Last weekend saw a team from the club travel to Omagh to take part in the prestigious Tour of Omagh 3 day race. Roger McCauley, Damien Reid, Kevin McGlynn and Michael Bryson made up the team and all were eager to get in some very competitive racing. Whilst still a relatively new event, the Omagh Wheelers organised event has already garnered an excellent reputation as one of the top events in the country for the A4 category and this was reflected by a large field of over 100 riders with many travelling from all over Ulster and Dublin and indeed from further afield.
The race kicked off with a fast stage on Friday evening with all the lads finishing safely in the main bunch. Saturday morning was a short TT which opened the time gaps a little and Saturday afternoon was a tough stage with plenty of hills to split things up. The boys were riding well and were all safely in the main group, but on the big climb near Fintona, the large bunch blew to pieces with numerous small groups forming on the road. Damien and Roger finished in a group just over a minute down with Kevin and Michael also in groups not far behind.
The final stage on Sunday was something similar with several climbs before the big one over Gortin Glen not long before the finish, the race followed the same pattern as the day before with the lads hanging in well before things really split up on the Gortin Glen. Once again, the lads all finished in small groups behind the winner. For most of the lads, it was their first ever experience of racing a multi-stage race and they thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a very well run event and the aim will be to return and improve next year.
The introductory cycles continue this week and are aimed at anyone who wants to try out cycling as part of a club group. These cycles will be run at a very leisurely pace for a distance of between 10km and 20km. The cycles will start at the Donegal Public Services Centre (across the road from Lidl) at 6.30pm every Friday evening until 1st August 2014. Experienced cyclists from the club will be present to lead the group and to provide information about changing gears, fixing punctures etc. Just bring along a bike and a cycling helmet to take part. Adults and children are welcome. Under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Participants can take part in three of these cycles FREE of charge – after that cyclists must become club members for insurance purposes.
For more information please contact Eamonn McGill on 0876747543
The normal Sunday spins continue as usual leaving each Sunday morning @9am from either Donegal Town or Ballyshannon.
Next Monday is the last week of the Sprocket Rocket and once again has proved very popular with all the children participating, having fun whilst learning the basic skills of cycling.
The club Youth League will start in the next few weeks and will consist of five races, three Road Races, a time-trial and a hill climb. A ll details including dates will be confirmed this week.
Youth training continues every Saturday morning with the usual spin leaving the St.John Bosco @10am. All newcomers welcome.
The race group training will take place next Wednesday instead of the normal Tuesday night. Still leaving from the St,John Bosco @7pm.
Club Summer League
We had to unfortunately cancel the hill-climb last week but it will now be run at a later date. With only four races left, things are still very tight at the top of the leaderboard.
Donegal Bay Summer League Standings
1st Kieran Porter(Strabane/Lifford)
2nd Darragh McCarter(Omagh Wheelers)
3rd Ted McCaffrey(Donegal Bay)
O-40 Tom Dunleavy(Donegal Bay)
O-50 Stephen McPhilemy(Finn Wheelers)
Lady Siobhan Gallagher(Donegal Bay)
Junior Caomhan McCauley(Donegal Bay)
This week is a Timer-trial on Thursday night, starting at Biddys @7pm.
Donegal Bay Cycling club were very saddened to hear of the passing of Tirchonaill GAP member Oliver Breslin. Oliver participated in many of our events and was a popular figure with many Donegal Bay members. Our condolences to the Breslin family and the Tirchonaill GAP club.
The club would also like to extend it’s sympathies to club secretary Eamonn McGill and the McGill family on their recent bereavement.