Kellett pounces as Montgomery slips up in Musgrave Park

Posted on: October 2nd, 2017

Barry Kellett David Montgomery Musgrave Park

She runs a tight ship: Barry Kellett’s daughter enthusiastically encourages her dad towards victory at Musgrave Park yesterday. He won the VC Glendale-promoted round of the Ulster Cyclocross Series (Photo: David McVeigh – The Belgian Project)


Barry Kellett beats David Montgomery in Musgrave Park


As was the case south of the border yesterday, a racing incident intervened at the Ulster Cyclocross Series in Belfast.

Former An Post-Chainreaction road rider and national cyclocross champion David Montgomery looked to be headed for victory in Musgrave Park.

But just behind Barry Kellett was keeping him honest all the way in the VC Glendale-promoted event.

And when Montgomery, or more specifically his chain, slipped up; Kellett was close enough to come through for the win.

Montgomery put in a savage effort in the opening laps. Both he and Kellett were by far the strongest in that start.

And on the first lap Montgomery put nine seconds into Dromara CC’s Kellett. On the next lap, of five, Montgomery found another 16 seconds over his nearest rival.



Behind Montgomery, while Kellett was next best, Ross Collins of McNally Swords was giving a very good account of himself.

Kellett would close in on his rival a little on the third lap. But the real drama came on the penultimate lap when Montgomery came to a stop as his chain acted up.

It took him a long time to get the problem sorted and get going again.

And with only one bike at his disposal, the option of switching machines was not available to him.

Kellett was upon him in no time and passed him to round the last lap and win. In the end Montgomery was only 16 seconds behind the winner.

And on the basis of the form he showed yesterday he looks like he means business this year.

But Kellett, who was 2nd last week, took the victory. And he will take a great confidence from that for the rest of the season.

The aforementioned Collins rounded out the podium; taking 3rd just five seconds behind the unlucky Montgomery.

In the women’s race the promoting club’s Trudy Brown took up the lead early and kept pressing.

She would take a clear victory, by 1:19, from Gill Smith of Phoenix CC.

One of the young guns coming up through the ranks; Powerhouse’s Niamh McKiverigan was 3rd.

For full results from the races yesterday please follow this link.