Event 1 in the 2019 BICRL saw a cold damp start to the 10 round series, with an unseasonably cool temp of just 6c, drizzle and damp air with a northerly head wind of around 12mph. Just over 9 miles awaited the competitors as they gathered shivering and although the conditions wernt great, a very creditable 50 competitors still turned out in support.
Round 1 and the first event was an Individual Time Trial, commonly referred too as a race of truth. The start was fast, dropping down out of Rathfriland on Dromore St and on to the undulating 9 mile run to Banbridge via Annaclonne. Seen by some as a wicked test of nerve, 50mph plus, was hit by the bravest on the testy and immediate decent. One by one and shivering, riders started with one minute intervals. As a sporting event, this had the appearance of a staged and well managed withdrawal to a hopefully dryer and warmer Banbridge.
Plenty of support from each of the 4 involved clubs under the stewardship of hosts VCI and head marshal Colin Finley CCC, saw the series off to a solid and safe start.
Without handicap meant the event would be man o man with the measurements of performance in this event on actual or if you prefer real times. To balance the event a little and cater for those with or without the advantages of a discipline specific aero Time Trial bike, the event was split into 2 distinctions, Aero and non Aero. The best 8 finishing positions for each club across both disciplines or distinctions would then count towards the clubs total and thus club finishing position.
Positions and thereby associated scores checked it was the start that VCI had been aiming for. A win and a slight tilt to the BCC crown with first blood to VCI. This will no doubt tease out greater focus and firepower from BC, whilst serving as a reminder that this series could prove to be a serious test and far from a fore gone conclusion.
Thanks and acknowledgment to all whom endured the cold damp conditions both competitor and staff alike.
Our individual winners were, first and fastest on the night Mark Johnston of VCI in the aero section. First in the non aero was Aaron Parkes BCC, with fastest female Emily Robert's Of TVR.
So here it is folks, after event one, we have some winners. Please note prizes will not be handed out until the end of season.
First place Aero Mark Johnston VCI
First Place Non Aero Aaron Parkes BCC
First Female Emily Robert's TVR
The Series starts with a bold lead from VCI, with defending champs BCC second, CCC third and TVR fourth. Placements and scores are attached.
Massive well done to all and to VCI for a well run event and becoming the early leader. Event 2 RR coming soon.