Ulster CX round 4 – Castle Park, Bangor

It was a bright and breezy morning which greeted racers in Bangor for round 4 of the Ulster Cyclocross series.  North Down CC had secured use of Castle park, location of many ‘cross and Mtb races in years gone by.  The development of new Aurora Aquatic centre meant great facilities for both organizers and racers.

First up where the kids races and as usual there was fierce competition in all age categories.  In the U8 Moya O’Kane had a good race and finished 5th.  In the U10, Shea O’Kane just missed out podium but had coming in 4th.  In the U12, Eoin O’Gorman had some good battles and came in strongly. Congratulations to all our young riders.

There was no representation in the MTB race or women’s races this week, but most of the Phoenix ‘cross team was racing.  It was a technical course with some tight single track, exposed sections and grassy banks to tackle.  After dry conditions for the kids races the rain started just in time for the senior races.

In the B-race, Olan Byrne had his best result of the series todate finishing 12th.   Well done Olan. Good riders from David’s Maitland and Steward who continue to improve as series progresses.

Olan on the up at Bangor (photo courtesy of pbennettphotography.com)

Olan on the up at Bangor (photo courtesy of pbennettphotography.com)

The A-race saw shuffling in the order of top Phoenix men after round 3.  The technical nature of the course suited John Bogues was first Phoenix rider in 6th place, also the first un-placed super-vet.  Rory Maguire again was first place junior in 10th just ahead of Alex Donald who was first of the Phoenix senior riders.  Further down the field, racing was just as hard.  Phoenix veteran Stephen Moffit held off seniors Karl Morgan and Joe Henry with Ed Boyle a few places further back.

Congratulations to all the racers, and thanks to NDCC for a great days racing.