Top speeds recorded as Cuchulainn Bike Station Summer Cycling League returns
The Cuchulainn Bike Station Summer Cycling League is back up and running.
The first round last Thursday was the short circuit to Dunleer and back, a distance of only 26km. However the short distance meant high speeds, with group 6 averaging over 44kph on the night.
Despite this they didn’t catch either groups in front on them and group 4 avoided those in pursuit of them to take the spoils. Fastest on the night was Gavin McDermot (Cuchulainn CC), ahead of David McMahon (Ardee CC) and Declan Rafferty (Cuchulainn CC) in third.
Meanwhile in Race 2, three riders from group 1 also managed to avoid the clutches of those behind and take the top 3 podium spots. Cuchulainn’s Gary O’Mahony was victorious ahead of Michael Dunne and Mairead Holden, who also both ride for Cuchulainn. Group 3 had managed to catch and pass group 2 and underage rider Dean McArdle led them home with a brilliant finishing kick.
A large turn out on the night meant that the marshals had to perform a top class job to ensure everyone’s safety. The organisers again emphasised to riders the importance of riding on their own side of the road and any crossing of the white line will result in an automatic disqualification. Also before and after races riders need to be aware of oncoming traffic and not block the road.
On the open racing front Cuchulainn had an excellent weekend. On Saturday Alan Bingham traveled to Tyrone and took an outstanding third place in the main event. The 100km race was run on a handicapped basis and Alan was strong throughout ensuring those ahead were hauled back before the line.
On Sunday in Stamullen, with multiple ascents of Snowden Hill, Aidan Cunningham took second A3 in the combined A3 and Junior race.
Meanwhile in the hills of Craigavon Anne Duffy took second position in Round 2 of the Ulster Mountain Bike Series. This result comes on the back of Anne winning the first round of the league the previous week in Tollymore.