The National Cycling Championships continued at Emyvale on Friday evening with the U23 and Senior Mens Time Trial. There was quite a big field and top class competition. The weather was terrible and made conditions very difficult for the riders but all arrived home safely though Monaghan’s Derek Finnegan from Magheracloone had a crash at the Aughnacloy turn. He was slightly bruised but finished the race with a very respectable time. Emyvale’s Martin Sherry also had a good race but getting a puncture did not help. Paul Brady, who brought many honours to the Club was in action and despite lack of practice and training in Time Trial recently he finished with a very good time. Those in the sport knew it was going to be a tough battle for honours and that there would be a good contest between David McCann the 2010 winner of the TT and Matt Brammeier who won the Senior Race last year. In the end Matt pipped it by just 6 seconds with a time of 50.15 and that small margin on a 50Km TT is certainly close. Michael Hutchinson from the UK was in 3rd slot just a few seconds later at 50.29 and it shows that the Irish standards are high as Michael has won three British Titles in TT and is regarded as one of the best there.
The U23s was won by Sean Downey at 51.13 followed by Felix English at 52.00 and Tigherrnach Murphy at 52.51. The prizes were presented by Geoff Liffey, CEO Cycling Ireland and the Jersey was presented by Rory Wyley, President of Cycling Ireland. Bouquets were presented by Ann-Marie McCarron, Kathy McKenna and Kathleen Kane.