Slipping & Slidding weekend (with some sun) for KCC

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Weekend of the 21st & 22nd saw eight KCC members (& an XMTB blow in) hit the trails of Tollymore for the first time, and we can all honestly say everyone returned back to their vehicles with big smiles on their faces. Even though the terrian was nothing like they had ridden before, and there were spills and falls, the craic was mighty and the dirt was very dirty ;-).

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As if playing in the muck & gutters wasn’t enough for some of the members, they rushed home got on some clean lycra and attended the ever popular R&S cycle. Drew & his two boys jumped the start and headed off early as Kevin had a mechanical, so they took advantage of this to go by themselves, however Caleb decided he wanted to do the back road when we all re-grouped as they were dirtier..
Sunday arrived and it turned out to be quite a nice day with 14/15 riders attending Peter’s club run to Holly’s for coffee. On a positive note it was encouraging to read and see Mr DR back out after his sudden illness (WELCOME BACK)..
For those that still wanted to get dirty it was time to head to Ormeau Park for round 7 of the Ulster CX series. First off was the return of Elliot Maitland who after a brief spell in retirement finished a very respectable 6th in the under 8’s.
Then it was onto his bigger brother the infamous Reuben who is starting to make a name for himself as a contender to finish in top 3 at every race & he didn’t dissapoint coming in 2nd place.

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Then it was young Rory who was still getting used to the conditions of racing in proper mud and dirt around the wee (so called) grass courses. He done well coming home in the remainder of the field behind the winners.

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And of course how could we forget the father figure that has been consistent throughout and he got his reward with a very well deserved and award winning top step on the podium – WELL DONE CHAIR!

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Next to race – CX ‘B’ race and with two members (Richard G & Rod McB), the course was starting to get very torn up and thick with mud in places, however these two battled on with Richard finishing 35th & Rod unfortunately having to retire during the 2nd lap.

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Last race of the day – CX ‘A’ race and our only entry Ross was in a bit of a hurry to make the starting line as he only got to leave his house at 12.50.. However he made it and got around the course to finish 42nd out of 63 entries.

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Andrew Evans had his first competitive race since his marathon & heel injury by attending the Belfast Decathlon, in which he completed with the minimum of pain – Well Done. Also competing in a decathlon was Rosie Rauch over in Newcastle (England), so a BIG well done to her on completing the event..
Finally during all the mud and mayhem the R&S lead by Catherine (as Kevin was supporting on some of the racers at Ormeau) had a glorious sunny spin around the normal route with 9 out in total.


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