We have a vibrant youth section in Omagh Wheelers with over 30 young cyclists involved. We run training sessions for youth on Saturday's using a combination of track, road and indoor cycling to coach and educate our young cyclists.
Youth Tour of Scotland
A big congratulation to Omagh wheelers youth riders Adam Ward and Anthony Bradley on their selection for the Cycling Ulster youth academy team travelling to the Youth Tour of Scotland. This is a great achievement for the 2 lads and is a reflection of the hard work they have put in so early in the season, to be able to put themselves up again the best youth cyclist on the British Isles will be a great experience and will stand them in great stead for the remainder of the youth racing season. Well done again, “onwards and upwards”
St Patricks day racing
St Patricks day signalled the end of a very busy 3 week period for Omagh Wheelers youth. Sunday the 1st March was the beginning of the newly formed Northwest youth league in Gweedore, the day was breezy and crisp with the threat of hail / snow showers always in the air. First away was Joseph Mc Closkey and Oran Kelly in the U14 race unfortunately this was to be a short lived race for the 2 boys as Joseph was caught up in an early crash and sustained some damage to himself and his bike and Oran was to succumbed to an injury but they have since returned to fitness. Next away was the keenly contested U16 race which was a selection event for the Youth tour of Scotland for Cycling Ulster youth academy team, Wheelers had Anthony Bradley, Ronan Mc Gale. Nathan Grey, Adam Ward, Ryan Kelly, Andrew Allen and Conor Gormley in attendance. Omagh Wheelers youth are now one of the largest U16 teams attending youth racing in Ulster which is excellent to see. The 4 lap race started at a frantic pace driven on mainly by Wheelers riders and this was to cause havoc in the field of 30 riders after the 1st lap 7 riders had broken away with Adam Ward within it, further back and due to the biting head wind echelons had formed with Omagh wheelers within each one, the race was almost stopped at the beginning of the 2nd lap as a threatened hail shower turned the ground white but the hail caused Adam Ward to break for home from the now group of 4 containing no less the 3 Irish talent team members !! Adam rode the last 2 laps on his own and had the watching public impressed with his ride in challenging conditions and surely impressed the watching selectors. Anthony Bradley was next of the wheelers home followed by Conor Gormley, Nathan Grey, Ryan Kelly. Ronan Mc Gale and Andrew Allen, once again Omagh Wheelers youth raced in challenging conditions and proved once again the strength in depth with in this talented bunch.
Saturday 14th March , European Youth Olympics selection TT
Omagh wheelers youth attended the selection event to pit themselves against the youth of Ireland, this was a 7 mile TT over an undulating course. Anthony Bradley put in a fantastic time to get 4th only to be penalised 5 secs for an alleged jump start which would have netted him 3rd !! Adam Ward was 10th Andrew Allen 13th, Ronan Mc Gale 27th and Nathan Grey 28th which is great that against the youth cyclist in Ireland we are putting in times to put ourselves up there. Well done all.
National Selection Day
Sunday the 15th Feb saw a busy 2 weeks for Omagh Wheelers youth come to a head with the National selection day being held in Corkagh park Dublin. Anthony Bradley, Conor Gormley and Adam Ward travelled to the venue after fine performances the previous week in Bellaghy. The format of the event was a crit around a purpose made 0.6 mile circuit, with almost 40 riders assembled it was not going to be easy on all fronts. The race started at a frantic pace with 1 rider setting a blistering pace where he remained out on his own for the entire event !!! Our 3 riders settled in very well and as the pace increased then different groups form, Anthony and Conor were working in the 2nd lead group and showed some of the skills learned from the group riding with the senior club members and worked with other riders to share the load and maintain a great tempo, Anthony said at the start “it wasn’t his type of event” but showed a growing confidence as the race progressed and did not allow the group to get away from him, Chapeau!!! Conor also worked well within Anthony’s group and demonstrated an ability which can only increase as he gain’s more race time something he missed last year due to injury. Adam was ensconced within the lead group and was sharing the work at the front with this group now down to 7 riders it was coming down to a sprint where he got 3rd , again a great bit of work to be mixing it with some more senior riders, and his inclusion in a National Academy cycling squad in place. Omagh Wheelers Had 3 riders up for National selecton, Ulster as a province have almost 50% of places across all categories U12,U14, and U16 secured from Sundays event, so it highlights that we are doing something right as a club and a providence, WELL DONE TO ALL!! “onwards and upwards”
Omagh Wheelers at the 2014 Ulster Youth Cycling Championships
Clann Eireann Cycling Club promoted the 2014 Ulster Youth Cycling Championships on Saturday 26 July around the Craigavon area. The programmed events included time trials and road races for the age categories.
In the afternoon the road races were held on the Moyraverty West Road which was a 7 kilometres circuit. Omagh Wheelers had riders in the U14 and U16 categories.
U14 Adam Ward, Andrew Allen and Ronan Mc Gale, U16 Jamie Mc Gale, Ryan Kelly, Eunan Bradley, Brennan Harper and Anthony Bradley.
The U14 race was off first with a large group of riders present and completing 4 laps, the pace was high from the start and with many attacks coming from all areas it was a difficult first lap, the 2nd lap was equally as fraught only the pace was starting to show and the peloton was now getting strung out. Adam Ward was at the front along with 3 Errigal riders and this was where the break came from, the 4 riders established a gap and this was to remain the same until the finish. Ward was riding strong but could not shake any of the other riders so it came down to a sprint finish with Adam Ward missing out on an Ulster title by a wheel width !! Well done on a fine 2nd in Ulster. Ronan Mc Gale showed his growing strength by riding well within the bunch and Andrew Allen was hampered by a sore calf muscle but still showed great determination to persist to the finish. Once again Omagh wheelers youth represented the club with strong riding within the peloton and representation at the finish line. Well done to all.
The U16 race was over 6 laps with all the strong Ulster riders present, The first lap was very tense with no one willing to show their hand early which resulted in the bunch staying together, all the Omagh wheelers riders were well positioned should anything start. Anthony Bradley took up the race on lap 2 into lap 3 and this was to prove very decisive. Along with Connor McLaughlin from Newry they started to edge away from the bunch, this was a signal for the other Omagh riders to sit tight and cover any counter moves. Anthony settled into the job of work and utilized one of his main assets which is time trialing and continued to open the gap on the main bunch, which went out to 1 minute 10 seconds with 2 laps to go, a gap that was not going to be closed down. The run to the finish saw Mc Laughlin take the Gold medal with Anthony taking a very well deserved silver medal, but the manner in Which Anthony took this medal has to be commended. The other Omagh wheeler riders once again showed a great maturity by allowing a team mate to go for the victory whilst still causing disruption to the flow of the chasing group and chasing down any possible break outs.
Thanks to the sponsors, KD Gas Services/Ideal, as well as the David McCall Foundation, Classic Mineral Water Company and Chain Reaction Cycles for their generous support.
This was a good day for Omagh Wheelers youth having 2 riders collect silver medals at this prestigious event, Adam Ward 2nd U14 in Ulster, Anthony Bradley 2nd U16 in Ulster.
The success did not just end on the road, at the prize giving the Cycling Ulster youth academy team for Errigal 3 day was announced with Ronan Mc Gale U14 and Anthony Bradley U16 being selected !!! Great news for two riders who are working hard. It is also a great achievement to all associated with the Omagh Wheelers Youth development to now have recognition for riders within the club at such a prestigious cycling event.
WELL DONE ALL!! “Onward and upwards”
Omagh wheelers youth attend the Dervock Festival Cyce race
Saturday 19 July saw Omagh Wheelers attend a cycling event at the Dervock Festival, this was facilitated by Ballymoney Cycling Club with racing for Under 12, 14 and 16 year olds. All of the age groups raced on the 5 mile "Lion Park Circuit". The Under 16 Race was for the "Oliver Kane Perpetual Cup" and was won last year by Aaron Swan now with the Nicholas Roche Team and was on the 2014 Junior Tour of Ireland. The Under 14 race was for the "Hot Cha Perpetual Shield" and the Under 12 races were awarded a trophy and medals.
Omagh wheelers had riders in the U14 category, Andrew Allen, Adam Ward and Ronan Mc Gale and in the U16 race Eunan Bradley, Ryan Kelly, Brennan Harper and Coelom Mc Carter.
The U16 race was set off first and had a 3 minute gap on the U14 race, Omagh wheelers set a high tempo from the off and with so many riders in the bunch they were able to launch attacks and cover any other moves. The race was over 6 laps of the course and due to the nature of the field it came down to the final sprint, where the Omagh wheelers lead out train lead by Eunan Bradley and with Brennan Harper tucked in behind was caught in the final 100 metres with Brennan Harper getting 4th and the remainder of the team in the bunch, Once again this was a race where Omagh Wheelers rode strong and highlighted the depth of talent with in this Youth setup. Chapeau !!!
The U14 race set off 3 minutes behind the U16 race and as with U14 races it was attack after attack from the word go with Omagh wheelers to the fore with Adam Ward behind most of them ably assisted by Andrew Allen and Ronan McGale, the U14 were completing 3 laps and it was at the start of Lap 3 that the decisive move was executed by Adam Ward, a strong attack off the front split the group with Harry Dow of North down coming across with Ward, the 2 riders worked hard to create a gap, Adam Ward then kept a high tempo and managed to distance Dow, this tempo seen Ward ride across to,and pass the U16 race which left him to solo home with a 40 second gap to his nearest rider. The U14 riders once again showed a maturity and race craft to see a Wheelers rider be first over the line, great team work once again.
Next up for the Omagh Wheelers Youth is the Ulster Championship’s in Craigavon this sat 26th July and then the following weekend 2,3.4th August is the Errigal International youth tour, busy and exciting times ahead.
Anthony Bradley shows Class at Errigal
On Sunday 15th June, Errigal cycling club held the third round of the Errigal Youth league. A bright, sunny day meant that riders travelled from all over Ulster, including a strong contingent of riders from Omagh Wheelers. The race was held in the town of Churchill, taking in numerous laps of a small circuit which included a hard climb in every lap. In the under 14s race, Adam Ward showed great strength when he missed the initial break. Ward bided his time in the bunch until the last lap, in which he then attacked from and begun a courageous ride to try and catch the three leaders. Ward came within meters of catching before he ran out of road and eventually finished in a fine 4th position.
Next up was the u16s race, in which Omagh Wheelers had a strong contingent and lined up against some of the best youth riders in Ulster. The Omagh men showed tactical prowess during the whole race with Breanainn Harpur constantly attacking from the start making other riders chase. All the while, Eunan Bradley and Anthony Bradley sat quietly in the bunch. On the last lap, both Anthony and Eunan attacked and held a slender advantage over a quick finishing bunch. Anthony drove on, holding of the bunch the whole way to the line and taking a fantastic victory. It was a great victory, in which a superb display from all the Wheelers resulted in a win for the Omagh club.
Adam Ward Takes Another Win for Omagh Wheelers
On the 12th April, a large contingent of Omagh Wheelers youth travelled to Churchill to take part in the 2nd round of the Errigal youth league. The day began with blustery conditions, meaning that racing would be tough in all categories. The race was run over a small circuit that included rolling roads and exposure to the strong winds. Young Adam Ward continued his strong run of form and rode aggressively from the start, managing to ride clear with 2 others. This small break worked well together until the finish line, in which Ward showed his strength, powering to take the win comfortably. This latest victory for the young Omagh rider is the latest in a long list of results, and further shows the depth of talent the young rider has.
Omagh Wheelers Youth Impress at Ras Na Nog
During the first weekend in April, Drogheda Wheelers held the annual Ras Na Nog. The two day stage is race is aimed at youth riders aged from twelve to sixteen. The race is known to attract the best underage riders from all over the country, which means for fast and exciting racing in all age categories.
Omagh Wheelers had a small contingent of riders competing which included; Adam Ward, Anthony Bradley and Breaninn Harpur. Ward raced in the under 14 category, while the latter two partook in the under 16 category. The weekend began with two stages on the Saturday with both stages being road races. The morning stage seen Ward place highly, which prove decisive at the end of the race. Both Harpur and Bradley finished there stage respectably in the main bunch. During the evening stage, Ward again showed his strength to finish in the top 5 in the bunch sprint, however in the under 16 race a huge crash seen half the field hit the ground including Harpur and Bradley. Both riders sustained heavy road rash and were unable to start the 3rd stage the following day. On the final stage, young Adam ward rode strongly to make the leading group. This group eventually sprinted for victory in which Ward took a fine 3rd place. This added to the fine results achieved the previous day. Throughout the 3 stages, Ward showed consistency with never placing out of the top 5, this consistency paid of with a fine 2nd overall for the young rider.
A big thanks to Both Peter Ward and Gregory Bradley for the massive support at the weekend for the riders. We would also like to thank Gallen Vehicle hire for the loan of transport.
Omagh wheelers youth at the Ciclisport GP
10 Youth riders turned up at the annual Ciclisport GP in Moneymore on Saturday the 29th of March. All of the youth rode very well in their categories. In the under 14 race, young Adam Ward showed his class to go on a break from the gun with three other very strong riders. This break worked well and was never seen again. Ward ride smart and made sure not use too much energy. Eventually the Quartet fought it out in a sprint finish in which Ward took a fine 3rd place.
Well done to all riders who took part in this event.
Omagh Wheelers Youth at Dave McCall Reliability
On Saturday 23rd March, a large contingent of Omagh Wheelers youth attended a reliability trial aimed at underage riders. A reliability trial is a leisure cycle aimed at fit cyclists. It is designed to test riders to see how their fitness compares to others at the start of the racing season. The event was run in Crumlin, Co. Antrim and attracted the best young cyclists from all over Ulster. On the day, there were two route options which helped cater for different ages and abilities. Omagh had young riders represented in both, and all members rode admirably. In the under 16 category, riders completed 40 miles at 20mph average over tough roads. In the under category, riders followed the same route but at a slightly slower pace. Racing for the youth begins next Saturday 30th March at Ciclisport GP in Moneymore.
Huge thanks must be said for the adult members from the wheelers who are fully committed to helping the youth attend events like these. Members include; Enda Harpur, Bobby Collins, Chris Carlin, Sean Kelly, Leo McKenna, Micky Gallen for the van and finally, our current youth sponsors for making it possible.
Omagh Wheelers Youth in Action
On Sunday 2nd February, youth members from Omagh Wheelers cycling club attended their first race of the year near Letterkenny. The youth open event was aimed at young riders from all over Ulster aged between ten and sixteen. In total, fourteen young riders from the Omagh area travelled to the race and were to face stiff competition in all age categories. In the under 12 category, Aaron O’neill finished a fine 4th place with Ryan O’Neill also finishing as the first unplaced 11 year old. In the under 14 race, there were 6 Omagh wheelers on the start line, and all rode a strong race, especially young Adam Ward who finished a very creditable 3rd place. In the under 16 race, there were also 6 riders representing Omagh. Best of these was Matthew O’neill who rode strongly and also managed to finish as the first unplaced 15 year old.
Youth Training Day
On Saturday 16th November, we organised a very successful training day for youth cyclists from across Ulster. Over 40 young cyclists from across the North-west enjoyed a great days run with a special guest - Jack Wilson from the An Post Sean Kelly professional cycling team.