Ulster Cycling News
14Jun/150

Ulster Do Well in Duane Delaney Track GP

aAfter strong winds postponed the Track season opener last week it was finally underway yesterday with 75 riders from all over Ireland entered to give it their all at the Velodrome in Dublin. The event was a Omnium event with 3 "sprint" events and a tough 20 scratch race to separate the men from the boys.

Six Ulster riders braved the early start and headed down to Dublin for the season opener and what a day it was for them.

The heavy rain forecasted earlier on in the week was nowhere to be seen and the sun was out for much of the day.

Shenna McKiverigan was outstanding showing great determination throughout the day winning the Kilo dash round and runner up in the three other rides but in the end very unfortunate to lose the overall on total elapsed time but she was riding exceptionally well especially for her age competing against highly seasoned racers with many years of track experience and success. She a also broke three National records yesterday! Firstly she recorded 13.70 secs in the 200m which is an outright Junior record as well as the outdoor record. In the final event she recorded a time of 40.43 secs for the standing start 500m a new Junior women's outdoor record!

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U16 Amanda Gallagher finished an excellent 5th in the ladies category. She took 3rd in both the Kilo Dash and the 500m TT! Another superb result and one to watch out for in the future.

In the B category Niall Lawrence was leading for the first two rounds winning the 200m TT and finishing 2nd in the Kilo dash - an excellent performance for an U16 rider again competing against many strong track men many years his senior.

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Xeno Young was unsurprisingly bumped up to the A's after a 12.5sec 200m TT. Amazingly for a 15 year old he was leading the A category going into the final round (500mTT). He won the 20 lap scratch race beating some very powerful riders with a great deal of experience racing abroad. He ended the day finishing joint 3rd in the A group equal with very experienced international elite sprinter Hugo Brennan and ahead of U23 international Philip Ryan in the process! I think Xeno's performance must have been the revelation of the day.

Colaraine man Ronan Sherman riding for the Black Rose club finished 2nd A group rider in the end too after convincingly winning his Kilo dash heat. He came 2nd in both the 200m TT and the 500m TT where he missed out on a PB - the windy conditions unfortunately not helping the times today.

Belfast's Tony Mairs who rides for ACT Adamstown was on form for three "sprint" events winning the 200m TT, 500m TT and the Kilo dash. He won the Kilo dash in an impressive manner attacking with 700m to go and quickly building up a large gap finishing streets ahead of the chasing riders. He also broke his previous PB in the 500m TT setting the new senior stadium and outdoor record in the process and winning the A category event in the end.

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All in all a super result for the Ulster men and women especially against some very strong riders. It looks like it will be a great year for the Youth riders!

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It is amazing what the Ulster coaches at Orangefield have managed to do with relatively few riders and facilities their commitment has been invaluable and it is paying off in spades! It may not be too long before Ulster has another Martyn Irvine!

This was a great event and ran like clockwork as usual, a big thank you to every one who helped running smoothly!

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Events:
(1) Flying 200 meter TT
(2) Kilo dash (Max 10 per Heat)
(3) Scratch Race (20 laps)
90 min break
Final event for top 8 in each category only:
(4) Standing Start 500 meter TT

Scoring System:
8 points for 1st, down to 1 point for 8th.
Riders must compete in all of the events.
Winner to rider with most points.

Many thanks to Tony Mairs for the report and results and Anthony Gallagher for the pics.
Marian Lamb

Click HERE for full Results

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