Ethan Downey out-classes rivals to win junior road race champs

Posted on: September 10th, 2017

Ethan Downey wins Irish cycling junior road race champs

Ethan Downey has brushed off his non-selection onto the Irish junior team for the World Championships by winning the Irish junior road race championships today (Photo: Sharon McFarland)


Ethan Downey wins Irish junior road race champs


Having enjoyed a terrific season with more than his fair share of wins Ethan Downey has been crowned junior national road race champion.

The Clann Eireann teenager out-classed the best riders in the country to take home the gold medal in Derry.

He brushed off his non-selection for the World Championships by taking as convincing victory.

Another man who has also had a terrific run this year, Luke Smith won the silver medal.

It means Smith of the NRPT-Titan Containers team takes two medals away from these championships.

He was 3rd in the junior TT yesterday behind gold medal man Ben Walsh (NRPT-Titan Containers) and Xeno Young (Powerhouse Sport).

Taking the bronze medal today, and completing a quality podium, was Adam Ward.

Much like Downey and Smith, he’s been prolific all season with his medal today capping an already successful 2017 road campaign.

The total race distance was 65.5 miles, including a mountain top finish at Coolnasillagh Mountain adjacent to the Glenshane Pass.

There were five laps around the Tobermore, Desertmartin, Magherafelt and Tobermore circuit.

And on the last lap the race took the Lisnamuck Road to Five Mile Straight crossroads.

More to follow.


Men’s Junior Road Race

1 Ethan Downey (Clann Eireann)
2 Luke Smith (NRPT-Titan Containers)
3 Adam Ward (Powerhouse Sport)
4 JB Murphy (Murphy Surveys Kilcullen)
5 PJ Doogan (Powerhouse Sport)
6 Conor Gallagher (Castlebar CC)
7 Thomas Walsh (Comeragh CC)
8 Liam Curley (NRPT-Titan Containers)
9 Breandan Flannagan (Powerhouse Sport)
10 John Buller (Banbridge CC)