After aeons of anxiety which were truthfully mere weeks of worry, Old Bleach staged its first race event for quite a few years – leg three of the SEAT Super 7 series.
By all accounts, unless people are barefaced fibbers, a thoroughly enjoyable night of racing it was too.
It was a close run contest with Xeno nudging just ahead of Liam Wilson (Derrymore) and Bann Valley’s Niall Lawrence grabbing the last podium spot with a very strong finish.
After the young men it was time for the Masters (over 50s) and Women to strut their stuff in the Stevenson & Reid race.
North Down was particularly well represented in the Masters’ race and this showed in the results as they filled out the podium with Noel Boyce snatching 1st place from ‘breakaway man’ and ‘prime winner’ Stephen Cardy and Paul Kirk leading in the bunch sprint for 3rd.
In the women’s race North Down again stamped their authority – Rachel Mitchell winning both race and prime in dominant fashion ahead of Shenna McKiverigan of Banbridge.
Last on the menu was the heaviest publicised race of the evening – leg three of the SEAT Super 7 criterium series. Thankfully it didn’t disappoint, with a great display of speed, tactics, aggressive riding and an unexpectedly close finish.
From a few laps into the race Angus Fyffe (Omagh Wheelers) and Glen Kinning (Kinning Cycles) split off the front of the bunch and built up a gap of around half a minute, racing between them for the primes as they went. Despite Jake Gray’s (Nicolas Roche Performance Team) best efforts, it looked for a while like they were practically uncatchable.
Only three or four laps to go and the two escapees maintained a lead of twenty seconds; Surely there was no chance of reeling them in now? Actually yes that did turn out to be the case but with a mere handful of meters to spare. When it came to the crunch the chasing group was right on Angus and Glenn’s tails (they don’t actually have tails – it’s a figure of speech) as they crossed the line.
‘Who crossed first?’ you may ask. You may ask if you haven’t looked at the photo above showing Angus Fyffe raising his hands aloft in victory. Congratulations Angus on a richly deserved win just ahead of Glenn Kinning, with Jake Gray rounding out the podium in 3rd place.
- Xeno Young – Powerhouse Sport
- Liam Wilson – Derrymore
- Niall Lawrence – Bann Valley Road Club
Prime: Xeno Young – Powerhouse Sport
- Noel Boyce – North Down
- Stephen Cardy – North Down
- Paul Kirk – North Down
Prime: Stephen Cardy – North Down
- Rachel Mitchell – North Down
- Shenna McKiverigan – Banbridge
Prime: Rachel Mitchell – North Down
A1 to A3 and eligible Juniors
- Angus Fyffe – Omagh Wheelers
- Glenn Kinning – Kinning Cycles
- Jake Gray – Nicolas Roche Performance Team
- Marc Heaney – Carn Wheelers
- Darnell Moore – Caldwell Cycles
- Mark Dowling – Dunboyne
- Gary Cranston – East Antrim
- Aaron Swann – Nicolas Roche Performance Team
- Derek Finnegan – Keevan
- Lindsay Watson – PLUSHmtb
Primes: Angus Fyffe (primes 1 & 3) – Omagh Wheelers, Glenn Kinning – Kinning Cycles (prime 2)
The top ten in the SEAT Super 7 race all gain points for the series league table, the winner of which is going to be minted. Well, maybe not minted but worth calling immediately afterwards if he owes you any money.
Thanks to everyone who took part and came along to watch. We trust you all had a good time. With any luck we shall be able to welcome you back for more at some point in the future.