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Another busy week of racing for club

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

IT WAS another busy week of racing for our West Down Wheelers, starting on Tuesday night with a 10 mile TT in Rathfriland.

As predicted last week there was going to be a new winner, as Wilkie was away and Dave Frizz was working.

And so it turned out to be quite a battle. There were four or five riders in the running, namely Paul Mackers McManus, Thomas Niblock, Brandon, Ian Weir and Will Maxwell.

However, you couldn't rule out a rider in superb form lately, Geoff Tate. He has got this year off to a cracker of a start, winning the first round of the Road Race Series for the Imperial Cup.

But he had a job on his hand to win this outright, with another four rounds to go the competition will be unreal. Whoever wins this, fully deserves it.

He followed that win up with a second in the first round of the Aussie/Pursuit Series.

In the 10 mile it was a battle with four out of the five favourites in the 24s. Although Mackers was the quickest of the 24- minute riders, it was the 'weeman' who rose to the challenge.

Brandon recorded a 23, a fantastic time in windy conditions in what is our toughest course.

Well done to everyone for making it a superbly entertaining night's racing. Geoff was just outside the 24s, with a 25 - a PB for him on this road.

There were a few riders making a rare appearnace. Clive racing for the first time in a few years, Jonny Maxwell making his first appearance of the year and Will making his second.

Another rider deserving some praise is Christopher (Goose) Ward, who bettered his first TT at the start of the racing season by four minutes, showing that with a bit of hard work he should get even better.

Next week's race is another very popular one, Aussie Pursuits.

Starting on the Castlewellan Road, it heads through Corbet, Moneyslane, Ballyward, Castlewellan roundabout and back down the same route to finish, a total of 31 miles this is our longest and toughest.

Meeting in the Albert There will be a meeting in the Albert in the next week or two, possibly next week for final arrangements for the Eric Maxwell Memorial 10 mile TT on the very fast Warrenpoint carria geway.

If you are not intending to ride it, could you make yourself available to help out? The Belgian Project As you will have seen by now, Danny and the Belgian Project are sending our own rider, Brandon over to Belgium to race for the month of July.

This is without any shadow of a doubt, a fantastic opportunity for Brandon and we wish him well.

Danny told me he's sending him as he ticks all the boxes. He's known to us as the 'wee man' but he has big heart and determination

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