The lambs are running around, the daffodils are in bloom & the yellow ball in the sky has been spotted once or twice. The summer is slowly but surely coming & with that the Cuchulainn Bike Station Summer Cycling League kicked off on April 6th. The 1st round was the short Dunleer & back, a distance of only 26km. However the short distance mean't high speeds, with group 6 averaging over 44kph on the night. Despite this they didn't catch either groups in front on them & group 4 avoided those in pursuit of them to take the spoils. Fastest on the night was Gavin McDermot (Cuchulainn CC), ahead of David McMahon (Ardee CC) and Declan Rafferty (Cuchulainn CC) in 3rd.
Meanwhile in Race 2, three riders from group 1 also managed to avoid the clutches of those behind & take the top 3 podium spots. Cuchulainn's Gary O`Mahony was victorious ahead of Michael Dunne & Mairead Holden, who also both ride for Cuchulainn. Group 3 had managed to catch and pass group 2 and underage rider Dean McArdle led them home with a brilliant finishing kick.
A large turn out on the night mean't that the marshal's performed a top class job to ensure everyone's safety. The organisers again emphasis to riders the importance of riding on their own side of the road & any crossing of the white line will result in an automatic disqualification. Also before & after races rider's need to be aware of oncoming traffic and not block the road.
On the open racing front Cuchulainn had an excellent weekend'. On Saturday (April 8th) Alan Bingham traveled to Tyrone and took an outstanding 3rd place in the main event. The 100km race was run on a handicapped basis and Alan was strong throughout ensuring those ahead were hauled back before the line.
On Sunday in Stamullen, with multiple ascents of Snowden Hill, Aidan Cunningham took 2nd A3 in the combined A3 & Junior race.
Meanwhile in the hills of Craigavon Anne Duffy took 2nd position in Round 2 of the Ulster Mountain Bike Series. This result comes on the back of Anne winning the first round of the league the previous week in Tollymore.