It has been another busy week for the racing members of Maryland Wheelers, both on and off road.  Last Tuesday night, club members took part in the final round of the Houston Cup on the tough Lylehill circuit.  Racing was furious as anticipated with so many riders capable of taking the overall honours, but this course is a tough hilly circuit and the groups soon split up with Ryan Lyttle taking first spot, followed by Colin McElderry and Bobby Millar in second and third places respectively.  This second place on the night was enough though for Colin to take the cup by a whisker from Lyttle and Millar.

 

On Sunday, road bikes were left in the garage and the knobbly tyres came out for the Ulster cross country series at Lady Dixon Park, organized by McConveys/XMTB.  The course was exceptionally challenging this year after a heavy night of rain, but this did not put the club off with no fewer than 24 Maryland riders took part in this full day of racing.  Best placed was Bobby Millar, finishing second in the S4 race, just beating clubmate Stuart Suckling into third. Josh Murray, Barry Toland, Gary Thompson and Winston Johnston also put in excellent performances, all finishing in the top 12 of this race of almost 40 competitors.  In the S3 race, the ever-consistent David McKee came an excellent fourth, with his son Curtis coming 5th in the under 8 race.  Congratulations also to Jack Lyttle (U10), Emily and Marcus Whitten (U8), all taking part in their first race.

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