Big Guns prepare for P&O International

The Northern Ireland cycling season highlight, the P&O Irish Sea Tour of the North is gearing itself for blast off on Friday. The organisation are a very happy bunch of people with a truly international flavour for the event. 

Along with the European outfits WV de Kaanibaal from Holland, De Cock Capino from Belgium and  Vendee La Roche Sur Yonne from France; Scotland are also fielding two National Junior teams, with Ireland likewise putting forward their best young riders, with all hopes pinned on defending Junior title-holder, Sean Downey from Banbridge.


`In the Pink` Local riders shaping up for the Tour of the North 4-day International next week, Adam Armstrong keeping an eye on the Under 23s Blue Jersey, Fraser Duncan, winner of last weeks John Haldane Memorial race, P&O Irish Sea Communications manager Edel McMahon, Glen Kinning who will be trying to win the AA King of the Hills Jersey for a record third time, and AA Representative and event secretary Davy Ross.

 

Sean has been at the UCI Track Training facility at Agile in Switzerland as a UCI student since the new year and will be back to lead  the Ireland Junior squad.  Ulster have also are also entered a Junior team, with last years Youth Olympians Stuart Henry and Peter Williams teaming up with Hillsborough`s Peter Wilson and Glenarm`s Leo McAllister.

 

The Pezula professional team are fielding a top trio, including twice winner winner Ryan Connor from Ballymena. He has won the event in 2004, 2006 and will again be one of the favourites for `08. He is backed up by Newtownards pair Martyn Irvine and Adam Armstrong showing the way in a tough Des hanlon Memorial in Carlow last Sunday. By all accounts Adam and Ryan’s contribution to the event was to say the least extra special.

Speaking at a photo-shoot last Friday P&O Communications Manager Edel McMahon commented, “We are delighted with the response to the race this year, with no fewer than three European teams in the start line-up. With national representation from Scotland and Ireland, the 2008 P&O Irish Sea Tour of the North looks like being one of the best yet!`

 

 Local riders put the finishing touches to their Easter preparations last weekend. Glen Kinning running out the winner of his own clubs John Moore Memorial on Saturday. The twice winner of the Tour of the North King of the Hills winner was on dominant form over his `home` Temple-Ballynahinch-Saintfield circuit. 

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