The third edition of the Round the Houses Cycling Race proved to be another great success on Thursday evening, with cyclists and spectators alike enjoying a great night of racing around the town of Ballyshannon.
The bad weather took a bit of a break and it was perfect weather conditions for the event. The race was once again handicapped with three groups starting at four minute intervals.
The pace was fast and furious from the start and out front it was Raymnond Doherty (Finn Wheelers) who took the initiative and quickly shed the rest of his group. Back in the scratch group it didn’t take long before the McCarter brothers, Darragh and Paul (Donegal Bay), broke away from their group to go in search of the riders in front.
Lap by lap, they hunted down all the riders in front until they had caught the remains of the main group and went through them. Only U-16 rider Michael McGlynn (Errigal CC) fresh from the Youth Tour, was able to hang onto the rear wheels of the McCarter express. With just over two laps remaining, Raymond Doherty was still out front but the gap was closing rapidly and he was caught just before coming through town. At the bell, it was down to the McCarters and McGlynn but the Donegal Bay brothers were too experienced for the young Errigal lad and broke away to come home in a 1-2 with Darragh taking the win ahead of Paul. McGlynn who had a great race came home clear in third.
Raymond Doherty also hung on for fourth and the Over 50s prize with Kyle Fisher (Lakeland) taking the sprint for 5th and the unplaced Junior prize. Daire Mooney (Eire Og, Sligo) won the Masters 40 category with Willie John Gallagher (Donegal Bay) taking the Masters 60 title.
It was another great night of racing with the cyclists really enjoying the atmosphere created by the large crowd of spectators who turned out to cheer them up the hill each time.
The biggest cheer of all each time though was reserved for the ‘local’ man and race organiser Terry McIntyre (Donegal Bay) who has helped create a fantastic event and also sponsored the refreshments afterward. The prizegiving took place in McIntyre’s Bar with the prizes being sponsored by Ballyshannon Credit Union.
All proceeds from the event went to the North West Hospice.
Thanks are extended to all the marshals, the Gardai, the cyclists and spectators who made it a most enjoyable night.