This week marked the last week of the the Ulster Cyclocross Series. The Maryland again were out in force with no fewer than 18 members taking part.

First off was Zach Thompson in the u6 fun race. Now that Zach has got the hang of the racing he put in an impressive performance to finish in 13th place. Its a pity the series is ending as Zach was improving every week.

Next was Cara Suckling who, like her father was having an off day by her standards. Usually Cara would be up amongst the podium places but this week came 9th.
Curtis was looking for yet another podium placing this week and he did not disappoint. Getting off to a flying start even tried drifting round some corners and finished 3rd yet again.
With Curtis and Cara racing against boys and girls 2 years older than them they will be looking to dominate next year.

The sole cyclocross rider in the club Chris Stewart had a terrible time of it this week. Crashing in to a metal fence in the second lap and had to abandon. Hope your okay Chris! Again Chris has another year left at under 12 so next year we could see our very first Cyclocross race winner!

Finally, the last MTB race of the season with a few scores to be settled. Davy McKee back from injury got off to a flying start putting 20 seconds in to the league leader Sean Bradley the BAM! Crash, Davy broke his shifter and was therefore out of the race. This gave Stuart Suckling an opportunity to become the MTB League winner. All Stuart had to do was be the second Marylander home, which usually would be no bother for him. Unfortunately Stuart (23rd) was up against an in form trio of Jonny McRoberts (4th), Campbell Stewart (6th) and Gary Thompson (7th) who all put in cracking performances to leave the Maryland with 3 riders in the top 10. If David and Stuart had of had better weeks we could have had a possible Marylanders in the top 10. Two more performances of note where David Haire who finished 21st and Barry Toland who finished 26th. Usually these two riders would be further down the board but after Monday and Wednesday training sessions have vastly improved. It only shows positive signs for the future. Next was the battle of the Manager(29th) and the PRO(30th). With Colin missing the past few weeks he was out to prove a point on his 5 grand top of the range Specialized. He started one place ahead of me on the grid and finished one place a head of me in the race. It was a ding dong battle the whole race passing each other all the time. Winston Johnston was next Marylander in finishing in 31st position, followed by Stevie Wright in 34th.

The MTB League Winner 2014 is David McKee, 2nd Stuart Suckling and 3rd Gary Thompson.

League Table

 Well done to all those who took part in the series! Doing the Maryland proud! Hopefully see a few more faces out next year! We would like to see more kids out as well. There are MTB races on throughout the year so if anyone out there would like to give their kid the opportunity to race don't hesitate to get in touch. I'm also going to be doing some coaching courses next year so will be available to do a bit of coaching. There will be more to follow on that.

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