Feature photo and action photo’s courtesy of Toby Watson or otherwise indicated, results from the time team, with thanks
The summer has arrived and from all places in Antrim, 27 degrees at one point and still have the sunburn to prove it! The beautiful village of Broughshane was the venue for start and finish with nearly full fields in the 3 races on the menu for the Ulster Provincial Champs. From the start in Broughshane, they went to the coast in Glenarm, to do some hard laps on the circuit of approx 14 miles and back to the finish after the last lap. For the first race, containing the M50, M60 and Elite women & Juniors it was 2 laps plus the distance back to Broughshane (Total 40 miles) and the medals decided in a dash to the line. A hard job for the timekeepers and judges as they had to separate the different cat’s in that sprint but no sweat for the time team of Ian Barfoot (photo finish) Alicja Cernak (Judge) and Gordon Parker (Chief Time Keeper) and some members of Ballymena RC. Here the podium results of that part of the race
Next race to finish was the M40’s and this was a County Down affair with Gareth Mc Cullough (Armagh Down) getting the better hand of Alan Bingham and Drew Mc Kinley of the Newry Wheelers. The sprint was a strange one, as they played cat and mouse with only 100 meters to go and Gareth got the better of Alan (Alan admitted that he judged the distance to the line wrong this time and was still gracious in defeat) Very pleased to see Drew taking the bronze, and with Kevin Lynch close by the Wheelers took the Team prize too…A club member from Ards CC (Ian Carson) asked me last week what is the secret of Newry Wheelers and their successes ?? Well, my answer was an easy one…Barry Monaghan as team coach and dedication of all the members of the border club as reasons.
The last race to finish was the Elite & Juniors and when I heard that 3 graduates of the project got clear of the rest on the race radio, I knew that my day couldn’t go wrong anymore. Being the commentator on the line I couldn’t hide my excitement, no matter who won it was a victory for the project too. James Curry (Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo & graduate 2019) beating Donal Shearer (Phoenix CC & Graduate 2019) to second place with Craig McAuley (Caldwell Cycles & A graduate a few years ago) in a cm close 3rd as we had to wait for the photo finish to announce the result.
Finally, the junior podium of the same race which saw Chris Donald ( Team Madigan) beating the upcoming Foyle junior Sean óg Harrigan to second with Paul Antoine Hagan (Banbridge CC) in 3rd. Chris and Paul had been in my selection pool this year and just missed out of the selection, something that could be reversed next year if they keep it lit!