Cuchulainn Cycling Club will host Round Two of the Mountain Bike National Points Series on Sunday April 29 at its custom built off-road facility at Bellurgan Park.
The park, which was already considered the best off-road racing track in the country, has seen further work over the winter, with club members spending a lot of their free time clearing paths, laying gravel and generally upgrading the riding conditions.
Gary Sheils, acting as race director, will oversee a full day’s activities from underage races right up to the best mountain bikers in the country.
Cuchulainn has become a force to be reckoned with in mountain biking, with underage riders like Aaron McCann right through to multiple off-road champion Aidan McDonald.
These two riders along with many others in the club and from across the country will be battling it out for points in the series. Any club members available to help should contact Gary at 087 7700037.
FPM Cycling League
Thursday last saw the 2012 FPM Accountants Summer Cycling League kick off with a 10 mile time trial, with over 60 riders competing.
The results showed it was one of those strange nights when weather conditions meant everyone was slower than expected.
Gerry McCabe was quickest on the night, however riders didn’t beat their times set on New Year’s Eve. This was unexpected as at this time of year everyone is much fitter than during the dark depths of winter, however it proves whatever your fitness, a strong wind trumps all.
Gerry had 15 seconds to spare over Colm Quinn, with Newry’s Kevin Lynch in 3rd. The first lady home was Celine McPhilips, with Sarah Fagan in 2nd and Lisa Neary in 3rd.
Next Thursday night the action moves to the Ballymac for a race out to Greenore and back. Those interested in racing need to register beforehand at www.dundalkcycling.com
On the open racing front the result of the weekend went to Jimmy Flynn in the IVCA in Batterstown.
Having missed the break Jimmy jumped from the main bunch and rode hard to bridge the gap to the leaders. In the sprint for the line Jimmy was narrowly edged out into second.
In the other IVCA race Sé Weston finished in 7th position, the same position Sean Loughborough claimed in Sunday’s A3 race in Stamullen.
Two of the club’s ladies, Annette Dawe and Suzy Mackin travelled to Dublin on Tuesday night to take part in the first round of the Wheelworx Women’s Cycling league.
The six round event kicked off with a time trial where Annette took 8th position, finishing less than a minute off the podium, with Suzy Mackin a bit further back.
North East Challenge
A new date for the calendar is Sunday May 6 when Carrick Wheelers will promote the inaugural North East Cycle Challenge.
Riders can depart Carrickmacross and choose between a 100km Drumlin Challenge or a 30km Oriel Challenge. Entries can be picked up in the Carrick Cycle Center
Ulster XC in Ballykelly
Round One of this year’s Ulster XC took place on Sunday April 15 at Ballykelly Forest, Derry, with Gary Sheils representing Cuchulainn CC.
The course was challenging and very technical in places with a length of approx 3.3 miles - a great deal of which was single track - which in itself presented its own challenges by limiting the number of overtaking possibilities during the course of the race.
The mass start of the main senior classes took place at 2pm with both men and women jockeying for positions on this tricky and demanding course.
After completing the four laps Cuchulainn rider Gary Sheils finished in the top 10, coming 8th in Senior 2. Gary said that he was happy with this result as it was more technical than he had anticipated and opportunities to overtake on the course were limited.
The next big event for Cuchulainn CC, is the hosting of the Irish NPS (National Points Series) Round 2 at Bellurgan Park on Sunday April 29.