Ulster Cycling News

Talbot and Inglis Take Wins in Cookstown

aIn what could only be described as changeable conditions today, Harps CC promoted a number of races for all categories.

The main event of the day was the Gilmore McLaughlin Cup race which was a handicapped event for A1- A3 riders. A3's received a three minute advantage back to A2 who were a minute ahead of A1's.

This handicap was to prove significant in the very blustery and, at times, wet and cold conditions. The riders faced six laps of the eleven mile lumpy circuit which also had a few longer drags thrown in for good measure. The small group of A1 riders were always going to have their work cut out for them.

The A2's worked hard to close the gap but with riders such as Matthew Brennan (Ballymena Chain Reaction) and Matthew Heaney (Clann Eireann) putting in a lot of effort at the front of the A3 bunch it was no easy task.


With two laps to go Ian Inglis of Curran Racing decided to go for one of his 'walkabouts' and rode away from the bunch. He opened up a significant gap on the chasers which rose to two minutes at one point. Inglis's daring paid off on this occasion as he soloed home over a minute and a half clear.


Des Woods of Newry broke away from the chasers and tried to get to Inglis but to no avail although he took a clear second. 'Muscles' were needed for the sprint for third and this is where Darren Lynas of West Down Wheelers came into his own as he powered across the line in third leaving Colin Loughery (Roe Valley), Darragh McCarter (Omagh Wheelers) to take fourth and fifth. Johnny Taylor (Carn Wheelers), Stephen Walsh (Carn Wheelers) and Matthew Heaney (Clann Eireann) swept up the remaining points.

Glen Kinning of East Antrim had ridden a stupendous race and was the first of the A1 riders to cross the line in tenth position ahead of Gary Jeffers of East Tyrone.


The A4 riders fought it out for the Terry Sheehy Memorial Trophy over four laps of the course. No significant breaks developed as any advantage the stronger riders had on the climbs was dissipated on the descents with groups coming back together.

Coming to the line the spectators watched as the peloton spread out for the inevitable bunch sprint which was well taken by home rider Bob Talbot to the delight of the onlookers.


The remaining points were lifted by David Hogg (Roe Valley), Caolan Dolan (Omagh Wheelers), Paul Duffy (Roe Valley), David Blevins (Harps CC), Cathal McLaughlin (Island Wheelers), Adrian Madden (Duffin Transport) and Gareth Beattie (North Down CC)

In the morning Harps CC promoted a round of both the Time Square Masters League for 50+s and the SportActive Women's RR League.


Michael Toland of Phoenix CC won the masters event from Jim Doyle of Foyle CC and Clive Beattie of Bikeworks.


Judith Russell of Phoenix easily took the win in the women's race ahead of Carn Wheelers' Mary Angela Taylor and Rachel Mitchell of North Down.


There were also rounds of the David McCall Youth League for under 12's, 14's and 16's. In the Under 16 event mountainbiker, Calvin Moore of Caldwell Cycles, rode clear of the bunch for almost two laps before being caught by Ryan Orr (Ballymoney), Jake Gray (East Tyrone) and Aaron Swan of TSC racing.


Orr and Gray passed Moore just before the line with Orr taking the win. Swan manged to get past Moore who had to be content with fourth on this occasion. However it was a tremendous effort in the very windy conditions


In the Under 14 event the almost unstoppable Harvey Barnes of East Tyrone left the field to solo around the seven mile course to take a well deserved victory. Another strong rider Ethan Fleville of Call Eireann took second position while Michael McGlynn (Errigal CC) came third ahead of Caolem McCarter (Omagh Wheelers CC) and Jordan Buchanan (Harps CC).


The biggest field in the Youth racing was in the Under 12 category. While Matthew Heaney may not have got the points he wanted young brother Aaron of Clann Eireann made sure of his and romped home to take the win.


A three up sprint by club mates from Errigal CC saw Shauna McFadden pip nine year old Odhran Doogan into third place with Dylan Traynor having to be content with fourth.


Thanks to the Comms for the day Peter Field and Mark Kavanagh. There were pleanty of marshalls around the course which was very well marked out as well. It was a hard day for everyone with so many races on and thanks must go to the marshalls who stood outside in the cold. Without their committment races could not take place.


Report and Pics Marian Lamb

Mid Ulster Grand Prix 2013 Results

Gilmore McLaughlin Cup - A Race (Handicapped A1-A3 Race)

  1. Ian Ingles (Curran Racing)
  2. Des Woods (Newry Wheelers)
  3. Darren Lynas (West Down Wheelers)
  4. Colin Loughery (Roe Valley)
  5. Darragh McCarter (Omagh Wheelers)
  6. Johnny Taylor (Carn Wheelers)
  7. Stephen Walsh (Carn Wheelers)
  8. Matthew Heaney (Clann Eireann)


Terry Sheehy Memorial Trophy Race – A4 Riders

  1. Bob Talbot (Harps CC)
  2. David Hogg (Roe Valley)
  3. Caolan Dolan (Omagh Wheelers)
  4. Paul Duffy (Roe Valley)
  5. David Blevins (Harps CC)
  6. Cathal McLaughlin (Island Wheelers)
  7. Adrian Madden (Duffin Transport)
  8. Gareth Beattie (North Down CC)


Time Square Masters League

  1. Michael Toland (Phoenix CC)
  2. Jim Doyle (Foyle CC)
  3. Clive Beattie (Bikeworks CC)
  4. Banbridge?
  5. Gerry McCullough (Bann Valley)
  6. Tommy Lamb (Phoenix CC)

SportActive Women’s RR Leaguespac

  1. Judith Russell (Phoenix CC)
  2. Mary Angela Taylor (Carn Wheelers)
  3. Rachel Mitchell (North Down)
  4. Lorraine Jeffers (East Tyrone)
  5. Mairead McGurk (Carn Wheelers)

DMcCDavid McCall Youth League Results

Under 16

  1. Ryan Orr (Ballymoney CC)
  2. Jake Gray (East Tyrone CC)
  3. Aaron Swan (TSC Racing)
  4. Calvin Moore (Caldwell Cycles)
  5. Nathan Weir (Island Wheelers)
  6. Will Hamilton (North Down )
  7. Pierce Atchison (Harps CC)

Under 14

  1. Harvey Barnes (East Tyrone CC)
  2. Ethan Fleville (Clann Eireann)
  3. Michael McGlynn (Errigal CC)
  4. Caolem McCarter (Omagh WheelersCC)
  5. Jordan Buchanan (Harps CC)


Under 12

  1. Aaron Heaney (Clann Eireann)
  2. Shauan McFadden (Errigal CC)
  3. Odhran Doogan (Errigal CC)
  4. Dylan Traynor (Errigal CC)
  5. James Glasgow (East Tyrone CC)
  6. Molly McLarnon (North Down CC)
  7. Ellie Kelso (East Tyrone CC)


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