Over 250 riders took part in 5 races at the Hewitt and Gilpin Phoenix GP, on a cold but sunny day. A great success for the club with Race Secretary Geoff Hewitt, Race Committee members Judith Russell, Jim Hegarty, Colin Hughes and John Smyth, Treasurer Seamus Doyle and Committee member Eamon Burns doing a huge amount of work to make sure the race, administration and catering were all taken care of. They were backed up by a large group of club volunteers who helped out with the marshaling, driving and catering.
Congratulations to the race winners Gary Jeffers (East Tyrone) A1/A2 race, J.P. Connelly (Strabane-Lifford) A3 race, Philip O’Neill (Phoenix CC) A4 race, Kevin McCrossan (Four Masters) Masters race and Janine McNally (North Down) womens race.
For Phoenix in addition to Philips win in the A4 race, Ali McAuley was 4th in the A1/A2 race, John Smyth 3rd in the A3 race, Stan Stewart 2nd and Michael Tolan 3rd in the Masters race and Judith Russell 4th in the womens race. A great start to the racing season for the club, lots of other club riders had good races and you can see photos and race reports at the Cycling Ulster web site. There are also plenty of good posts, photos and links on the club message board.
Pictured here is Philip O’Neill crossing the line to win the A4 race.
Phoenix CC are pleased to announce a generous sponsorship deal with Hewitt & Gilpin solicitors ensuring a spectacular £1,000 prize fund for the opening weekend of the 2013 racing calendar.
Hewitt & Gilpin Phoenix GP
This year the Phoenix GP will be held on Sunday 24th Feb. Pre-entry for this event is via Entrycentral http://www.entrycentral.com/index.php?festivalID=284
As entry is on a first come, first served basis with a limit on the entries for each race, you are urged to submit your entry as soon as possible. Sign-on will be in the Crumlin Community Centre (BT29 4UP) from 9:30. The sign-on fee is £12 for everyone except juniors who pay £6.
The course will be the usual Nutt’s Corner > Seven Mile Straight > Long Rig Rd course finishing at the top lay-by.
There will be five races: Women & over 50’s starting at 11am and A1-A4 starting at 12.30.
A race. For A1, A2. This race will be handicapped and will be 6 laps in distance, approximately 50 miles overall.
A3 race. There will be a separate A3 race over 5 laps, 42 miles.
A4 race. For A4 riders. This race will be a scratch race and will be 4 laps in distance, approximately 34 miles overall.
Women’s race. Phoenix CC is again proud to host the first round of the Ulster Woman’s Road Race League. This race will be handicapped and will be 3 laps in distance, approximately 25 miles overall.
50+ Master Race Phoenix is also proud to be offering a race to A4 and club licence riders over the age of 50. A4 riders over the age of 50 can choose to ride this race or the A4 race. These races were very hotly contested in 2012 and Phoenix CC wish to build on that success. The race will be 3 laps in distance, approximately 25 miles overall.
Sunday 10th Feb sees the annual Phoenix reliability trial.
The format will be an “A” run aiming for an average speed of 20-21mph, and a “B” run aiming at 17-18mph average speed.
Sign-on – please note – the venue will be the same as last year – at the Queen’s “Sport at Malone” clubhouse where there are toilet and changing facilities. The entrance is situated approximately 100 metres past the House of Sport on the Upper Malone Rd. Sign-on is open from 9:30 with the A run leaving at 10:00 and the B run leaving shortly after. The sign-on fee is £5
The route and profile is the usual Phoenix RT route. See message board for more details