Bingham, & McCann claim podium spots

Alan Bingham leading Round 7 of the Ulster Cyclocross League

As the temperature drops and rain falls the country's cyclo cross season is in full swing with a number of leagues going on across the country. Cuchulainn were battling in 2 provincial leagues over the weekend and claimed podium places both sides of the border.

On Sunday Alan Bingham was racing in Larne in round 7 of the Ulster Cyclocross League. The 8 lap race was a muddy, cold & windy affair. Bingham has been consistently getting top 10 results all season but this was his breakout performance, when he claimed 3rd place, only 20seconds off of 2nd. His result was built on a rapid first lap that saw him take the lead early in the race. As the laps wore on he was involved in a 3 way battle with league leader and Irish International racer Glen Kinning and Graham Boyd. Eventually the younger more experienced riders manged to get past Bingham in the closing stages, however Bingham did have the added bonus of claiming the first vet's prize. David Duffy and Mark Byrne were also in the race and posted solid mid pack finishes.
Meanwhile in the Navan Cyclocross League Cuchulainn had a large turn out, with Ray Fedigan, Karl Dolan, Gerry Kenny, Arron McCann, Stuart Holden & Paul Dagg all involved. In the B race Aarron McCann had a storming race and was leading before disaster struck in the form of a puncture. A bike change did get him back in the running and he managed to battle his way back up to 3rd position before running out of road. Behind him, Paul Dagg also posted a top 10 finish in 7th place. In the A Race Ray O`Shuaghnessey had a top 10 finish, with PJ Hynes and Johnny McCabe not far behind.
The Bike Station CycloCross league has reached it's final 2 rounds & league leader, junior rider, Lee Harvey of Kinning Cycles, looks all but certain to take the title. He has a 12 point lead over Cuchulainn's Johnny McCabe and if McCabe was to win both remaining rounds & Harvey to pick up no points it would still end up a draw. The league has been a huge success and has been instrumental in Chuchulainn's riders developing into a strong force on the off road scene. The track is also being used to develop the next phase of racers with the underage riders taking to the course every Monday night. Close to 30 children have been hoing their skills under the watchful eye's of the coaches and the flood lights.