Errigal Cycling Club’s seniors begin their season in Antrim

Errigal Cycling Club’s seniors begin their season in Antrim
Errigal’s senior riders acquitted themselves well in their opening race of the season last Sunday in Antrim at the Phoenix GP.

Errigal’s senior riders acquitted themselves well in their opening race of the season last Sunday in Antrim at the Phoenix GP.

Conor McIlwaine and Peter McBride represented Errigal as the afternoons events got underway with the handicapped A1/A2 race, covering six laps of a very tough course totalling over 80 kilometres, the race broke up fairly quickly with a number of groups spread put along the course.

Peter McBride managed to get himself away in the first break and stayed with that group for over three laps before the early season pace took its toll forcing him to drop back and join the A1 chasing group that included Errigal team-mate Conor McIlwainne. Despite working extremely hard they could not catch the lead group and both lads had to settle for a top fifteen position.

In the A3 race there were a lot of attacks and the race broke into three main bunches with Errigal’s Kevin Houlian getting himself into the lead group early on which managed to stay away with Kevin taking a superb fourth place in what was a difficult race to open the season. A

lso representing Errigal in the A3 race were Mathew McKinley, Michael McBride and Jordan McGinley, both Mathew and Jordan managed to get themselves into the initial break of over 20 riders which fragmented towards the end as the relentless pace took its toll yet again. Racing for Errigal in the ladies senior event despite only having this year turned Junior was young Amy Harkin from Gortahork, and in what was a fantastic start in her first senior race Amy finished in ninth place.

Errigal Youth League

The first race in Errigal’s new youth series will take place this Sunday (2nd March) from 11.00 am with U12, 14 & 16 riders completing a number of laps of a circuit in the Letterkenny / Churchill area with the start and finish on the outskirts of Churchill village.

Known as the Errigal Youth League these races will offer Donegal’s youth cyclists the opportunity to compete against the best in the Country on their own patch and a good turnout is expected in what the club hopes will become a popular fixture in the Irish race calendar.

Team Time Trial

The Club are running a team time trial (30mls) on Sunday March 16th with sign on from 9.15 am at the Lagoon Bar in Termon and the first riders off sharp at 10.00am. Teams to be 4 riders with a maximum of 2A1/A2/A3 in each team (youth participants restricted to U14 & U16s), the time will be taken for the 4th cyclist across the line. Refreshment will be served in the Lagoon afterwards.

Weekend Club Runs

Once again there is an open invitation to anyone (including youths age 10+) interested in cycling to come along on the weekend club runs, we would again encourage more to join in this week starting on Saturday from the Annagry Car Park at 10 am and again on Sunday from Churchill at 9 am.These runs are perfectly suited to those who wish to get involved in cycling with Errigal and offer beginners an ideal opportunity to meet and cycle with the club.

All that is required is a roadworthy (road) bike and a helmet.

The Saturday Club Training run will depart from Termon as usual at 8am - this is suited to those riders interested in getting around that little bit faster.