Ethan Downey showed he is one to watch this year in the junior ranks with a strong win at the Derrymacash Grand Prix in Lurgan, Co. Armagh today. The 17-year old won after he attacked the field on the penultimate lap and rode the last 10 miles solo, crossing the line with 19 seconds to spare.
By Brian Canty
Ethan Downey took a really strong win in the Derrymacash GP in Lurgan, Co. Armagh today, winning solo by about half a minute.
The 17-year old gave the promoting club, Clann Eireann CC, plenty to cheer for when he left the A3 group he started with and proceeded to reel in the A4 men who were given a couple of minutes of a handicap.
The eight-lap, five-mile contest attracted a strong field but with two of the laps remaining Downey sensed he would miss the boat if he didn’t act so he jumped clear on the only hill on the circuit and went straight through the limit men.
He still had work to do when he went clear because he was on his own but he stayed calm and rode a solid tempo all the way to the line.
Edward Shannon of VC Mourne was next across the line with Cahill Kane (DCU CC) rounding out the podium.
Sat, March 18th: Derrymacash GP
Promoted by Clann Eireann CC
A3-A4 race, 45 miles (8 x 5.5mile laps)
1 Ethan Downey Clann Eireann CC
2 Edward Shannon VC Mourne CC
3 Cathal Keane-Breslin DCU UU
4 Chris McCann Inspired Cycling CC
5 Danny McGlade Apollo CC
6 Andrew Byrnes Orchard CC
7 Stephen Irvine Dromara CC
8 Peter Hughes Armagh City CC
9 Gary Lyons Armagh City CC
10 Michael Conway Termon CC