Errigal’s Ciara Doogan and Shauna McFadden have just returned home from the Tour of Scotland.
Ciara showed fantastic form winning two out of four stages and coming ninth overall in a race that contained the best of riders from all over the United Kingdom.
She would have finished higher up the General Classification had she not punctured on the last stage. Shauna performed remarkably well against a field of which many where of an older age category but the experience should prove invaluable to the young girl from Letterkenny.
Errigal Youth League wide open after race day two
Race day two in the Errigal Youth League series saw a large number of riders from all over the country descending on scenic Churchill at the weekend for a day of fantastic racing.
In the U-12 race Errigal got of to a flying start with young Cathal Gallagher winning comfortably in what was his first race of the season.
Close on his heels was Errigal team-mate Donal Walsh, whose third place finish got him sufficient point to ensure he remains top of the U-12 League.
Odhran Doogan finished in fifth with Amanda Gallagher in sixth and Orla Harkin in ninth meaning that Errigal had five riders in the top 10, also riding for Errigal in the U-12s were Catherine Kelly and Cora Harkin.
Once again the U-14 race provided some real excitement with Conor Halvey continuing to show great early season form by breaking away with Adam Ward (Omagh Wheelers) to come in second and gaining some valuable points.
PJ Doogan finished fifth with Michael McGlynn in ninth and Ronan McCann in 10th. Dylan Traynor’s run of recent bad luck continued when he again punctured for the second time running at the start of the race.
Other Errigal riders who raced included Sean Harrigan. The U-14 League is really shaping up for an exciting second half with only five points separating the top four riders.
In the U-16 race Ciaran McFadden finished the best placed Errigal rider with his sixth place finish whilst Ciara Doogan, no doubt suffering from tiredness following her exploits at the Tour of Scotland, finished in ninth place.
Finishing in 12th place was Adam Rankin, who is showing all the promise of being a very strong rider for Errigal in the months to come.
Youth Racing in Stamullen
Some of Errigal’s youths travelled all the way to Stamullen, Co Meath, on Sunday to take part in the Stamullen GP and returned home with a number of prizes.
Cathal Gallagher took second in the U-12’s, whilst in the U-14 race Conor Halvey won well having went on a solo breakaway after just 2km.
Ronan McCann won the bunch sprint to take 2nd with team mate Michael McGlynn in fifth. Once again Adam Rankin showed well taking 15th in the U-16 race.
Unfortunately Shauna McFadden was involved in a collision, which ruled her out of the final reckoning.
Michael McBride and Jordan McGinley represented Errigal at the Visit Nenagh Classic at the weekend and in what was a top class field McBride got himself into an early break and finished 11th overall.
McBride’s performances this season have caught the eye and he now has a three offers on the table to ride for teams at the Rás Donegal including Cycling Ulster and the Belgian Project.