The Ultimate Endurance Challenge, the Bull Raid held at Bellurgan Park last weekend proved to be a fruitful day for Cuchulainn Cycling Club.
The outright solo winner was Athlone’s Ger Jackson who completed a staggering 15 laps of the course over the 12 hours. Not surprisingly his quickest lap was his 1st at just over 44 minutes, considerably shorter than lap 15 at 58 minutes! Second through 4th managed 14 laps each, so Jackson was a clear winner on the day.
In the two man team the club had winners in Aidan McDonnell and Raymond O’Shaughnessy who covered 18 laps of the course between them, surely leaving the riders with dizzy heads!
The winning four man team was again a Cuchulainn affair and they covered 16 laps, the team comprising Alan Bingham, Glyn O’Brien, Seamus McAvoy, Daire McCaughley.
In the six hour Bull Raid, the winner was Oscar Macananey who completed eight laps of the course. Behind him in 2nd was Cuchulainn’s Johnny McCabe also on eight laps. Newry riders Conor Campbell and Peter McConville won the two man six hour event on nine laps.
Meanwhile Cuchulainn’s Tony Mathews and Sandra O’Hagan were second mixed team home. Tony’s performance was all the more impressive considering he was the brains behind the whole operation and the acting race director.
In the FPM Accountants Summer Cycling League 40 riders signed on for what will be the last road race of the league.
Again six separate groups tool to the road. By the half way stage groups one and two had come together, while behind them super scratch set a fast tempo that had swallowed up the three groups in front of them.
In the sprint for the win Barry Douglas took his second win in three weeks beating out John McKenna into 2nd, John Clarke in 3rd, Gary McNeill in 4th and Jimmy Campbell in 6th.
Less than two minutes later Sean Loughran led the bigger bunch home, winning this sprint, and collecting points in the scratch race, ahead of Peter Tomany and Aidan Cunningham.
With neither Gerry McCabe or Colm Quinn collecting points on the night, Douglas was the big mover on the score board. His win sees him top the table ahead of McCabe, however with a 10 mile Time Trial and the Hill Climb Championships to come it’s hard to see Douglas staying ahead of McCabe or Quinn. The August 25 road race is not a round of the league but is a mass start event, serving as the Louth Road Race Championships.
On Thursday, August 18, a 25 strong group of club riders leave Felda gym at 6:30am, heading for Belfast by bike to catch the ferry to Scotland. There they will have two full days of cycling, before catching the Ferry back to Belfast and riding to Dundalk on Sunday August 21.
Trip organisers Padraig Kelly and Kevin Hamill have mapped out an exciting and challenging route for what is a training/leisure ride, which is sure to see the riders enjoy themselves.