Teenager Dillon Corkery announces arrival with elite Irish title

Posted on: June 15th, 2018

Dillon Corkery wins Irish Criterium Championships

One of the best juniors in the country last year, Dillon Corkery has now taken an elite national title; in the first elite championships he’s ever ridden. He escaped with Damien Shaw at the Irish National Criterium Championships and took victory on the line (Photos by Toby Watson)


Dillon Corkery wins Irish Criterium Championships


Having ridden very well in the early season and then gotten his first Rás into his legs, Dillon Corkery has now become an elite national champion.

The former top junior, in his first season at U23 level, has won the National Criterium Championships in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

It is his maiden Irish elite title at his first time of asking; and he beat real quality on the line in the Lakeside Wheelers promotion.

Corkery (Gerard Cycles-DHL) pulled clear early in the competition with Damien Shaw of Holdsworth Pro Cycling.

With two powerhouses off the front working well together, the race split in two almost from the gun.

One contest was out front to decide who’d take home gold or silver. And the rest were battling for bronze.


Dillon Corkery wins Irish Criterium Championships

Dillon Corkery wins Irish Criterium Championships

Moore before he escape to take bronze. Guihen wins the women’s race (Photo: TobyWatson)


It was Darnell Moore, already the elite hill climb and cyclocross champion, who took bronze.

He broke clear of the field in the final quarter of the race and set off in pursuit of the two leaders.

However, the Caldwell Cycles man never got back to the front of the race. But he takes home a well-deserved bronze.

Furthermore, he adds that to the two golds already in his trophy cabinet.

Conn McDunphy (Holdsworth) and Conn McDunphy (Lucan CRC) were clear of the rest and chasing Moore. However, a crash ended that challenge.

In the women’s race, which was a demonstration event this time around, Fiona Guihen was victorious.

She took a strong solo win in the colours of Black Rose Racing. Jennifer Bates, a team mate of Corkery’s, took 2nd on the night.

And rounding out the podium was Lyndsey Bryce of Dublin Wheelers.

But, without question, the night belonged to the young winner of the men’s race; Dillon Corkery.

The 19-year-old from Banteer, Co Cork, has now firmly announced his arrival.

And on the basis of what we have seen from him already in these first month out of the juniors, he is a real talent.

Tonight he topped a podium ahead of a former national elite road race champion and a double reigning elite champion.

He won Rás Luimni and Rás Naomh Finian in the early weeks of the year; the latter in a long range solo move.

He followed up those rides with top 10 placings on two stages of Kerry Group Rás Mumhan. And he would also take a top 10 on a stage of the Victus Tour of Ulster.

In Rás Tailteann he was 26th overall; with just seven Irish riders head of him in the final standings.


Men’s National Championships

  1. Dillon Corkery (Gerard Cycles-DHL)
  2. Damien Shaw (Holdsworth Pro Cycling)
  3. Darnell Moore (Caldwell Cycles)
  4. David Montgomery (Unattached)
  5. Paidi O’Brien (Gerard Cycles-DHL)
  6. Marc Potts (Unattached)


Women’s Demonstration Race

  1. Fiona Guihan (Black Rose Racing)
  2. Jennifer Bates (Gerard Cycles-DHL)
  3. Lyndsey Bryce (Dublin Wheelers)
  4. Orla Hendron (Scott Orwell Wheelers)
  5. Sinead Molloy (Tullamore CTC)
  6. Máire Claffey (UCD-FitzCycles.ie)