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Classy Christie claims another provincial crown

There was plenty of fast-paced action during the Ulster 25-mile TT Championships.

MARCUS Christie cemented his position as the number one time trialer in the province on Saturday when he produced a dominant display at the Omagh Wheelers-promoted Ulster 25-mile Time Trial Championships.

The Bready native, who is the Irish 50-mile TT record holder and recently finished just behind Ryan Mullen in the National TT Championships, produced a blistering performance over what was a demanding course.

Featuring around 1000 metres of climbs over the out and back course between Clanabogan and Ederney, the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games racer averaged as close to 30mph as it’s possible to get, finishing his race in 50.01 minutes.

That result left the remainder of the field floundering in his wake with his three closest rivals, Craig McAuley (Caldwell Cycles), over three minutes adrift in 53.22 minutes, while third placed Donal Shearer (Phoenix CC) was next in 54.39 minutes, with former Omagh Wheeler, Darragh McCarter (DBCC) just missing out on the medals in 54.58 minutes.

“It’s always nice to win an Ulster title and I’m happy to have won another one! It was a good, enjoyable course and Omagh [Wheelers] put on a good show,” he said

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