The Iveagh Spring Classic went off in glorious sunshine and almost the most perfect of conditions. With a bright sunny day, a temperature of 11 – 13c and only the mildest of wind, riding conditions warranted and received the hairy knee brigade. We start this round up, by saying thank you to all whom came along to support us, with so many other events and options available. Just under 120 took part, with clubs far and wide represented (BCC, Apollo, Dromore CC, TVR, CRC, Armagh Down CC, Keevan, Titanic Quarter CC, Phoenix, VC Mourne, Orchard, Clann Eireann, NDCC, Lisburn Tri Club, SMCC, WDW and TeamScott), we thank them all and the unattached, for their support.
Today’s route was unchanged from last years invitational classic (our first Classic). Although short in comparison to many longer sportive’s around, Its a particularly demanding and punchy route with over 1125m of elevation (Data corrected by Google Maps). Scenery in this region is often spectacular and with the light today, the Mournes were a total showcase for County Down. Along the route were numerous inclines which included long steady drags, short sharp leg sappers and punchy kickers, over many notorious and regionally iconic hills, such as “The Boiling Well”, “Windy Gap” and “Kiln Hill”. This is without doubt, an achievement to complete and with many there today, fairly new to cycling we raise our hats to them, for setting themselves and completing the challenge. Making things interesting along the way and adding an extra challenge and dimension, we added a 1 Km long 9% KOM on the Slievenaboley Rd approach to Windy Gap (Winners to be determined after 12am Monday 3 April.
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All in all, we believe the day was a success, with all riders safely completing the route, without hick up or issue. Our support crews were ever present and there to respond as required and we hope they provided the reasurrance intended. Attentive marshaling was a theme throughout, and again we hope our hydration crew’s welcoming demeanor on Dree Hill was a welcome escape if only for 5 minutes. Back at camp Banbridge Rugby Club, (whom we thank again for they’re generous facilities support) we had our Mary Berry crew, setting up a great reception of food for the return.
There’s been quite a bit of effort put in to this event as there always is and it would be reckless not to pass on our thanks. Therefore on behalf of the committee, Id like to thank our event Sponsors, Chain Reaction Cycles (Belfast) whom as always donated generously with waterbottles, vouchers, energy tablets and a Cycle Bag for our prize draw. Also to Katariona (Banbridge Ladies Fashions) whom donated a £50 Voucher. Well done to our luck blessed Raffle Winners, Mark Casey TVR and Carl Jess Phoenix respectively.
We would also like to thank, all our club members for their assistance and time in administrating the event. From those at sign on this morning, our road marking wizzard and lead out vehicle, our St John’s first aid support from Charlotte, our hydration crew on Dree Hill, our mechanical support crew, our static marshals, Keel wheeler’s for the excellent mobile marshaling and to our ladies for organising the food for your return.
Our sport thrives on friendship and camaraderie. We thank you for yours.