Cuchulainn riders finish third and fourth in Banbridge
Cuchulainn Cycling Club had a number of its members competing in Banbridge at the weekend in the Noel Teggart race.
In the A4 event, which was a hard 92km, including five laps of the demanding Scrava Hill, the club had two men in the top five. Ian Clarke took his best result of the season to finish on the podium in third place. Right behind him was fellow Cuchulainn cyclist Gavin McDermott in fourth place.
Round seven of the club’s Mountain Bike League was a win for Pierce Doheny, which sees him up to fourth place in the table. League leader Brendan Foley has a narrow six point gap over Kevin McDonald following McDonald’s third place in the latest round. The top six riders are separated by 50 points and with 50 points available for the win, theoretically there still is a lot of riders in the hunt, however it would be hard to see the win going outside of the current top three such has been their consistency over the course of the season.
The Junior Mountain Bike League is a less tight affair with Eoin Carthy having a 62 point lead over second placed Niall O’Donoghue. Carthy, while still chasing that elusive first win of the campaign, has been second place in each of the five rounds so far.
The Bike Station Cycling League saw group four pull off a masterful display of riding to stay away on the extremely challenging Rosewood course. The circuit is definitely a game of two halves, one being an extremely fast downhill stretch followed by the long hard pull back to the finish line. Cuchulainn’s Jamie O’Hare was the quickest in the sprint for the line, beating out Brendan Dolan of Drogheda Wheelers. Brendan had lead the race for a number of laps when he attacked early on. Mark O’Neill of Armagh Down finished out the podium.
Cian O’Shaughnessy was the winner in race two, beating John Paul Lennon and Andrew Flood into second and third respectively.