For those kids looking to emulate Team Sky’s Philip Deignan and wondering how to get involved in road cycling Errigal Cycling Club will be running a youth training night for beginners every Wednesday night throughout the summer in the Gweedore Industrial Estate.
Starting on April 9, the training will focus on basic bike skills and those taking part must have a road bike with racing handlebars. In line with Cycling Ireland requirements all of those who wish to join this group will be required to register with Errigal Cycling Club, newcomers should bring a copy of their birth certificate together with the annual €10 fee (Age 8–14 years) or €40 (Age 15–16 years).
All youth on the course will be assessed on an ongoing basis with the option to progress onto one of the Clubs elite youth race training groups, which will be held on Thursday nights starting April 17, more details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.
For further information on the beginners training course please contact Rory on 086 0742584 (evenings only).
Updates on all youth events are posted on a daily basis on the Errigal Group Facebook Page.
Errigal’s Peter McBride has been announced as head of Coaching and Youth Development for the Club and will be responsible for putting in place a coaching structure and programme for all of our youth riders from U12 up to, and including, Junior level. In the longer term he will assist the Club’s Youth Committee in the design and implementation of a plan for the development of an Errigal Youth Academy. Peter has over the last two years volunteered a great deal of his time to coaching many of Errigal’s youth cyclists and this has undoubtedly contributed greatly to the Club’s success over this period within the Irish youth racing scene.
Errigal’s youth cyclists continued their great start to the season with another set of fantastic results at the weekend’s racing up in Loup, Tyrone. Ciara Doogan again demonstrated her dominance in the Ulster U16 girl’s scene by riding away from the rest to win comfortably.
In the boys U14 race PJ Doogan attacked throughout and managed to get a small gap on a number of occasions but couldn’t quite make it stick, in the end it came down to a sprint between the four man breakaway and team-mate Conor Halvey made it two wins in a row from PJ in a close second.
With an entry of over 25 riders Michael McGlynn put in a great performance to take sixth place whilst team-mate Dylan Traynor punctured with only five miles to go and had to retire. Punctures were to be the tale of the weekend with a large number of riders suffering, including Errigal’s Ciaran McFadden and Shauna McFadden. Errigal was extremely well represented at the weekend with Ciaran and Amy Harkin and Adam Rankin also racing in the club colours
This weekend is Ras na nOg and Errigal will be going to Drogheda with confidence and high hopes for what is one of the biggest two-day races in the Irish Youth Calendar.
A very large contingent of the clubs membership took part in and supported the Poison Glen Tour hosted by the Four Masters Cycling Club. The event took place on Sunday and all enjoyed a great day, in fine weather; cycling through Glenveagh National Park and the Poison Glen everyone taking part appreciated the scenic beauty that Donegal has to offer whilst enjoying a challenging cycle.
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 at 10am from Sweeney’s Garage at Ray. 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.