Carn Wheelers set for Tour of South Derry

Cathal and Kathryn Doyle who both had wins in their respective categories.
Cathal and Kathryn Doyle who both had wins in their respective categories.

THE 9th of October sees the fourth running of the Carn Wheelers ‘Tour of South Derry’. The annual charity run which has now raised over £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support starts from Rossa Park, Magherafelt and covers a distance of 50 miles.

Following on previous years, there is now a shorter route of 35 miles which bypasses the hills near Draperstown and Maghera.

Carn Wheelers are using a secure online entry system through and would encourage participants to use this method, although entries will still be accepted on the day there will be no guarantee of the ‘Tour of South Derry’ T-shirt. Sign on opens on the day at 9:00am with the cyclists leaving at 10:30am. Full details at

The entry fee for this worthwhile cause is £15.00 which includes tea/coffee before the start, refreshments during and after the event and a souvenir t-shirt. Many thanks to all current and new sponsors for their help in making this event a continued success.

Remember the date......09/10/11!

This charity cycle in conjunction with Carn Wheelers, aims to raise funds for The Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

It takes place this Sunday, with sign on at Dungiven Sports Pavillion at 9.00am. There is a choice of two cycles either 25 mile or 40 mile. Refreshments will be provided afterwards. A donation of £10 would be greatly appreciated. Please spread the word, everyone welcome and all support welcome.

The ‘Tour Te Donegal’ has been set for Saturday 1st October. Details are on website, including details of routes and accommodation.

Anyone who has put their name down with Darren contact him ASAP to confirm.

Carn Wheelers held their last 5 mile TT of the season on last week in Curran. Conditions were dry but there was a bit of a headwind to contend with. Well done to Cathal Doyle who edged out Alistair Steele by 4 secs to come first, with Gerry Kelly in 3rd place.

Stephen Law who got a 10mile PB at Bann Valley on Tuesday night, took 52secs off the 5 mile TT time from earlier in the season. Also showing improvement was Hugh Evens who was 26 secs faster. Most of the other times where fairly close.


Cathal Doyle (Carn Wheelers) 11.50

Alistair Steele ( 11.54

Gerry Kelly (Carn Wheelers) 12.30

Stephen Walsh (Carn Wheelers) 12.31

Hugh Evans (Carn Wheelers) 12.37

Michael McMullan (Carn Wheelers) 12.44

Stephen Law (Carn Wheelers) 13.03

Trevor Averill (Carn Wheelers) 13.25

Dessie Smyth (Carn Wheelers) 13.32

Jody Evans ( ) - 13.57

Paul Duffy (Carn Wheelers) 14.01

Carn Wheelers have also held their last road race of the season under what can only be described as nasty weather conditions.

With the light and weather against the racers a decision was made to make the race two laps of the Curran course instead of three in the interests of safety.

With each lap covering 10 miles and the racers setting off in two groups with the ‘scratch men’ getting a minute handicap the racing was frantic and aggresive from the whistle and at the start of the last lap when the bell was rung the leading group had held most of the minute they had in hand.

At the chequered flag the scratch group had lost a couple of riders and with the leading group working well together they had made no real impact on the gap, leaving the winners spot to be decided by the bunch sprint which was won by Carn Wheeler Mickey Kelly with Ballymena Road Club rider Peter Smith in second place and the hard charging Hugh Evans taking a well deserved third place.

1 Mickey Kelly Carn Wheelers

2 Peter Smith Ballymena Road Club

3 Hugh Evans Carn Wheelers

4 Stephen Law Carn Wheelers

5 Paul Duffy Carn Wheelers

6 Padraig Dougan Carn Wheelers

7 Dessie Smyth Carn Wheelers

8 Jimmy Gale Carn Wheelers

9 Michael Scullion Carn Wheelers

10 Alan Gilkinson East Tyrone CC

The final event in the Carn Wheelers calendar takes place thisThursday night (8th September), the Lisnamuck Hill Climb.

Sign on: Lisnamuck Crossroads @ 6.30

First Bike: 7.00pm

Route: Lisnmuck Crossroads - Glenshane Pass

It was a successful day for Carn Wheelers and the Doyle Family at the Ulster MTB championship held at Craigavon lakes on Saturday. Cathal and Kathryn both getting wins in their respective categories.

Well done to all the Carn Wheelers who continue to represent the club in the MTB section of the club. It is great to have so many young cyclists involved and is only good for the club in the long run. A big welcome to the brother pairing of Sean and Dominic Bradley both competing for the first time for the Carn Wheelers team.


Evan Gordon was 3rd


Andrew Gordon 5th

Cathir Doyle DNF

Sarah Elder 4th Girl


Kathryn Doyle 1st

Emma Elder 3rd

Dominic Bradley 4th


Sean Bradley


Darren Mulholland

Stephen Law

Shane Elder


Cathal Doyle 1st

Ryan Walsh 4th