Interclub cycling league begins

THE LOCAL cycling scene comes out this week with the first event in the Interclub league, a time trial on the Moy road.

Clann Eireann riders dominated most of last year’s races, with Michael Murray and John Heverin taking the top Road Race and Time Trial places.

This year the Clannsmen might have to face sterner opposition from other participating clubs.

Running on Tuesdays for the next few months, the league provides competition to many cyclists.

If there is sufficient demand this year, the league committee will consider the addition of a youth section.

Last Saturday, some of the Clann Eireann youth section were at Rathfriland for a town series.

James Mulhoulland and Ethan Flavelle both scored fourth places in their respective races, and were joined by Clodagh O’Neill in the girls event. Further from home, John Bann-Lavery was holding 70th place after three days racing on Sunday night in Kerry at the four day Ras Mumhan and Declan Mulhoulland was at the Scottish Youth Tour as part of an Ireland team.

This coming weekend, the major race is the Red Hand Trophy at Ballymena on Saturday, followed by the Bann Valley Classic the following day. Clann Eireann have riders entered on both days.

Tuesday of next week brings the second round of the interclub league, a road race at Derrymacash.

The start is set for 7 pm.