The Donegal Bay Youth League kicked off on Monday night with a Road Race on the Laghey/Ballintra circuit. There was a good turn-out with cyclists travelling from Errigal CC, Omagh Wheelers, Caldwell Cycles Omagh and of course the host club Donegal Bay.
In the U-12 Race, it was Odhran Doogan(Erriagl CC) who took the win over Aaron O’Neill(Caldwell Cycles) and Donal Walsh(Errigal CC) following a very close race throughout.
The U-14 race saw Adam Ward(Omagh Wheelers) take the win over PJ Doogan(Errigal CC) after the pair had broken away early in the race. Oisin Doherty(Donegal Bay) just got the better of Dylan Traynor(Errigal CC) after a very exciting sprint for third. First girl in the U-14 race was Eimear McHugh(Donegal Bay).
Brotherly love was set aside as Matthew and Jack O’Neill(Caldwell Cycles, Omagh) fought it out for victory in the U-16 race with Matthew taking the win after the brothers broke clear on the first lap. In third place was Caolem McCarter(Omagh Wheelers) who pipped Dylan Gallagher(Donegal Bay) in yet another close sprint.
Results - U-12(9km): 1st: Odhran Doogan, Errigal CC; 2nd: Aaron O’Neill, Caldwell Cycles; 3rd: Donal Walsh, Errigal CC.
U-14(20km): 1st: Adam Ward, Omagh Wheelers; 2nd: PJ Doogan, Errigal CC; 3rd: Oisin Doherty, Donegal Bay CC
U-16(31km): 1st: Matthew O’Neill, Caldwell Cycles; 2nd: Jack O’Neill, Caldwell Cycles; 3rd: Caolem McCarter, Omagh Wheelers
Our thanks to all the young cyclists who participated, the parents who attended and supported and not forgetting the marshals who ensured the race went off safely and smoothly.
Next up is a TT next Monday 21st July with a Time Trial @7pm on the Ballybofey Road.
Donegal Bay at the Errigal Youth League
Sunday say five of our Youth riders racing in Churchill at the final round of the Errigal Youth League. The five cyclist’s were Dylan Gallagher, Ronan McCauley, Oisin Doherty, Jonathan Crawford & Eimear McHugh and they all gave a good account of themselves against some top class opposition from all over Ireland. Oisin Doherty clinched the overall title in the U-13 category which is a fantastic result for the Mountcharles lad. Congratulation Oisin on taking a great win for the club. Also well done to Eimear McHugh who took part in her first open race.
Adult Summer League
The latest round of the club league saw a new circuit being used for the first time but it was a familiar face taking the win. Darragh McCarter(Omagh Wheelers) took his 6th win of the league to open up a healthy 15 point gap in the overall standing with two races remaining. Raced on a circuit starting in Mountcharles and taking in Inver-Doorin Line- Salthill-Mountcharles, it was a tough course with the long drag up the Doorin line and the big climb from the shore road back up to the Main Street in Mountcharles really testing the riders
Despite the toughness of the circuit, the scratch group stayed together well but last time up the climb, McCarter and Raymond Dunlop(Lakeland CC) opened up a gap and sprinted it out on the Main Street with that man McCarter taking the win. In third place was Rodney Orr(Strabane/Lifford).
1st Darragh McCarter(Omagh Wheelers)
2nd Kieran Porter(Strabane/Lifford)
3rd Ted McCaffrey(Donegal Bay)
4th Kevin McGlynn(Donegal Bay) O-40
5th Tom Dunleavy(Donegal Bay) O-40
Over 40s: In a real ding dong battle, Kevin McGlynn has now retaken the overall lead from Tom Dunleavy but with only five points separating them, it looks like it will go down to the wire.
Over 50s: It is even closer in the Over 50 competition with Stephen McPhilemy(Finn Wheelers) holding a very narrow three point lead over Bill Nesbitt(Donegal Bay). Another category that will not be settled until the final night.
Ladies & Junior: Siobhan Gallagher(Donegal Bay) still leads the ladies with Ronan McCauley(Donegal Bay) leading the Junior section.
Next up is the Hill-Climb at Lough Eske on Thursday July 17th @7pm. Sign on 6.15-6.45pm.
The introductory cycles continue each 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.