There were 5 races with almost 300 riders taking part on the 10th March at the McCann cup event at Seskinore run by Omagh Wheelers. Michael Tolan showed great sprinting skills to finish runner up in the over 50s race, just ahead of Geoff Hewitt, Turlough Montague was 7th. In the womens race Julie Rea did very well to finish 3rd, as did Karen Hull to finish 4th. In the A3 race Alex Donald escaped the sprinters to finish 6th. Here is a report on the Masters and Womens race from Turlough followed by a report on the A3 race by John Smyth.
Brilliant result today for Michael and Geoff in the Masters in what was a hard race to match the cold east wind. Congrats. The winner, Jim Doyle of the Foyle, rode a great race as did Seamus Keenan of the host club who attacked throughout. Strong riding from Julie and Karen who are keeping the Phoenix flag flying in the face of stiff competition esp from North Down. Thanks to Omagh Wheelers for a superbly organised and marshalled race and a warm marquee with a great spread. (Turlough Montague)
First time doing this race for me. Very well organized on a good circuit. Very tough A3 race with lots of cross head winds. I felt the 60 miles at the end. Excellent ride by Alex to get some points on the board. Strong showing from Jay, Jim, Karl and Ed. Amy battled hard despite losing a contact lens. Good work from the team today with lots of breaks shut down and Karl almost sneaking away on the last lap before Alex evaded the bunch sprint. Impressive rides by 3 guys in the initial break for the first 4 laps. very strong performance from Daniel Stewart who is too good for A3 racing and has started this year very impressively. Very cold prior to the race but ok once the action started. Bizarre weather with snowflakes on one bit of the circuit for 4 laps and sunshine on another bit. Up and down the carriage way in Newry was a lot easier last week! (John Smyth)
Pictured here is Michael Tolan finishing 2nd in the Masters Race
(Thanks to Marian Lamb of Cycling Ulster for the Photo)
You can read great reports on the races and see lots of pictures at Cycling Ulster.