Quality racing provided at the Noel Teggart Memorial
Banbridge CC provided quality racing for all categories on Sunday when they promoted their Noel Teggart Memorial Races. The Youth racing attracted good fields with many riders travelling from the south to compete.
The Under 12 riders completed eight km over a rolling course which saw the riders strung out from the early stages of the race. West Down newcomer Louise Priestly crossed the line to take sixth place and also lifted the prize for first Girl. Her team mate Emily Cantley also rode a good race and took ninth place
The U16’s had three laps of the hard course to complete. West Down Wheeler, Jack Priestley worked hard but was unable to close the gap on the breakaway group and settled for seventh place.
In the A3 race the riding was hard from the off and attacks were frequent. Contrary to form, no real break emerged or was allowed to get away so the finish came down to a bunch sprint. This was taken in fine style by Luke Hylands of Keevan CC. West Down Wheeler, Darren Lynas who finished in seventh place at Bishopscourt on Saturday once again rode a tactical race and crossed the line in forth place. Darren will now move up to an A2 Category rider.
The A4 race attracted a full field and the race pace was high. By the halfway stage a sizeable break emerged which quickly gained time on the bunch.