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Great results from Ulster riders at the British NPS XC round in Glasgow

On 21 June 2015 the 4th round of the British XC NPS saw the Cycling Ulster MTB team heading north to Glasgow's 2012 Commonwealth Games course at Cathkin Brae. Overnight rain had helped dampen down the dusty course but also made some of the rocky stretches very slippery. Matthew Adair was first off in the Elite race starting on the front line of the grid.


Unfortunately Matthew wasn't able to take advantage of this when he unclipped at the start of the race and dropped about 20 places in an instant. Thankfully he had managed to recover to 20th place by the end of the 1st lap. Matthew kept a steady pace and position throughout the race but on the 5th lap punctured. A swift visit to the pits saw Matthew back out to finish 22nd. The junior race saw the return of Sean Bradley after missing the last 2 rounds due to his broken hand as a result of a fall in Plymouth. Once again an unfortunate start for Sean as he collided with the rider in front of him who had snapped his chain. Sean soon got remounted and had worked his way back up to 21st place at the end of the first lap. Sean took a tumble at "Braveheart" on the second lap but recovered quickly and by the 3rd lap was settling into a good race pace and finished a very determined 19th. James Curry sitting 5th in the Junior league table and starting 5th on the grid also had a difficult start when he unclipped at the start and dropped 15 places but James, gaining in experience, stayed calm and by the end of the 1st lap had recovered to 12th place. James managed to pick off a rider every lap and by the end of the race had worked his way up to finish 9th. It was a great result to see all the team finish on a course where many riders had became victims of the notoriously sharp rocks.

With regards to the other Ulster riders, Gareth McKee (Banbridge CC) pulled off a great ride to take 3rd place in the Elite men's race and stepped up onto the podium. His target for the year had been a top 20 place so top 3 is much better than he had hoped. Also in the Elite men's race Graham Boyd (Xmtb McConvey Cycles) finished very strongly in 10th place which was well above his target for the British series as well. Stuart Ballantine (Xmtb McConvey Cycles) finished 23rd. In the Juvenile Male category Drew Armstrong (Xmtb McConvey Cycles) finished 11th just one place ahead of fellow club mate Lee Harvey. In the Youth Male category Adam Duff (Xmtb McConvey Cycles) had another great ride to finish 10th with Craig McCarthy (Xmtb McConvey Cycles) 21st.

August sees the 5th and final round of the British NPS series at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.

Report by Jeff Ballantine

Posted by Martin Grimley
Cycling Ulster Off-road Commission

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