McFadden (16): “It was a great feeling, it just worked out right”

Posted on: March 7th, 2016

Shauna McFadden produced a fine sprint to win the women’s race at the McCann Cup. The 16-year old transition year student is hoping for a big season with a place on the national team very much one of her top priorities.


Shauna McFadden ( ) took a fine win from a strong and seasoned field in the women’s race at the McCann Cup, promoted by Omagh Wheelers, Sunday.

The 16-year-old showed her class by blitzing the bunch sprint that decided the 50-kilometre affair, with Julie Rea (Phoenix CC) and Christine O’Neill (Velo Cafe Magasin) rounding out the podium.

It was a great win for the up and coming McFadden; sealing victory against the elite field just weeks since jumping up from the youth category to junior ranks.

The race was a cagey affair with no group managing to get significant time and anything that did pull clear was soon reeled back in.

“It just all worked out right for me yesterday,” the winner told stickybottle.

“I was over the moon because it was only the second race of the season and I knew the competition would be fierce.

“It was a great feeling when I crossed the line because I really hadn’t thought of winning.

“It all depends on the day and anything can happen but thankfully, it worked out.”

McFadden, a transition year student in Letterkenny, is aiming for a strong national championships this year.

She is also hoping for an opportunity to race abroad, something she should get with as well as the Irish team if selected.

“I’m training at least five or six days a week on the bike and also doing a lot of core and gym work because I want a good year,” she said.

“I have a good sprint, I like climbing but I want to really improve in all areas, especially my time-trials.”

See full results of all races at the McCann Cup here.


McFadden was cheered home all the way by father Sean, on the left with the yellow jacket striking the victory salute!