Ulster Cycling News
11Sep/170

Ulster Grabs Two More All Ireland Titles

4In what can only be described as an exciting finish, Ethan Downey of Clann Eireann claimed the Junior National Champions Title yesterday. A large field of juniors took to the roads around Tobermore for the National Junior Road Race Championships and it was gloves off from the outset.  A small group broke away initially powered by East Tyrone's Harvey Barnes and they opened a significant gap on the main field in the first lap.

Soon they were joined by other big hitters forming an eleven man break which looked as f they were away for the day. In this group were Adam Ward, Harvey Barnes, PJ Doogan, Conor Halvey, Conor Gallagher and John Buller to name but a few.

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Eventually, however, the hard chasing peloton reeled them back in until the final sting in the tail. The last lap of the race saw the riders swing off course and head for the hills to face a challenging climb to the finish. At this point Downey and Luke Smyth (NRPT) broke free and gained advantage on the chasers. Smyth tucked in behind and with 500 metres to go looked to be in an ideal position to take the sprint for the finish. He reckoned without the determination of Downey who kept the pressure on right to the end and never gave Smyth the opportunity to come around him. Downey was over the moon with his win and his champion's jersey. Smyth had to be content with the silver medal while Ulster's Adam Ward of Powerhouse Sport took bronze.

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In the A3 championship which was run on the same course there were no real breaks throughout the race as riders kept a close eye on each other ready to respond to any breaks. The bunch began to thin out on the climb and it was Phoenix CC's, Gary Millar who proved the strongest and took the title and gold medal from another Ulster rider, Samuel Carmichael of Roe Valley. Brian Malone of Parks CC took bronze.

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Well done to Carn Wheelers for another excellent event which saw plenty of marshalls out on the road. Thanks to the Commissaires and ambulance crew and a special word of thanks to the PSNI for the support they provided for the event

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Marian Lamb UCN : marianlamb@ulstercyclingnews.com

Pictures by the Belgian Project Media Team. More pictures can be found HERE

Top Ten National Junior Championships 2017

  1. Ethan Downey Clann Eireann CC 02:35:49
  2. Luke Smith NRPT 02:35:53
  3. Adam Ward Powerhouse Sport 02:36:56
  4. Jack Bernard Murphy Murphy Surveys Kilcullen CC 02:37:07
  5. Patrick J. Doogan Powerhouse Sport 02:37:10
  6. Conor Gallagher Castlebar Cycling Club 02:37:14
  7. Tomas Walsh Comeragh CC 02:37:17
  8. Liam Curley NRPT 02:37:36
  9. Breandán Flannagan Powerhouse Sport 02:37:44
  10. John Buller Banbridge CC 02:37:49

Results A3 Senior RR Championships

  1. Gary Millar Phoenix CC 02:47:39
  2. Samuel Carmichael Roe Valley CC 02:47:43
  3. Brian Malone Park Wheelers 02:48:00
  4. Adam Cunningham Velo Club Mourne 02:48:09
  5. Roger Brown Roe Valley CC s/t
  6. Emmett Tuite Murphy Surveys Kilcullen CC 02:48:12
  7. Colin Fox Harps CC s/t
  8. Timothy Duffy Un-Attached Leinster 02:48:16
  9. Niall Bleeks Phoenix CC 02:48:22 1
  10. Richard Topping Ards CC s/t
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