DRIVING from Felda Gym to Castlebellingham and back at 7pm on a Thursday afternoon would probably take in the region of 15-20 minutes. However 20 minutes and 35 seconds is all it took Bryan MyCrystal to do it by bike!
Bryan was competing in the first round of the FPM Accountants Summer Cycling League and averaged just under 30 miles per hour for the 10 mile course.
Next home was Newry rider Kevin Lynch, followed by Cuchulainn’s Colm Quinn, three seconds apart and both just breaking the 22 minute barrier. The first lady home was Celine McPhilips in 26 minutes and five seconds, followed by Sonia Rea and Annette Dawe.
There was a huge turn out for the first round with 57 riders signing on and a lot of fast times were posted on the clear night with only two riders not dipping under the 30 minute mark.
Defending League champion Jordan Flood got his league campaign off to a good start with a solid time. The next round of the League starts at 7pm sharp and is out to Greenore and back finishing at the Ballymac.
Road racing last weekend was promoted by Meath’s Stamullen Cycling Club, who hosted a full weekend’s itinerary with racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday was the most successful day for the club with Sean Loughran taking 3rd place in the hilly A4 race, another good result for Sean who is edging closer to his A3 license.
Meanwhile in the A3 race Gerry McCabe was part of the winning break and came home in 7th position.
The weekend was also a busy one for 17 of the club’s riders as they undertook a four day Tour of Ireland. Over four days the riders clocked up 400 miles and touched on all four provinces.
The riders had a 120 mile trek from Dundalk to Ulster’s Ballyshannon on day one, and onwards for 110 miles to Galway on day two. The 3rd night saw them finish in Tullamore having passed through Connaught and Munster on their way to the Leinster town. The final stage was 80 miles home to Dundalk.