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Report & Photos from Wills Cup 10m TT – Lurgan Rd. 29/04/15

Report by Neil McAllister

It was a great night to be cycling; cold, windy and raining, what more could one want?!  Never to shy away from our local weather, Banbridge CC held their 10 mile TT Wills cup on the hard Lurgan Road in Dromore.

There were 16 brave men and women on the start line this week, and with Alan Towell’s brave team of marshals there was almost more of them than cyclists! Still, as usual Alan did a great job with his team keeping us all safe in the horrid conditions.

Sara Glover was first out of the blocks followed by the ever quick Joe Penny, which wasn’t really fair on Sara, but still she stormed home in a great 33:07 on a rotten hilly course.  Marty Fitzpatrick was out so see if he could set a new PB over the 10 mile with his newly purchased TT clip on bars and got within 1 second of his target time with a 28:26.  So the local cycle shops better watch out, a big demand on these bars is expected once it hits the social media sites (26 likes and counting already!).

Great performances by all on the night, Nathan Sturrock pulling out all the stops with a 26:08, closely follow by Phil Beattie with a 26:28 despite having to come to a complete stop behind a cattle trailer. The King of TT Kev Wilson putting in a 25:38, a great time for a fair weather cyclist - or so he says.  Johnny Lyons and Jon Shepherd battling hard with only 2 seconds between them, then Dave Lavery picked a great night to get his PB on the Lurgan Road with a 27:11.  However the quickest on the night with a brilliant 24:59 was Andy Beattie.  Well done Andy.

A great job by Stevie Curran and his time keeping team on such a bad night. Below are the brilliant photos from Toni Hannigan, that’s Paul under pressure now too keep up the standard!

A full listing of the results from the evening can be found HERE.