James McMorrow of Drogheda Wheelers won the final round of this year’s league, edging out teammate Terence Diehl in a sprint finish with Austin Dennis of Swords finishing third and Adrian Pretorius fourth. This meant that Diehl, Dennis and Pretorius were tied on 39 points and the League was decided on the final round result. So congatulations to Terence on some terrific performances over the last few weeks.
Meanwhile in the underage event, Darragh Peters of Drogheda Wheelers won the final round ahead of teammates Bryan Keelan and Seamus Connor. Niall Browne’s fourth place finish was enough to see him take overall victory. Well done to all who took part in the underage events.
The Louth Volunteer Group and the DW in partnership are looking for volunteers during the Fleadh Cheoil. Based in Ballymakenny College the DW volunteer will cycle to collect competition results and bring them back to Ballymakenny College.
2X volunteers 11am -2.30pm
2X volunteers 2.30pm – 6.00pm. Volunteers will be cycling between Ballymakenny College and Greenhills
Lurgan Park was the venue for this race. A field of ten U14’s lined up at the start. A mistake at the very beginning meant that Ciaran had to work hard straight away to get back to the leaders. He was back in the bunch after half a lap, then led over the line at the end of the first lap. Ciaran’s cornering skills showed as he gapped the field on the bends but they caught him on the long straights. He led nearly the whole race and closed down and chased every attempt that anyone made to get away. We thought there was going to be a lone winner, when coming to the bell, there was a monumental attack. Again, it was Ciaran that worked and brought it all back together. Then they all sat up waiting to see who would go next. Into the home straight and the pace picked up. A sprint finish after all of Ciarans hard work. Team Madigan went first, followed by Phoenix cycling, then Ciaran of DW followed by CCC rider.
Ciarans sprint was stronger and he came from behind to take his first ever win.
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Our annual Mark Mullen League begins on Monday 18th June. Racing will take place at 7:30 each Monday night for six weeks in total. Each race will be just over 6 laps of the Donore Circuit.
All races are run on a handicap basis and are an ideal opportunity for those who’ve never raced before but would like to give it a try. Anyone wishing to race must hold at least a Cycling Ireland Club competition license (club members who have non-competition licenses can upgrade by applying to Cycling Ireland).
Riders must ride in a minimum of 3 rounds to be eligible for overall prizes. Riders who ride all 6 rounds will have their best 5 results count.
Sign-on for each race will be outside Donore National School. The entry fee will be €5 per race, payable at sign-on. Competitors should note a slight change with regard to the race finish. This will be now be about 2km from the start line (as shown on the map below). As always, we ask all competitors and spectators to be mindful of the needs of local residents when parking on or near the circuit.
After a grueling eight days, the 2018 Rás Tailteann ended with the traditional final stage into Skerries. Well done to Team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex on their participation. Congratulations especially to Arek Kluz, Barry Hughes and Niall Craven who are now “men of the Rás”. Our commiserations go to our other riders Cian Delaney and Paul Smith, who unfortunately had to retire after sustaining some nasty injuries earlier in the week. We wish Cian and Paul speedy recoveries.
Here’s a selection of photos from Sunday’s final stage..
Donore men Niall Craven and Barry Hughes finishing stage 8 of the 2018 Rás Tailteann in Skerries for Team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie
Donore men Niall Craven and Barry Hughes celebrate in Skerries with their team members manager Andrew Watters, Austin Dennis Physio, Anthony Connor Logistics and Benner Maguire Mechanic after finishing the final stage of the 2018 Rás Tailteann. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie
Donore man Niall Craven riding in stage 8 of the 2018 Rás Tailteann which finished in Skerries for Team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie
Donore man Barry Hughes riding in stage 8 of the 2018 Rás Tailteann which finished in Skerries for Team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie
Donore men Niall Craven and Barry Hughes riding for local team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex in Skerries after finishing the final stage of the 2018 Rás Tailteann. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie