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Junior Tour of Ireland report

On the 11th -16th July 2017, Omagh Wheelers Cycling Club entered a group of 5 riders to the International Stage Race, the Junior Tour of Ireland. The Junior Tour of Ireland is Ireland’s biggest and toughest Junior Stage race.

Five juniours headed to Ennis in County Clare to complete the six stages.

Nathan Gray

Caolem McCarter

Michael McGlynn

Aaron Wiley and

Matthew McAllister. (Guest rider for OWCC from Island Wheelers)

 

This year there were teams from the USA, South Africa, UK, Netherlands and the best of Irelands Junior Riders. There were 25 teams in all and Omagh Wheelers finished 10th in the team competition.

 

The first stage was a 6.2km time trial and the early riders had a tailwind which would prove advantageous in the overall GC. The next 4 stages were all road stages of ranging from 97km to 109km and took in some of County Clare’s tough hills including the Cliffs of Moher, Gallow’s Hill and the Corkscrew. All five riders put in strong performances and tackled some tough climbs to finish mainly in the bunch. Caolem had a crash near the end of Stage 4 and showed great determination the finish the stage on a replacement bike. The final stage was a 77.5km circuits of laps near Ennis. Michael had a great 9th place finish.

 

OWCC would like to thank the riders for putting up exceptional performances against a strong field. We were only one of two club teams to enter the race and this reflects the calibre of the field our riders were amongst. They all did the club proud.

 

The club would also like to thank our senior riders, Davy McFall, Gary Donaldson and Angus Fyffe for supporting our young riders in Ennis. They not only gave practical support but shared their vast experience to each rider.

 

Thanks also to the parents who came down to support us and helped with all the practical areas that were so important.

 

OWCC would also like to thank sponsors, Hugh McCann Building and Maintenance Contractor; McElholm & Co Chartered Accountants; Sawyers, Chilled Distributors and Patrick McCaul, Environmental consulting engineers. We would also like to thank Lakeland Bikes, Enniskillen for supplying our water bottles and Gallagher Cycles, Lifford, for supplying our tour socks.

 

 

Joanne Gray

DS OWCC Junior Tour Team

Up and Coming Events

Western Hills Sportive

*** ATTENTION IMPORTANT NOTICE***

"WESTERN HILLS " EVENT CANCELLED 

Due to the unsuitability of the date, it is with regret that we have to CANCEL the Omagh Wheelers "Western Hills" Event scheduled for the 27th August.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your continued support.

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