Donegal Bay CC hosted their first even open Youth Race on Saturday morning last as part of the North West Youth League, drawing a large number of young cyclists from all over Ulster to take part. The racing was run on the regular Donegal Bay race circuit at Laghey/Ballintra with the start/finish at the Naomh Brid GAA grounds, the local club very kindly letting their facilities be used as race HQ.
Despite the recent cold and wet weather, it managed to stay dry for the duration of the event and it proved to be a great morning of racing. Three races were down for decision, the Donegal Oysters U-12 race, the Donegal Times U-14 race and Paul Doherty Architects U-16 race.
First into action were the U-12s who had one lap of the circuit to complete. This age-group has been dominated by a handful of riders this year and it was the usual suspects who came to the fore with Odhran Doogan(Errigal) winning a close sprint over Darren Rafferty(Island Wheelers, Tyrone) and Adam McGeever(AAA) with Shea O’Kane(Phoenix, Belfast) taking the prize for first unplaced U-11 and Ellie Kelso(East Tyrone) first girl. For the host club William Wilcox had an excellent first race to finish 6th with club-mate Jamie Meehan not that far behind.
The U-14 age-group has been particularly tight this season with many races finishing in bunch sprints but two laps of the Laghey/Ballintra circuit saw this race split up into three different groups with four riders leading the charge out front. Ciaran Cahoon(Clann Eireann, Armagh) Shay Donley(Ballymoney) Cathir Doyle(Carn Wheelers, Derry) and Nathan Keown(North Down) were the riders who comprised the leading quarter and they stayed together to contest the sprint at the finish with Cahoon taking it over Donley and Doyle. Donal Walsh(AAA) was first U-13 and Amanda Gallagher(Caldwell Cycles, Omagh) who was recently selected on the Irish team for the European Youth Olympics was first girl. Donegal Bay cyclist Oisin Doherty was just edged out for 5th place and club-mate Joe Reid probably had his best race of the season so far.
The U-16s had three laps of the circuit to complete but this race went from the gun with a front group of six riders forming including two Donegal Bay riders Dylan Gallagher and Ronan McCauley, both of whom have been going well recently. The other members of the group were Andrew Allen(Caldwell Cycles, Omagh) Anthony Bradley(Sperrin Wheelers) and Errigal CC duo PJ Doogan and Michael McGlynn. With four Donegal cyclists in the lead group, a home County win seemed likely but it was not to be as Andrew Allen took the sprint win over Doogan and Bradley with McGlynn in 4th taking the unplaced u-15 prize. Donegal Bay cyclists filled the next three positions with Ronan McCauley 5th, Dylan Gallagher 6th and Jonathon Crawford taking the sprint for 7th place
with the two Oisins’ Reid and Joyce battling gamely to the end
The Donegal Bay Club would like to thank everyone who helped out with the event, all the wonderful marshals and race officials who gave up their free time to help out. James Harkin who carried out the gear checks, the Red Cross ambulance crew who were thankfully only needed to deal with some road rash staff. Commissaire Jean McGinley, Cycling Ulster for the race radios, the Gardai for the use of the traffic cones, all the parents who helped out in any way and a special thanks to the Naomh Brid Club who provided their facilities which proved to be a excellent HQ. It would not be possible to run such an event without all your assistance.
Also thanks to our race sponsors Donegal Oysters, Donegal Times & Paul Doherty Architects. We look forward to the next round of the Northwest Youth League in Gweedore.
Donegal Oysters U-12 Race
1st Odhran Doogan (Errigal)
2nd Darren Rafferty (Island Wheelers)
3rd Adam McGeever (AAA)
4th Shea O’Kane (Phoenix)1st Unplaced U-11
5th Matthew Hoggs (Omagh Wheelers)
6th William Wilcox (Donegal Bay)
Donegal Times U-14 Race
1st Ciaran Cahoon (Clann Eireann)
2nd Shay Donley (Ballymoney)
3rd Cathir Doyle (Carn Wheelers)
4th Nathan Keown (North Down)
5th Joseph McCloskey (Omagh Wheelers)
6th Oisin Doherty (Donegal Bay)
Paul Doherty Architects U-16 Race
1st Andrew Allen (Caldwell Cycles)
2nd PJ Doogan (Errigal CC)
3rd Anthony Bradley (Sperrin Wheelers)
4th Michael McGlynn (Errigal) 1st Unplaced U-15
5th Ronan McCauley (Donegal Bay)
6th Dylan Gallagher (Donegal Bay)
Donegal Bay Summer League
It was a wintry cold and windy night for Round 4 of the Donegal Bay summer League, the Time Trial at Biddys. Conor McIlwaine(AAA) returned to record his second TT win of the series, only 15 second slower than his own course record. In the overall standings, it is tied between Donegal Bay Club-mates Darragh McCarter and Ted McCaffrey.
1 Conor McIlwaine (AAA) 21.25.00 20
2 Paul Mc Carter (Donegal Bay CC) 22:22:00 19
3 Matthew Mc Kinley (AAA) 22:54:00 18
4 Paul Keogh (Eire Og) 23:10:00 17
5 Ronan Mc Namara (North West MTB) 23:12:00 16
6 Ted Mc Caffrey (Donegal Bay CC) 23:45:00 15
7 Declan Bryson (Strabane Lifford) 24:18:00 14
8 Micheal Brennan (AAA) 24:27:00 13
9 Rodney Orr (Caldwell Cycles) 24:32:00 12
10 Peter Mc Bride (AAA) 24:34:00 11
Next round of the Donegal Bay Summer League is a Road Race on Thursday 4th June at Laghey. Sign-on 6.30pm, race starts at 7 p.m.