Wilkinson leads the way for West Down Wheelers

Wheelers riders Paul Wilkinson and Darren Lynas are looking forward to taking part in the Tour of Ulster this weekend.
Wheelers riders Paul Wilkinson and Darren Lynas are looking forward to taking part in the Tour of Ulster this weekend.

West Down Wheelers’ first TT of the year on the Loughbrickland / Rathfriland / Banbridge circuit was won by Paul Wilkinson.

Wilkinson managed to beat off competiton from 19 other riders in what is the longest and toughest circuit of them all, Conditions on the night proved challenging as a stiff breeze meant that the top riders were over two minutes slower than the times set last year.

Despite the weather, Wilkinson flew round the course to record a superb time of 40 minutes and eight seconds.

His nearest competitor finished over two minutes slower than him as Darren Lynas finished with a time of 42 minutes and 26 seconds.

Matt McKinstry placed third with a time of 42 minutes and 47 seconds. This represented a personal best for the young rider who is improving with every race.

Next week sees the start of the very popular Road Races. West Down Wheelers’ first event is the very tough Donacloney Circuit, which should see a good turnout with all the local clubs having riders involved. Any member of the Wheelers not racing is asked to come along and help marshall the event.

Anyone wishing to join and have a go at racing can get in touch with the West Down Wheelers at www.westdownwheelers,com or via their Facebook page, The Wheelers have a race evey Tuesday night with a mixture to suit all types of riders. there are riders with 25 years racing experience on hand to help and advise newcomers,

Circuit time trial results

P Wilkinson 40.08

D Lynas 42.26

M McKinistry 42.47

A McCourt 44.16

A Hodgen 45.38

D Frizell 46.42

J Maxwell 49.30

D Cantley 55.42

Mark John Karl 43.56

Visitors

D McKnight 40.30

N McCartan 46.40

P Dreaning 48.38

A Graham 49.36

R McDonald 50.14

R McCartan 51.27

G Martin 54.20

A Cunningham 55.25

Handicap

1 M McKinistry 39.47

2 D Frizell 40.12

3 A McCourt 40.16

4 J Maxwell 40.30