Darnell Moore scorches to National Hill Climb Champs victory

Posted on: October 1st, 2017

Darnell Moore National Hill Climb Champs

Caldwell Cycles man Darnell Moore as taken his first Irish elite national title at the Irish Hill Climb Championships today. He was quickest on the 1.8km climb up Scalp in Castledaly, Co Galway (File photo by Sharon McFarland)


Darnell Moore wins National Hill Climb Champs


One of the top young road riders in the country Darnel Moore (Caldwell Cycles) has ended his road season in the best possible way; with a national title.

He claimed elite gold in the National Hill Climb Championships in Castledaly, Co Galway earlier today.

Moore saw off Lindsay Watson (Powerhouse Sports) and Conor Kissane (Killarney Cycling Club). They were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Both Moore and Kissane had shown their form of late with strong hill climb victories.

Moore claimed the 5.4km Slieve Croob Hill Climb in the Mourne Mountains two weeks ago.

And in a sign of things to come, he also beat Watson into second place that day.

Kissane, who has had a fantastic season or progress, claimed the Munster title last month.

He was fastest on the 1.2km Lacca Climb in Kilmallock, Co Limerick.

Today the rides took in a climb known locally as Scalp; a 1.8km steep ramp that forms the initial section of the longer Francis Gap climb.

Galway Bay CC says the average gradient is 6 per cent and peaks out at 19 per cent.

Full results, with times, were not available at the time of writing but we will have lots more later.


Sun, Oct 1: National Hill Climb Championships

Scalp, Castledaly, Co Galway (1.8km)

Promoted by Galway Bay CC

1 Darnell Moore (Caldwell Cycles)

2 Lindsay Watson (Powerhouse Sports)

3 Conor Kissane (Killarney Cycling Club)

Junior Winner

1 Ethan Downey (Clann Eireann)

Women’s Race

1 Cliona Murray (Covey Wheelers)

2 Michelle McKinney (Galway Bay CC)

Masters 40 Podium

1 Dermot Radford (Tipperary Wheelers)

2 John Lee (Trim CC)

3 Ali Gribbon (Carn Wheelers)

Masters 50 Podium

1 AJ Murphy (Middleton)

2 Michael Corkery (De Ronde van Cork)

3 John Kissane (Killarney)

Masters 60 Podium

1 Jimmy Flynn (Cuchulainn CC)

2 Sean Hargan (Phoenix CC)

3 Tony Daly (Killarney)