Very successful cycling event in Ballyshannon

Very successful cycling event in Ballyshannon
Ballyshannon was the venue for a very exciting ‘Round The Houses’ cycle race on Thursday evening as part of the ‘400’ celebrations.

Ballyshannon was the venue for a very exciting ‘Round The Houses’ cycle race on Thursday evening as part of the ‘400’ celebrations.

The Donegal Bay Cycling Club held a very successful ‘Round The Houses’ event which saw cyclists do a loop of the town five times with the finish in front of Dorrian’s Imperial Hotel.

There was a junior race as a warm-up with riders from U-12 to U-16 taking part.

A very heavy shower made conditions very difficult, especially at the Roundabout where the cyclists faced a daunting turn in the wet conditions.

The evening’s entertainment began with the Junior race and this proved very competitive.

In the end Breanann Harper was first over the line, just ahead of Oisin Doherty. It was a really strong performance from Doherty, who is U-12 while Harper was the winner of the U-14 section.

In third place was Darren Rafferty with Alan Mitchell fourth. Donagh Cleary was first in the U-16 age group.

In the senior section, the elite group were unable to make up the time on the intermediate group with Francie Coyle first across the line after five gruelling laps.

Coyle was ahead of Jake McGinn with Lorcan McGrory third and Kevin McDermott fourth.

However, the star of the show was local veteran cyclist Terry McIntyre, The Mall, who had his own personal fan club as he climbed the hill each time.

The loop around the town took around eight minutes for the elite cyclists (although retired local rider Josie Boyle reckoned he could do it in seven minutes!)

Overall, it was a very successful event which was well marshalled by the local Donegal Bay Cycling Club. Recently they held a similar event in Mountcharles and there is the likelihood that further local events will be held in the future.