A large crowd attended the Visitor Centre in the scenic setting of Glenveagh National Park this week for the official launch of the 2013 Errigal International Youth Tour. For the second year running Errigal Cycling Club have agreed to promote the prestigious event that is the largest youth race in the Irish Cycling Calendar.
Cookstown’s Harvey Barnes is one of Cycling Ulster’s four representatives in the U14 section and will be gunning for the title which is currently held by his fellow East Tyrone rider Jake Gray.
The statistics associated with last year’s inaugural tour are quite impressive; it is estimated that the event, which was held over the three days of the August bank holiday, generated income into the area in excess of €250,000.
Make no mistake this is the one they will all want to win!
The event itself is endorsed by both Cycling Ireland and Cycling Ulster, with each body represented by their own hand-picked teams and with all the thrills, spills and excitement of top class racing, competitions is keen, and never more so than when the cream of Irish talent meet the best from the British Isles. With the Irish Boys Youth Team having just won the Youth Tour of Scotland and an Irish girl winning the Girls event, teams from Scotland, England and Wales will be out to show that they can compete equally as well on Irish soil!
The Isle of Man, with a rich cycling pedigree, was particularly well represented in 2012 with a notable well-wisher and former member being 2011 professional road race champion, Mark Cavendish.
Having competitors from, as far afield as the Spanish Basque Country and South Africa further enhanced the field in last year’s event and the importance of this event should not be underestimated, as the children competing here are the lifeblood and future of Irish cycling.