Last Wednesday two time trials were highly contested. One for the overall lead in La Vuelta a Espana and the other representing one of the few last chances to earn a gold medal in North Down’s last 5-mile time trial of the year. It’s difficult to say which event was more highly contested with the stakes being so high at both and each being held in glorious weather.
Competition Secretary, Martin Piper, decided on the start line at the top of Orlock meaning high speeds were quickly achieved with the aim of holding them all the way to the Groomsport roundabout before the drag back up Orlock into a slight headwind. Then back down from Orlock with hopefully enough left in the tank for a quick run into the finish line.
The result was some quick times for all riders. Juniors in particular were well represented with the usual suspects putting in some fast times. Joash Lawrence was the fastest under 16 with Harry Dow taking his customary position at the head of the Under 14s. Molly McLarnon led the girls home, motor pacing her father all the way giving him a good workout prior to the fast approaching ‘cross season. Gillian Orr took the honours in the Ladies race with John Rafferty fastest man.
The fantastic weather meant the club had a good turnout of tourists with Mark Kane (Northern CC) taking the fastest overall time. East Antrim, ‘Ards, Bikeworks and the Peninsula Club all sent representatives making for a great night’s racing.
Credit must be given to Martin’s merry band of marshals from the steady hand of Mr. Hunter on the start line to the finish line time-keepers all played their roles with the utmost professionalism. In particular the roundabout team did a magnificent job keeping “the turn” safe under pressure from a high volume of traffic. It goes without saying that these events could not be held without their able assistance.