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McKenna New Holland Grand Prix.

There was an outstanding field of cyclists from all over the country on Sunday, May 22nd, for the annual Emyvale Grand Prix. The circuit started and finished in the village of Tydavnet. Underage racing began at 11 am followed by the senior events at 1.00 pm. There was a total of almost 250 cyclists competing for honours on the day. The logistical planning and execution of the event is a credit to all involved in the club and a sincere thanks to all who helped out. A special thanks goes to our sponsors New Holland Tractors and Barry Mc Kenna who is their agent and Emyvale Credit Union who sponsored the underage racing.

There were four senior categories racing with the A1&A2 race combined they did a total of 6 laps of the challenging 10.6 miles circuit. There was a break away group of 8 riders who forged a lead and held onto to the finish ahead of the chasing pack. Martin O’Loughlin of Carrick Wheelers won the race and took the John Colton Memorial cup in the process. He was followed by Michael Murray of Clann Eireann and Greg Swinard of Usher CC.

Results of A1&A2 New Holland Tractors Race

1st Martin O Loughlin Carrick Wheelers

2nd Mickey Murray Clann Eireann CC

3rd Greg Swinard Usher CC

4th Gary Cranston Audi East Antrim

5th Conor Mc Alister Slane CC

6th Damian Shaw Mullingar CC

Senior A3 race had a field of 69 riders and was very fast paced throughout. In the end it came down to a bunch sprint despite numerous breakaway attempts. John Mc Cormac of Lucan CC came in strongly in front of the bunch to seal the win.

Results A3 race

1st John Mc Cormac Lucan CC

2nd Darragh Zaidan Stevens

3rd Brian Mc Kenny BCC

4th John Kenny Navan RC

5th William Larmer East Antrim

6th Cormac Clark Newry Wheelers

7th Gavin Mc Gowan Dromara CC

1st Vet Richard Davison Island Wheelers

The A4 race had a field of close to 70 riders also and was a tough affair. Fastest on the day was Dermot Keelan of Cuchulainn CC who broke away just before the finish to take the honours.

A4 Results

1st Dermot Keelan Cuchulainn CC

2nd Ryan Mc Dermot West Tyrone

3rd Damien O Farrell Garda Club

4th Michael Dardid Epic MTB

5th Niall O Hagan Ballymoney

6th Paul Quinn Island Wheelers

7th Gerome Mc Hendry Ballymoney CC

8th Michael Curran Banbridge CC

The Ladies Event was a national league event and the first ten got points towards the league.

1st Heather Wilson Maryland Wheelers

2nd Fiona Meade St Finbars

3rd Orla Hendron Orwell Wheelers

4th Sandra Fitzgerald Lucan CC

5th Roisin Kennedy Lucan CC

6th Francine Meehan Tullamore

7th Ciara Kinch Orwell

8th Monica Macconi HJ Lyons

9th Tanya Moran Phoenix

10th Julie Mulligan Omagh Wheelers

In the underage categories sponsored by Emyvale Credit Union the results are as follows:

Under 12

1st PJ Doogan Errigal CC

2nd Dean Chambers Newry CC

3rd Naoise Sheridan Orwell

4th Callum Mc Kenna Emyvale CC

5th Shauna Mc Fadden Errigal CC

6th Laura Wall Navan CC

1st Unplaced Alanagh O Grady Newry CC

Under 14

1st Pierce Athison Harps CC

2nd Michael O Loughlin Carrick Wheelers

3rd Aaron Swan TSC

4th Cathal Clarke Newry CC

5th Jake Gray East Tyrone

6th Declan Mulholland Clann Eireann

1st U13 Adam Stenson Lucan CC

Under 16

1st Matthew Doyle Foyle CC

2nd Aidan Wall Navan RC

3rd Dany Bruton Stamullen CC

4th Aaron Mc Bride North Pole CC

5th Craig Crawford TSC

6th Ciaran Campbell Drogheda Wheelers

1st Unplaced Craig Mc Cawley Bann Valley

Grand Prix 2011 Gallery HERE