The final weekend in April saw more success for Phoenix. Some riders said it even felt like spring, well for a short while.
First up on Sat 27th April where the Beggs/McGreevy races hosted by Banbridge CC. This year due to roadworksthe organizers where challenged to find an alternative circuit. Any riders expecting or hoping for an easier ride where to be disappointed. Reports from the road say that it was possibly tougher, with more hills, less selective than the old course resulting in larger groups and more attacking.
As usual there was strong Phoenix presence in A1/A2, A3 and A4 races. In the A1/A2 race, Ali, Brian, Desi and Fergus where very active in many of the early breaks but unfortunately missed the winning moves.
In the A3 race, Phoenix had big squad of guys riding. Jay was in the some of the early moves but got reeled back.
Building on the form of recent weeks, Alex got away in final lap only to be caught by small group of chasers. He had enough in tank to take a fine 2nd place, a result which sees Alex upgraded to A2. Well done Alex, good reward for a hard winters training.
After a few other riders Aaron McGrady took bunch sprint and 6th place. Another man on form, it surely wont’ be long until Aaron gets upgraded also. Mike Millar took 9th – good job Mike. A tough day on bike , well done to all riders.
On Sunday 28th, Harps CC hosted the mid-ulster GP. Wet, cold and windy conditions greeted riders.
Building on their success at North Down a few weeks back, Jude Moffat and Michael Tolan won the ladies and masters races respectively.
Jude took a convincing win the ladies race, getting into break and working hard at front throughout. Likewise Michael was instrumental in the break, doing large share of work at front and still having strength to take the win. Well done to both.
This weekend sees the Tour of Ulster with Ali, Marcel and Fergus in action. Good luck lads.