Double as Kevin wins Tommy White and Jack Carson Cups

The group of cyclists from Banbridge CC at the 70th Anniversary outing at Castlewellan Park.
The group of cyclists from Banbridge CC at the 70th Anniversary outing at Castlewellan Park.

Last Wednesday’s ten mile time trial on the Rathfriland Rd was particularly significant in the Banbridge CC calendar.

No less than three trophies were being contested.

The Tommy White Memorial gives the best triallists in the club a rare opportunity for a win with the coveted trophy awarded to the club rider with the fastest actual time – no handicaps to cloud the issue. The Jack Carson Memorial cup goes to the club vet (40+) with the fastest actual time –providing an opportunity for the best of the older riders to claim silverware. Finally the first time trial in the Lutton Cup series (over two rounds) caters for all riders via the handicap system.

On the night it was time trial specialist Kevin Wilson who stole the show with an impressive 23.21 on a middling evening - and, being a vet, this was good enough to claim an excellent double – lifting both the Tommy White and the Jack Carson cups.

Kevin eked out an advantage of just over 50 seconds on runner up Kevin McAlinden (24.13) who has held both trophies in recent years.

Joe Penny and Andy Beattie hold a joint lead in the Lutton Cup after round 1.

Times: K Wilson 23.21, K McAlinden 24.13, J Penny 24.33, D Purdy 24.45, A Beattie 24.59, P Beattie 25.11, N Sturrock 25.44, C Burns 25.55, I Cochrane 26.01, P McGuckin, 26.42, F Brown 26.47, B Curran 26.59, M McVeigh (Shimna Wheelers) 28.08, J Lyons 29.00, J Gillespie 29.04, B Monaghan (Dromara CC) 29.33, G Byrne 29.48, P Anderson 30.23, P Hannigan 32.50.

70th Anniversary

picnic is held

Over thirty members of Banbridge CC gathered at Castlewellan Forest Trails on Sunday morning to enjoy a picnic and trail ride as part of a series of events to mark the club’s 70th birthday.

Bann CC promote Ulster MTB Championships

The Ulster Mountain Bike Championships are being held in Castlewellan Forest Park next weekend - Sunday August 24 and are being hosted by Banbridge CC. A full programme of races has been organised including Under Age, Juniors, Senior and Elite Men and Women. The Under Age kicks off at 10.30, seniors at noon and elite at 2.00pm. Members of the general public are more than welcome to “look in” and see what its all about.

It would be greatly appreciated if club members who not competing would volunteer to assist with marshalling duties.