There was an encouraging turnout of eighteen riders for the final 5 mile time trial of the year in beautiful conditions on the Donaghadee Road tonight.
There was a great battle for the overall win. First to finish was John Rafferty (Ards CC) who improved his club personal best by 9 seconds to record 11:04. Adam Skeet (Northern) knocked 3 seconds off this with 11:01, only to find himself nudged down to second when Andrew Chivers (Ciclotel) finished with 10:51.
It’s interesting to compare the starting styles of the first three riders –
A number of other Ards CC riders also recorded personal bests. Barry Mitchell was 34 seconds faster than his previous best with a time of 11:27 – good enough to win a Super Gold medal. But Stephen Beattie improved by 35 seconds to record 12:43, and this gave him the win on handicap tonight. He also wins the 5 mile handicap trophy this year, having also won the first 5 on handicap back in April. Alan Rodgers also improved tonight but just misses out on a silver medal by 3 seconds. (There’s more information about the club medal scheme here. Note to self – perhaps it would be more useful to publish this link earlier next year…)
|3||John Rafferty||Ards CC||11:04||+9||5|
|4||Barry Mitchell||Ards CC||11:27||+34||7|
|5||Ian Ingliss||Black Rose||11:38|
|6||Marc Allen||Ards CC||11:40||npt|
|7||Niall Brown||Ards CC||11:47||-2||2|
|8||Robin Millar||Ards CC||11:52||-15||1|
|11||Mark Watson||Ards CC||12:41||-95|
|12||Stephen Beattie||Ards CC||12:43||+35||10|
|13||Andrew Jess||Ards CC||12:48||-34|
|14||Alan Rodgers||Ards CC||13:02||+5||3|
|16||Gillian Orr||North Down||13:26|
|17||Colin Wilson||Ards CC||13:28||-37|
|18||William Orr||Ards CC||13:49||-42|
Thanks to the time keepers and pusher off, and a special thanks to the marshals on a night when there was a lot of traffic.
Next Tuesday is the final club race of the year – the Scrabo hillclimb, rescheduled from earlier in the season. Sign on at the Scrabo carpark from 6pm, with first rider off at 6.30pm.