Cathal 3rd in Donegal / weekend round up

Spring. La Primavera. It certainly didnt’ feel very much like spring this past weekend. But that didn’t deter Phoenix riders. Wether it was racing, club runs or off-road – it was another busy weekend on the bike.

Race round up
Sat 16th saw the Cicli sport GP, hosted by East Tyrone CC. Tough conditions for all riders.
In A3’s a 14 man group broke away early on. Alex and Paul put in a hugh effort to jump across but where unable to bridge to such a large group and got caught by the bunch. The A1 / A2 was a hard attacking race. Marcel worked hard but suffered mechanical in last lap. Cathal finished strongly to take 10th.

On St Patricks day, saw the Clann Eireann cup in Derrymacash for A3 riders. Joe Henry, Seamus walsh, Jim hegarty, Jeff Torrens-Spence, Jay Gault, John Rooney where in action. The Phoenix squad where involved in various moves but unfortunately missed the winning break. Congratulations to Mickey Carroll on a fine win.

Meanwhile up in Donegal, Cathal Symth put in a storming performance to take 3rd place in the Donegal Harvest RR, organized by Four Masters CC on Sun 17th. The race was ran in in very cold wet and windy conditions and with a 5 min deficit to make up on A3’s, the A1 / A2 had their work cut out.
With 10km to go the groups came together. Mark Buchanan and Conor McElwainne jumped clear to take 1st and 2nd.
Cathal and Devon McIlwainne broke from bunch for a 3 mile hammering before Cathal took 3rd place honours.

Super result on back of strong ride day before. With Tour Of North only 10 days away its great to see Cathal showing such good form.

Club runs
St Patricks day is celebrated by a traditional ‘long club run’ down to Spelga. To accomodate most riders this year it was split across Sunday and Monday rides.
Zulle led a dozen on the Sunday, six turned up on Monday. Never an easy ride, this year’s vist to Spelga was certainly challenging

Off-road
Finally, younger riders enjoyed Cycling Ulster off-road training day in Lady Dixon’s park on St Patricks day morning.
A great event which was well attended on a cold morning and enjoyed by all. There will be more training days in April and May.