Strong fields, fierce battles and worthy winners for Round 3 of the Irish Road Series … The results (M-F) and some action photo’s from Sharon Mc Farland or otherwise stated

A sunny day welcomed us in Ballymena yesterday for round 3 of the National Road Series at the Blair International Red Hand Trophy. The 68 miler race had the male and women’s version on a demanding course in the Antrim hills and coastline. Some travelled as far as Cork for this cracker and a full field of Senior men, and with a pleasing 26 ladies entry they set of at 11 am (Men) and 11.05 am (Ladies) respectably. We met them at Clough Village the first time and both bunches sort of intact after the first hill to the village…next we saw them in Waterfoot at the coast and the men’s field was divided into 3 main groups and the usual stragglers scattered all over, but the first group had the winner with them and stayed away due to the strength of this escapee’s. We couldn’t wait to see the ladies pass as we wouldn’t have made the finish on time. Christopher was too strong for them in the end and won by a small margin of 10 seconds with the other sprinting for points. Conor Hennebry keeps his jersey as scoring some more points with a top 20 result.

That’s why Chris is a Pro
Top 10

1. Chris McGlinchey – Vitus Pro Cycling 
2. James Curry – Dan Morrissey 
3. Jake Gray- Ribble Pro Cycling 
4. Adam Ward – Team Bio-Racer/DHL 
5. Darnell Moore – Team Caldwell 
6. Lindsay Watson – Powerhouse Sport 
7. Craig McAuley – Team Caldwell 
8. D Shearer – Phoenix CC 
9. Richard Maybin – Ballymena RC 
10. J Buller – Team Bioracer
Result ladies: Top 10
1. Eve McCrystal ( Strata3-Velo Revolution)
2. Ellen McDermott ( Room Pods NL)
3. Maura Claffey (UCD)
4. Grace Young ( Strata3-Velo Revolution)
5. Agnieszka Wozniak  ( Strata3-Velo Revolution)
6. Eileen Burns (Ballymena RC)
7. Katherine Smyth (Ballymena RC)
8. Sharon Bird
9. Laura Campbell ( Ballymena RC)
10. Emma Desmond ( Lucan RC)
Katharine Smyth keeping Grace Young at bay at the first climb
Battle for second won by Ellen Mc Dermott who just finished the Criterium series in Britain which indicated great form for the Dutch-based rider

The women’s race stayed for half the race together but Eve had other ideas and showed why she is the top Irish girl in international racing with the para-cycling team and holder of the Champ Jersey..went “up the road” half way and at some moment she had 2 minutes to spare…a nifty climb reduced her time to a minute but she had enough power left to keep a little bit more than 30 seconds when crossing the line in Brougshane. Her Strata 3 team scored some valuable points to and the Ballymena girls did also with 3 of them in the top 10 too.

As it is 3 am in the morning I will finish the report now ( I must be mad) as early morning trip to Ballymena again for the Ernie Magwood Super 6 TT…been retired so I can sleep on Monday…lol. Here some link to Sharon Mc Farland top pictures and a link to mine below…Well done Ballymena RC ..as per usual a great event and a feast fit for kings and queens after.

Sharon’s photos>> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2283138008436708

Dany’s Photos >> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156462347953691