<More photos from Stephen McKee here>
In spite of continuous light rain, conditions were warm, calm and fast for this morning’s Champion of Champions 25 mile time trial. Winner Paul Kennedy (Newcastle West) recorded 53:00, just 4 seconds slower that last year’s winner Craig McAuley (Caldwell Cycles). He was 15 seconds ahead of Lindsay Watson (Powerhouse), with Ian Inglis (Black Rose) rounding out the podium with 54:47.
In the woman’s category Eileen Burns (Ballymena), recently returned from international duty at the European Championships in Glasgow, took the win. Her time of 58:43 was just 14 seconds slower than her winning time last year. Second was Gillian Orr (North Down).
In the hand cycle category, Darell Erwin(Ballymena) took the win, just catching his rival Jim Corbett (Banbridge) for a minute on the finish line.
Thanks as always to the marshals, time keepers and pusher off who made the event possible, and for all the riders who help to make this event special.
Here’s the full result for the open race. The results from the club 25, and the latest standings in the Ards CC club trophy competitions will follow in a separate post.
|1||Paul Kennedy||Newcastle West||0:53:00|
|3||Ian Inglis||Black Rose||0:54:47|
|6||Keith Philips||North Down||0:56:27|
|8||John Rafferty||Ards CC||0:56:39|
|9||Garret Fitzgerald||VC Glendale||0:56:55|
|14||Mark Watson||Ards CC||1:01:42|
|15||Mark Allen||Ards CC||1:02:17|
|16||Andrew Jess||Ards CC||1:03:06|
|18||Gillian Orr||North Down||1:08:38|
|Greg Swinand||Vine Caremark||DNF|