Cycling: James takes first as Bann riders take on Lurgan Park

Banbridge CC's Catherine Aiken, who finished second at Lurgan Park last week.
Banbridge CC's Catherine Aiken, who finished second at Lurgan Park last week.

Round One of the Ulster Cyclocross season attracted a large entry of Banbridge CC riders to the convenient and popular Lurgan Park venue last Sunday, when Apollo Cycling Team were the hosts.

A full programme of races including Mens and Ladies mountain bike were enjoyed by the spectators in excellent weather.

As many as 11 Banbridge CC riders signed on including new members Ruth Aiken and John Simms who both set an example to all members by jumping right in to the middle of the competitive cycling scene at the first opportunity.

The best placing by a Bann rider was achieved by James Curry, who won the Junior race while taking fifth in the concurrent Men’s A cross country race.

James, obviously benefitting from his recent training camp in Switzerland, was followed home by Junior clubmate Cameron McIntyre who is continuing his great road form into the cyclocross season.

In the Ladies MTB race, Catherine Aiken recorded a fine second place while being cheered home by husband and Irish Champion Roger who was content to play the supporting role on this occasion.

In the Men’s MTB event, Simon Curry finished on the podium with a well deserved third place in a hotly contested race.

While honours were being won by some, credit is due to the other club members who put their wheels on the line and these included Phil Beattie, Ian Cochrane, Willie Forsythe, Joe Penny, Nathan Stewart and Stevie Prentice, well done to everyone.

Circuit Training

A reminder to everyone that the winter circuit training classes have restarted at the Banbridge Academy venue on Monday evenings from 7-8pm.

Maurice Mayne is once again putting pupils through their paces and there is space available.

Non cycling club members are also welcome.

Saturday Bun Run

This regular Saturday morning run to Newcastle and back is proving very popular with members who fancy an easy paced ride to a café in the town for coffee and cake or even a late (or second) breakfast.

A dozen or so riders have attended each of the two runs held so far. It leaves Church Square at 9am. Prospective new members are especially welcome.