Savage clocks up best time in Ironman competition

WEST Down Wheeler, Pater Savage who has been having a good 2012 season competing in many of the Triathlons across the province took part in the Half Ironman Irish Championships at Groomsport on Sunday August 19.

Peter has described this event as being one of the toughest to date, Peter had to complete a 2k swim, a 95k bike ride and a half marathon over a very sandy and rocky course.

He said that this was his best race to date when he clocked a personal best in a time of 4:33.

- It was all change at the top of the leader board after another round of the Outlook Shield,

It was held on the Castlewellan road in conditions that were not to bad, a strong headwind to the turn but a flyer back.

With are fastest riders P.Wilkinson, P. McManus, P. Savage and the Walker brothers not available, and W..Maxwell pulling out unwell, it would then have made M.Alexander favourite - but he to is not fully fit so it was anybody’s guess who would win.

And it was new rider, D. Lynas, who only took up cycling recently, who recorded a very good 24.53 to make him the fastest Wheeler on the night.

In secind place with a 24.55 was C.Adamson who was slighty disappointed as he didn’t get a clean run due to traffic.

Third was M.Alexander with a 25.58. Mark has a short 24 on this course when fully fit.

Fourth place went to D.Cartmill with a 26.02. Davy, on his new cevelo, will be out to make amends in last couple of TTs.

J.Cromie’s time of 27.26 was good enough to get him into top five.

Riders who caught the eye included trainee Wheeler N.Seffren (Harps CC) whose 25.16 was good enough for fourth overall after his 23 on the Warrenpoint Road last week in the Eric Maxwell Memorial.

Also J.Clyde’s (DCC) 24.05 was the quickest on the night, but we can’t leave out J.Cromie who recorded a 24 at the same event - he had everyone in the Wheelers talking.

S.Keery had a 24 but he was still there for the sprint finish. Well done to them.

All riders should please note that next week’s 10 TT on the Castlewellan for the Maxwell Shield is for road bikes only - no TT bars, helmets, wheels etc, Anyone who turns up with TT gear will not be able to ride for the Shield.

Also anyone who wants to ride their TT bike will have to wait until all the others have started, This is to give those riders in club with no TT bike a fighting chance but it should be a good night’s craic.

The club is hoping for a good turnout as they need a good photo for their website’s homepage.

Any rider who is not in a club but is thinking of joining one should come along or log onto www.westdownwheelers.com.

Now is the time to get involved - 14 riders have joined this year so don’t put it off any longer,

The committee would like to say a big thank-you to all those who have raced this year, especially all those who turned up every week, and to the faithful riders who represented the Wheelers so well in the open races.

10 TT Castlewellan Road - August 14: J Clyde, 24.05, (DCC); D Lynas, 24.53, (WDW); C Adamson, 24.55 (WDW); N Seffren, 25.16 (Harps CC); M Alexander, 25.58 (WDW); D Cartmill, 26.02 (WDW ); H Martin, 26.08 (Clann Eireann); G McCann, 26.43 (Apollo); J Cromie, 27.26 (WDW); A McCourt, 27.41 (WDW); P McKinstry, 27.43 (WDW); M McVeigh, 27.46 (Shimna Wheelers); M McAnulty, 28.08 (DCC); S Keery, 28.12 (WDW); M McKinstry, 28.16 (WDW); G McCracken, 28.37 (BCC); A McCann (L) 29.11 (Apollo); J Priestley (J), 29.24 (WDW); S Cantley (J), 30.32 (WDW); D Cantley (L), 33.08 (WDW); S Dunlop (J), 34.11 (WDW); W Maxwell - DNF (WDW); B Doyle - DNF (DCC);