The club had two young cyclists travel to Craigavon at the weekend for the prestigious Ulster Youth Championships. In the U-14 race, Oisin Doherty had another excellent race to finish 13th and 3rd U-13 cyclist. In the field of the best cyclists from all over Ulster, this was a great result for Oisin.
In the U-16 race, Dylan Gallagher had one of his best races of the season to finish in the main bunch. The race was run at a very high speed of 37kph which would be as fast as many adult races.
From when the Club started in 2012, Youth racing has really grown and this is reflected in having our young cyclists compete in major championships. Well done boys.
This weekend the club will have a number of Youth Cyclists racing in the Errigal International Youth Tour. Best of luck to those taking part.
Round 3 of the Youth league saw another night of great Youth racing with our best turn-out of the league so far. Our thanks once again to the participants, parents and all the marshals who ensured everyone enjoyed the racing. Monday night was a Road Race on the Laghey/Ballintra circuit.
It was another close race in the U-12 age group with Odhran Doogan(Errigal CC) taking his second win of the league over Aaron O’Neill(Caldwell Walsh). Third was Donal Walsh(Errigal CC).
In the U-14 race, Michael McGlynn(Errigal CC) had a good win on his first night at the League. His team-mate Odhran Doogan(Errigal CC) was 2nd for the third week running but is compensated by retaining his lead in the overall standings. Third on the night was Ronan McGale from Omagh Wheelers.
Paul Kelly(Four Masters) has taken part in a few races of the Donegal Bay Senior League and put his knowledge of the Laghey/Ballintra course to good use when he took a good solo victory in the U-16 race. In 2nd was Caolem McCarter(Omagh Wheelers) over Dylan Gallagher(Donegal Bay CC).
There is no race next week with the Errigal Youth Tour taking place. The next event will be a Hill Climb on August 11th.
Final Round of Club Summer League
This Thursday night July 31st is the final round of the 2014 Donegal Bay Summer League, and finishes with the usual Time Trial and presentation at Biddys O’Barnes. This year was the 3rd year of the League and has proven to be the most successful to date in terms of numbers of participants, which reflects the growing popularity of the League and Cycling in general. There have also been plenty of course records and PBs set this year by many cyclists.
Heading into the last Round, Darragh McCarter(Omagh Wheelers) has a healthy lead in the Overall competition, and with rumours that his closest rival Kieran Porter(Strabane/Lifford) will not be present, it seems as though Darragh will be taking home the Pasty McGroary Cup which is dedicated to the memory of the longtime local cyclist.
In the Over 40/50 categories, it is still all to play for with only a few points separating the main contenders. In the Over 40s, Tom Dunleavy(Donegal Bay) has a very narrow 2 point lead over clubmate Kevin McGlynn. Amazingly these two have finished right beside each other in the previous 3 Time Trials and the time gaps have been small so it seem’s as though the title could go either way yet.
There is a similar story in the Over 50s category in which Stephen McPhilemy(Finn Wheelers) has the slenderest of leads(1 point) over Bill Nesbitt(Donegal Bay). Big Stephen has been showing steady improvement throughout the season and completely obliterated his PB on the most recent TT Round of the league, which augurs well for him. However, Bill has also been showing improvement at the TT this season and also smashed his PB for the TT course recently as well.
Siobhan Gallagher(Donegal Bay) and Ronan McCauley(Donegal Bay) will be taking home the Ladies and Junior’s titles respectively but will still be gunning for more PBs. The host club will be taking home thc club Prize.
Donegal Bay CC Final Round Details: Time Trial starts @7pm. Sign-on 6.15-6.45pm @Biddys Car Park, Barnesmore Gap.
Prize giving for the league will take place afterward in Biddys and there will be refreshments for everyone on the night.