Photo’s Toby Watson (including feature) and Sean Mc Intyre as guest photographers on the day, other as indicated, results from Martin Grimley and time team
Multi-tasking was the name of the game yesterday in Newcastle County Down for the now annual Shimna CX promoted by the local club Shimna Wheelers. The rain of the past days made the ground slippy, mud galore at some places but the grass sections around the finish and start area well rideable. The advantage of having a pit crew very much notable in the results. As I was doing the MC job and podium duties it was at moments a camera in my hand with the microphone underneath it, yes we men can..lol. Shimna wheelers had it done to a fine point, the course difficult but very diverse, a cycling village with a Coffee Van and Soup kitchen (you can not beat mum’s homemade soup and available for all competitors and supporters!!) As the norm now the youth races had big fields and good crowds, a growing number in the ladies races and close to full fields in the elite races (around the 300 competitors in total)
The weather was not bad either, a wee cold breeze from the Irish Sea, a bit of sunshine and no rain…we have been lucky on Sunday’s lately. The impressive Mourne Mountains in the background made it a Walhalla for photographers.
The ladies race was a battle between the leading women of the series Rachel Irvine from the Bike house Bangor and Judith Russell from Phoenix which Rachel won and an exciting battle for 3rd place with Eileen Burns (Ballymena RC) keeping the talented Niamh Mc Kiverigan at bay. Eileen is an International TT specialist and renowned Road racer who has dipped her toes now into CX and now already reached the podium. Niamh just returned from a break of a few weeks and should be the danger again in the coming weeks.
A battle in the A-Race between Thomas Creighton (Mc Convey Cycles) and Darnell Moore (Caldwell Cycles) from the word go…Thomas led from the start but a mistake halfway was punished by Darnell who took the lead, he never could rest as Thomas was only a hundred meters away, he kept that lead till the end. Graham Boyd (Mc Convey’s) took the last podium place. Alan Bingham (Newry Wheelers took 4th place and M40 winner) M50 winner was his teammate Des Woods and Lee Harvey unplaced espoir. Best junior was Somhairle Owens Fisher for Omagh Wheelers.