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Ulster Youths Impress in UK Inter-regionals.

aDay two of the UK inter-regional youth road championships saw highs and lows for the 8-strong Ulster squad who experienced a podium finish but also a couple of painful crashes.

First up was the street sprint events; a highbrid event combining track-like skills in a road setting. The first run is a timed run over the 250m course to determine the seeding with Ciara Doogan again excelling to record the 3rd fastest time with club mate 'pocket rocket' Shauna McFadden posting 10th quickest time.

Roisin Carter also made it in to the top 15 with pre-event favourite Shenna McKiverigan unfortunately crashing out in her effort to record the fastest time.

Our girls continued to dominate the heats and semis to put Doogan in the 4-rider 'A' final. Unfortunately a grounded pedal in the final turn left her in a highly creditable 4th overall. McFadden also made the top 10 with Carter 16th giving the Ulster team an extremely strong showing.


The boys fared equally well with our best 3 qualifying 9th 10th and 11th in the form of Harvey Barnes, Marc Heaney and jake gray respectively. Again strong heats and semis saw us with a rider in the A final, where Barnes suffered a blow-out but still managed 3rd overall to put Ulster on the podium. Heaney finished an excellent 7th with Gray 8th and Conor McCann 4 1st.


When the points were tallied it left Ulster in a superb 3rd overall behind North West and Central and one place ahead of Scotland.
This afternoons Team Time Trial was another short sharp affair almost mirroring a Track team pursuit.

Our girls suffered more spills with Roisin Carter falling on the final corner of lap one, and McKiverigan falling in her efforts to avoid her. Shenna remounted to join the Errigal duo to post a finish, albeit the slowest of the 13 teams.

The boys fared slightly better, finishing 10th quickest with the South East winning the event.


The afternoon events saw us drop down the standings but still see Ulster lying 5th overall with one event remaining.
Tomorrow's road races will wrap up the 3 day event but it remains to be seen how our 'walking wounded' girls will recover overnight when hopefully we can maintain a top 6 overall performance.

4Report Anthony Mitchell

Posted by Marian Lamb

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