Women cyclists lead the way

Dundalk’s women cyclists dominated the latest round of the Orwell Wheelers Women’s League on Tuesday last.

Dundalk’s women cyclists dominated the latest round of the Orwell Wheelers Women’s League on Tuesday last.

The races were held in Corkagh Park and the main race was held over 15 laps, with 12 for the B race.

In the A race Eve McCrystal started in the first group, whom had a handicap over the chasing scratch group. After six laps Eve jumped away from our group and soloed to an impressive victory holding off all the chasing riders.

Despite having only competed in two rounds this result sees Eve move to 9th overall in the league table. Meanwhile in the B race Annette Dawe started in the scratch bunch, and like Eve took off on a solo effort bridging the gap to both the first and second groups.

Annette kept such a pace that no one was able to hold her wheel and she continued on to take another win for the club. In the B league Annette sits in 3rd position.

Round four of the FPM Accountants Summer Cycling league took place over three laps of the tough Ravensdale circuit. Group four managed to catch up to the three groups who preceded them and hold off the fast groups behind.

On the line Val Gargan, a guest rider who started in group four took his first win of the season, ahead of Kevin Traynor who had been in group three and Niall Casey. Not far behind Michael Barry led home the scratch bunch.

Meanwhile the off-road MTB league kicked off this week in Bellurgan Park with a time trial to seed the riders for the upcoming rounds.

Quickest on the night was veteran Johnny McCabe, completing the lap in 21:32, followed by Stephen Kelleher and John Grace. Gary Shiels and Junior rider Aaron McCann rounded out the top five.

June 3 will see the club hosting the annual Tour of Louth, an event which was voted by Irish Cyclists as the Leisure Event of the Year in 2010. Sign on and race start is from the Fairways Hotel on the Old Dublin Road. The tour rolls out at 10am and the 100km route goes to Dunleer and Ardee before coming back through Dundalk and heading for the Cooley Mountains.

As before four different medals are available for the finishers, based on their time and hot food awaits the riders back at the Fairways Hotel. Entry is €15 and riders are advised to pre-register. Also on the day is a shorter 50km route. All details can be found at www.touroflouth.com

Cuchulainn Mountain Bike League

Meanwhile the first round of the Cuchulainn Mountain Bike League kicked off last Tuesday in Bellurgan Park.

Riders were to tackle one lap of the circuit in a time trial to determine initial handicaps for the rest of the league races.

Although the weather conditions were ideal, the rainfall over the previous days ensured that rider’s technical abilities were tested in some of the more slippery sections of the course.

Veteran rider Johnny McCabe took the honours with a blisteringly fast time, closely followed by Stephen Kelleher (last year’s winner of the time trial).

Results - 1st Johnny McCabe 21:32, 2nd Stephen Kelleher 22:17, 3rd John Grace 22:24 and 4th Gary Sheils 23:06.

There was an overwhelming turnout with 30 riders (guests and visiting club riders) and three time keepers and it’s fair to say that there wasn’t much left in the tank at the end of each rider’s time trial. Tonight’s (Tuesday) race will consist of two full laps of Bellurgan Park.