Teenager Aaron Doherty scalps top A1s to win Moynalty GP

Posted on: July 8th, 2018

Aaron Doherty wins Moynalty GP

Aaron Doherty has warmed up for international duty at the Europeans with a victory at the Moynalty GP.


Junior rider Aaron Doherty wins Moynalty GP


Aaron Doherty has won the Moynalty GP; the junior rider from Mayo getting one over of A1 Dermot Trulock at the finish.

With four laps to be negotiated today in Mullagh, Co Cavan, Doherty (NRPT-Chill Insurance) was among the riders active in the attacks from the start.

However, while a large number of groups got clear during the opening three laps the race was intact going onto the final circuit.

But on that final lap Doherty’s aggression paid off as he broke clear with Tim O’Regan (Killarney CC).

Not long after they escaped, a chase group rode across to them. In that move was Doherty’s team mate Liam Curley, who rides the Junior Tour on the Irish team next week.

Curley had Mark Dowling (Unattached) and Trulock (Lucan CRC) for company, making it five up front.

On the final passage of the climb towards the end of the lap, Doherty went clear of the others with Trulock.

And with about 700 metres remaining the teenager went for a long one. He got the jump on Trulock – a winner in Ballivor on Saturday evening – and held him off to win.

Trulock was next, with Curley coming through for 3rd place. Dowling and O’Regan were 4th and 5th respectively.

In the A3 race Mark Smith (Sports Room Racing) won from Sean Landers Stamullen RC and Anthony Mulholland Scott-Orwell.

The A4 contest went to Brian Cullen of Dublin Wheelers. Frank McDermott (Oldcastle CC) was 2nd, with Luke Roberts (Shimna Wheelers CC) in 3rd place.

Doherty’s victory in the main event continues a very strong season for him.

He medalled at the National Road Championships last week; taking bronze in the road race and silver in the TT.

He had also collected a string of top results in the preceding weeks. His win tally for the season is now at five and he has been 2nd no fewer than six times.

And that season-long run to date has secured for him a place on the Irish team for the European Road Championships in the Czech Republic next week.

And having just completed his Leaving Cert, the 18-year-old looks to be holding his excellent form as places on more Irish teams are up for grabs.


Sun, July 8: Moynalty Grand Prix

Mullagh, Co Cavan

Promoted by Moynalty Cycling Club

A1-A2 Race

  1. Aaron Doherty NRPT-Chill Insurance
  2. Dermot Trulock Lucan CRC
  3. Liam Curley NRPT-Chill Insurance
  4. Mark Dowling Unattached
  5. Tim O’Regan Killarney CC

Unplaced A2

  1. Simon Jones
  2. Eoin Byrne Scott-Orwell
  3. Michael Pryce Team Cavan Racing


A3 Race

  1. Mark Smith Sports Room Racing
  2. Sean Landers Stamullen RC
  3. Anthony Mulholland Scott-Orwell
  4. Colm Bracken Murphy Surveys Kilcullen
  5. Conor Dowler ScottOrwell
  6. Declan O’Brien Longford RT


A4 Race

  1. Brian Cullen Dublin Wheelers
  2. Frank McDermott Oldcastle CC
  3. Luke Roberts Shimna Wheelers CC
  4. Mark Johnston VC Iveagh
  5. Brendan Dunne Cuchulainn CC
  6. Henry O’Neill Newry Wheelers

Leading Woman

  1. Monica Marconi Scott-Orwell


U16 Boys Race

  1. Matthew Devins Yeats Country CC
  2. Ryan Geraghty Bikeworx Celbridge
  3. Fintan Caulfield Greenmount CA
  4. James Willett McNally Swords CC
  5. Keith Mulroy Westport Covey Wheelers
  6. Jonnie Foster Bohermeen CC

U16 Girls

  1. Amy Farrelly Moynalty CC


U14 Boys

  1. Andrew Kelly Moynalty CC
  2. Patrick O’Loughlin Panduit Carrick Wheelers
  3. Quillan Donnelly O’Leary Stone Kanturk
  4. Ruairi Byrne Scott Orwell
  5. Ciaran Connor Drogheda Wheelers
  6. Shea O’Kane Phoenix CC


U14 Girls Race

  1. Aoife O’Brien Lakeside Wheelers
  2. Shauna Finn Newcastle West CC
  3. Katie Reilly Scott-Orwell
  4. Ellen Murray TC Racing


U12 Boys Race

  1. Eoghan Lattimore Dungarvan CC
  2. Charlie Kelly Covey Wheelers
  3. Tom Kinsella Carrick Wheelers
  4. Josh Callaly Navan RC
  5. Joseph Mullen Navan RC
  6. Tadhg Lenehan Navan RC


U12 Girls Race

  1. Zoe Shakespeare Navan RC
  2. Aine Reilly Scott Orwell
  3. Aoibhe Murray Moynalty CC
  4. Sophie English Bohermeen CC
  5. Keith Mulroy Westport Covey Wheelers
  6. Lauren Murray TC Racing