Banbridge’s Skelly Cup a success at new circuit

Action from the Skelly Cup, as Banbridge CC moved the event to a new circuit.
Action from the Skelly Cup, as Banbridge CC moved the event to a new circuit.

This year Banbridge CC’s Skelly Cup had to be moved to a new circuit due to surface dressing on the normal circuit.

The circuit started on the Castlewellan Road out to McCoy’s, turned left up Castlevennon road, then right up Knockgorm Road (Catlehill), onto the Waringsford road and finally left onto the Drumneath road for a fast finish.

There were 20 riders and one visitor signed on. It was a wet and windy Wednesday night which seems to be the normal on Wednesday nights this year, much to the disgust of the Banbridge riders.

Sara Glover was off first, and being the only lady rider she was definitely being brave on such a hard course.

Booming home in a head wind with a 38:50.

Gerald Byrne was second off and nearly wasn’t when he heard the course involved Catlehill, but he completed the course in a windy 37:06.

The TT specialists in the club where out to beat the 30 minute mark with the two Kevin’s – Wilson & McAlinden, Andy Beattie and Dan Purdy all beating the 30min mark.

Phil Beattie was just outside with a 30:30. Mark Stewart must have been on a mission with a 30:38, a brilliant ride in his first season, closely followed by Nathan Sturrock (30:39) and the hard to beat Dave Lavery just outside with 31:50.

The quickest on the night was the very impressive Lindsay Watson (Guest) 28:16 he definitely can shift for a mountain biker. The first BCC rider home on the night was our king of the turbo trainer Kevin Wilson with 28.16.