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Irish cycling’s new generation steps up at National Cyclocross Champs

Posted on: January 12th, 2019

The smile says it all; Caoimhe May crosses the line in Cork to be crowned U16 Irish cyclocross champion. Her team mate Annie Roche pushed her close and won the silver (All photos by Sean Rowe)

 

Some of the up and coming generation of Irish riders took home national titles and medals at the National Youth Cyclocross Championships in Co Cork today.

The youth races – U16 and U14 events for boys and girls – were effectively the curtain-raiser for championships weekend, with the big guns set to do battle tomorrow.

But today while the racing was between younger cyclists, it was no less fierce and the victories were savoured just as much.

In the boys’ U16 race Darren Rafferty of Island Wheelers, who has impressed both at home and abroad of late, took the title with a definitive performance.

He went to the UK late last year and took 10th place from a packed field in the U16 event on the undercard of the York round of the HSBC National Trophy Series.

And today at the Fota Island resort in Cork, he took a very impressive gold medal in the De Ronde Van Cork promotion.

Behind him, the silver medal was won by David McCarthy (MBCC).

 

The U16 boys’ winner Darren Rafferty of Island Wheelers won the Irish crown by a considerable margin. And in the U14 girls race it was Aine Doherty of VC Glendale taking gold again.

 

In the U16 girls’ race, Orwell Wheelers came away with the bacon; scooping two medals of the three on offer.

The south Dublin’s club star at present is European junior track champion – and national junior road and elite cyclocross champion – Lara Gillespie.

But the club clearly has others rising fast; Caoimhe May taking the U16 title today from her club mate Annie Roche after a tight contest.

Arron Creighton, racing in the colours of McConvey Cycles, rounded out the podium. In the U14 girls’ race, it was an all-Ulster affair.

Aine Doherty – a really strong prospect who is Irish champion in cyclocross and MTB – took another title to add to an already impressive palmares.

And just behind her came the Phoenix CC duo of Cara Moffitt and Lucy Brown; winning silver and bronze respectively.

The U14 boys’ race went the way of the U16 boys’ event; Island Wheelers taking both titles.

Shane Scullion was the U14 man out front at the chequered flag to be crowned Irish champion.

And after gold and silver in the U16 girls race, Orwell also took the silver in the U14 boys race; Ryan Fox taking that medal.

Rounding out the podium in the U14 boys’ race was Travis Harkness, racing for Carn Wheelers.

 

U16 men’s silver medal David McCarthy of MBCC.

U16 women’s runner-up Annie Roche.

U16 women’s bronze medal winner Arron Creighton.

U14 male champion Shane Scullion.

U14 male silver: Ryan Fox.

U14 male bronze medal: Travis Harkness.

U14 female silver: Cara Moffitt.

U14 female bronze: Lucy Brown.

 

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