May bank holiday round-up

The month of May is here. Warmth and sunshine awaits.  It was a busy weekend for Phoenix racers and non-racers alike.

Stu takes first round of Spires TT Trilogy

The weekend started on Thurs 2nd May.  Challenging conditions for all the testers who lined up at Toome course – cross/head winds and damp.  Stu Bennent took first place for  Phoenix.  Strong rides from Jim H. and Ed  Boyle.  Well done Stu.

Success at the Hugo Loughran

The following evening, 3rd May saw the Hugo Loughran GP run by Island Wheelers.  Geoff Hewitt took second in A4 race, narrowly missing out on victory in gallop to the line.  In the A3, John Smyth placed fourth with Joe Henry coming in 6th.

Mike the pick of the stage racers

The Tour of Ulster was run over weekend with Ali, Fergus and Marcel representing Phoenix.  A hard race with many strong teams using it as preparation for the RAS.  The team were active throughout, getting into breakaways and representing club with distinction.  Well done guys.

While attention up north was on Tour of Ulster,  the Kanturk 3-day for A2/A3 riders was on in Co. Cork.  Phoenix-man Mike Millar was rewarded for making the trip with 2nd place on stage 1 and 10th in GC.  Drew Millar provided following race summary:

Stage 1: Mike got into a break at 30k which stayed away to the finish at 90k. He broke away with 1k to go but was caught on the line and got 2nd. Stage 2: 8k TT. Mike was 18th, leaving him 12th on GC.  Stage 3: 70k. Mike in 16 man break which stayed away for 60k to the finish. maximum advantage was 45 seconds but brought down to 10 seconds on the line.  Stage 4: Mike rode well although was heavily marked after Sunday result. He finished in the bunch on the uphill finish and we thought that he had retained 6th in GC. Unfortunately it was decided that there had been a 1 second split in the bunch which left Mike at 21 seconds. This dropped him to 10th on GC.

Fantastic Mike.  Well done and congratulation on getting points for upgrade to A2.

Tour of the glens 2013

Phoenix had large representation at Tour of the glens.  This year the weather was kind, the grub was good, and the 200km as tough as ever.  Thanks to Castlereagh CC for a really well run and professional event.