Mark Downey overpowers the rest to take Irish TT champ’s crown

Posted on: August 16th, 2014

In The Medals: Having won a silver at the European Track Championships, Mark Downey blasted to gold today in the Junior National Time Trial Championships in Cork (Photo: Toby Watson)



By Brian Canty

Mark Downey is the new national junior time-trial champion after he blitzed the 40-kilometre title-deciding race against the clock in Cork today.

The Nicolas Roche Performance Team rider stopped the watch at 53 minutes and 24 seconds, just 14 seconds faster than his teammate Michael O’Loughlin.

Defending champion Eddie Dunbar (O’Leary’s Stone Kanturk CC) clocked a time of 53 minutes 56 seconds to take the bronze medal.
We’ll have reaction later.


Junior Podium

  1. Mark Downey (NRPT) 53.24
  2. Michael O’Loughlin (NRPT) 53.38.
  3. Eddie Dunbar (O’Leary’s Stone Kanturk CC) 53.56


Michael O’Loughlin won the Junior Tour TT and while a hot favourite for the title today, he had to settle for silver; still a great result, especially for a first-year junior.


Eddie Rockets: Dunbar flew to the gold medal in Omagh 12 months ago; he took bronze in Cork today (Photo: Stephan McMahon – Sportsfile)