Island Wheelers had a great day on Sunday past at the 2014 Ulster Cross-country mountain bike championships in Castlewellan Forest Park. The event was hosted by Banbridge Cycling Club and it was evident they had put in a lot of effort to create a challenging course. The senior course features including descending the steps beside the castle, the bomb hole and the infamous S-bend drop – fall, Cathals favourite part of the course!
Aliyah, Scott and Darren are Ulster XC Mountain Bike Champions!
Racing got under way at 10:30 with the most popular race of the day, the U6 fun race, again all the wee wheelers raced very well; Rhys 2nd, Odhran 9th and Eben 13th.
Aliyah won the U8 girls ulster championship race, with a great ride. Calum came 3rd in the U8 boys.
Scott won the U10 boys ulster championship race, closely followed by Adam in 2nd Oisin 5th and Shane 6th. Sarah got 3rd in the girls U10 race.
Darren won the U12 boys championship race in what was a busy weekend of cycling for him. Darren had just picked up two silver medals in the U11 national road race and time trial championships on Saturday in ballymoney, but decided to miss the crit race on Sunday in order to compete in the mountain bike championships. Well done Darren!
In the afternoon senior races Janice won the ladies S3 race, while her husband Thomas finished 2nd in what must have been the closest finish of any of the days races the Masters Championship category, Sean was 5th, Raymond 8th and Gerard 16th Kieran DNF’d with a mechanical. Cathal came 14th in the Veteran Championship. Great results for the guys. Thanks to Banbridge for a really well run event and a great course.Great results everyone, keep up the good work.
Pictures below and full results -> here