Errigal teens impress at Ulster championships

Errigal teens impress at Ulster championships
Errigal Cycling Club can now boast three provincial champions after hosting the Ulster Youth Championships over the weekend.

Errigal Cycling Club can now boast three provincial champions after hosting the Ulster Youth Championships over the weekend.

Ciara Doogan retained her U-16 Road Race and Time Trial titles, whilst Amanda Gallagher triumphed in the U-14 category of both events.

However, the biggest shock of the day came in the U-14 boys race when against a top class field of the best riders in Ulster, Conor Halvey beat them all in a bunch sprint to take the title.

Conor is still only 13 and this was his first ever win and what a race it was to win for starters.

Following a number of failed breakaway attempts around the two laps of the Dore circuit a large group was left to contest the gallop.

The uphill sprint to the finish line at Dore school proved to be a lot longer and more difficult than many of the favourites had anticipated with Conor powering his way to the front in the last 100 metres to win.

Conor was also first U-13 in the morning’s time trial event held on a course from Dunlewey to Dore.

PJ Doogan, who won the bronze whilst in the morning’s time trial event then went one better with the silver medal for second place in the Road Race.

In the U-12 Category, Dylan Traynor took bronze in the time trial, whilst in the afternoon’s road race the Crolly native won the bunch sprint but had to settle for a silver medal as Aaran Heaney from Clan Eireann had broke away early in the race to come home ahead of the peleton.

In the girls championships, it was a great day for Errigal as Orla Harkin rode magnificently to take silver in both the road race and time trial.

Claire Sweeney, who is only racing this year for the first time, was first U-15 girl in the time trial with Orlaith Fogarty was the first U-15 girl in the road race, with Christine Russell winning bronze in both of the U-16 events.

The performance of Errigal’s youth riders this year has been outstanding and they will be on the road again this weekend with the long journey down to Wexford to take part in the National Championships .

Errigal would like to extend their thanks to the staff of Ionad Naomh Phadraig for all of the help and assistance throughout the day together with all of those who very graciously gave up their free time to help out marshalling on the day.

The very popular newcomer 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.