For those of you out there that don’t follow each and every cycling result (most), over the Easter weekend part of the Node 4-Giordana team rode the Tour of the North in Northern Ireland.

We won the team prize rather convincingly by over six minutes and I went home with a Rudy Project kit bag full of yellow jerseys.

First overall, first team – a great Easter weekend. Image©cyclingulster.

Similarly, for those of you that don’t follow each and every of my personal results (everyone except my Mum), it has been a very, very long time since I won a stage race.

In fact, the last, and now I come to think of it, the only other stage race I have won was the Otley Two Day way back in 2005 and was the first ‘proper’ (as in British Cycling Federation sanctioned) road race I had entered, up ont’ moors of North West Yorkshire.

[pullquote]Essentially, I was still a mountain biker.[/pullquote]

I somehow won the Otley Two Day knowing almost nothing about road racing, and even less about the intricate tactics involved: from memory, I won the first two stages and then proceeded to chase down pretty much everyone that attacked throughout the whole of the final stage – much to the bemusement of my then Gosforth Road Club teammates.

I would like to think I rode The Tour of the North very differently to this, hopefully now knowing a great deal more about this cycling lark.

It has only taken me seven years…

The second stage was where I got in a break with teammates Matt Higgins and Kieran Friend, that took me into the lead. Image©cyclingulster.

I won’t bore you all with an entire race report so I will skip to the final stage which is where the pressure of the yellow jersey kicked in.

Shortly after the flag dropped, myself and teammates; Kieran Frend, Matt Higgins and James Sampson all ended up in 12-man break , together with GC contender Peter Hawkins (IG Sigma Sport). More importantly, super-strong danger man David McCann (RTS) had missed it. We spotted this immediately and drilled it to make the move stick, as McCann was the one I was really worried about.

From this point through to the finish, the team rode superbly in full team time trial mode. It must have looked extremely impressive with the four of us lined up and the rest scrabbling in the gutter. It certainly did from where I was sat – fourth in line!

My three teammates were fantastic from start to finish and I was an incredibly happy boy after keeping hold of the jersey.

Very Relieved. Image©cyclingulster.

Relieved, is another word I would use to describe how I felt after crossing the finish line and this brings me to my point.

I know it’s hardly the Giro or le Tour, but I was desperate to hold onto yellow and after wearing the jersey for a couple of days I was genuinely beginning to feel the pressure. Having spending the majority of the last two seasons pulling on the front as a domestique, it was a completely different story when I was the one sitting behind teammates as they turned themselves inside out for me. This was unfamiliar territory for me and I wanted to help.

Out of instinct, I did a few turns when it looked really grippy, but was rightly ordered to save myself for the final climb.

The inevitability of the attacks made the pressure worse. We all knew I was going to be attacked, who would attack and pretty much when they would attack. All I had to do was to simply follow – this made the pressure even greater. The only reason now for not winning was if I wasn’t up to my job.

Mouth closed, trying to make it look like I’m not trying too hard. Image©cyclingulster.

On the run into the final climb, I was pedalling as light a gear as I could. This was partly, to save the legs, but also to make it look though I wasn’t trying very hard when my teammates were battering themselves up front.

[pullquote]…there was some doubt in my mind – I thought it best to keep this to myself… [/pullquote]

As I sat there, fourth in line, I thought about the final climb of the race, and there was some doubt in my mind – I thought it best to keep this to myself especially after the 100km of graft the team had put in.

As it turned out, I actually did have good legs after all and going with the moves wasn’t a problem. My old Uni mate and long time training partner Pete threw in a few attacks up the final climb but I was on him soon enough – the headwind didn’t do him any favours to be fair!

A group including McCann then came across to us just after the climb as a result of us jumping around. This made for an attack-filled and nervous (for me!) final 15k, but we kept it all together and I was able to cross the line with my arms in the air.

As well as feeling extremely happy and satisfied, I was also met with a wave of relief knowing that all the team’s hard work was not for nothing.

I managed the interviews okay! Image©cyclingulster.

It’s true, I didn’t fully realise the yellow jumper came with added pressure tucked away somewhere deep in the back pocket – God only knows how Cadel, Lance and ‘Bert have even managed to sleep towards the end of le Tour.

It was however, a pressure I enjoyed and will hopefully not have to wait another seven years to experience again.

A superb weekend – thanks boys.

Follow me on Twitter: @jimmymoss355

Special thanks go to:
@Node4ProCycling and @YellowLimited
@PaulBFitness for his incredible work with me in the gym and on my nutrition
@RotorbikeUK and @battyriphraph for providing me with their excellent Q-Rings

And grateful thanks to Marian at Cycling Ulster for the images.

Result - Tour of the North 2012

Stage One

1 74 Niewold,Frank SWABO Cycling Team. Holland 01’50.94″
2 21 Bustard,Tommy Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 01’51.57″ @.63″
3 19 Cutsforth,Jack Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 01’52.40″ @01.46″
4 65 Henry,Jason Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 01’52.57″ @01.63″
5 15 Moss,James Node4-Giordana 01’52.85″ @01.91″
6 93 English,Felix Rapha Condor Sharp 01’53.20″ @02.26″
7 14 Higgins,Matt Node4-Giordana 01’53.37″ @02.43″
8 28 Nicholson,Michael Scotland Under 23 01’53.64″ @02.70″
9 88 Hawkins,Peter IM Sigma Sport 01’53.64″ @ s/t
10 87 Pilkington,Matt Team Bglobal 01’54.07″ @03.13″
11 86 Dean,Ben Team Bglobal 01’54.40″ @03.46″
12 18 Bott,Richard Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 01’54.52″ @03.58″
13 78 Buskermolen,Jordy SWABO Cycling Team. Holland 01’54.73″ @03.79″
14 75 Van der Niet,Rob SWABO Cycling Team. Holland 01’54.82″ @03.88″
15 13 Frend,Keiran Node4-Giordana 01’54.88″ @03.94″
16 106 McCann,David Unattached 01’56.31″ @05.37″
17 3 Duncan,Fraser Team Curran Racing 01’56.76″ @05.82″
18 101 Fidler,Steve Team Elite 01’57.32″ @06.38″
19 7 Buchanan,Mark Donegal Four Masters 01’57.98″ @07.04″
20 85 Sherriffs,Chris Team Bglobal 01’58.35″ @07.41″
21 97 Wilson,Jack East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 01’58.55″ @07.61″
22 104 Drake,Giles Team Elite 01’58.63″ @07.69″
23 92 Grivell-Mellor,Luke Rapha Condor Sharp 01’58.87″ @07.93″
24 94 Cranston,Gary East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 01’59.03″ @08.09″
25 77 Gerts,Floris SWABO Cycling Team. Holland 01’59.20″ @08.26″
26 61 Middendorp,Jelle WTOS Delft. Holland 01’59.28″ @08.34″
27 100 Bethell,Paul Team Elite 01’59.29″ @08.35″
28 59 Been,Wouter WTOS Delft. Holland 01’59.51″ @08.57″
29 69 Oliphant,Lewis VC Ecosse 02’00.17″ @09.23″
30 16 Sampson,James Node4-Giordana 02’00.97″ @10.03″
31 66 Hedley,Andrew Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 02’01.10″ @10.16″
32 72 Addis,Eddy VC Ecosse 02’01.20″ @10.26″
33 17 Hawdon,Andrew Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 02’01.27″ @10.33″
34 22 Lonie,Martin Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 02’01.40″ @10.46″
35 63 McAllister,Conor Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 02’01.48″ @10.54″
36 20 Baxter,Simon Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 02’01.73″ @10.79″
37 42 Wilson,Peter Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 02’01.74″ @10.80″
38 39 Clarke,Cormac Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 02’02.14″ @11.20″
39 24 Brown,Greg Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 02’02.18″ @11.24″
40 38 Inglis,Ian Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 02’02.22″ @11.28″
41 98 Deane,Aaron East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 02’02.34″ @11.40″
42 56 Spruit,John WTOS Delft. Holland 02’02.67″ @11.73″
43 1 Williams,Simon Team Curran Racing 02’02.83″ @11.89″
44 Foley,Desi Phoenix CC 02’02.83″ @ s/t
45 41 Stewart,Daniel Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 02’03.20″ @12.26″
46 91 Kennaugh,Tim Rapha Condor Sharp 02’03.79″ @12.85″
47 25 Semple,Rich Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 02’04.35″ @13.41″
48 103 Bracegirdle,Tom Team Elite 02’04.46″ @13.52″
49 76 Rietrboek,Jesper SWABO Cycling Team. Holland 02’04.47″ @13.53″
50 102 Wilbraham,Pete Team Elite 02’04.50″ @13.56″
51 68 Jeffries,Owen VC Ecosse 02’04.53″ @13.59″
52 52 Taggart,Simon Ballymena Road Club 02’04.66″ @13.72″
53 4 Irvine,Mark Team Curran Racing 02’04.98″ @14.04″
54 80 Harrison,Mike West Pennine Road Club 02’04.99″ @14.05″
55 62 McAllister,Leo Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 02’05.23″ @14.29″
56 46 Smyth,Cathal Phoenix CC 02’05.32″ @14.38″
57 34 Laverty,Colm Stamullen-M Donnelly Fast Ship 02’05.59″ @14.65″
58 10 Stewart,Sean Donegal Four Masters 02’05.60″ @14.66″
59 84 Battersby,Craig Team Bglobal 02’06.16″ @15.22″
60 23 Rennie,Paul Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 02’06.53″ @15.59″
61 29 Wardell,Rab Scotland Under 23 02’06.67″ @15.73″
62 73 Foppen,Tim SWABO Cycling Team. Holland 02’06.84″ @15.90″
63 26 McDonald,Richard Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 02’06.88″ @15.94″
64 64 Houston,Kyle Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 02’06.96″ @16.02″
65 35 Wherity,David Stamullen-M Donnelly Fast Ship 02’07.39″ @16.45″
66 40 Cole,Kyle Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 02’07.57″ @16.63″
67 57 Koop,Jos WTOS Delft. Holland 02’07.77″ @16.83″
68 11 Sweeney,Eddie Donegal Four Masters 02’07.82″ @16.88″
69 30 Johnstone,Taylor Scotland Under 23 02’08.08″ @17.14″
70 32 Sweetman,Craig Stamullen-M Donnelly Fast Ship 02’08.17″ @17.23″
71 96 Dempsey,Jonathan East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 02’08.60″ @17.66″
72 55 Beattie,Chris Ballymena Road Club 02’08.81″ @17.87″
73 43 Devlin,Rory Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 02’08.93″ @17.99″
74 82 Hey,Jon West Pennine Road Club 02’09.65″ @18.71″
75 54 McAllister,Stephen Ballymena Road Club 02’09.76″ @18.82″
76 58 Jansen,Luuk WTOS Delft. Holland 02’10.16″ @19.22″
77 5 Madden,John Team Curran Racing 02’10.33″ @19.39″
78 83 Finnegan,Derek West Pennine Road Club 02’10.46″ @19.52″
79 95 Larmour,Willy East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 02’10.70″ @19.76″
80 81 Gott,Andy West Pennine Road Club 02’11.68″ @20.74″
81 51 Brennan,Matthew Ballymena Road Club 02’11.71″ @20.77″
82 6 McMaster,James Team Curran Racing 02’11.88″ @20.94″
83 70 Whitehall,Andrew VC Ecosse 02’11.88″ @ s/t
84 60 Borst,Rene WTOS Delft. Holland 02’11.89″ @20.95″
85 67 McCann,Chris Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 02’12.70″ @21.76″
86 48 Meenan,Chris Phoenix CC 02’13.09″ @22.15″
87 8 McHugh,Jason Donegal Four Masters 02’13.41″ @22.47″
88 79 Hey,Peter West Pennine Road Club 02’14.02″ @23.08″
89 45 Rooney,Fergus Phoenix CC 02’14.30″ @23.36″
90 9 McCafferty,Pauric Donegal Four Masters 02’14.62″ @23.68″
91 49 McWilliams,Stephen Phoenix CC 02’14.96″ @24.02″
92 99 Kennedy,Peter East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 02’15.86″ @24.92″
93 36 Gorman,Gary Stamullen-M Donnelly Fast Ship 02’17.68″ @26.74″
94 37 O`Connor,Frank Stamullen-M Donnelly Fast Ship 02’18.81″ @27.87″
95 31 Barrett,Jack Scotland Under 23 02’18.88″ @27.94″
96 47 Featherstone,Sean Phoenix CC 02’19.05″ @28.11″
97 12 McDermott,Adrian Donegal Four Masters 02’19.17″ @28.23″
98 33 Robinson,Colin Stamullen-M Donnelly Fast Ship 02’19.39″ @28.45″
99 71 Nicell,Andrew VC Ecosse 02’23.22″ @32.28″
100 2 Curran,Liam Team Curran Racing 02’23.74″ @32.80″
101 53 Bankhead,Ryan Ballymena Road Club 02’37.34″ @46.40″
102 105 Dolan,Liam Unattached 02’45.59″ @54.65″

Stage Two

1 88 Hawkins,Peter IM Sigma Sport 2h45’53”
2 106 McCann,David RTS 2h45’53”
3 15 Moss,James Node4-Giordana 2h45’53”
4 14 Higgins,Matt Node4-Giordana 2h45’53”
5 13 Frend,Keiran Node4-Giordana 2h45’53”
6 21 Bustard,Tommy Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h46’07” @14″
7 28 Nicholson,Michael Scotland Under 23 2h46’10” @17″
8 20 Baxter,Simon Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h47’09” @01’16”
9 16 Sampson,James Node4-Giordana 2h47’10” @01’17”
10 85 Sherriffs,Chris Team Bglobal 2h47’23” @01’30”
11 17 Hawdon,Andrew Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h47’23” @ s/t
12 29 Wardell,Rab Scotland Under 23 2h47’25” @01’32”
13 59 Been,Wouter WTOS Delft. Holland 2h47’25” @ s/t
14 104 Drake,Giles Team Elite 2h47’29” @01’36”
15 63 McAllister,Conor Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h47’31” @01’38”
16 92 Grivell-Mellor,Luke Rapha Condor Sharp 2h47’33” @01’40”
17 3 Duncan,Fraser Team Curran Racing 2h47’33” @ s/t
18 93 English,Felix Rapha Condor Sharp 2h51’13” @05’20”
19 57 Koop,Jos WTOS Delft. Holland 2h51’55” @06’02”
20 74 Niewold,Frank SWABO Cycling Team 2h51’55” @ s/t
21 86 Dean,Ben Team Bglobal 2h51’58” @06’05”
22 77 Gerts,Floris SWABO Cycling Team 2h51’58” @ s/t
23 30 Johnstone,Taylor Scotland Under 23 2h51’58” @ s/t
24 100 Bethell,Paul Team Elite 2h51’58” @ s/t
25 65 Henry,Jason Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h51’58” @ s/t
26 87 Pilkington,Matt Team Bglobal 2h51’58” @ s/t
27 78 Buskermolen,Jordy SWABO Cycling Team 2h51’58” @ s/t
28 72 Addis,Eddy VC Ecosse 2h51’58” @ s/t
29 76 Rietrboek,Jesper SWABO Cycling Team 2h51’58” @ s/t
30 32 Sweetman,Craig Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h51’58” @ s/t
31 103 Bracegirdle,Tom Team Elite 2h51’58” @ s/t
32 7 Buchanan,Mark Donegal Four Masters 2h51’58” @ s/t
33 26 McDonald,Richard Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 2h51’58” @ s/t
34 43 Devlin,Rory Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 2h51’58” @ s/t
35 62 McAllister,Leo Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h51’58” @ s/t
36 70 Whitehall,Andrew VC Ecosse 2h52’10” @06’17”
37 10 Stewart,Sean Donegal Four Masters 2h52’10” @ s/t
38 97 Wilson,Jack East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 2h52’10” @ s/t
39 39 Clarke,Cormac Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 2h52’10” @ s/t
40 44 Foley,Desi Phoenix CC 2h52’10” @ s/t
41 81 Gott,Andy West Pennine Road Club 2h52’10” @ s/t
42 46 Smyth,Cathal Phoenix CC 2h52’10” @ s/t
43 66 McKee,Gareth Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h52’10” @ s/t
44 56 Spruit,John WTOS Delft. Holland 2h52’10” @ s/t
45 91 Kennaugh,Tim Rapha Condor Sharp 2h52’10” @ s/t
46 60 Borst,Rene WTOS Delft. Holland 2h52’10” @ s/t
47 83 Finnegan,Derek West Pennine Road Club 2h52’10” @ s/t
48 98 Deane,Aaron East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 2h52’10” @ s/t
49 79 Hey,Peter West Pennine Road Club 2h52’10” @ s/t
50 41 Stewart,Daniel Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 2h52’10” @ s/t
51 94 Cranston,Gary East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 2h52’10” @ s/t
52 25 Semple,Rich Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 2h52’10” @ s/t
53 55 Beattie,Chris Ballymena Road Club 2h52’10” @ s/t
54 23 Rennie,Paul Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 2h52’10” @ s/t
55 47 Featherstone,Sean Phoenix CC 2h52’10” @ s/t
56 69 Oliphant,Lewis VC Ecosse 2h52’10” @ s/t
57 1 Williams,Simon Team Curran Racing 2h52’10” @ s/t
58 38 Inglis,Ian Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 2h52’21” @06’28”
59 19 Cutsforth,Jack Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h52’21” @ s/t
60 9 McCafferty,Pauric Donegal Four Masters 2h52’21” @ s/t
61 31 Barrett,Jack Scotland Under 23 2h52’21” @ s/t
62 5 Madden,John Team Curran Racing 2h52’21” @ s/t
63 101 Fidler,Steve Team Elite 2h52’21” @ s/t
64 8 McHugh,Jason Donegal Four Masters 2h52’21” @ s/t
65 80 Harrison,Mike West Pennine Road Club 2h52’21” @ s/t
66 84 Battersby,Craig Team Bglobal 2h52’21” @ s/t
67 95 Larmour,Willy East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 2h52’21” @ s/t
68 35 Wherity,David Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h52’21” @ s/t
69 58 Jansen,Luuk WTOS Delft. Holland 2h52’21” @ s/t
70 37 O`Connor,Frank Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h52’21” @ s/t
71 40 Cole,Kyle Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 2h52’21” @ s/t
72 64 Houston,Kyle Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h52’21” @ s/t
73 34 Laverty,Colm Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h52’21” @ s/t
74 49 McWilliams,Stephen Phoenix CC 2h52’21” @ s/t
75 52 Taggart,Simon Ballymena Road Club 2h52’21” @ s/t
76 68 Jeffries,Owen VC Ecosse 2h52’21” @ s/t
77 96 Dempsey,Jonathan East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 2h52’21” @ s/t
78 42 Wilson,Peter Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 2h52’21” @ s/t
79 48 Meenan,Chris Phoenix CC 2h52’21” @ s/t
80 45 Rooney,Fergus Phoenix CC 2h52’21” @ s/t
81 73 Foppen,Tim SWABO Cycling Team 2h52’21” @ s/t
82 22 Lonie,Martin Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 2h52’21” @ s/t
83 2 Curran,Liam Team Curran Racing 2h52’36” @06’43”
84 6 McMaster,James Team Curran Racing 2h52’36” @ s/t
85 102 Wilbraham,Pete Team Elite 2h52’40” @06’47”
86 75 Van der Niet,Rob SWABO Cycling Team 2h52’47” @06’54”
87 61 Middendorp,Jelle WTOS Delft. Holland 2h56’40” @10’47”
88 4 Irvine,Mark Team Curran Racing 3h06’23” @20’30”
89 67 McCann,Chris Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 3h06’30” @20’37”
90 99 Kennedy,Peter East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 3h09’06” @23’13”
91 82 Hey,Jon West Pennine Road Club 3h11’17” @25’24”
92 105 Dolan,Liam Unattached 3h11’17” @ s/t
93 18 Bott,Richard Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 3h17’01” @31’08”
94 51 Brennan,Matthew Ballymena Road Club 3h19’55” @34’02”
95 53 Bankhead,Ryan Ballymena Road Club 3h22’07” @36’14”
96 24 Brown,Greg Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 3h25’42” @39’49”
97 11 Sweeney,Eddie Donegal Four Masters 3h30’00” @44’07”
98 33 Robinson,Colin Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 3h30’00” @ s/t
99 36 Gorman,Gary Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 3h30’00” @ s/t
100 54 McAllister,Stephen Ballymena Road Club 3h30’00” @ s/t

Stage Three

1 28 Nicholson,Michael Scotland Under 23 2h38’28”
2 78 Buskermolen,Jordy SWABO Cycling Team 2h38’28”
3 21 Bustard,Tommy Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h38’28”
4 15 Moss,James Node4-Giordana 2h38’28”
5 57 Koop,Jos WTOS Delft. Holland 2h39’04” @36″
6 74 Niewold,Frank SWABO Cycling Team 2h39’04” @ s/t
7 17 Hawdon,Andrew Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h39’04” @ s/t
8 1 Williams,Simon Team Curran Racing 2h39’04” @ s/t
9 75 Van der Niet,Rob SWABO Cycling Team 2h39’04” @ s/t
10 14 Higgins,Matt Node4-Giordana 2h39’04” @ s/t
11 13 Frend,Keiran Node4-Giordana 2h39’04” @ s/t
12 106 McCann,David RTS 2h39’04” @ s/t
13 88 Hawkins,Peter IM Sigma Sport 2h39’04” @ s/t
14 77 Gerts,Floris SWABO Cycling Team 2h39’04” @ s/t
15 30 Johnstone,Taylor Scotland Under 23 2h39’04” @ s/t
16 92 Grivell-Mellor,Luke Rapha Condor Sharp 2h39’04” @ s/t
17 16 Sampson,James Node4-Giordana 2h39’04” @ s/t
18 32 Sweetman,Craig Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h39’04” @ s/t
19 29 Wardell,Rab Scotland Under 23 2h39’04” @ s/t
20 93 English,Felix Rapha Condor Sharp 2h39’04” @ s/t
21 104 Drake,Giles Team Elite 2h39’04” @ s/t
22 20 Baxter,Simon Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h39’04” @ s/t
23 97 Wilson,Jack East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 2h39’04” @ s/t
24 26 McDonald,Richard Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 2h39’04” @ s/t
25 94 Cranston,Gary East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 2h39’04” @ s/t
26 18 Bott,Richard Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h39’04” @ s/t
27 83 Finnegan,Derek West Pennine Road Club 2h39’04” @ s/t
28 76 Rietrboek,Jesper SWABO Cycling Team 2h39’04” @ s/t
29 19 Cutsforth,Jack Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h39’04” @ s/t
30 7 Buchanan,Mark Donegal Four Masters 2h39’04” @ s/t
31 63 McAllister,Conor Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h39’04” @ s/t
32 3 Duncan,Fraser Team Curran Racing 2h39’04” @ s/t
33 46 Smyth,Cathal Phoenix CC 2h39’04” @ s/t
34 72 Addis,Eddy VC Ecosse 2h39’44” @01’16”
35 61 Middendorp,Jelle WTOS Delft. Holland 2h41’11” @02’43”
36 80 Harrison,Mike West Pennine Road Club 2h41’11” @ s/t
37 70 Whitehall,Andrew VC Ecosse 2h42’17” @03’49”
38 62 McAllister,Leo Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h43’32” @05’04”
39 10 Stewart,Sean Donegal Four Masters 2h43’32” @ s/t
40 35 Wherity,David Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h43’32” @ s/t
41 65 Henry,Jason Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h44’29” @06’01”
42 5 Madden,John Team Curran Racing 2h44’29” @ s/t
43 100 Bethell,Paul Team Elite 2h44’29” @ s/t
44 81 Gott,Andy West Pennine Road Club 2h44’29” @ s/t
45 60 Borst,Rene WTOS Delft. Holland 2h44’35” @06’07”
46 66 McKee,Gareth Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h44’35” @ s/t
47 96 Dempsey,Jonathan East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 2h45’10” @06’42”
48 37 O`Connor,Frank Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h45’10” @ s/t
49 22 Lonie,Martin Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 2h45’10” @ s/t
50 31 Barrett,Jack Scotland Under 23 2h45’10” @ s/t
51 101 Fidler,Steve Team Elite 2h45’10” @ s/t
52 41 Stewart,Daniel Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 2h45’10” @ s/t
53 43 Devlin,Rory Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 2h45’10” @ s/t
54 64 Houston,Kyle Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h45’10” @ s/t
55 69 Oliphant,Lewis VC Ecosse 2h45’10” @ s/t
56 59 Been,Wouter WTOS Delft. Holland 2h45’10” @ s/t
57 58 Jansen,Luuk WTOS Delft. Holland 2h45’10” @ s/t
58 23 Rennie,Paul Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 2h45’10” @ s/t
59 52 Taggart,Simon Ballymena Road Club 2h45’10” @ s/t
60 55 Beattie,Chris Ballymena Road Club 2h45’10” @ s/t
61 67 McCann,Chris Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h45’10” @ s/t
62 34 Laverty,Colm Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h45’10” @ s/t
63 68 Jeffries,Owen VC Ecosse 2h45’10” @ s/t
64 25 Semple,Rich Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 2h45’10” @ s/t
65 47 Featherstone,Sean Phoenix CC 2h45’10” @ s/t
66 9 McCafferty,Pauric Donegal Four Masters 2h45’10” @ s/t
67 73 Foppen,Tim SWABO Cycling Team 2h45’10” @ s/t
68 79 Hey,Peter West Pennine Road Club 2h45’10” @ s/t
69 42 Wilson,Peter Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 2h45’10” @ s/t
70 48 Meenan,Chris Phoenix CC 2h45’10” @ s/t
71 105 Dolan,Liam Unattached 2h45’10” @ s/t
72 56 Spruit,John WTOS Delft. Holland 2h47’19” @08’51”
73 38 Inglis,Ian Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 2h47’19” @ s/t
74 86 Dean,Ben Team Bglobal 2h47’19” @ s/t
75 84 Battersby,Craig Team Bglobal 2h47’19” @ s/t
76 85 Sherriffs,Chris Team Bglobal 2h47’19” @ s/t
77 8 McHugh,Jason Donegal Four Masters 2h48’22” @09’54”
78 36 Gorman,Gary Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h54’53” @16’25”
79 87 Pilkington,Matt Team Bglobal 2h57’07” @18’39”
80 102 Wilbraham,Pete Team Elite 2h59’34” @21’06”
81 103 Bracegirdle,Tom Team Elite 2h59’34” @ s/t
82 49 McWilliams,Stephen Phoenix CC 3h02’37” @24’09”
83 11 Sweeney,Eddie Donegal Four Masters 3h19’32” @41’04”
84 33 Robinson,Colin Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 3h19’32” @ s/t
85 45 Rooney,Fergus Phoenix CC 3h19’32” @ s/t
86 44 Foley,Desi Phoenix CC 3h19’32” @ s/t

Stage Four

1 93 English,Felix Rapha Condor Sharp 2h38’03”
2 19 Cutsforth,Jack Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h38’04” @01″
3 74 Niewold,Frank SWABO Cycling Team 2h38’04” @ s/t
4 88 Hawkins,Peter IM Sigma Sport 2h38’04” @ s/t
5 77 Gerts,Floris SWABO Cycling Team 2h38’04” @ s/t
6 75 Van der Niet,Rob SWABO Cycling Team 2h38’04” @ s/t
7 1 Williams,Simon Team Curran Racing 2h38’04” @ s/t
8 14 Higgins,Matt Node4-Giordana 2h38’04” @ s/t
9 15 Moss,James Node4-Giordana 2h38’04” @ s/t
10 97 Wilson,Jack East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 2h38’04” @ s/t
11 28 Nicholson,Michael Scotland Under 23 2h38’04” @ s/t
12 16 Sampson,James Node4-Giordana 2h38’04” @ s/t
13 92 Grivell-Mellor,Luke Rapha Condor Sharp 2h38’04” @ s/t
14 106 McCann,David RTS 2h38’04” @ s/t
15 63 McAllister,Conor Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h38’04” @ s/t
16 13 Frend,Keiran Node4-Giordana 2h38’04” @ s/t
17 20 Baxter,Simon Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h38’04” @ s/t
18 7 Buchanan,Mark Donegal Four Masters 2h38’04” @ s/t
19 104 Drake,Giles Team Elite 2h38’04” @ s/t
20 35 Wherity,David Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h38’10” @07″
21 29 Wardell,Rab Scotland Under 23 2h38’12” @09″
22 76 Rietrboek,Jesper SWABO Cycling Team 2h40’37” @02’34”
23 21 Bustard,Tommy Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h41’07” @03’04”
24 94 Cranston,Gary East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 2h41’07” @ s/t
25 59 Been,Wouter WTOS Delft. Holland 2h41’36” @03’33”
26 72 Addis,Eddy VC Ecosse 2h41’36” @ s/t
27 26 McDonald,Richard Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 2h41’36” @ s/t
28 87 Pilkington,Matt Team Bglobal 2h41’36” @ s/t
29 30 Johnstone,Taylor Scotland Under 23 2h41’36” @ s/t
30 83 Finnegan,Derek West Pennine Road Club 2h41’36” @ s/t
31 17 Hawdon,Andrew Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h41’40” @03’37”
32 62 McAllister,Leo Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 2h44’49” @06’46”
33 61 Middendorp,Jelle WTOS Delft. Holland 2h44’49” @ s/t
34 85 Sherriffs,Chris Team Bglobal 2h44’49” @ s/t
35 5 Madden,John Team Curran Racing 2h51’24” @13’21”
36 78 Buskermolen,Jordy SWABO Cycling Team 2h54’35” @16’32”
37 57 Koop,Jos WTOS Delft. Holland 2h54’35” @ s/t
38 42 Wilson,Peter Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 2h54’35” @ s/t
39 86 Dean,Ben Team Bglobal 2h54’35” @ s/t
40 100 Bethell,Paul Team Elite 2h54’35” @ s/t
41 18 Bott,Richard Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 2h54’35” @ s/t
42 32 Sweetman,Craig Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h54’35” @ s/t
43 31 Barrett,Jack Scotland Under 23 2h54’35” @ s/t
44 68 Jeffries,Owen VC Ecosse 2h54’35” @ s/t
45 43 Devlin,Rory Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 2h54’35” @ s/t
46 84 Battersby,Craig Team Bglobal 2h54’35” @ s/t
47 73 Foppen,Tim SWABO Cycling Team 2h54’35” @ s/t
48 25 Semple,Rich Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 2h54’35” @ s/t
49 55 Beattie,Chris Ballymena Road Club 2h54’35” @ s/t
50 10 Stewart,Sean Donegal Four Masters 2h54’35” @ s/t
51 9 McCafferty,Pauric Donegal Four Masters 2h54’35” @ s/t
52 70 Whitehall,Andrew VC Ecosse 2h54’35” @ s/t
53 80 Harrison,Mike West Pennine Road Club 2h54’35” @ s/t
54 69 Oliphant,Lewis VC Ecosse 2h54’35” @ s/t
55 46 Smyth,Cathal Phoenix CC 2h54’35” @ s/t
56 47 Featherstone,Sean Phoenix CC 2h54’35” @ s/t
57 81 Gott,Andy West Pennine Road Club 2h54’35” @ s/t
58 60 Borst,Rene WTOS Delft. Holland 2h54’35” @ s/t
59 52 Taggart,Simon Ballymena Road Club 2h54’35” @ s/t
60 34 Laverty,Colm Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h54’35” @ s/t
61 48 Meenan,Chris Phoenix CC 2h54’35” @ s/t
62 101 Fidler,Steve Team Elite 2h54’35” @ s/t
63 44 Foley,Desi Phoenix CC 2h54’35” @ s/t
64 49 McWilliams,Stephen Phoenix CC 2h54’35” @ s/t
65 37 O`Connor,Frank Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h54’35” @ s/t
66 33 Robinson,Colin Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip 2h54’35” @ s/t
67 3 Duncan,Fraser Team Curran Racing 2h54’50” @16’47”
68 41 Stewart,Daniel Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 3h01’47” @23’44”
69 65 Henry,Jason Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 3h05’18” @27’15”
70 66 McKee,Gareth Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 3h05’18” @ s/t
71 102 Wilbraham,Pete Team Elite 3h14’26” @36’23”
72 58 Jansen,Luuk WTOS Delft. Holland 3h14’26” @ s/t
73 64 Houston,Kyle Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 3h17’57” @39’54”

Final Overall

General Classification

1 15 2h38’04″/9 Moss,James Node4-Giordana 8h04’17”
2 28 2h38’04″/11 Nicholson,Michael Scotland Under 23 8h04’35” @18″
3 14 2h38’04″/8 Higgins,Matt Node4-Giordana 8h04’54” @37″
4 88 2h38’04″/4 Hawkins,Peter IM Sigma Sport 8h04’54” = s/t
5 13 2h38’04″/16 Frend,Keiran Node4-Giordana 8h04’55” @38″
6 106 2h38’04″/14 McCann,David RTS 8h04’57” @40″
7 20 2h38’04″/17 Baxter,Simon Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 8h06’18” @02’01”
8 16 2h38’04″/12 Sampson,James Node4-Giordana 8h06’18” = s/t
9 104 2h38’04″/19 Drake,Giles Team Elite 8h06’35” @02’18”
10 92 2h38’04″/13 Grivell-Mellor,Luke Rapha Condor Sharp 8h06’39” @02’22”
11 63 2h38’04″/15 McAllister,Conor Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 8h06’40” @02’23”
12 29 2h38’12″/21 Wardell,Rab Scotland Under 23 8h06’47” @02’30”
13 21 2h41’07″/23 Bustard,Tommy Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 8h07’33” @03’16”
14 17 2h41’40″/31 Hawdon,Andrew Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 8h10’08” @05’51”
15 93 2h38’03″/1 English,Felix Rapha Condor Sharp 8h10’13” @05’56”
16 74 2h38’04″/3 Niewold,Frank SWABO Cycling Team 8h10’53” @06’36”
17 7 2h38’04″/18 Buchanan,Mark Donegal Four Masters 8h11’03” @06’46”
18 77 2h38’04″/5 Gerts,Floris SWABO Cycling Team 8h11’05” @06’48”
19 97 2h38’04″/10 Wilson,Jack East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 8h11’16” @06’59”
20 1 2h38’04″/7 Williams,Simon Team Curran Racing 8h11’20” @07’03”
21 19 2h38’04″/2 Cutsforth,Jack Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 8h11’21” @07’04”
22 75 2h38’04″/6 Van der Niet,Rob SWABO Cycling Team 8h12’19” @08’02”
23 76 2h40’37″/22 Rietrboek,Jesper SWABO Cycling Team 8h13’43” @09’26”
24 94 2h41’07″/24 Cranston,Gary East Antrim CC-Agnew Audi 8h14’20” @10’03”
25 26 2h41’36″/27 McDonald,Richard Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 8h14’44” @10’27”
26 30 2h41’36″/29 Johnstone,Taylor Scotland Under 23 8h14’46” @10’29”
27 83 2h41’36″/30 Finnegan,Derek West Pennine Road Club 8h15’00” @10’43”
28 72 2h41’36″/26 Addis,Eddy VC Ecosse 8h15’19” @11’02”
29 35 2h38’10″/20 Wherity,David Stamullen-M Donnelly Fast 8h16’10” @11’53”
30 59 2h41’36″/25 Been,Wouter WTOS Delft. Holland 8h16’10” = s/t
31 85 2h44’49″/34 Sherriffs,Chris Team Bglobal 8h21’29” @17’12”
32 62 2h44’49″/32 McAllister,Leo Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 8h22’24” @18’07”
33 3 2h54’50″/67 Duncan,Fraser Team Curran Racing 8h23’23” @19’06”
34 61 2h44’49″/33 Middendorp,Jelle WTOS Delft. Holland 8h24’39” @20’22”
35 78 2h54’35″/36 Buskermolen,Jordy SWABO Cycling Team 8h26’55” @22’38”
36 57 2h54’35″/37 Koop,Jos WTOS Delft. Holland 8h27’41” @23’24”
37 32 2h54’35″/42 Sweetman,Craig Stamullen-M Donnelly Fast 8h27’45” @23’28”
38 46 2h54’35″/55 Smyth,Cathal Phoenix CC 8h27’54” @23’37”
39 80 2h54’35″/53 Harrison,Mike West Pennine Road Club 8h30’11” @25’54”
40 5 2h51’24″/35 Madden,John Team Curran Racing 8h30’24” @26’07”
41 70 2h54’35″/52 Whitehall,Andrew VC Ecosse 8h31’13” @26’56”
42 10 2h54’35″/50 Stewart,Sean Donegal Four Masters 8h32’22” @28’05”
43 87 2h41’36″/28 Pilkington,Matt Team Bglobal 8h32’35” @28’18”
44 100 2h54’35″/40 Bethell,Paul Team Elite 8h33’01” @28’44”
45 81 2h54’35″/57 Gott,Andy West Pennine Road Club 8h33’25” @29’08”
46 60 2h54’35″/58 Borst,Rene WTOS Delft. Holland 8h33’31” @29’14”
47 43 2h54’35″/45 Devlin,Rory Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 8h33’51” @29’34”
48 69 2h54’35″/54 Oliphant,Lewis VC Ecosse 8h33’55” @29’38”
49 25 2h54’35″/48 Semple,Rich Dooleys Cycles.co.uk 8h33’59” @29’42”
50 101 2h54’35″/62 Fidler,Steve Team Elite 8h34’03” @29’46”
51 55 2h54’35″/49 Beattie,Chris Ballymena Road Club 8h34’03” = s/t
52 42 2h54’35″/38 Wilson,Peter Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 8h34’07” @29’50”
53 68 2h54’35″/44 Jeffries,Owen VC Ecosse 8h34’10” @29’53”
54 52 2h54’35″/59 Taggart,Simon Ballymena Road Club 8h34’10” = s/t
55 34 2h54’35″/60 Laverty,Colm Stamullen-M Donnelly Fast 8h34’11” @29’54”
56 73 2h54’35″/47 Foppen,Tim SWABO Cycling Team 8h34’12” @29’55”
57 47 2h54’35″/56 Featherstone,Sean Phoenix CC 8h34’14” @29’57”
58 48 2h54’35″/61 Meenan,Chris Phoenix CC 8h34’19” @30’02”
59 9 2h54’35″/51 McCafferty,Pauric Donegal Four Masters 8h34’20” @30’03”
60 37 2h54’35″/65 O`Connor,Frank Stamullen-M Donnelly Fast 8h34’24” @30’07”
61 31 2h54’35″/43 Barrett,Jack Scotland Under 23 8h34’24” = s/t
62 86 2h54’35″/39 Dean,Ben Team Bglobal 8h35’46” @31’29”
63 84 2h54’35″/46 Battersby,Craig Team Bglobal 8h36’21” @32’04”
64 41 3h01’47″/68 Stewart,Daniel Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles 8h41’10” @36’53”
65 65 3h05’18″/69 Henry,Jason Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 8h43’37” @39’20”
66 66 3h05’18″/70 McKee,Gareth Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 8h44’04” @39’47”
67 49 2h54’35″/64 McWilliams,Stephen Phoenix CC 8h51’47” @47’30”
68 18 2h54’35″/41 Bott,Richard Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes 8h52’34” @48’17”
69 58 3h14’26″/72 Jansen,Luuk WTOS Delft. Holland 8h54’07” @49’50”
70 64 3h17’57″/73 Houston,Kyle Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus 8h57’34” @53’17”
71 44 2h54’35″/63 Foley,Desi Phoenix CC 9h08’19” @1h04’02”
72 102 3h14’26″/71 Wilbraham,Pete Team Elite 9h08’44” @1h04’27”
73 33 2h54’35″/66 Robinson,Colin Stamullen-M Donnelly Fast 9h46’26” @1h42’09”

Team Classification

1 Node4-Giordana 24h14’06”
2 Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes @ 06’01”
3 Scotland Under 23 @ 12’02”
4 SWABO Cycling Team @ 18’11”
5 WTOS Delft. Holland @ 49’14”
6 Team Curran Racing @ 50’55”
7 Chain Reaction Cycles-Vitus @ 58’31”
8 Team Elite @ 59’10”
9 Donegal Four Masters @ 1h03’32”
10 Stamullen-M Donnelly FastShip @ 1h04’00”
11 West Pennine Road Club @ 1h04’17”
12 Team Bglobal @ 1h05’56”
13 VC Ecosse @ 1h06’14”
14 Phoenix CC @ 1h21’53”
15 Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles @ 1h34’44”

King of the Hills Classification

1 88 Hawkins,P 14
2 13 Frend,K 10
3 106 McCann,D 10
4 15 Moss,J 9
5 29 Wardell,R 6
6 63 McAllister,C 4
7 85 Sherriffs,C 3
8 14 Higgins,M 2
9 21 Bustard,T 2
10 78 Buskermolen,J 2
11 93 English,F 1

U23 Classification

1 92 Grivell-Mellor,L = 8h06’39”
2 93 English,F @ 03’34”
3 77 Gerts,F @ 04’26”
4 97 Wilson,J @ 04’37”
5 76 Rietrboek,J @ 07’04”
6 30 Johnstone,T @ 08’07”
7 85 Sherriffs,C @ 14’50”
8 62 McAllister,L @ 15’45”
9 78 Buskermolen,J @ 20’16”
10 42 Wilson,P @ 27’28”
11 73 Foppen,T @ 27’33”
12 9 McCafferty,P @ 27’41”
13 31 Barrett,J @ 27’45”
14 41 Stewart,D @ 34’31”
15 58 Jansen,L @ 47’28”