Round 5 of the Ó Ceallacháins Underage cycling League took place in perfect conditions for cycling. With 30 competitors on the start line, the racing promised to be fast and furious. Newcomer 10 year old Darragh Whelan from Carrickbeg blitzed around the one lap race on a bike with 14 inch wheels to win by no less than two and a half minutes! Remember the name…
Sam Hartley from Slieverue was a clear second, ahead of Aisling McCarthy and Thomas Parle. Luke Dunne outsprinted Niamh O’ Loughlin for fifth place. Luke leads the overall standings on 175 points, ahead of local girl Katie Fleming on 172. Aisling McCarthy (168) is third overall, ahead of Niamh O’ Loughlin (166) and Roisín Dunphy (163).
In the three lap race, Ben Cooney was our winner, ahead of Clonmel riders Corey Kelly and Jack Conroy. Elizabeth Moloney, Dean Wall and Aaron Aylward completed the top six. The leaderboard couldn’t be closer with seven riders within seven points. Although he leads the overall standings on 157 points, Michael O’ Loughlin’s league is over as he broke his wrist midweek. Everyone in Carrick Wheelers wishes Michael a speedy recovery.
Corey Kelly is second overall on 155 points, with Portlaw duo Aaron Kearney (153) and Kyle Crotty (152) third and fourth. Dean Wall has 150 points, just ahead of Elizabeth Moloney and Killian McHale both on 150. With 50 points for a win, the standings could change yet again at our final race on Monday night.
The calculators will be out on Monday night when Cycling Ireland President Rory Wyley will be putting his accountancy skills to good use. Each competitor’s worst result will be removed before our 2011 winners will be crowned by our sponsor Neil O’ Callaghan of Ó Ceallacháins. Also present on the night will be Jim Dillon who is Road Safety Officer for South Tipperary County Council who have supported us in addition to the South Tipperary Sports Partnership.