McCabe becomes Cuchulainn’s first national champion of 2019
Even though 2019 is so new that resolutions are still holding firm, Cuchulainn Cycling Club has crowned its first national champion of the year!
Johnny McCabe travelled to Cork’s Foto Island for the National Cyclo Cross Championships. He did so in hope moreso than expectation as his winter season had been derailed by a broken bone sustained during the summer. His lack of racing meant that he wasn’t noted as a favourite in the Masters 60 race and did not get a front row start.
However Johnny tore into the technical course and quickly battled his way to the front of the field. Running in second place was his long-time friend and training partner Eamonn McConvey from Newry, who rides with McConvey Wheelers. These two had an epic battle and pulled away from the rest of the field, where Dublin’s Terence O`Neill would take the bronze.
Eventually Johnny proved the strongest and took the flag, a feat his late brother, Gerry, performed years earlier when he won the Masters 40 Cyclo Cross Championships.
Also on the off road season, Maeve Baxter’s 2018 season was recently highlighted in Ireland’s premier Mountain Biking Magazine “Free Wheelin”. Meave was listed as one of the female bikers of the year. Her 2018 season included a second place finish at the Gravity Enduro Ireland Series, second at the First Tracks Enduro Cup and finally Ulster Enduro Champion.