Ulster Cycling News

Donegal Bay Youth Race (Round 5 of North West Youth League)

Donegal Bay CC hosted the penultimate round of the North West Youth League and were rewarded with a beautiful day for some great Youth cycling, with every position being fiercely contested. Once again, young cyclists from all over Ulster traveled to take part with many getting in a final blow-out before the Errigal Youth Tour next weekend.

The usual Donegal Bay circuit was rejigged slightly with the start finish moved to the Community Centre in Ballintra which meant a long drag up the side road before turning for the home straight making for a slightly different race.




First up were the U-12s who had to complete one lap of the circuit. This category has been dominated by Odhran Doogan (Errigal CC) this season but today it was the turn of Adam McGeever(AAA Cycling) who took the sprint finish over Doogan and Darren Rafferty(Island Wheelers). Young Adam showing his delight by letting out a loud yelp as he crossed the line. Ellie Kelso(East Tyrone) rode very well to take the girls prize with Cora Harkin(Errigal) right behind her 1st unplaced U-11.

The U-14 race stayed together for the two laps of the circuit but on the drag up to the finishing straight, it was Ciaran Cahoon(Clann Eireann) who opened a small gap and held it to the line with local Donegal Bay rider Oisin Doherty taking the sprint for 2nd ahead of Joseph McCloskey(Omagh Wheelers) and Donal Walsh(AAA Cycling) who was first U-13. Ciaran also won the U-14 race at the previous round hosted by Donegal Bay so the long trips from Armagh to South Donegal has proven to be very rewarding.

The U-16 race went from the gun and the first lap saw a group of four riders break clear including Anthony Bradley(Sperrin Wheelers), Shea Kelly(Island Wheelers), PJ Doogan(Errigal) and Andrew Allen(Caldwell Cycles). Despite opening a good advantage, the four leaders started to play games and the gap to the next group on the road started to narrow. Tired of the stalling, Anthony Bradley took the initiative and went solo on the 2nd lap. The Sperrin lad rode strongly out front and opened the gap to take a very convincing solo win. Shea Kelly outsprinted PJ Doogan for 2nd place with Andrew Allen taking the U-15 prize.

Well done to all the young competitors.

As always no event would be possible without the help and assistance of many people.
A huge thank you to all the marshals, drivers and Comm Paul Devenney who helped ensure the safe running of the race. The Ambulance crew were present but were fortunately not needed. The catering team once again did a great job and put on a great spread and not forgetting Gregory Bradley and his Cafe de Roamer who are always very popular whilst the racing is ongoing. It was Kee’s of Laghey who provided the lovely sandwiches at the finish. Also thanks to the St,Brigids Community Centre for the use of their facilites which were perfect for the event.

Lastly thanks to all the young competitors who once again traveled great distances to take part. We were rewarded with a lovely day. Best of luck to everyone at the Errigal Youth Tour next weekend.




U-12 Results
Adam McGeever(AAA Cycling)
Odhran Doogan(Errigal CC)
Darren Rafferty(Island Wheelers)
Scott Roberts(Island Wheelers)
Shea o’Kane(Phoenix CC)
Ellie Kelso(East Tyrone) 1st Girl
Cora Harkin(Errigal CC) 1st unplaced U-11
William Wilcox(Donegal Bay)
Jamie Meeha(Donegal Bay)

U-14 Results
Ciaran Cahoon(Clann Eireann)
Oisin Doherty(Donegal Bay)
Joseph McCloskey(Omagh Wheelers)
Donal Walsh(AAA Cycling) 1st U-13
Dylan Traynor(AAA Cycling)
Ciaran Dixon(Phoenix CC)
Joe Reid(Donegal Bay)
Ciaran McGrory(Donegal Bay)

U-16 Results
Anthony Bradley(Sperrin Wheelers)
Shea Kelly(Island Wheelers)
PJ Doogan(Errigal CC)
Andrew Allen(Caldwell Cycles) 1st unplaced U-15
Dylan Gallagher(Donegal Bay)
Caolem McCarter(Omagh Wheelers)
Ryan Kelly(Omagh Wheelers)
Ronan McCauley(Donegal Bay)
Aaron Wiley(Omagh Wheelers)

From Paul McGroary (Donegal Bay CC PRO)

Posted by Martin Grimley (martin@ulsterxc.com)

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