Montgomery wins in Belfast as Boyd suffers badly on final lap

Posted on: October 9th, 2017

David Montgomery, above, and Graham Boyd battled all the way in Lady Dixon Park. But the last lap of the main event disaster struck for Boyd and Montgomery would go on to win (All photos Toby Watson)


Montgomery beats Boyd in McConvey ‘Cross Cup


Having slipped up last week and seen a strong rival in the shape of Barry Kellett take victory; David Montgomery made no mistake yesterday.

He was best of the field in the McConvey ‘Cross Cup at Belfast’s Lady Dixon Park.

But this time around it was Graham Boyd of race sponsor McConvey Cycles who pressed him all the way.

And while Montgomery looks to be back in very good form of late, Boyd was robbed of the chance to make a real fight of it very late in the day.

On the final lap, of eight, Boyd actually led the way as he and the eventual winner went out onto the last circuit.

But a bout of cramps in his leg, which hit hard while he was running the planks, knocked the wind out of Boyd’s sails.



It was about half a lap before he looked himself again. But by that stage Monty had kept the pressure on and he was gone.

And after a nip and tuck battle all the way it wasn’t close in the end at the head of affairs.

Montgomery added another win to his impressive career tally to date. Boyd came home in 2nd place just ahead of McConvey Cycles team mate Thomas Creighton.

Montgomery and Boyd had matched each other all the way on laps 1 through to 7.

And young Creighton, who was 3rd in the opening round of the Ulster Series a few weeks back, held them close for four laps.

From that point on he ceded just a few seconds each lap. But he was still 26 seconds ahead of last weekend’s winner Barry Kellett (Dromara) at the finish.



Montgomery took victory after 49 minutes of racing in fantastic conditions; winning by 26 seconds from Boyd.

And just five seconds later 17-year-old Creighton finished for another elite podium. Then came Kellett, and 21 seconds back Ross Collins of Swords McNally placed 5th.

Tim O’Regan (Aqua Blue Academy) was 6th some 14 seconds behind Collins.

And the evergreen Cuchulainn Masters 40 rider Alan Bingham was next; switching his top road form this season straight into the ‘cross arena.

Bingham was just two seconds behind O’Regan, with Dominic McCartan (Apollo CT) rounding out the top eight another 38 seconds back.

In the women’s five-lap race, Trudy Brown of VC Glendale once again showed the way.

She was victorious by 35 seconds over Gill Smith of promoting club Phoenix CC. And Smith’s team mate Julie Rea rounded out the podium another 37 seconds back.

One of the emerging young talented riders on the women’s scene was next; Niamh McKiverigan of Powerhouse Sport.

In the men’s B race Aaron Baines (Spinning Studio Banbridge) ran out the victor. After six laps he had25 seconds in hand over Daniel Daly (Phoenix CC).

And completing the podium was Richard Gaffikin (Killinchy CC), just two seconds off Daly.