THE second visit of the season to the Gortmacrane course brought fewer numbers than usual due to events in organised by neighbouring clubs, this however did not reduce the intensity of the racing.
The handicap unwound at the start of the last lap giving the main sprinters the chance to fight for a rare win for the scratch men this season. As the race came into view it was clear that the sprinters were watching each other waiting for the drive to the line.
When it came the honours were taken by Ballymena’s Mark McCullough who had pulled a bike length from Bann Valley’s Mike Carroll with Cathal Doyle Carn Wh taking third place and Dean McElfatrick BVRC finishing fourth.
The AWT Racing ten mile time trial league was back after a week off due to a clash with other events.
The usual large number of testers turned out and rode in dry conditions but with an unfavourable wind which managed to hinder the ride on the outleg without helping on the way back. This resulted in the recorded times slightly off the best seen this season.
The fastest on the night was once again Cathal Doyle Carn Wheelers who posted a time of 22.36, just over a minute ahead of Ballymena’s Steven Workman with Bann Valley’s John McElderry claiming the third spot with 24 minutes 18 seconds.
The ride of the night was by Bann Valleys David Strang who on his first outing with his new TT bike took a full two minutes off his previous times to bring himself into fourth place overall.