East Tyrone’s Jake Gray strikes gold at Nationals

Taking part in the East Tyrone CC Sperrin Challenge were East Tyrone CC members - Sarah, Lorraine, Gary, Noel and Melvin. INMM3313-164ar.

Taking part in the East Tyrone CC Sperrin Challenge were East Tyrone CC members - Sarah, Lorraine, Gary, Noel and Melvin. INMM3313-164ar.

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East Tyrone CC youth riders Jake Gray and Harvey Barnes returned from the National Youth Championships in Enniscorthy county Wexford with a brilliant haul of medals.

Jake Gray was at his brilliant best in the Under 15 Boys Category winning gold in both the Time Trial and Road Race and bronze in the Criterium as well as taking the Overall Under 15 award.

Harvey Barnes took an excellent silver in the Under 14 Boys Criterium, placed sixth in the Road Race and fourth in the Road Race but was relegated to last place for being late for the gear check.

These are fantastic results for two of the East Tyrone’s top talents.

Meanwhile well done to Lee Somerville and Andrew Reid on finishing last week’s National Junior Road Race Championships promoted by the Omagh Wheelers Club. Lee finished 33rd in the main group 2.37 down on race winner Fintan Ryan (Nicholas Roche Performance Team).Andrew placed 37th at 4.27 in his first year of competitive cycling A very decent effort in a race that was a massive step up from anything they had ridden before.

ETCC were back on the Omagh Rd this week again for Rnd 9 of their Coopers Motorcycles TT league. 37 riders turned up from 13 different clubs to take part, none more famous than Thomas Martin from the EuroBabies team, here to challenge ETCCs best. Conditions were as near to perfect as could be expected, little wind and it was a warm night. First rider was off at 7.30 sharp assisted by Darren and Alan at the start line. As the results started to filter through it was clear to see the Gary Jeffers was not going to be beaten on his home circuit with a fantastic 20.57 taking 15 seconds out of Thomas Martins impressive 21.12 .. 3rd on the night was Carn Wheelers Jonny Taylor, with 21.55

ETCC would like to thanks Kildress plumbing once again for the use of their facilities, the Sign on team, Leslie for signs duties, and the Marshals and timers.

Next week is the last round of ETCCs TT league for this year with a 5 mile straight TT down the Omagh road. First rider off at 7pm sharp