Ulster Cycling News
10Nov/160

Island Wheelers Promote Rd 5 Ulster Cyclocross Series

aRound 5 of the 2016 Ulster Cyclo-cross series took place at Windmill Park in Dungannon for the fifth year  hosted by Island Wheelers with the co-operation and support of Mid Ulster District Council.As usual there was a full complement of races for young riders from Under 6 upwards.

The youth courses include the usual dismount section where the riders jump off their bikes and push them through a short section of the course before quickly remounting their bikes and continuing the lap.

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Following the youth races the first of the senior races took place starting with the large field of 90 riders for the Cyclo-cross B' race with the men's mountain bike support race setting off one minute later. Bob Talbot (Harps CC) took the win with Dean Burnside from the host club finishing second and Nigel Gibson (Carn Wheelers) finishing third. In the MTB support race Sean Featherstone (Newry Wheelers CC) took the win ahead of Cathal Hendron (Apollo CT) with Johnny Comac (Square Wheels CC) completing the podium.

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In the Womens' Cyclo-cross race current Irish Champion Beth McCluskey (Scott Orwell Wheelers) took the win. There was a close battle for the remaining podium places with Trudy Brown (VC Glendale) taking second and Gill Smith (Phoenix CC) third.  In the womens' mountain bike support race Angie Smyth (Apollo CT) made it 5 wins out of 5 with Alison McMullan (North Down CC) second and Nicola Nelson (Apollo CT) third.

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The final race of the season was the the senior men's race where Roger Aiken, the man on top form in recent rounds absent on this occasion. Graham Boyd (Xmtb McConvey Cycles), Barry Kellett (Dromara Cycling Club), Alan Bingham (Cuchulainn CC), Christian Nachtigall (Phoenix CC), Dominic McCartan (Apollo CT) and Jason Henry were among those fighting it out for top spot on the day. In the end the win went to Barry Kellett from Graham Boyd.  Christian hung onto third despite the best efforts of Alan to close the gap.  Alan finished fourth and was the first unplaced M40 rider.  Jason went on to take fifth with Dominic finishing sixth.  Peter McConville (Newry Wheelers CC) was the first unplaced M50 with Peter Davison (Dromara Cycling Club) the first unplaced Espoir and Matthew McAllister (Island Wheelers) the first unplaced Junior.  The team prize went to Newry Wheelers when Conor Campbell, Barry Convery and Peter McConville crossed the line.

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A much more comprehensive report and all the results can be found at www.ulstercyclocross.com thanks to Martin Grimley.

Island Wheelers pulled out all the tops to ensure a great day's racing for all. Commissaires on the day were Martin Grimley and Lisa Millar.

Marian Lamb UCN : marianlamb@ulstercyclingnews.com

Many thanks to the Belgian Project Media Team for the use of the pictures.

Belgium project (FlickR) - HERE
Richard Cowan (Facebook) - HERE and HERE
Toby Watson (Facebook) - HERE

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