Cian May wins the battle of Dree Hill, Julie Rea does the same as the fastest woman in a furious headwind at the Slieve Croob (Finnis Dromara) while Gareth McKee and Martina Hawkins shine in the MTB approach (Sat 21st September)
Provisional results of the Dromara time team…with thanks
The sleepy village of Finnis at the bottom of Slieve Croob at the Dromara Hills was the venue for one of the hardest Hill climbs in Ireland. 5km of serious pain with the finish at the power station on the highest tarmacked road in Ulster
The James King pub in Finnis as H&Q venue, this at the foot of the Dree Hill where the “FUN” started. Well maybe for us who report, but definitely not for the testers present yesterday. A nasty headwind greeted these mountain warriors, and the higher up…the harder it blew. There was 2 separate approaches to the top, the fully tarmacked road for the roadies, a more challenging road with grint and grass for the MTB’ers with good nrs in both races.Promoted by Dromara CC, with Martin Grimley in charge of the proceeding of the day, his wee army of volunteers, a barbeque after and you know it gonna be a good day out for all.
27 starters for the Roadies, with 26 finishers saw Cian May (Lucan RC) winning the climb with some daylight between him and local lad Nathan Mullan (Dromara CC) followed closely by Breandan Flannagan (Bioracer-DHL-FR) who has recovered of his injury he was plagued with most of this season, but back to full health. Incidentally, the top 3 are all ex graduates of the project and pleased me to see their progress in the sport. In the women’s section Julie Rea (Phoenix CC) shined with taking the win, I bet her 2 racing sons Michael and Craig will be proud of their mum!!
The off-road section had his own race, introduced for the first time in his 4 years running and had a challenging course meeting up with the roadies at the Slieve Croob carpark which lead to the top of this monster. 14 MTB’ers present and won by top man Gareth Mc Kee (Banbridge CC) a multiple Irish Champ. Martina Hawkins (Dromara CC) was the fastest women on the day