This week (Wed 27 Jun) saw event 4 in the BICRL, on the hilly link roads around Loughbrickland, Rathfriland and Banbridge. 4 Events into the series and the good turnouts have continued with 67 for event 1 the Kinallen RR, 46 for event 2 a wet and stormy ITT around Cattlehill, event 3 had 72 at the Annaclone RR and a further 70 last night in the first of our 2 TTT’s.
35 pairs took to the start line in Loughbrickland, with 12 pairs from BCC, 9 from TVR, 6 from ourselves and 5 from CCC. The remainder guests.
The temperature was 29c, a heat similar to that of the Costa’s of Spain and was equal to the challenge given by the road. The event responsibilities this time lay with TVR, with all mucking in to help out and from VCI support from Ronnie and Linda on the vital roll of finishing clocks.
The event began shortly after 7pm with the first of the 35 pairs released with the usual 1 min gap between following riders. Once again there was plenty of friendly rivalry and banter between competitors and clubs, as each pair left keen to do they’re best.
34 pairs finished, with one pair mechanically ruled out. Of the 35 pairings, we had the top 3 places taken by some of the best recognised talent around the Banbridge district and no doubt further afield. The top 3 pairings are no strangers to top level competition, with the winners both heavily involved in the action of the recently held Tour of the North. Running out as comfortable winners were John Buller and Gareth McKee of BCC. Well accustomed to the roads on this circuit, they recorded a 39.10 over the 25.4 km distance (41.97kmph). Second and guesting for CCC were Ian Weir and Paul Wilkinson over 1 minute down at an impressive 40.19 (40.78kmph) and filling out the top 3, were another formidable pairing John Heverin of CE and Brandon Douglas of WDW whom recorded 40.31 (40.48kmph).
Of the 6 pairs fielded by the club our best placing was the pairing of Neil and Jonto, who came in just outside the podium, finishing in a solid 4th place with a time of 41.13. Some late changes may well have effected the overall team performance, however those competing on our behalf got on with it, knuckled down and gave their best. Our thanks to Scott and Gordy, Colin and Ivan, Davy and Brian, Pete and JD, Neil and Mark and as a final pairing Tim partnered by club friend Darren Garvey.
With the placing tallied up, BCC took the win, followed by TVR, VCI and then CCC.