Errigal Cycling Club Press Release Weekend of 27th -28th APRIL

Errigal’s Cormac Keeny takes sprint to win Donegal RR Championship 2013


Conor McIlwainne TT ChampionThe weekend’s senior racing took place on home soil as last years Champions, all of whom were from Errigal went all out to retain their titles. First off on Saturday was the time trial championship which was held at Foxhall and saw young Conor McIlwainne (Errigal CC) continue this seasons fine form by being crowned Donegal Time Trial Champion 2013 with a time of 21mins 12secs for the 10 mileCormac Keeny RR Champion course. Just 15 seconds behind Conor was last years Champion Sean McFadden (Errigal CC) with Martin McDevitt (Four Masters) in 3rd with a time of 22min 5secs. In 4th place were 4th Cormac Keeny, (Errigal CC) 22min 39sec, 5th Dylan McGarrigle (Errigal CC) 23min 34sec and 6th Kevin McCrossan (Four Masters) 23min 43secs.


Donegal Ladies Time Trial Champion 2013 was Siobhan Gallagher (Four Masters) in a time of 25mins 36secs with Sandra Devine (Four Masters), 25mins 45secs and 3rd Alison Devine (Four Masters) 28mins 24secs.


On Sunday the Road Race Championship was held over a tough 65 mile course that took the riders from Falcarragh through Gortahork to Bunbeg, Dore and out over Errigal to Termon before turning left towards Creeslough and Dunfanaghy with the finish on the main street Falcarragh. Conditions were very windy resulting in some very aggressive riding from the top riders with the result that the chasing pack were unable to bridge the gap across to the leaders.


Conor McIlwainne who was reining Champion, Sean McFadden, Cormac Keeney and Mark Buchannon tried at various stages to open a gap on the others but were chased down each time. Sean did at one stage manage to get away on the decent from Errigal and had a gap of over 2mins by the time he had reached Dunfanaghy. However by working hard together McIlwainne and Keeny eventually pulled Mc Fadden in with less than a mile to go on the final climb into Falcarragh. Cormac Keeny and McIlwaine then broke for the line with Cormac timing his sprint well to take the title.

Final Results: Cormac Keeny (Errigal CC) 2hrs 27min 28sec, 2 Conor McIlwainne (Errigal CC) same time, 3rd Sean McFadden (Errigal CC) @52secs, 4th Rory Devlin (Northpole), 5th Kevin Houlian (Errigal CC), 6th Dinny Doherty (Four Masters)


First A4 rider was John Boyle (Tir Chonaill Gap), first over-forty was Jason McHugh (Four Masters). In the ladies race Siobhan Gallagher, Alison Devine and Sandra Devine battled each other and the elements on the same 65-mile course with Sandra taking the title on the line.


Jordan McGinley picked for Rás Donegal Team

Congratulations to Jordan McGinley who has been invited to ride the Ras Dhun na nGall 2013 with The Belgian Project-David McCall Foundation Composite Team.


Jordan’s early season form has been sensational and his performances have not gone unnoticed within Irish Cycling, he will team up with Marcel Kock, Matthew Heaney and Stuart Lavery and his experience of the roads of Donegal should prove very useful to the team.

The young lad from Letterkenny is delighted to have been picked, and was quick to acknowledge the mentoring role played by club mate Sean McFadden in developing what is proving to be a real talent. 

Errigal’s Young Guns Dominate Weekend’s Racing

Errigal’s youth cyclists again dominated in races held over the weekend, in Banbridge on Saturday Dylan Traynor just edged out team mate Shauna McFadden (4th) in an exciting bunch sprint to take 3rd place and his first podium finish of the year in the U12 race, whilst Odran Doogan took 5th. In the U14 race Conor Halvey put in a great
performance in what was a very strong line up to take 4th place and Ciara Doogan was as strong as ever to take 3rd place in the girls U16 Youth Olympic Trials race to ensure her strong position in the current standings, whilst Christina Russell took 5th. Errigal did not get it all their own way though as young Amy Harkin was very unfortunate to be sent of course by a wayward race marshal whilst Michael McGlynn punctured in his race.COOKSTOWN SPRINT

On Sunday up in Cookstown, Errigals young guns again dominated in the U12 race taking three of the first four places as in yet another sprint finish Shauna McFadden edged out Odhran Doogan to take 2nd place with Dylan Traynor finishing in 4th. In the U14 race Michael McGlynn put the disappointment of a puncture the day before behind him with a great 3rd place finish and first podium finish of the year for him too. It is often commented at these races just how successful Errigals youth set up is proving to be and credit for this is due in no small way due to the clubs youth development programme and those giving their time to coaching the children. Well done all.

Michael McGlynn



New run for complete beginners

Errigal CC have organised a new run suitable for complete beginners leaving from Termon at 9am this Sunday morning. The pace will be gentle and the miles short, so if you would like to enjoy a cycle in the company of like minded individuals come along and enjoy the scenery! If you want to discuss anything to do with this run contact Derek on M.0868826044.