The Island Wheelers racing team were in action on Tuesday evening for the first Inter Club League road race of the season at Annaghmore.
The racing was at an extremely fast pace with all the riders looking to get the season off to a good start. In the end, there were three Wheelers finishing in the top 10, with Noel McLoughlin coming home particularly strong to claim 5th place.
What was even more impressive was the number of new faces taking part in, and enjoying the race, well done everyone! The next race in the Inter Club League will be a 10 mile time trial at the Birches, with the first rider off at 7pm.
Thursday evening also saw a few Wheelers compete in the East Tyrone CC road race along the Sherrygroom circuit. It was a night for the Island Wheelers youth with Peter Davidson finishing a fantastic second place in the youth race.
Another of the Island Wheelers up and coming youth riders, Nathan Weir was in the mix in the senior race and finished an excellent 10th. Nathan, who normally races in the under 16 events showed the seniors that it’s hard to beat the youth!
In other news, next Saturday (27th April) the Wheelers will doing a lap the lough run lead by Martin O’Donnell and Paddy McNally. The group will depart at 8am from the Cornmill, Coalisland, and will have all the usual stops along the way (ice-cream anyone?). All Wheelers welcome, sure to be a fun day out!
Our weekly runs continue as follow throughout the year with new members always welcome - just come down to one of the runs and make yourself known to one of the riders!
Wednesday Evenings - leaving Cornmill, Coalisland at 6.30pm SHARP - Various distances through the summer.
Saturdays - leaving Cornmill, Coalisland at 9am - Various distances, newcomers and youth cyclists welcome, pace is controlled.
Sundays - leaving Cornmill, Coalisland at 9am - Various distances, usually between 50-80miles throughout year.
HUGO LOUGHRAN GP 2013
The popular Hugo Loughran GP, hosted by the Island Wheelers will take place on Friday 3rd May. Online enter for the race opened last week, and already places are limited with only a few places remaining in the A3 race.
The A4 race has sold out, however a waiting list is in operation. To enter the race, please visit the Island Wheelers website for more information.
On the day, there will be two separate races on offer; an A4, and an A3 race, with sign on open from 6pm at Derrytresk GAA.
The action will get under way at 7pm, starting along the Annaghmore Road, the race then takes a left turn onto the Reenaderry Road, followed by a left onto the Coole Road for a short distance before another left turn onto the Washing Bay Road.
Finally, the race will take one more left turn back onto the Annaghmore Road to complete the lap. The Island Wheelers hope to get authorisation from a local GAA Club or another organisation for showering and changing facilities for after the race.