ERRIGAL REPORT 27 – 28 JUNE

Errigal International Youth Tour

The countdown to this years’ Errigal International Youth Tour has now began in earnest with entries pouring in for the event which will be held in the Churchill area over the August Bank Holiday weekend (3rd & 4th) and the final days racing taking place around the one way system in Letterkenny on the morning of Monday 5th August. The success of last years event was due in no small part to the great welcome received from the local community in and around Churchill without whose understanding and support it would be impossible to host an event of such magnitude and logistical headaches. 

At last months official launch held in Glenveagh John Watson from the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce commented on the determination, fun, camaraderie and craic, which was evident in the 2012 tour. He went on to congratulate Errigal Cycling Club for bringing the event to Donegal as not only did it showcase the beauty of the County but brought a much needed boost to the local economy. John encouraged local businesses to support the event this year and offered the commitment of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and his own business to help out in any way they can.

The statistics associated with last years inaugural tour are quite impressive; it is estimated that the event, which was held over the three days of the August bank Holiday generated income into the area in excess of €250,000 and with a field of over 270 riders and accompanying parents, family, coaches etc resulted in thousands of additional bed nights for local accommodation providers.

Race headquarters will, once again, be in Gartan Outdoor Education centre where members of the organising team will be on hand to offer help and information. Over the next few weeks Errigal will release details of each stage in detail together with route maps and details of race start times etc. Anyone with any queries on the event can email errigalcc@gmail.com or visit the club website www.errigalcyclingclub.com

Errigals’ Young Ladies to represent Ulster

Amy Harkin, Ciara Doogan, Christine Russell and Orla Fogarty from Errigal have all been picked to represent Ulster at the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games. This is a multi sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age and will this year take place in Sheffield from the 12th – 15th September.

For such a number to be picked from one club reflects greatly on Errigal’s current crop of talented youngsters and one again highlights both the quality of coaching and dedication of our youths, so well done all!

Ciara Doogan took 5th place in the Lakeside Mullingar GP Elite Senior Ladies Race held on Sunday which was a great performance as the youngster from Gortahork has only lately turned 15, but has received special dispensation from Cycling Ireland to race in events such as this in order to help develop her undoubted talent.

3 Stage Race

Errigal last week promoted a 3 Stage race that was held over three days and produced some exciting races and great performances from a number of riders. Stage 1 was won by Aaron Mc Bride after it was hotly contested between him and Eddie Sweeney. It comprised of a 4km Time Trial climbing through the town park, which proved to be a very entertaining and a fun stage with all riders leaving everything on the climb. Young Evan Donaghue proved strongest in the first stage in the A4 race.

Stage 2 comprised of a 50-mile road race which proved very difficult as a number of tough climbs soon took their tole on the field. The A2/A3 race finished with an exciting eight man sprint with Eddie Sweeney taking it impressively despite suffering from cramp earlier in the stage. This strong finish put Eddie in pole position to take the event. Evan Donaghue put in a dominating performance to finish over a minute ahead of the main group in the A4 race and the young Letterkenny lad is now showing great promise for the future.

Stage 3 which was again 50 miles but not quite as hilly as the previous course with the A2/A3 race hotly contested up until the final climb when Aaron Mc Bride put in a strong performance to ride away from the field and take the stage win and the overall with Eddie Sweeney 2nd and Dinny Doherty 3rd. The A4 race started off slowly but eventually a four man break formed with Rosa Doherty finishing with a strong sprint to take the final stage. Evan Donaghue’s performance the day before had secured his first place finish with Eamonn McBrearty 2nd and Charlie Gallagher 3rd.

All in all the racing was aggressive and impressive and the young riders put in performances that ensures that the future of cycling in Donegal is very promising.

Time Trial Results

Monday night’s time trial results were as follows: Senior Event (10mls), 1st Charlie Gallagher (28.23), 2nd Andrew Rough (29.43), 3rd Ciaran McFadden (29.45). Senior Event (5mls), 1st Brendan McGrenra (16.30), 2nd Louise Alcorn (17.18), 3rd Packie Ferry (17.20). Youth Event (5mls), 1st PJ Doogan (14.01), 2nd Conor Halvey (14.04), 3rd Christine Russell (14.30).

Weekend Club Runs

Errigal CC club run this week will depart at 10am on Saturday from the Anagary car park, this is a great run for beginners and all newcomers are made very welcome with no one left behind!

The Sunday Club run will depart from Termon at 9.00 am.