Sands and Creighton make no mistake at Phoenix Grand Prix

Posted on: March 3rd, 2019

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Newry Wheelers man Jude Sands, in red with his head down, in full flight headed for the chequered flag and victory at the Phoenix GP today (All photos by Toby Watson)


Jude Sands has taken his first victory of the year, sprinting in at the head of the bunch to win the Phoenix GP.

After six laps of an 8½ mile circuit, for a total race distance of 51 miles, Sands was too quick in the sprint for those he was with.

In the handicapped race, the scratch group did not catch the limit riders and those up front made the most of it.

The gap was right down on the line but the catch was never made. And Sands of Newry Wheelers sprinted in for victory; leading it out strongly and taking it comfortably in the end.


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Creighton winning the A3 event in impressive fashion. He should be in the A1 ranks within weeks.


The Newry Wheelers man took the victory from Karl Morgan of promoting outfit Phoenix Cycling Club. Making it a 1-3 for Newry Wheelers was masters national champion Des Woods.

And while Woods is clearly able to switch his cyclocross condition of the winter months into road form already, the same can be said of Thomas Creighton.

The teenager riding for McConvey Cycles was last’s year Irish junior champion in the cyclocross discipline.

He was 5th in the elite championships earlier this year as a first-year U23 but he is now focusing on road racing. And today he took the A3 race in Crumlin.

Creighton came in just head of the bunch to score his opening win of the new road campaign. And he looks like one to watch.

He took the victory today from Thomas Skeet of Northern CC and Aaron Watson from Dromara CC.

In the A4 event, David Sloan of Ballymena Road Club won from Michael Boyd (Unattached) and Darren Johnston (Phoenix CC).

Chris McCann (Phoenix CC) won the Masters race from Johnny Webb and Paul Kirk, both of North Down CC.

The women’s race was taken by Clodagh Gallagher (AAA). Grace Smith (Ballymena Road Club) was 2nd and Ellie Kelso (East Tyrone CC) claimed 3rd place.

More to follow.


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Hands in the air: Sands with the victory punch; that’s a great race to win.

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There was no shortage of fire power in the scratch group but while they almost made the catch, they couldn’t quite get there.