Saturday 28th Feb saw a good start to the 2009 road race season for the West Down Wheelers. This first road race a 50 mile event was at Annaclone with over 100 riders signing on. Our man Wilkie had a good start to the opening race showing good form, riding strong and with his attack attack racing style he certainly shook the field up from the word go, but then in the 2nd lap disaster struck when he punctured, unable to make contact with the service car his race was over.
Peter had a good opening race, he looked strong and with his steady not getting to excited riding style he finishing in the main pack, Peter did both himself and the club proud.
This was the first open race for Paul who only joined the club last year, he also finish in the main pack and to make his debut to open racing at Annaclone, well he should be holding his head high, well done, the winter training is paying off.
Paul wasn’t going to give up, he headed to Nutts Corner on Sunday fully armed with extra wheels and a service crew to compete in the Phoenix Grand Prix, again in this race from the word go Paul let the field see that he wasn’t afraid to attack, finishing in the leading pack in what was a fast and furious race he can also hold his head high.
This coming weekend Sat 7th March we hope to see the lads race at the John Haldane Memorial in Hilltown.
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The club meeting held on Monday 16th Feb 09 had a good and encouraging turn out of West Down Wheelers in attendance. Various topics were discussed, these included the 2009 race programme which was reviewed and passed by all members, the first race will be on Tuesday 7th April.
The new club Kit/Colours was also on the agenda, the Artwork and colour swatches will be presented at the next meeting.
Club Chairman Billy Maxwell welcomed representatives from both the MacMillan Cancer Care and the St John's Ambulance Services. Club member Jonathan Cromie presented £450 to Kelly McClimond and Sally Mahon (MacMillan Cancer Care) who warmly thanked the WDW for the generosity. Club member Paul McKinstry presented £220 to Christine McCormick, Alison Green and Alison Ingram (St John's Ambulance Services) who also thanked the WDW.
As I'm sure you are aware by now, there is a charity TT being held on Boxing day for all those who would like to attend.
Also, the contact information has been added for those of you who have been bursting at the seems to email us.
The new 2009 Ulster calendar is now available for download. (Race and TT Schedule). It comes in 2 formats .....Excel & PDF. Hopefully these are the only formats people need, but if you do have any trouble opening the calendar send a blog and I'll try and resolve it.
The blog link is now open. Feel free to post your comments about the club, races, TT's or anything else ! This would also be a good opportunity for members to submit any ideas or constructive thoughts about the website. Please bare in mind this is a public blog which anyone can view ......and keep it clean !
As you all should know the annual meeting will be held on 21st Nov. '08 at Banbridge leisure centre. All members and prospective members to attend this yearly event. (don't forget your club colours for the photo's) ....
This years annual dinner will be held at the Belmont Hotel Banbridge on 28th Nov. '08. Info in the calendar or click here.
A few more photo's of Davy C. have been added. Thanks Davy!!