Recent weeks have proven to be very fruitful for the club with our cyclists scoring a number of excellent wins in various races. In terms of victories, this has probably been the most successful period in the club’s short history and is testament to the hard work put in by all club members.
Youth Racing: It was young Oisin Doherty who got things rolling when he took a win in the Omagh Youth League. Oisin has been getting some impressive results this season at U-14 level and after his victory now leads the visitor category at the Omagh Youth League.
The following week, it was the turn of Alan Mitchell to take a win in Omagh. Alan has been getting stronger with each race so a great result has been on the cards for a few weeks now
At the weekend, Oisin, Alan along with Jonathon Crawford headed to Churchill to take part in Round three of the Errigal Youth League. The standard in Churchill for the U-14 race was very high with some of the top cyclists from all over Ireland travelling to take part. Oisin suffered misfortune when his saddle came loose on the first lap but he continued on and along with the other two lads, rode a very good race.
Inter-Club League: Tommy Doherty took a fantastic victory for the club at the North West Inter-Club league race hosted by Errigal CC. Having finished third in Round 1, Tommy once again demonstrated his sprinting abilities when he bested a field of over sixty cyclists from all the clubs in the North West to take a well deserved victory. He was supported in the race by club-mates Damien Reid, Greg McHugh, Terence Lagan and Drew Gillespie.
Success in Sligo: On Sunday last Ted McCaffrey and Eugene Murray scored a 1-2 for the club at the Chain Driven Ultra TT in Sligo. This event is a real endurance event with cyclists trying to record the highest distance for six hours of cycling. Both lads rode very strongly to take another excellent result for the club.
Donegal Bay Summer League: The most recent rounds of the Donegal Bay Summer League saw Darragh McCarter(Omagh Wheelers) move into pole position after breaking two course records on consecutive weeks. On a totally calm night with the midgets out in force, Darragh samshed the Hill-Climb record by almost thirty seconds and the following week he broke the Time-Trial record with an excellent time of 21.56.
Donegal Bay Summer League Standings
1st Darragh McCarter(Omagh Wheelers)
2nd Kieran Porter(Strabane/Lifford)
3rd Kevin McGlynn(Donegal Bay)
O-40 Kevin McGlynn(Donegal Bay)
O-50 Stephen McPhilemy(Finn Wheelers)
Lady Siobhan Gallagher(Donegal Bay)
Junior Caomhan McCauley (Donegal Bay)
The next round of the Club League is tonight with a Road Race on the Laghey/Ballintra Circuit
National Bike Week: This week is National Bike Week and once again the club are organising a number of events for anyone who might be interested in taking up cycling.
Information Evening: If you are considering taking up cycling as a means of getting fit but are unsure about bike types, clothing and cycling clubs why not drop in to a free information evening in the St. John Bosco Centre on Friday 20th June 2014 between 7pm and 9pm. The event is open to all members of the public and entry is free. Club members will be available to give information on selecting the most suitable bike for you, on the various types of clothing which can be worn while cycling and bike maintenance demonstrations will be given. We will also have details of the Cycle to Work Scheme which can result in savings of more than 50% on the purchase price of a new bike. A discounted membership fee will apply to anyone who joins Donegal Bay Cycling Club on the night.
Funday Sunday: On Sunday, 22nd June 2014, Donegal Bay Cycling Club’s “Funday Sunday” will take place on the Diamond in Donegal Town. The event will take place between 3pm and 6pm with the cycles starting shortly after 4pm.
There will be lots of entertainment for people of all ages including a slow bicycle race, a 1km sprint against the clock on a turbo trainer and a fastest puncture repair competition. We will also have games and activities for younger children.
The event will include a marshalled 10km cycle for over 10′s and a 2km cycle for under 10′s. Those wishing to take part in the 10km cycle and the 2km cycle must bring their bike and a hardshell cycling helmet. Children who are 14 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Entry to the event and to all competitions is FREE. Light refreshments will be served after the cycle and there will be lots of prizes handed out.
The first night of the Sporcket Rocket course for children had to be postponed due to the thunder and lightning but the following week saw a beautiful evening with a large group of young enthusiastic cyclists learning the basic skills of cycling. This course will continue for another three weeks every Monday at the St.John Bosco Centre, Donegal Town at 7 pm