Pictured is the winner of the Eric Maxwell Memorial 10-mile time trial on the Warrenpoint Road, Lindsay Watson receiving the trophy from Emma Blakely, granddaughter of the late Eric Maxwell. Looking on is Billy Maxwell, West Down Wheelers’ Chairman.
LAST Thursday night West Down Wheelers held their annual 10-mile time trial on the Warrenpoint carriageway for the Eric Maxwell Memorial Cup.
Although it didn’t look to good at 6pm by 7pm it was as good as you will ever get it up there. A lovely sunny night and little to no wind.
Some fantastic times were recorded and those 35 riders who took the chance of a break in the showers and headed down to the Point were well rewarded with some fantastic times.
Massive well done and thanks especially to Lindsay retaining the cup with an absolutely fantastic time of 19 minutes and that’s with blowing his tube at the last roundabout on way back.
On behalf of the Maxwell family we thank you all for making it a good night’s racing, and not forgetting our faithful band of helpers, two timekeepers Billy and Jacko, marshals Berty, Faith, Barbara, Ronald and Clydie for pushing off and Sam for fantastic photos and wee bit of marshaling duties. If I’ve left anyone out not my intention, plus Eric’s family for their support.
West Down Wheelers’ times on the night were very impressive, indeed all three Wilkie, Ian and Dave with 21s and man of the night Tim with a PB three minutes faster than his last 10, with a 25.17 fantastic times by the guys.
Last round of Imperial Cup
Last Tuesday night West Down Wheelers held the last round of their Road Race Series for the Imperial Cup.
Held on the Corbet circuit with a Quarry start, the riders had four laps of a tough circuit to contest with.
With it being the holiday season and a race some didn’t fancy doing it, which meant we only had 18 riders, but that didn’t mean it was going to be a doddle.
As well as our own there was Lindsay and Roger to make it a fast race.
With smaller groups in this race it was evident from the second lap the Scratch were going to make contact with the leaders.
TVR’s Alan Weir was away on his own to chase his son, Jason who was the leader on the road. But being on your own was always going to be a big ask and so riders were dropping out here, there and everywhere.
The Scratch split too with Lindsay, Roger and Wilkie away on their own and so Wilkie held out to take the last round and leave both him and Ian with two wins apiece.
Dave took a very good second place, with a toss up for third between Geoff and Ian. Well done to all who turned out, some riders even giving it ago after a tough weekend.
John Beggs Memorial Race National Championships
Two riders from West Down Wheelers took part in what can only be described as one very Tough Race with top class opposition.
Wilkie and Brandon both had indifferent races with Brandon crashing and Wilkie pulling up saying he hadn’t the legs for it. It takes guts to enter a race like this, but I’m sure they would have liked to have had better luck.
Billy Stewart Memorial Road Race
West Down Wheelers Ian Weir and Geoff Tate headed to Lurgan on Sunday to compete in the Billy Stewart Road Race.
Both rode well and both home safe which is always a bonus.
European Championships Scotland
Massive well done to Wheelers Phill Castles and Paul (Mackers) McManus who were competing in their age groups at Strathclyde Country Park (Scotland) at the weekend.
The race was a sprint triathlon with over 1200 athletes from all over a Europe.