Summer returned for this evening’s 5 mile time trial on the Donaghadee Road, with warm, sunny and calm conditions. Alan Patterson (Ards CC) capitalised on his recent great form to win by more than half a minute, and beat his previous personal best by almost three minutes. Stuart Millar (Ards CC), riding his first club time trial, showed a strong turn of speed with 11:29 – good enough for third place.
|1||Alan Patterson||Ards CC||10:50||+162||10|
|2||Luke Joyce||Bike House||11:21|
|3||Stuart Millar||Ards CC||11:29|
|4||Kevin Briggs||Ards CC||12:01||+6||7|
|7||Andrew Jess||Ards CC||12:22||-8||3|
|10||Mark Watson||Ards CC||12:32||-86|
|11||Dean Bradley||Ards CC||12:39||+2||5|
|12||Philip Giles||Ards CC||12:41|
|13||Rachel Irvine||Bike House||12:52|
|15||Alan Rodgers||Ards CC||13:13||-11||2|
|17||William Orr||Ards CC||13:30||-23||1|
|19||Colin Wilson||Ards CC||13:48||-57|
|20||Alastair/Evie Martin||Ards CC||14:42|
|Andrew Hedley||Ards CC||DNS|
A couple of 5 mile time trials were cancelled at the start of the season, so there were only two counting events for the 5 mile Handicap Cup this year. The winner was Dean Bradley, who improved in both events to just edge out Alan Patterson and Barry Mitchell.
5 Mile Handicap Cup – Final Standings
|No.||Name||4 May||24 Aug||Total|
Thanks as always to the time keepers, pusher off and turn stewards – much appreciated on a busy evening. Next week is the final club race of the year – the Bradshaw’s Brae hill climb. Last year Andrew Hedley beat Peter McLean by one second. With Andrew side-lined tonight with a jammed chain, Peter taking his turn at marshalling, and Alan and Stuart showing a real turn of speed, it promises to be a great finale. Don’t miss it!