With the week starting off like it was January again ,it did not seem like the club league would remain unscathed from the changeable weather.
Thankfully the weather was kind and even the sun made an appearance, and some thirty cyclists gathered at Hillsborough Elim Church as Dromara CC another round of their summer club league.
This round was a road race on the Flatfields circuit, and you would be forgiven for thinking that the circuit was flat, given the name and all that. What nobody tells you is that there is a long drag from the last corner to the finish, a drag long enough to hurt the legs with a lot of pain.
There were four groups on the road with six laps to complete of the circuit, and the timekeepers got the riders away in good time as the riders done their best to stop the scratch group from catching them.
By the time the third lap was over everyone had been caught and those still in the race were holding on for their lives. With what was left of scratch still pushing the pace the next few laps saw the lead group disintegrate.
On the last lap, Gavin Magowan and Barry Van Kellett made a decisive break up the last climb and managed to create a gap that stayed away to the finish with Gavin sprinting to the win with Barry in second with Ronnie Smyth some 20 seconds behind in third.
Well done to all competed in the race and many thanks to the marshals and timekeepers who helped on the night, and thanks to those who supplied the tea and coffee after.
The next round is this Thursday night, this time a ten mile time trial starting at the Spa Lake. Visit the club message board at www.dromaracc.co.uk or visit the Facebook group for more information.
Well done to Zak Hanna, Bernie Monaghan and Martina who competed in the Keady Mountain Time Trial last Saturday.
The event, held for the first time by Orchard Wheelers, saw a high-quality field in attendance with Zak taking an excellent tenth place, along with being second A3 and first Under 23 rider as well. Martina took a brilliant second in the womens’ race with Bernie fourth in the same category.
hugo loughran gp
On Friday night past Island Wheelers hosted the Hugo Loughran GP in Eglish outside Dungannon. Dromara CC had Zak Hanna, James Mackin and Stephen Irvine travel to compete in the two races on offer.
Zak rode in the A3 race which was forty miles and finished in the bunch after a fast race with James and Stephen both finishing in the bunch in the A4 race, held over the same distance.