Last Sunday Dromara Cycling Club hosted the first round of the Ulster XC MTB series at Kilbroney Forest in Rostrevor.
Over 200 mountain bikers turned out to tackle what was a mix of natural and man-made trails, and Dromara riders stepped up to the mark as they competed in various races in both youth and senior categories.
The youth riders of Dromara had their races up first and the club certainly has a few young stars in the making. In the Under 8’s Alex Harrower managed a super top 10 finish with brother Fraser doing the same in the under 12’s, and in the under 10’s young Anthony Quinn showed his pedigree by producing a 10th place finish in a competitive field.
In the S2 Junior race Peter Davidson raced the course with ease and took an excellent 2nd place.
With the youngsters showing how it is done, it was time for the S4 racers to have a go on this technical course with a few hills thrown in as a treat for the riders. David Broome managed to bag himself a spot on the podium with a fantastic second place.. Graham Smyth produced an excellent first time race on the MTB to take 7th, and he even has claimed he will be back for more. Richard Cowan took a well deserved 5th place in which he claims would not have happened if not for a quality bit of mechanical help from David Broome 5 minutes before the start.
In the S3 race Paul Watson just missed out on a top ten finish with Adrian Booth fighting all the way to take 17th. Our very own John Shanks, who loves the S2 class, fought all the way around the course to take 13th place in an elite field.
The Elite S1 race was missing Barry Van Kellett who was in full volunteer mode and managed to miss an epic race. Gareth McKee produced a sensational ride to take the win and made the course look like a flat race track the speed he flew round. With David Montgomery snapping a chain it left Matt Adair and Lindsay Watson to battle out a very close fight with Lindsay taking that second place.
The club would like to thank all those who helped out on the day, including those from neighbouring clubs who volunteered their services for the day.
Davy Robb organised Sunday’s leisure run with 13 boys and girls leaving Annahilt with a few climbs towards White Mountain then downhill to Moira for a well earned coffee !
With it being Mothers Day they came back the direct route stopping off in Hillsborough for the obligatory photo around 40 miles in all.
Meanwhile 4 of our members Bernie, Jim, Peter & Brendan represented the club at the Newry Wheelers Sportive in aid of the Newry Hospice, and it’s exelent to see Dromara CC jerseys represented at events throughout the country! So if you fancy joining us contact Eddie on 07710563885 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Davison travelled down to Dublin on Sunday to compete in the first round of the Biking Blitz, held at Ticknock.
Peter came away with a superb 2nd place, narrowly missing out on the win right at the death.
Peter had this to say about the race: “It was a cold day in Dublin at the biking.ie Biking Blitz. It’s a mass start cross country race over the Coilte trail centre trails. I was riding it blind as I’ve never been to Ticknock before, and it was a fun race with hard, fire road climbs and fun technical single track I started well getting well up in the field on the first fire road climb and rode the first lap with the 1st placed junior.
“The second lap I got held up on the single track descents and lost ground on the first placed junior. To the end of the second lap I was able to get past the leader, only to be put back a position and running to the finish line to finish in second.”
Well done Peter from all at Dromara CC.
*Don’t forget that our popular Coastal tour is now open for entries, see www.dromaracc.co.uk for more information along with a link to pre-entry.