Xeno Young battles back to catch and pass breakaway in Emyvale

Posted on: May 19th, 2019

Xeno Young, who has proven so good on the track, is now starting to bang out the road race wins. He took the Emyvale GP after a win on Mondello the week before last.

Xeno Young took his second road win of the season by catching the breakaway on the hop at yesterday’s Emyvale GP in Co Monaghan.

Just when the Powerhouse Sport man looked like he was a spent force, he battled his way back on to the breakaway.

And when he regained contact he was going at such speed he passed them; forging clear to win.

The main event took in just under five laps of the course, with five passages of the main climb to contend with.

While the A2 riders enjoyed a handicap on the scratch riders, they were caught shortly after the second lap began.

With plenty of aggression off the front when the race came together, a breakaway soon formed and pulled clear.

Eventual winner Young was in that escape along with team mate Lindsay Watson and David Brody (Castlebar Cycling Club).

Also present was Constantine Bartels (Waterford RC), Angus Fyffe (Caldwell Cycles Omagh), Ryan Reilly (Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo) and Cathal Clarke (Armagh-Down).

The gap between the breakaway and the peloton grew to two minutes before extending even further.

Emma Desmond of Lucan CRC wins the women’s Emyvale GP (Photo: Aoife O’Brien)

On the fourth time up the climb, a chase group forged clear of the bunch. Containing eight riders, the chasers closed the gap to the escape.

However, when they had pegged it back to about one minute, they were delayed when they closed up on the final kilometres of the women’s race.

Unfortunately when they were held up that broke their cooperation and saw the breakaway pull out the gap once more.

Up ahead, in the final 10km the breakaway men began attacking each other. And though Young would win the race, he slipped off the back with about 6km to the finish.

However, he kept at it off the back and managed to claw his way back on with about 3km to go.

As he caught the group, there was a break in their attacking and Young used his speed to go past them.

He gained a gap solo before Waterford’s Constantine Bartels got across to him. And that’s how it stayed to the line, where Young got the better of Bartels to win.

He adds that to his victory of a couple of weeks ago at the Mondello Series in Co Kildare.

Watson, a winner at the Hilltown GP on Saturday, took the sprint for 3rd place from Brody, Fyffe, Reilly and Clarke.

David Walshe (Castlebar Cycling Club) came through for 8th place with Mitchell McLaughlin (Four Masters CC) in 9th and Matthew McCullagh (Sundrive Track Team) placing 10th.

That trio had been in the chasing group but got clear of it in the closing kilometres to mop up the final placings in the top ten.

Sun, May 19th: Emyvale GP

Emyvale, Co Monaghan

Promoted by Emyvale CC

A1-A2 Race

  1. Xeno Young Powerhouse Sport 
  2. Constantine Bartels Waterford RC 
  3. Lindsay Watson Powerhouse Sport 
  4. David Brody Castlebar Cycling Club
  5. Angus Fyffe Caldwell Cycles Omagh
  6. Ryan Reilly Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo 
  7. Cathal Clarke Armagh-Down
  8. David Walshe Castlebar Cycling Club
  9. Mitchell McLaughlin Four Masters CC
  10. Matthew McCullagh Sundrive Track Team


Women’s Race

  1. Emma Desmond Lucan CRC
  2. Clodagh Gallagher AAA
  3. Lucy O Donnelly O’Leary Stone Kanturk 
  4. Teresa Parr Newry Wheelers 
  5. Ewa Kuras Arcane CC
  6. Lynn Shields Spires CC 


A3 Race

  1. Ryan Geraghty Bikeworx Celbridge
  2. Nathan Keown North Down CC
  3. Matthew Devins Yeats County
  4. Ciaran Cahoon Clann Eireann CC 
  5. Christopher Donald Team Madigan
  6. Eugene Clarke Bann Valley
  7. Donal Walshe Four Masters CC 
  8. Fergus Callaghan Four Masters CC 
  9. Oisin Doherty Donegal Bay CC
  10. Johnny Kane Foyle Cycling Club 


A4 Race

  1. Ciaran Deery Foyle Cycling Club
  2. Jonathan Denvir Dromore CC
  3. Fintan Sherry Emyvale CC 
  4. Shane Mullin Termon Wheelers 
  5. Richard Gamble Velo Club Iveagh
  6. James Swift Castlebar CC
  7. Michael Meehan CKR Cycling Club
  8. Martin O’Reilly DB Cycling Club


Masters Race

  1. Sean McAvoy Newry Wheelers 
  2. Glenn Cobain Team Madigan
  3. Jan Sweeney Newry Wheelers