Denmark delight for Paul as he shows he can cope as an Ironman

Paul McManus of the West Down Wheelers who took part in the Iron man international in Copenhagen last week.
Paul McManus of the West Down Wheelers who took part in the Iron man international in Copenhagen last week.

West Down Wheelers rider Paul (Mackers) McManus was in tremendous form in a recent Iron Man Competition in Copenhagen.

This event consisted of a 3.8km swim in the sea, 180km bike TT and a 42km run. Paul was up for this big time and he completed the swim in 1hr 07 mins, then rode superbly to finish in a time of 5hrs 6 mins. This was some effort in tough windy conditions. He then ran the marathon in a time of 3hrs 48 mins to finish it all in a time of 10hrs 9 mins.

Every one in the Wheelers were waiting for his result and were delighted when word came through. After burning an incredible 13,000 calories, he’s now back home enjoying a well earned rest but already planning his next Iron Man in South Africa.

A big well done also to Wheelers rider Eddy Cantly, another of our super fit men. Eddy Took part in a recent Triathlon in Castlewellan Forest. Eddy did himself proud so a big well done to him and to his young Daughter Emily who was also a well deserv d prize winner when she took part in a recent one. Super effort from both of them.

Season Review

The racing is almost over for West Down wheelers’ season but what a year it has been.

Out of the 16 trophies, there were 12 different winners. The star rider this year was once again Paul Wilkinson. Even by his own high standards, this was his best season to date. He came in fourth overall in the tough McKinley Three Day race and his 20.50 for a 10 on the Warrenpoint RD was another highlight.

Although he has had a season he would want to forget for one reason or another, Darren (Muscles) Lynass has shown he’s still improving and is a very good bike rider indeed. John Clyde has shown what a superb addition he is to the club. He’s still recording PBs , his 21 recently for a 10 was absolutely brilliant and with Mark, John Kernaghan and Paul McManus also on form, 2015 is looking good.

Four more riders who deserve a lot of credit are Matty McKinstry, Andy Hodgen, Allister McCourt and Geoff Tate, who recorded plenty of PBs this year especially Matt and Andy who had PBs every week.

And what about only Lady wheeler Dorathy Cantly, who hardly ever misses a race.

Ten mile tt

Last Tuesday there was a 10 TT on the Castlewellan Road. Paul Wikinson was the worthy winner with a 22 and J.Clyde second with a 23. Once again Matt, Andy, Allister and Geoff produced PBs with Allister’s enough to win him the Poppy McKeown Cup.

Would all riders please note there will be a meeting in the room above the Albert in the next week or two. All trophies are to be returned to get them sorted for the prize-giving and dinner in the Albert on 2/11/14 at 8pm.

Any rider who has indicated their wish to join the wheelers can feel free to come along to the meeting and prize giving. Anyone wishing to join can get in touch with any member or come along to our next meeting.