The West Down Wheelers GP was held in pleasant autumn sunshine at Katesbridge (County Down) and his beautiful surroundings and sponsored by the local Bike Shak ..very rolling course with the Rathfriland climb in the last lap for the main race that was 63 Miles in length (6 laps) When Adam Ward ( Powerhouse Sport and Current Irish Champ) appeared on the starting line most of us knew the winner (bar accidents) already, still a race has to be raced and anything can happen..Adam attacked, got reeled in, attacked again and rode a lap on his own and reeled in again,  mostly counter attacked by the other champ in the race Des Woods (M50 Champ) but to no avail in the end ..The Irish Top Junior had an answer to anyone who asked him a question and separated himself again to win in a style we so use to now of him.. Des Woods (Newry Wheelers) was a deserved second and John Heverin (Clann Eireann) had his best result of 2018 in 3th. As a reward the current CI rules send Adam back to the A3’s next year as a Under 23..yes we sometimes live on a different planet..

Provisional results

A1vets A2s And A3s
1. Adam Ward. Powerhouse Sport
2. Des. Woods. Newry Wheelers
3. John Heverin. Clann Eirann
4. Gary Walker. Ballymena
5. Ian McClure. Dave Kane
6. Nathan McKeown. North Down

1st unplaced A3 John Davison.

We had also a A4 race started behind the main race and consisted of 5 laps of the same circuit,  won by Liam Crighton from the Velo Cafe’ Magasin stable in Belfast who pipped Gavin Green (Cuchullainn Dundalk) at the line with Martin Loughran from Harps CC 3th. In the 3 lap masters race Phoenix CC rider Michael Tolan had the better of his 5 rivals. Full results when received later. The West Down Wheelers had to move their usual date from May to end September this year and had a low entry because of the lateness in the racing year but executed the event in fine style with plenty of motor marshals, statuary marshals, lead cars at each race and a great spread of food after in the Orange Hall only worry is now as the road season finished today where we gonna get our tea on Saturdays this winter  Well done Westies !! It was a pleasure to be involved in all your open events this year and may it long continue. We also had a visitor from as far as Canada named Terry Crain visiting a friend from Banbridge CC and wish him a pleasant time.

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