The Ulster Youth Championships will see some top-drawer action coming to Gweedore as Errigal Cycling Club play host to the event on Sunday.
Following on from a successful International Youth Tour the club’s youth riders will be hoping to rise to the occasion to ensure that we again have one or two Ulster Champions in the Club.
Ciara and PJ Doogan are current Ulster Champions and will be hoping to retain their titles on Sunday, it will be particularly tough for PJ this year as he is only 13 and will have to race and win against a number of second year U-14 riders.
There are Ulster Titles with gold, silver and bronze medals up for grabs in both the mornings time trial and the afternoons road races.
The first rider will be off against the clock in the Time Trial at 11am from Roarty’s Garage in Dunlewey finishing half way between Arduns and Dore on the N56.
After lunch starting at 2.30pm there will be Road Races for all categories around the Dore – Arduns - Bunbeg - Dore loop with the U-12’S doing one lap, the U-14s two laps and the U-16’sthree laps.
The finish line will be opposite Dore School and the road races should make for an exciting, colourful spectacle, we would urge everyone to get along and support the local youths in action.
Errigal are also asking for volunteers to turn up on the day to help out with marshalling and general assistance with the event, anyone willing to help can contact James Harkin on 0876771566.
Errigal had more success last weekend when on the Sunday with current Donegal Road Race Champion Cormac Keeney winning the Tour of Rathmullan, whilst young local lad Ciaran McFadden from Falcaragh had a fantastic result by winning the B Race.
Training for not only this weekends Ulster Championships but also the forthcoming Nationals in a few weeks time down in Wexford continues on a regular basis, all youths are advised to keep up to date with training arrangements on the Errigal Group Facebook page.
The very popular newcomers youth training will continue on a weekly basis, held in the Gweedore Industrial Estate on Wednesday evenings, parents are asked to be there with their children for a 6.45pm sign on with training starting at 7pm prompt.
These training sessions are for those children interested in racing for Errigal next year and anyone is welcome to come along. (Road Bikes and Helmets are mandatory)
Errigal CC club runs this weekend will depart at 10am on Saturday from the Anagary car park, this is a great run for beginners and all newcomers are made very welcome with no one left behind.
The Sunday Club run is cancelled this week due to the Ulster Youth Championships; all Errigal members are encouraged to instead help out with Sunday’s Championship event.