Young Oisin Doherty of Donegal Bay Cycling Club, achieved the greatest result in the clubs short history when he took a Bronze medal at the National Youth Championships held in Co. Antrim at the weekend.
Oisin had also won a Bronze medal at the Ulster Championships last year but this was a step up in standard with all the best young cyclists in Ireland taking the line in Ballymoney. Prior to travelling to the Nationals. Oisin had spent a few weeks on a family holiday in the French Alps in which he spent time climbing some of the famous Climbs from the Tour de France, including the climb to the ski station of La Plagne which is most famous for the collapse of Stephen Roche after crossing the line during his 1987 Tour de France win.
Oisin was always in the frame during the U-13 Road Race and showed his class when he put in a super sprint, coming from well back to take the Bronze medal. A fantastic result for Oisin and the Club.
Also taking part in the National Youth Championships was Dylan Gallagher from Ardara. Having recently won the Donegal Bay Youth League, Dylan was in good form coming into the Nationals and had a very good performance to finish in 13th place in a very competitive Road Race on Saturday. He followed this up with another excellent performance in the Criterium street circuit race around the streets of Ballymoney on Sunday. With lapped riders being pulled out of the race, Dylan stayed with the front group of 11 riders for another top finish. Dylan has really progressed this season and this is reflected in his performances at the Nationals.
The club are very proud of the performances of these young cyclists as well as all our Youth Cyclists who have all shown great potential this year. Youth Racing has really grown since the formation of the club and the aim is to develop this area of the club even further.
Seniors at Strabane/Lifford League
Our Senior cyclists closed out the Strabane/Lifford club league with another good performance, bunching well in the Top 10. Tommy Doherty 2nd, Greg McHugh 6th, Drew Gillespie 8th and Roger McCauley 10th.