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Owens takes Irish Silver medal


The Irish National Youth Championships took place in Ballymoney at the weekend, with two Omagh Wheelers riders, Somhairle Owens Fisher and Joseph Owens taking part in the U15 events. 


Starting off with the time trial on Saturday morning, both lads made a solid start with Somhairle and Joseph finishing 10thand 11threspectively. Moving on to the afternoon, the boys competed in the U15 road race. The race took place in very wet and treacherous conditions. Both riders rode very well on the undulating course and in the battle for the finish Joseph placed himself superbly for the sprint and just missed out on the win, narrowly beaten into 2ndplace. Team-mate Somhairle was slightly held up by a crash finishing in a strong 15thplace.


Sunday saw the final event – a criterium – which again took part in damp conditions. Joseph and Somhairle handled themselves very well against the best of Ireland and finished in 6thand 9threspectively.


Joseph’s 2ndin the Road race earned him the Silver Irish medal which is a great achievement for the rider from Sixmilecross. Somhairle also put in a fine performance that he can be proud off. Both riders have developed considerably in their first year U16 and have done their club very proud.

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Successful Night for Omagh Wheelers at Cycling Ulster Awards 

Three of Omagh Wheelers talented crop of youngsters picked up awards at the recent Cycling Ulster Awards ceremony.


Somhairle Owens fisher was awarded for performance on the track, on the road and most recently for performance during the Ulster Cyclocross Season.  The highlight was a gold medal in the Ulster U-14 Time Trial event.  Somhairle was also runner up in the Cycling Ulster Youth Academy League and picked up a bronze medal at the Ulster CX championships in Mallusk as well as finishing third in the Ulster CX League.

Somhairle was joined on the podium on various podiums by another U-14 Joseph Owens who was awarded for top performances on the road. Joe was the bronze medal winner at the Ulster U-14 Time Trial. Joe also had a strong CX season winning the Phoenix CC event at Lady Dixon Park in Belfast.


Representing the Girls Rachel Mc bride was rewarded for a year of improvement with a Silver Medal in the Junior Ladies category at the Ulster Cyclocross Championships and a top ten finish in the Ulster CX league.  Rachel also won the U-15 CUYA Girls League title.

These youngsters are all a product of the thriving youth program being delivered by Omagh Wheelers.  In 2018 the youth program is being headed by Charlie Fisher with coaching programmes being developed by Olly Logan and Stevie Mc Kenna.


On a fantastic night for the Omagh Club, the Tour Of Omagh A4 and Ladies 3 Day Race was also signled out for praise lifting the award for best competitive event in Ulster. Club Chairman Sean Kelly, Race Director Stevie Mc Kenna and long-time race supported Mark Mc Aleer were on hand to receive the award on behalf of the Club.

This was fitting recognition for an event which is now the best of its kind in Ireland. 

2018 McCann Cup sponsored by Ballymore Services


The 16th edition of the McCann Cup took place in dry, but bitterly cold conditions at Fintona on Sunday 18th March. A record number of entries from across the north and south travelled to Fintona for the popular race sponsored by Ballmore Services. A full suite of races was on offer including Womens, Masters, A4, A3 and the main A1/A2 race.


In the A1/A2 race, a full field took to the start line with the A2 riders getting a handicap advantage of 3mins. However, the A1s behind quickly got to business and 7 riders broke away from the 40 rider pack and bridged the 3min gap after only 25miles of racing. An intense period of attacking following, after which 10 riders then went clear: Darnell Moore, Craig McAuley, Mark McClure and Mark Buchanan (Caldwell Cycles), Ronan McLaughlin & Craig Rea (Viner-Caremark-Pactimo), Gareth O’Neill (Newry Wheelers), John Buller (Banbridge CC), Conor McCann (Inspired Cycling) and local rider Marc Potts from Beragh.


The 10 riders quickly established a gap and continued to pull away from the rest of the field. That stayed the position until with 2 laps to go, the group exploded after an array of attacks. Once the dust settled, 3 riders lost touch including McClure, O’Neill and Buller. The lull didn’t last long as Potts and McLaughlin attacked again driving the pace which would distance a further 2 riders: Buchanan and Rea. That left 5 riders at the head of affairs. As the group started the final lap, Potts attacked again and after a final flourish of attacks McAuley and Potts forged ahead leaving the 3 riders behind to battle it out for 3rd. The leading duo built a gap of almost 1minute by the line, with Commonwealth Games rider Potts taking the verdict over McAuley from Caldwell Cycles. Team-mate Darnell Moore topped off the podium.


Race Organiser Hugh McCann gave thanks afterwards to everyone who helped make the event a massive success: main sponsor Ballymore Services; JB Plant; PSNI; local clubs Strabane-Lifford CC, Termon Wheelers, and Omagh Motor Club; local residents, Carnlea Catering; St Patrick’s Hall Fintona; Ian Barfoot, Cycling Ireland Commissaires; and all the many helpers and volunteers from Omagh Wheelers CC…without everyone’s help such a quality of event would not be possible.


A1/2 race – 70 miles

  1. Marc Potts (Unattached)
  2. Craig McAuley (Caldwell Cycles)
  3. Darnell Moore (Caldwell Cycles)
  4. Ronan McLaughlin (Viner-Caremark-Pactimo)
  5. Conor McCann (Inspired Cycling)
  6. Craig Rea (Viner-Caremark-Pactimo)
  7. Gareth O’Neill (Newry Wheelers)
  8. Mark Buchanan (Caldwell Cycles)
  9. Richard Maybin (Team Madigan)
  10. Alan Bingham (Newry Wheelers)


A3 race – 60miles

  1. Cahir Doyle (Powerhouse Sport)
  2. Nathan Keown (North Down CC)
  3. Caolem McCarter (Donegal Bay CC)
  4. Adam Ward (Powerhouse Sport)
  5. Breandan Flanagan (Powerhouse Sport)
  6. Conor Halvey (NRPT)
  7. Oisin Doherty (Donegal Bay CC)
  8. Nigel Connolly (Strabane-Lifford CC)
  9. Keelan Carberry (Four MastersCC)
  10. Stewart Graham (Strabane-Lifford CC)


A4 race – 40miles

  1. Patrick Cahill (Harps CC)
  2. Adrian Kelly (Termon Wheelers)
  3. Craig Crawford (Ballymena RC)
  4. Barry Mullin (Termon Wheelers)
  5. Daniel McIlreavy (Causeway CC)
  6. Kieran Meehan (Clogher Valley Wheelers)
  7. Gerard Doyle (Dromara CC)
  8. Thomas McCaul (Newry Wheelers)
  9. Simon Curry (Armagh City Cyclists)
  10. Kevin Doherty (Carn Wheelers)


Womens – 30miles

  1. Selina Sweeney (Termon Wheelers)
  2. Jane Wilkinson (Bann Wheelers)
  3. Meta Johnston (Team Madigan)
  4. Patricia White (Spires CC)
  5. Tonya Moran (Foyle CC)
  6. Jennifer Holmes (Phoenix CC)
  7. Samantha Convery (Carn Wheelers)
  8. Laura Wylie (Maryland Wheelers)
  9. Lorraine Jeffers (East Tyrone CC)
  10. Aileen Goddard (Spires CC)


Masters – 30miles

  1. James Gault (Phoenix CC)
  2. Colin McCloskey (Apollo CT)
  3. John Rafferty (Ards CC)
  4. Paul Kirk (North Down CC)
  5. Uel Cunningham (Ballymoney CC)
  6. Henry O’Neill (Newry Wheelers)
  7. Gerard Maguire (Phoenix CC)
  8. Simon Gill (Foyle CC)
  9. Kieran McGrory (Lakeland CC)
  10. Bill Johnston (Team Madigan)

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

2017 Co Tyrone/Omagh Wheelers Ras team

The countdown is almost over to the big event - the 2017 An Post Ras. Above is our 5-man team comprising OWCC club riders Stevie McKenna, Davy McFall & Gary Donaldson. They will be joined on their mission by Darragh McCarter (Donegal Bay CC) and Kevin McKinney (Armagh CC).


The riders will take almost 800miles over 8-days of racing from 21-28th May. The team represents the first team from Co Tyrone in 25yrs, which makes this an especially important achievement for Omagh Wheelers CC.


The 5-rider team will be ably support by club stalwarts: Sean Kelly, Hugh McCann, Seamus Keenan, Ashley Donald, and Peter Ward. They will also have the expert physio services of Tim Gallagher.


The team are grateful to the businesses who have supported the team on their journey: Salthill Hotel Galway, Todd's Leap, Lavender Health Spa, Village Inn-Killyclogher, Pat McCaul, Hugh McCann Building & Maintenance contractor

2017 McCann Cup results and report

The sun was shining in Omagh today for the McCann Cup races kindly sponsored by Ballymore Services Ltd. 267 riders turned out for a day of racing covering Laps of the Seskinore circuit.


First off were the masters with close on 40 riders fighting for top 3 places and covering 3 laps. Mickey Gallen - OWCC- set the pace early on and this was maintained for the duration!

1st - Michael Toal - Phoenix

2nd - James McCusker - Shelbourne / Orchard Wheelers

3rd - Tom Henry - NDCC


Tom felt that good he went on to compete in the A4 race!! As we found out when we went looking for him for the presentation ..... :)


Women's race followed with 12 competitors - also completing 3 laps.

The team worked well together over the course.


1st - Christen O'Neill (Velo Cafe Magasin)

2nd - Laura Blair (Ballymena Road Club)

3rd - Meta Johnston (Team Madigan)


That concluded the morning races ...


Afternoon races consisted of a full field of 77 A4 (completing 4 laps), 78 A3 & Juniors (completing 6 laps), and A1 / A2 fielding 60 riders over 7 laps.


A4 race stayed together for the duration, with one spill coming up to the finish


1. Neil Rafferty - Armagh CC

2. Shea Gribbon - Carn Wheelers

3. Stephen McCay - SLCC

4. Gary Lyons - Armagh CC

5. Niall McElhinney - Foyle CC

6. Derek Ferguson - Kings Moss

7. Nigel Gibson - Carn Wheelers

8. Michael Boal - Team Madigan

9. Michael O Farrell - Longford CC

10. Gordon Watt -ETCC


A3 race covered 6 Laps and the juniors were in battle from the gun...It was fair to say that Powerhouse Sport Junior team dominated throughout

PJ Doogan, Breandan Flanagan, Adam Ward, along with Conor Halvey from NRPT got away early on and stayed away until last lap, but it came down to a sprint finish with Harvey Barnes from East Tyrone taking the verdict.


1. Harvey Barnes - ETCC

2. Liam Wilson - Powerhouse Sport

3. Robbie Doherty - Ballymoney CC

4. Sean McGarvey - Velo Cafe Magasin

5. Ross Blayney - NDCC

6. Adam Ward - Powerhouse Sport

7. Michael McGlynn - Omagh Wheelers

8. Stephen Daly - Termon Wheelers

9. Andrew Hedley - Ards CC

10. Richard Archer - ETCC


Lining up then for the A1 / A2 race was race winner yesterday Angus Fyffe - Omagh Wheelers, Marcus Christie - Performance SBR, Gary Jeffers -ETCC, Ronan McLaughlin - Aquablue sport , to name but a few ....


First lap saw 5 A1 riders swallow up the 2 min handicap on the A2 riders, with Gary Jeffers and Marcus Christie setting a roaring pace from the start...with both men unfortunately succumbing to mechanicals in lap 2...

This group of 5 quickly became 11 by lap 3, gaining close on 3 minutes on the main field by Lap 5.


Craig McAuley (Caldwell Cycles), Angus Fyffe (OWCC), Paul McCarter (DBCC), and Jude Sands (Newry Wheelers) maintained their lead to the end with Angus Fyffe comfortably taking first place, followed by Craig McAuley (Caldwell Cycles), Paul McCarter (DBCC), and Jude Sands (Newry Wheelers).


1st – Angus Fyffe (Omagh Wheelers)

2nd – Craig McAuley (Caldwell Cycles)

3rd – Paul McCarter (Donegal Bay CC)

4th – Jude Sands (Newry Wheelers)

5th - Darnell Moore (Caldwell Cycles)

6th - Dave Watson (Bikehouse CC)

7th - Davy McFall (Omagh Wheelers)

8th - Cameron McIntyre (AC Biscontine)

9th - Ronan McLaughlin (Aquablue Sport)

10th - Stevie McKenna (Omagh Wheelers)


Thank you very much to all our marshals today who helped out from our own club and neighbouring clubs! Without your help we could not the race to such a High standard. Thanks to our commissaires Kevin Hughes, Tommy McCague, Paul Devenney, and Francie Coyle, and our chief judge Ian Barfoot. Your help and guidance much appreciated as always!


Thanks to Martin Grainger and his team from Order of Malta for their expert assistance! Thanks to Joanne and team for refreshments at the race and to Ethna McGuigan and her team for a fantastic spread afterward. Thanks to  Sorcha and her team at sign on, to Amanda McGale for organising marshals, and our team of sign putter uppers' barrier placers, road sweepers, and all the other unseen jobs that make our events so professional.....


Last but not least thank you to the organizing team: Hugh McCann, Seamus Keenan and Siobhan McGrath. This was the 15th edition of the McCann cup...starting out with 35 riders all those years ago!!.

Marc Potts gets his first win on Belgium soil


On Monday 27th July, Omagh wheelers riders, Marc Potts and Angus Fyffe, who are currently riding for PCT Tomacc took part in a criterium in Boezing, Belgium.

The race consisted of 40 laps of a 1 mile circuit over the notorious cobbles. The team PCT Tomacc rode very aggressive, having a rider in every move. Marc got away with two laps to go with fellow Tomacc rider Ryan Sherlock. Ryan rode very hard on the last corner setting Marc nicely up for the sprint, in which he got 1st. Ryan ended up coming 6th.  Angus Fyffe who is also riding for PCT Tomacc ended up in a brilliant 17th position. 

Two Wins in Two Days for Marc Potts


Recently home from a stint of racing in Belgium, Marc Potts has shown fabulous form over the weekend, taking two wins in consecutive days. On Saturday 5th July, Omagh wheelers riders Marc Potts, Angus Fyffe and David McFall travelled to Cranford in Donegal to take part in the JG memorial. The race consisted of two laps of a twenty five mile circuit. The circuit consisted of tough rolling roads and exposure to the wind. In the latter part of the race, both Fyffe and Potts slipped into a break with two others. Using their numerical advantage they showed good tact, with Potts eventually slipping away with one other rider. This move stayed away to the finish, in which Potts took the sprint for 1st place with Fyffe not far behind in 3rd.


On Sunday 6th, a strong contingent of Omagh wheelers racers travelled to the County Galway to take part in the tough Galway Classic race. The race took in multiple laps of a circuit, which included a tough climb each time round. Marc Potts lined up with strong riders from all over Ireland, including team mates Paul and Darragh McCarter. The Omagh three riders rode smart to ensure that each break away had at least one Omagh rider in it. Eventually, in the latter part of the race, Potts clipped away with four other riders and stayed away until the line, in which Potts took the gallop for a fantastic 1st place. In the B race, Gary Donaldson had a good showing, taking 6th place in a field of 100 riders. This bodes well for the young rider, who is hoping to ride the Newry 3 day in August.



Marc Potts takes Win at Donegal Bay Kermesse


On Saturday 17th May, Donegal Bay cycling club held their annual kermesse. A kermesse is a short circuit race that includes multiple laps, in this case; thirteen laps of a seven kilometre circuit. The circuit included a one kilometre climb that hit a 21% gradient in some places. This meant that only the strongest racers would stay in contention throughout the race. There was an A and B race on the day, in which Omagh Wheelers were represented in both. In the B race, David McFall rode strong throughout the opening laps and managed to take the king of the hill prime half way into the race. Disaster struck for McFall during the penultimate lap when his chain snapped, ending all possibility of a strong finish.


In the A race, Omagh Wheelers had a strong contingent on the start line which included brothers Paul and Darragh McCarter , Marc Potts and Angus Fyffe. The four Omagh men used their numerical advantage to place Marc and Darragh in the break. Potts and McCarter rode strongly throughout the race, with Potts eventually distancing his break away companions. Potts then rode to the finish with twenty seconds to spare over second place. Darragh McCarter finished in a fine fourth place, with Fyffe just behind in fifth. Paul McCarter suffered bad luck, puncturing just two laps into the race.

Image courtesy of Dany Blondeel - The Belgian Project

Fyffe Takes another Win at the Mid Ulster GP


Sunday 27th April saw local club Island wheelers host their annual Mid Ulster GP. The A race seen a mix of three categories and took in six laps of a 10 mile circuit. The A3 Category was given a four minute handicap over the following A1s and A2s. The Chasing group contained over 20 riders, which meant for aggressive riding to try and split the race up. Eventually Marc Potts got across to the front group with 4 others. The remaining chasers hovered at 40 seconds. On the final lap, the chasers eventually made contact with the leaders. With four mile remaining, Fyffe jumped clear in which proved to be a decisive move. He pulled 10 seconds out of the chasing bunch with another rider. Fyffe then showed his strength to take the 2 up sprint for a fine victory. Success continued as Marc Potts took the bunch sprint for 3rd with Gary Donaldson taking a fine 7th place and first unplaced A3.

Angus Fyffe takes the Win at the Mid Ulster GP


Omagh Wheelers Riders Continue to Impress

On the 26th April, Omagh wheelers riders; Angus Fyffe and Marc Potts travelled to Bray, County Wicklow to take part in the Shay Elliot Memorial race. The Shay Elliot is perhaps the most prolific one day race in Ireland and attracts the very best riders from all over Ireland. The race involves an 80 mile trek around the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. The race began at a blistering pace as riders tried to jump clear from the 100 strong bunch. Almost immediately a small group of twelve riders which included Potts and Fyffe distanced the peloton. Both riders got to work with the other riders for what would be an 80 mile break way. 60 mile into the race, Potts punctured before a crucial climb and had an incredible chase to rejoin the leaders. Fyffe was distanced on the climb by the stronger riders. Potts, who was riding for the Ulster team, continued with the small contingent of break away riders and finished 7th. Fyffe rode strong for the remaining 15 mile and finished 11th.

Marc Potts (leading) in the break at the Shey Elliot Memorial

Omagh Wheelers at Ras Mumhan

During the Easter weekend, a six man team from Omagh Wheelers travelled to Killorglin, County Kerry to partake in one of the country’s biggest stage races; The Ras Mumhan. The six Omagh Wheelers riders included Stephen McKenna, brothers Paul and Darragh McCarter, Marc Potts, Angus Fyffe and Gary Jeffers. A backup team also travelled which included Sean Kelly, Ryan Kelly and Gary Donaldson.

The race involved four road stages over four days that took in over 330 mile of County Kerry’s toughest roads. Stage one began in the centre of Killorglin and was a relatively flat 65 miles. This meant the speed was kept high for the whole stage with an average of 27mph. Gary Jeffers who was Guest riding with Omagh Wheelers for the weekend had a terrific first stage and managed to nip into a break with 15 miles remaining. He finished in a superb 12th place out of over 200 riders. The rest of the team finished safely in the bunch. Stage 2 was possibly the hardest stage of the weekend, taking in 85 miles that included six categorised climbs, one of which was the notoriously difficult Healy Pass. The stage started at a blistering pace meaning the race had already split into different groups before any climbing began. Over fours later the stage finished, with Marc Potts finishing in a fine 21st place. The third stage was another gruelling 85 mile that took place largely on coastal roads. High winds rolled in of the coast all day which meant for large line outs and nervous racing. All of the team found this day to be tough. Potts managed to hang on to the front bunch and eventually took the sprint for 11th on what was a leg sapping day. The final stage started in Killorglin and took in 3 large laps outside the town and then finished with 7 small laps in the centre of the town. All of the team finished within the main bunch and were happy to see the finish line after four hard days of racing.

The riders would like to thank Sean Kelly, Gary Donaldson and Ryan Kelly for their help over the weekend. The three men worked tirelessly to look after the team and to keep everything in order. The team would also like to thank Gallen Vehicle Hire for the use of a van, Solo Petroleum (a primary sponsor the team), Costcutter Omagh, and Omagh Wheelers for the support.

The team with Solo Petroleum Representitive Malcolm Hill

Club racing league

Tuesday evening (8th April) sees the 2014 Omagh Wheelers club racing season take off with the first event of the year – a road race of 3 laps of the Seskinore circuit. This initial event is for A4 and club competition riders only, and is designed to encourage club members in these categories to take part in this year’s Interclub series, which begins in just two weeks’ time. The event is however open to all clubs.

 The start / finish line is at the Halfway House, Tattyreagh Road. Sign on will be from 6pm and please note that for safety reasons, this event will start at 6.45pm sharp.

 Riders not eligible to take part are encouraged to marshal on the night. If available for marshalling, please get in touch with Hugh McCann via Facebook.

 Please note that in all this year’s club races, as there are separate events for juniors throughout the year, riders must be at least 16 years of age on 1st January 2014.

 Good luck to all taking part!


Omagh Wheelers Riders Continue With Results

During the last weekend of March, Omagh Wheelers racing members took part in the Tour of Connacht, which was held in County Mayo, and the Ciclisport GP which was held in Moneymore.

At the tour of Connacht, the Wheelers had three members in attendance in the shape of Marc Potts and also brothers; Paul and Darragh McCarter. The race took in three stages over 170 kilometres in total. The race was highly competitive and included some of the best junior riders in the country. During the first stage a dangerous break went away which was never seen again until the finish. Potts ended up taking the bunch sprint for 7th. On stage 2 the bunch largely stayed together until the final kilometre in which a rider jumped and hung on to the finish. Potts again showed good form and took the bunch sprint for a fine 2nd place. The final stage was an individual time trial of 8 kilometres. Potts and Paul McCarter showed great strength to take 10th and 11th place respectively. Strong riding by Marc and Paul in stage 3 placed them 7th and 13th in the final general classification which was a great showing by the Omagh men.

At the Ciclisport GP senior A race, Angus Fyffe rode a smart race, nipping away into a break early on. This break worked well over the 60 mile race. The break began to split into smaller groups with 4 mile to the finish. Fyffe crossed the line in a fine 8th place which was a good result considering the high calibre of riders and racing.

Omagh Wheeler’s McCann Cup a Huge Success


On Sunday 10th March, Omagh Wheelers held their annual McCann cup race at the Halfway House, Tattyreagh. The race was run by the home club, and was generously sponsored by Hugh McCann Building and Maintenance specialists. On the day, there were five races which catered for A1234, Masters and women. Over 280 cyclists racing cyclists attended the event which made sure all categories were hotly contested.

In the Masters race, there was a big group of 25 riders on the start line and the pace was relatively high throughout. A tough circuit meant that the race eventually came down a bunch finish which was taken by Banbridge's Paul McGuckin. He was followed in by Kevin McCrossan of Four Masters and Brendan McAllister of Glens CC. The Women’s race was set of 5 minutes after the masters, in which a field of 25 strong battled throughout the race. Coming to the line the sprinters went for it with Val O'Neill of Phoenix CC just pipping Amy Brice of DID Electrical to the post.

In the afternoon, the most popular races began. First up was the highly competitive A1/2 race. A large field of 40 riders meant for aggressive racing which saw the home clubs riders; Stephen McKenna and Marc Potts in amongst the action. Near the end of the race, Caldwells Cycles Members; Thomas Martin and Conor Murphy used their experience to make the decisive break along with Marc Buchanan (North Pole). At the finish, Conor Murphy took home the win closely followed by Buchanan and Martin.

Next up was the A3 race which included some of the finest underage riders in the country. The race was aggressive from the gun, with many riders keen to leave their mark on the race. Eventually at the 50 mile mark, a small break opened up gap between the rest of the field. The break of six worked well and included Angus Fyffe (Omagh Wheelers), Jake Grey (East Tyrone) and Jude Sands (Newry Wheelers). The break fought it out for the top positions in which home clubs’ Angus Fyffe took victory, closely followed by Grey and Sands.

The last race of the day was the A4 race. The race was fast from the gun with speeds that seen a much reduced peloton sprint it out for the line. In the end it was Richard Archer of East Tyrone getting the jump on the bunch to take his first win in style. Stewart Graham of Strabane/Lifford just had the edge on another newcomer Brendan Marsh of the Smugglers Club in Cavan.

Omagh Wheelers’ Fyffe and Donaldson Podium in Newry

On Sunday 2nd March, Newry Wheelers held their inaugural race, the ‘John Haldane Memorial’. The race was held on the Dual carriageway between Newry and Warrenpoint and consisted of a number laps depending on each race category. On the day, racing started in cold and blustery conditions but soon deteriorated into freezing rain. Omagh Wheelers had members represented in all categories, and all had a good showing in difficult conditions. In the A4 race, Gary Donaldson showed good form, taking second place in the bunch sprint. The young rider rode aggressively throughout the race and was well marked as being a danger man. In the end, Donaldson used his craft and strong kick to finish in second place, centimetres of first position. A similar scenario occurred in the A3 race with Fyffe also using his strength to try and break the bunch into a smaller group, but to no avail. After 50 miles of fast racing, the race was to be decided in a bunch sprint in which Fyffe also used a good kick for third place and gained valuable points.

Success for Omagh Wheelers on Opening Weekend of Racing


Annaclone GP


On Saturday the 22nd February, Omagh Wheelers racing members travelled to Banbridge to take part in the first road race of 2014 – Annaclone GP. On the day, riders were faced with cold blustery conditions and a tough, hilly circuit that would be sure to test rider’s legs after the first hour of racing. Omagh Wheelers had riders represented in both the A and B race and all Omagh men had a strong showing, however young Gary Donaldson done better than that. In the B race, he was aggressive from the start and looked to distance the rest of the field on several occasions. Eventually three riders got away and Donaldson was left in the main pack. Coming to the finish, he used his strong kick to win the bunch sprint for a fine 4th place and in the process earned important points.


Phoenix GP


On Sunday 23rd February, Phoenix cycling club held their inaugural ‘Phoenix GP’. The day consists of five races including women’s and masters races. Omagh Wheelers had members represented in the A3 and A4 race. In the A3 race, Angus Fyffe was the sole representative. Strong winds and energy sapping roads meant that the race eventually split into smaller groups with the stronger riders generally making the front groups. Fyffe used his experience to ensure he was in the selection group with a strong group that worked well together. Eventually this group came to the finish before the rest of the field in which Fyffe took the sprint for 3rd.

Omagh Wheelers recently confirmed a new sponsorship deal for 2014 with Lakeland Bikes from Enniskillen for the Development Programme. The programme was first introduced in late 2012, and offers young, talented, local riders the opportunity to receive support in both training and equipment. The programme is aimed to develop riders so that they achieve their potential, and to race at a high level. The program in its first year proved to be massive success.


Lakeland bikes decided they wanted to help support the programme after they seen the professionalism of the program, and also the success Angus and Marc reached in the 2013 season. Lakeland bikes will be providing the two riders with top of the range 2014 Cervelo bikes. Fyffe will be on the Cervelo S5, which is known for its straight-line speed and stiffness which will suit his riding style. Potts will be on the highly acclaimed Cervelo R5 which is known for its climbing capabilities and comfort. Both riders are currently in the under 23 category, and hope to race at the highest level in Ireland for the 2014 season.

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