Banbridge dominant at championships

CARN Wheelers held the seventh and final event of the Ulster CX series which was also the setting for the Ulster CX Championships.

Having the combination of good weather, excellent course and venue and the festive atmosphere made for an excellent event at Drum Manor outside Cookstown.

It was three members of Banbridge CC who stood on the podium to collect all the prestigious accolades of an important event within the cycling calendar.

The senior race was won in his usual emphatic style this series by Roger Aiken, with Matthew Adair putting previous event mechanicals behind him to come in a fine second and the ever impressive young man David Montgomery third.

As David is still a junior he was awarded third in the senior race and the Junior Champions Gold medal.

The team prize of course went to Banbridge CC - what better than first, second and third filling the podium with the yellow, black and red of the club colours.

Matthew began with his customary charge to the front but at the end of the first lap it was Roger in front with Matthew close behind. In third place was Peter McConville from Newry Wheelers closely followed by David who dug deep and managed to get past Peter on lap three and remain there for the remainder of the six lap race.

The race had been scheduled for seven laps but with race leader Roger taking 8min 40 seconds per lap the race Commissaries decided to reduce the race to six laps.

At the front of the race Roger continued to pull away from Matthew finishing over four minutes ahead while David was just a further 20 seconds behind Matthew.

It was an event well organised by Carn Wheelers - their first attempt at cyclo cross.

You will find the full list of results on the ulster cyclo cross web site.

Many thanks to Paul Anderson for the photo of the three winners

- The Sunday run faced the strong winds in the morning which blew the weekend cobwebs away in brisk fasion but the cloud blew over and the sun begain to shine it lead to a great days spin.

With one more Sunday run left for this year we hope to see good numbers out again and of course the weather will be favorable.