Thursday last saw the return of the hotly anticipated The Bike Station Summer Cycling League, once again sponsored by Kilsaran man Ray Fedigan’s bike shop.
League Director Padraig Murphy and his team have come up with a great event, which will encompass 18 rounds, up three from 2018. A number of new courses have been added, while the main favourites, such as the finish up the Flagstaff Climb, have been maintained.
Another feature this year is individual races, so on these nights group 6 is just racing group 6, group 5 racing group 5 etc, as opposed to the normal handicapped race situation which produces just one winner.
The first round, a 26km course out to Dunleer and back was held on such a format. Group 6 were first off and averaged a blistering 46km average for the night. The race was won by Newry Wheeler’s Barry McConvey with a perfectly timed attack to hold off Gary Gorman of Stamullen Cycling Club and Cuchulainn’s Liam Dolan in third.
Group 5 also saw a Newry Wheelers man win with Rob Cumming beating Dermot O’Rourke. Group 4 saw a “home” win for Cuchulainn’s Donnach Callan, with Mick Sheridan in second. Donal Quin of Ventoux Club was victorious over Lorcan Kilkenny in group 3. Meanwhile in the Challenge League Christopher Reilly from Cuchulainn was first ahead of Andrew Flood in second and Jason Boyle in third.
Meanwhile on the open racing front Cuchulainn Cycling Club has had some good results of late. The pick of these was Sé Weston’s second place in round two of the IVCA league. Liam Dolan came seventh in the Drogheda Wheeler’s promoted Peter Bidwell Memorial on Saturday last. On Sunday the action also resumed in Drogheda, with Aidan Cunningham forming part of the winning move in the A3 race, sprinting home for sixth position, after a hard 100km of riding in the wind. In the A4 event the club had two men in the top 10 with Gavin Greene in seventh and Dermot O’Rourke in eighth, both riders gaining valuable points as they hope to make the step up to the A3 category.