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2012 PHOTOS

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Sunday 02 December 2012
Team Madigan host - Ulster Cyclo-cross Round 6. Location: Seacourt, Larne


Seacourt Community Centre sits up on a hill in the port of Larne overlooking Belfast Lough and it is the sorrounding grass area that Team Madigan cycling club make great use of for off-road cycle racing.  This was the penultimate round of the Ulster Cyclo-cross 2012 series and the third time that the host club have used this site.  It certainly felt like the start of December at the exposed site with a cool biting early morning wind but thankfully no rain.  The course was in great condition after a few days of dry weather which pleased everyone. The memory of last year's muddy race was still etched in the minds of those riders who braved the conditions last year.  This year's senior course was fast and suits the road racers more than the mountain bikers. Report by Martin G Photos from Ian "Madigan XC 2012" Many Thanks to all the helpers who made over 120 racers of all ages smile (well most of them).

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Club Bun Run - Sunday 18 Nov 12

Another great Bun Run. Everyone started from Ballygalley this time. Main bunch Headed to Ballycastle and back. And completed the Strava 79mile BMC Challenge. A smaller group of 8 went to Cunshendall cafe and back to Ballygalley with an extra little climb to warm us up on a cold day.

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Club Prize Evening- Saturday 3rd November2012

Great night, club run the day after was a very tame afair.

More photos here

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Club Bun Run- Sunday 21st Oct 2012

Another Great Sunday Club Run, the Main Club Run of 29 riders left the shop at half 9 heading to a little cafe in Greyabbey, Co Down. A 10 man racer group then split after the fuel tanks were filled with coffee & buns to do an extra few miles were the rest of us came back home via Ards & Belfast. 70miles in 4hrs. Glorious weather, Great company and food to die for. Roll on to next months Bun Run (18Nov12). Below are Photos of the Main Group at Greyabbey.

The Tenners (10am Leisure group aimed at new riders or for people wanting a slower - shorter ride) 14riders lead by Ronnie headed up Carntall to Ballygalley for a coffee stop then up the coast back to Carrick. 45miles in 3hrs of steady riding. (photos of the Tenners to follow).

John Lindsay Mem. Torr Head Charity Cycle -23rdSept12- Photos

Big Thanks for a very successful John Lindsay Mem . Torr Head Charity Cycle, 23 Sept 2012

We had a great turn out of 232 people from all over Ulster and further a field kindly riding to raise some £3600 for Marie Curie Cancer Care to help those greatly in need in the last stages of life. With the weather being bright and sunny for most of the day everyone enjoyed a hard day in the saddle. It was indeed a challenge event for all as the head wind on the return journey was savage.

The 20-milers cycled from Ballygalley to Carnlough spending some time in the quaint harbour village enjoying the sunshine before heading back and enjoyed the beautiful views en route.

The seasoned 50 and 70-milers left Ballygalley with a strong tail wind and in under an hour had reached the tea stop 25 miles away in scenic Cushendun having took in the hilly route from Cushendall . This was a small taster of what the hilly roads around Torr Head would be like. Cushendun tea stop is the point in which riders make up their mind if they want to tackle Torr of return to Ballygalley . This year with the strong head wind back, most opted for the 50 mile run. However there were a fair number who took on Torr Head. After battling the steep climbs they then had to battle into a very strong wind all the way from Ballyvoy near Ballycastle , up through Ballypatrick Forest and on to Cushendall . There was no let-up in the wind and if anything it was blowing harder up the coast. Back at Ballygalley many were glad to be welcomed home with tea and sandwiches in the new Ballygalley Community Centre that was absolutely superb for hosting such an event, and the staff were very helpful indeed. The tough riders spoke of the head wind back being harder than the Torr Head climbs. With a seat, and a chat with fellow riders about the day and the food getting to work! they left Ballygalley feeling proud of their efforts to help others. St Johns First Aid were superb too and thankfully they had only one casualty needing their help for a wrist injury.

All in all it was a most enjoyable day on the Antrim Coast. Thanks to all the riders who took part, they were aged from ten right up to people in their seventies. Thanks to all those kind people who helped on the day without there help it would not have been the success that it was.

Davy Ross (Team Madigan Secretary). 

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Ulster 100 mile Time Trial Championships Woodgreen, 23 Sept 12

Stephen Harkins continues his excellent form to win Bronze in the Senior & Silver in Vets riding the Ulster 100 mile TT. Congratulations from everyone in the Club for the great results this season.

Top three results:
John Madden      Curran Racing     3.45.05    (Gold for Senior Men and Gold for Vets)
Stephen Workman    Ballymena Chain Reaction    3.52.42    PB (Silver For Senior Men)
Stephen Harkens     Team Madigan    3.59.45    (Bronze for Senior Men and Silver for Vets)

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Stephen Harkins wins Ulster Hill Climb Championship

Stephen Harkins of Team Madigan sealed a great victory in the men's section of the Ulster Hill Climb Championships held on the scenic Bishops Road, just outside Limavady.  He held off strong challenges from junior Daniel Stewart, East Antrim and Stephen Walsh, Carn Wheelers to set a superfast winning time of 11.19.
See message board for full report.

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Sean Kelly Tour (Club leisure Tour) 26th August 2012

Five made the long jouney down to the very south of Ireland for the popular Sean Kelly Tour. We are stayed for 2 nights and completed the long and steep 160km route. Great time was had and of course you can see it was followed by a good recovery drink. Looking forward to next years challange already. Steven S

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Gary Cranston Wins 2012 Madigan Cycles G.P.

Carrickfergus cyclist Gary Cranston (East Antrim Audi) rode superbly well for the whole race and very much deserved to win the A race after a 5th place last year.  Attacks went early in the 3 lap 54-mile hilly race on the Kilroot, Glynn, Gleno, Beltoy circuit.  An 11 man group formed including Mark Potts (Omagh Whs) which opened a gap of 3 minutes within the 1st lap. More attacking mostly instigated by Gary Cranston on the climbs shed this group to nine. Another man in this group James McMaster (Curran Racing) took both K.O.H. primes on the Seven Sister.

A second group of ten formed but was 4 minutes from the strong leading group by lap two. This group fell to three riders when Stephen Harkens (Team Madigan) attacked on the Lizard climb on the second lap but the lead group were working too well to catch. The bunch another 2 minutes down by the last lap pushed hard but couldn't bring the gap down, they finished 10 minutes behind the leaders.  

By the last lap the winner was always going to come from the 9 man lead group.  Gary Cranston then attacked at Gleno and rode superbly to open up a considerable gap before Brian McKinney (Duffin Transport) reacted and began the long chase to the finish line at Kilroot. At Kilroot in blistering sunshine Gary Cranston turned the last corner with 10 seconds lead, but he was able to hold on for his well deserved win on home soil as Brian McKinney closed in fast at 3 seconds behind. Mark Potts(Omagh Whs) then lead in the chasing group of seven at 13 seconds behind.

Result (A) Race, 54-miles:

1 Gary Cranston (East Antrim - Audi) 2 Hours 10 Minutes 6 Seconds.

2 Brian McKinney (Duffin Transport) @ 3 secs.

3 Mark Potts (Omagh Whs).

4 James McMaster (Curran Racing) K.O.H. 1 & 2.

5 Devon McIlwaine (Duffin Transport).

6 Davy McKnight (T.V.R.) all at 13 secs.

1st Unplaced A3: Geoff Robinson (Bray Whs)

!st Junior: Angus Fyfe (Omagh whs).

1st Team Madigan Rider: Stephen Harkens.

Result (B) Race, 36-miles :

1 Paul Hesheth (Phoenix CC) 1 Hour 33 Minutes 32 Seconds.

2 Ryan Patton (Ballymoney CC)

3 Glen Dunwoody (Orchard Whs)

4 Steven Vauls (Carrick Whs)

5 Conor Mullan (Roe Valley CC)

6 Quinton McCurry (Ballymena RC) all at 1 minute.

K.O.H. Paul Hesketh (Phoenix CC)

Result Over 50s Race, 36-miles:

1 Noel Boyce (North Down CC)

2 Keith Millar (North Down CC).

3 Noel Munnis (North Down CC).

K.O.H. Noel Boyce (North Down CC)

Result Ladies Race, 36-miles:

1 Sinead Rivers (Roe Valley CC).

2 Jutith Russell (Phoenix CC).

3 Janine Carson (North Down CC).

K.O.H. Sinead Rivers (Roe Valley CC).

Many thanks to Race Sponsors Madigan Cycles Carrickfergus / Ronnie McKeegan his 24th year sponsoring this event! Also Carrickfergus Borough Council their 4th year sponsoring. Many thanks to all the Riders, we hope you enjoyed your days racing, and to all the Marshals, Lead Car Drivers, Comm Drivers, Officials & to Alan Cranston for the photos. A big thank you to Carrick Leisure Centre you did a superb job! and to St Johns First Aid who thankfully had only been called once for a minor injury but the rider was ok to ride his bike again thank goodness. A great team effort folks!

Davy Ross.

A Race

B Race

Quite difficult to describe a race you are involved in with all sorts going on around, in front and behind you, but I'll try and describe my race as best I can. The other riders I'm sure will add their own experiences.

Six Madigan riders were on the start line for the B race which had approximately 65 entrants this year, they included Stuarty Scott, Colin Porter, Andrew Steele, Ben McCombe, John McKeen and myself. The forecast had predicted showers however we where very lucky with a day you could almost call summer, although there was a strong headwind down the coast road.

Having ridden this race in 2011 , I was expecting much of the same with a frantic pace from the off and a fast 20mph plus start up to the top of the Blah Hole. This however never materialised and the pace from the start was quite relaxed with nobody seemingly prepared to up the pace until we got past Whitehead when the speed picked up and the whole bunch cruised along together down to the first turn and up the Rectory/Lizard. The pace up the Lizard was faster than 2011, I recorded an avg speed of over 17mph for this part of the course, something I couldn't ever replicate , except in this race. I am sure this pace did cause some damage and there was an attack from a Phoenix rider who managed to create a gap and I managed with a few others to create a chasing group. The Phoenix rider managed to stay out in front claiming the King of the Hills on the scrapyard climb before sitting up, job done ! I managed to stay away in a front group on the rolly roads after the scrapyard climb before the pace slowed as often happens in the A4 races allowing everyone to come back together on the descent.

On the 2 nd lap the pace again up to the Blah-hole was slow with what seemed like everyone conserving energy for the climbs ahead –the result being that anyone previously dropped was able to get back on again and recover in the middle of the bunch, back to square one!! I tried to bridge across to a break of two riders just before the top of the Blah Hole and only then realised how much of a headwind there was, once across and minus a big chunk of energy I looked round to see I had brought the whole bunch across with me. I sat in the bunch on the way down the coast and saw all the Madigan riders looking fresh and all going well.

The 2 nd time up the Lizard was slightly slower but took its toll, with riders slipping off the back. The Phoenix rider Paul Hesketh made a break and got away, this time placing considerable distance between himself and the bunch with nobody able to reel him back in. I couldn't answer that and the head went down and was happy now just to finish in the bunch. Another trip up the scrapyard climb got rid of a few more riders and the remaining bunch coasted along for the final descent and sprint to the line. I sat on Colin's wheel and followed him down staying out of the jostling for positioning on the fast descent. This is where I noticed Andrew coming into his own and looking impressive, Young Ben was also in the mix and as we rounded the corner they went for it with Andrew the first Madigan rider home in our group.

The Phoenix rider Paul Hesketh was really impressive and thoroughly deserved his win managing to stay away on his own all the way from the Lizard.

Everyone got safely round with no incidents -a good day out on our own familiar roads. A hard race that every Madigan rider should experience or try at least once. Nice to hear all the marshals shouting words of encouragement as you go round, it does help.

Ken

Over 50's Race

 

5Aug12 - Well done Sylwek, Completed 2 day Sportive riding - two Stages of the Tour of Poland last month.


Newry 3 Day Road Race - 29/6/12 - 01/07/12

Congratulations Stephen Harkens who finished in 5th place in the overall GC only 21secs seperated the first 5 men. This was close racing in a high quality field of A1 to A3 riders. Stephen now moves up to A2 after 3rd place in stage 3 and the 5th place in GC. Photo - Stage 3 Spelga Dam

Club members complete Ironman France - Sunday, June 24, 2012 

Big congratulations to Geoff , Colin and Nyx who today completed Ironman in Nice - 2.4 mile swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile run
At a time of 12.50,13.32and13.52 respectively. Well done!
And a Big Well Done to Sam McCluskey who finish in the top half of the IronKids race.

 

18 mile Longest Day Time Trial Orra mountain -21June12

Stephen Harkens wins the 18 mile circuit mountain TT race, 2 minutes! ahead of 2nd place.

 

Bobby Crilly Road Race 16th June 2012

Stephen Harkens wins A3 race on the Divis mountain top finish with the aid of super domestique Danny.

 

In the A4 Race, Ken and Stuarty (first open race) finish well ( top 20) on a very hard course in wet conditions. You can see how hard it was from the photos :)

 

Bun Run 12March 2012

 

5 March Sunday Run

 

Cycling Ulster Awards Night 13th Jan 2012

Five Team Madigan members picked up a number of awards for 2011 at the Cycling Ulster Awards evening, including the Gold metal for Ulster 100 mile Team Time Trial. Well done all!

Stephen Harkens

Ulster 100 mile TT (Team) Gold

Ulster Vets RR Silver

Ulster Hillclimb Bronze

Ulster 50 mile TT Bronze

Ulster 50 mile TT (Vets) Silver

 

Simon Stockton

Ulster 100 mile TT (Team) Gold

Ulster 100 mile TT Bronze

Dave Kane TT League 2nd overall

 

Ian Lockyer

Ulster 100 mile TT (Team) Gold

 

Gary McKeegan / Colin McCluskey (Tandem)

Ulster 10 mile TT Gold

Ulster 25 mile TT Gold

Ulster 25 mile TT (2010) Gold

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3rdJan2012.... 2012 Cycling Ireland & Club membership fees now due............More

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Happy Christmas: A few members braved the icy conditions to have a couple of drinks lastnight (18th Dec11) at Windrose.

 

 

 

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