Cycling: Madden takes first place in Bannside Electrical TT League

John Madden who claimed the 25 mile Time Trial
John Madden who claimed the 25 mile Time Trial

On a night with thunder, lightening, torrential rain, hailstones and water spouts in Lough Neagh, Bann Valley ran their first 25 mile time trial in many years.

This event was a dressed rehersal for the Ulster 25 mile championship event the Club are hosting on the 19th July on the same course.

The TT started at St Mary’s PS on the Mayogall Road following sign on at St Oliver Plunketts Hall, Clady.

Twenty one competitors took part in the inclement conditions but luckily most escaped the heavy rain.

With the turn at the end of the Agivey Road close to the Brown Trout and several marshals in position there and in Kilrea the event ran very smoothly.

As the riders crossed the finish line the times were transmitted to the hall and were posted there before they had rode the mile or so to Clady.

On the night the quickest tester was John Madden (Dig Deep) who posted an amazing time for the course of 55 minutes 38 seconds,

John was followed home by Spires Cylcling Club’s Diarmuid Logan in 59 minutess 30 seconds with third place taken by Barry Hayes 59 minutes 51 seconds, then Jason Henry (UA) in one hour 40 seconds while first Club man home was Gerard McNally in one hour 58 seconds.

The full list of results can be found on the Club’s website www.bannvalley.co.uk.

Also there in the News section is a schedule of events organised for the youth in Bann Valley and neighbouring clubs. This is a short series covering all the main disciplines, 5 and 10 mile TTs, a short race and a hill climb.