Round 4 of the Ó Ceallacháins Underage Cycling League saw 29 riders take to the line in cool and breezy conditions. The 3 lap event was dominated by James O’ Hanlon and Elizabeth Moloney who have both shown a significant improvement in fitness as the league has progressed. In the end, it was Comeragh College student O’ Hanlon who took the 50 points for winning.
Elizabeth Moloney finished second, ahead of the impressive Colm Tobin, Evan Wall, Killian McHale and Caelan Ryan. Cillian Power was next across the line ahead of Jack and Conal Conroy from Clonmel, with Gavin Redmond completing the top ten.
In the overall standings, Killian McHale now joins Michael O’ Loughlin at the top of the leaderboard on 122 points. Portlaw’s Aaron Kearney is third on 117 points, with Caelan Ryan on 115, Kyle Crotty on 114 and Carrickbeg’s Conor Power sixth on 113 points.
The one lap event was dominated by local cyclists. Kari Campbell took her first win of the league, ahead of last week’s victor Katie Fleming. Aisling McCarthy outsprinted Luke Dunne for third place. Niamh O’ Loughlin finished just ahead of Roisín Dunphy, while Slieverue’s Sam Hartley recovered well after a mechanical difficulty to finish seventh.
Katie Fleming leads the overall standings on 134 points with Luke Dunne a single point behind. Our fastest rider each week, Niamh O’ Loughlin, is third on 125 points with Roisín Dunphy and Aisling McCarthy tied on 123 points. But, with 50 points for a win, a lot can change in the final two rounds of the league.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Ó Ceallacháins and the support of the South Tipperary Sports Partnership and County Council, no participant will finish the league empty-handed. Faugheen at 7pm on Monday evenings is the place to be to see the stars of the future in action.