Ulster Cycling News

Irwin Breaks National Record at Woodgreen

Just days after the Board of Cycling Ireland approved new standards for handcycling time trial records, Darrell Irwin set his own standard to beat. Irwin (Ulster Handcycling Association) is H2 category cyclist and the standard set for this category was 36 minutes for ten miles. Irwin took a full minute off that time to complete the ten miles in 35 minutes on the Woodgreen course in the Dave Kane Cycles TT League. The record is subject to a claim being made and ratification by the Board.

Conor McAllister (Ballymena Scott Roof Tiles) was the fastest on the night and the only rider to go below 21 minutes. He stormed home some 47 seconds clear of the second placed rider, Colm Cassidy of Usher IRC. A number of riders recorded sub 22 minutes. It was good to see Aaron Deane (VC Glendale) making a definitive comeback to the league with a time of 21.31 while a some new faces joined the regular band of testers.

Many thanks to all those who came out to help tonight. It made it so much easier for all of us. Special mention to Eamon Burns (Father and son of Phoenix cc), Martin McKernan (Ballymena) Kyle Houston (Phoenix CC), Gordon Parker (Old Beach), Ian Johnston (Team Madigan)and Bill Smyth

With the record being broken tonight it was good to have so many experienced timekeepers to back up the Time Lord, turn stewards and our very own Comm, Martin Lees.

Tommy Lamb was pleased to record a time of 27.15 in his first TT in 10 years although Carl Fullerton's glee was obvious when his time of 26.22 was announced. His scalp was safe for another day.

Please Note
Warning is being given that any rider seen riding on the white line will not have his time recorded in future. If non compliance with this rule continues then the rider will not be permitted to sign on

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The Top ten in tonight's TT at Woodgreen can be viewed below.

Conor McAllister Ballymena Scott Tiles 20.29
Colm Cassidy Usher IRC 21.16
Gary Cranston East Antrim Audi 21.19
Richard Watters Harps CC 21.24
Ivan Robinson Ards CC 21.27
Nigel Laffin Team Madigan 21.29
Aaron Deane VC Glendale 21.31
John Heverin Clann Eireann 21.33
Simon Stockton Team Madigan 21.43
Niall Shannon Phoenix CC 21.56

For full results click on the TT link on the left.

Report Marian Lamb
Pics Jimmy Lavery (WJ.LAVERY@Virgin.Net)

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