Glory for Road Club riders at Ulster championships

Eileen Burns defended her Ulster 50 miles title last weekend.
Eileen Burns defended her Ulster 50 miles title last weekend.

There was team and individual success for Ballymena Road Club members in Sunday’s Ulster 50 miles time trial championships at Woodgreen.

Eileen Burns retained her Ulster ladies 50 miles title with a personal best time of 1 hour 54 minutes 34 seconds.

the Ballymena Road Club - Chain Reaction Cycles team of Steven Workman, who clocked 1.51.42, Jason Burns 1.52.15 and Eileen Burns were crowned team champions.

This may be the first time a senior team title has been won by a club which included a female in their winning line up and unique in the respect that a husband and wife were part of the team. Certainly it is a first time achievement for Ballymena RC.

Double gold medallist Eileen said “I’m pleased to have retained my title as 50 miles Time Trial Ulster Ladies Champion with a time of 1:54:34. This took 16:39 off my time from last year. However I have mixed emotions right now as today I was just 62secs from the women’s Irish record of 1:53:32, which is held by Avril Swan.

“At the same time I am really happy to have retained my title and to have improved my time by quite a bit. My husband Jason clocked up an impressive time of 1:52:15 and Steven Workman also competed and did 1:51:42. With these times Ballymena road club were awarded the Ulster team prize.”

The events overall winner was S McIntyre of Orchard wheelers in 1 hour 43 minutes 38 seconds. Second fastest was Colm Cassidy (UCD) 1.44.33 while John Madden (Dig Deep) was third with 1.45.53