedings