Feature photo Toby Watson, other photos Shea Gribbon, thanks for that lads, results courtesy of “Time Team” Seamus Shortall, Alicja Cernak, Gordon Parker and Ian Barfoot.
Stage 2: 6.2 km mostly uphill TT
A powerful display by Zeb Kyffin (Ribble Pro Cycling) on a very difficult uphill circuit between Portglenone and Aghohill was a winning one, and taking hold of the 3 jerseys after stage 2. He beats Reece Wood (Zappi Racing team into second place with the revelation of the Tour David Montgomery taking the last spot on the podium.
1.Zeb Kyffin Ribble Pro Cycling 9mins 13.41secs
2.Reece Wood Zappi Racing Team @11.18secs
3.David Montgomery Kinning Cycles @16.36
4.Craig McAuley Caldwell Cycles @19.94
5.Donal Shearer Phoenix CC @21.28
6.Jordan Peacock Spirit Tifosi @23.13
7.Jacob Tipper Ribble Pro Cycling @26.07
8.James Curry Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo @26.15
9.Lindsay Watson Powerhouse Sport @26.82
10.Kevin McCambridge NRPT Vitus Chill @28.71 (Junior !!)
11.Ronan McLaughlin Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo @30.07
12.Nathan Draper Zappi Racing @32.24
13.Gareth O’Neill Newry Wheelers @33.08
14.David Watson The Bike House@34.41
15.Darnell Moore Caldwell Cycles @35.34
Stage 3: 65.7 miles at the Galgorm circuit in blazing sunshine!
The afternoon was back to the road racing with the now familiar Galgorm circuit with a serious climb each of the 6 laps. An early break established 7 riders up the road which very rapidly took nearly a minute and the game was on…Jake Gray was in that break and couldn’t work too much as his teammate of Ribble Pro Cycling was holding the Yellow leader jersey and working hard to catch the break. After 4 laps the whole race came together again and soon 4 riders start separating themselves and proved to be the winning break in the end. They soon got a minute + and in the last lap just after the climb Peter Hawkins Upshift Velo protected rider James Jobber took off like a rocket and with four seconds to spare checkmated his 3 fellow escapees. Tifosi’s Leon Mazzone second and Newry’s Warrior Gareth O’Neill 3rd. The chasing bunch had to give 58 seconds away but with tomorrows Queens Stage tackling the Tor Head things can still be rectified. Tomorrow early start and I will make a story of the whole weekend in the next few days…forgat my camera at headquarters ( Joan’s mum went to the Galgorm especially to retrieve it and so great full for the confirmation of been found…getting forgetful at my old age..lol. Here a few photos of Shea Gribbon ( Pedal Pusher, sponsor in kind of the project) see you all in the morning for a feast of cycling…The Antrim coast is awaiting!!