Jimmy Flynn claims two medals at the National Champ[ionships


It was a big weekend for Cuchulainn's Jimmy Flynn at the National Masters Cycling Championships held in Shannon last weekend. Flynn has been crowned a national champion in the past taking the masters 60 Hill climb title last year, therefore he was a marked man coming into this year's event.
First up on Saturday was the time trial, which was a relatively flat course over 24km. Here Flynn had a brilliant ride to take the silver, losing out to John Foote by just over a minute. 
On Sunday the action moved to the road race championships, 70km of fast action for the Masters 60.  Here the bunch came to the line altogether and in a close sprint Flynn just missed the gold, taking another silver. The winner was North Down rider Tom Henry, with third place going to Banbridge cyclist Brian Hannon. While it was hard going so close to the win, it was an incredible performance by Flynn to take two national medals in successive days.
On the cyclocross front, the Bike Station League kicked off with 30 riders taking part in the first night. Newry man Gary Shiels had made his way to the front of the race by the end of the first lap, a place he held all night. Second place went to Aaronn McCann & third to PJ Hynes after the pair had a good back & forth battle all night.
Saturday also saw the running of the annual Lap of Louth, excellently organised by Barry Rogers, the event is a fund raiser for the SOSAD Charity. The route is literally a lap of the county, covering 170km, including a well earned coffee & cake stop at the Bike Station. Despite the poor weather over 100 riders took part, an astounding number considering the event is only advertised locally. A cycle for the club's underage riders saw 15 cyclists cover 15km from Felda Gym to the Bike Station, while singing the whole way. The group was joined by a number of parents & had escort vehicles front & back the whole way.