34 young cyclists signed on for the first road race in Ó Ceallacháins Youth Cycling League in beautiful cycling conditions. Having done a time trial last week, the cyclists were separated into 20 riders competing in the 3 lap event and 14 racing over the single lap.
Slieverue’s Sam Hartley forced the early pace in the longer race, chased closely by Carrick riders Darragh Whelan and Conor McGrath. Behind them, large groups were forming and combining well in an organised chase.
With a lap to go, Hartley still led the way, but the ‘big guns’ had him in sight on the long straight out of Faugheen. The handicap was working well and it looked as if the whole race would come together before the finish line.
The lead car came into view with Sam Hartley holding a narrow margin and a large group bearing down on him. First across the line was newcomer James Nugent, with Hartley staying on for second and the impressive Thomas Parle third, just ahead of Conor McGrath. Mark Lowe and Kelan McDonald rounded off the top six. It is clear that we will have to bring the photo finish equipment next week as there are some talented sprinters racing this year.
The one lap race had a clear winner in Clonmel’s Luke Conroy who recorded a dramatically improved time this week. He finished over a minute ahead of local girls Aisling McCarthy and Katie Fleming. Kilsheelan’s Mikey McHale was next across the line followed by Kate Kearney and Chloe Hawkins.
The village of Faugheen outside Carrick-on-Suir is the place to be on Monday nights. Registration is at 6.50pm with the first rider off at 7.15pm. All that is required is a roadworthy bicycle and a helmet. Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers would welcome all newcomers between the ages of 10 and 16. See you there!