Ciara Doogan has been confirmed as Errigal’s first ever Olympian with her nomination to the team to represent Ireland at this summers Youth Olympics in Holland with Christine Russell from the club being chosen as a reserve.
European Youth Olympics Team Nominations were decided after a number of qualifying events throughout which the young girl from Gortahork performed consistently well.
The nomination is a culmination of the hard work and dedication shown by Ciara over the course of the last two years since she took up cycling and many are now tipping her for a very bright future in the sport. The 2013 European Youth Olympics Festival will take place in Utrecht, Netherlands from 14th to 19th July.
There will be two disciplines, a time trial and road race with both taking place on a flat, non-technical eight-kilometre circuit – both the boys’ and girls’ time trials consist of one lap and the road races for boys and girls respectively.
Errigal’s Danny Hunter had a weekend to remember in Emyvale where he won the A3 race. With a field of over 130 riders, Danny took the sprint following the perfect lead out by teammate Peter McBride.
The was a perfect example of how teamwork is so important in races at this level with Peter leading Danny to the front with over five miles still to go and holding him there, into the wind, until the final sprint. Despite his extreme effort Peter still managed to finish fifth himself, and his assistance to Danny has meant that the young man from Carrigart will now be automatically upgraded to a Cat A2 rider.
In the youth races Ciara Doogan won the U14 race with a solo breakaway that amounted to over two minutes at the end, whilst her younger brother PJ took fourth to ensure that this was fantastic weekend for Errigal.
On Tuesday night the second race in the over-40’s league was held around the Dore circuit. In bitterly cold, windy conditions the race split very early following repeated attacks by Charlie Gallagher.
Charlie together with Pat Kelly and James Toye broke away and managed to stay clear to the finish. Charlie won the sprint from James with Pat settling for third place. In the ladies race Louise Alcorn proved to be too strong for the field with a lone break early on and a strong ride to the finish. Denise O’Leary-Kelly finished second with Elaine Wilkin in third.
Errigal Cycling Club are running a Family relay Cycling event this Sunday the 26th May at 10am which will go around the Dore Loop. Sign on will be from 9:15 in the Dore Community Centre (Ionad Naomh Páidraig).
Each team of five must consist of a youth under 10, a youth under 14, an under 40, an over forty and a lady.
The youths will do 1km with everyone else doing a lap (seven miles) of the Dore Circuit, the event is run as a team relay with each team member going as one finishes.
The event last year was great fun and attracted a number of families many of whom where cycling an event like this for the first time. Everybody is welcome to put in a team, all you really need is a roadworthy bike and helmet. Refreshments will be served after the event in Dore Community Centre after. If you want to take part simply email details of your team to firstname.lastname@example.org or text 0868826044
Errigal CC club run this week will be 10am on Saturday from Anagary car park and the Sunday Club run will be part of the family relay event in Dore(see above).
Last Sunday morning we started our club run in Termon and it was great to see a few new faces along with all our regular club members, it was a fantastic morning for a leisure cycle with the whole group staying together from Termon to Creeslough and down to Carrigart where we took a break before we split the group.
The 20 mile group turned right and made their way back to Termon via Glen Village and the longer circuit went around the Atlantic drive and back to Termon. Everyone is very welcome to come along and join in; all you need is a roadworthy bike and a helmet.
One for the Calendar-our club run on Sunday 2nd June will start in Glenties where we will do a short cycle before climbing Glengesh as a group to watch the final stage of the Donegal Ras. More details next week.