They battled through wind, rain, occasional sunshine and more wind for six cycle races, with the final event timed to coincide with Bike Week 2011. With competitors from Counties Tipperary, Waterford and Kilkenny, 38 young boys and girls gave their all each week in the Ó Ceallacháin’s Carrick Wheelers Cycling League.
The final one lap was won by the rider with the fastest time most weeks, Niamh O’ Loughlin, followed by Luke Dunne and Roisín Dunphy. Katie Fleming, Sam Hartley and Thomas Parle were next home. The three lap race was won by Clonmel’s Conal Conroy, with his younger brother Jack getting the better of Elizabeth Moloney in an epic sprint. Sean Hahessy worked his way through the field to finish fourth, ahead of James O’ Hanlon and Kyle Crotty.
Cycling Ireland President Rory Wyley travelled to Faugheen to help compute the points. The competitors, parents and supporters enjoyed refreshments provided by sponsors Ó Ceallacháins before the results were announced. The one lap race league winner for 2011 was Luke Dunne, who had two points to spare over Niamh O’ Loughlin and Katie Fleming, with O’ Loughlin awarded second place on countback. Thomas Parle, Aisling McCarthy and Roisín Dunphy completed the top six.
Elizabeth Moloney was crowned as the first female overall winner of the three lap event. With Portlaw cyclists Kyle Crotty and Aaron Kearney second and third, Jack Conroy was fourth, ahead of Kilsheelan’s Killian McHale, with Corey Kelly sixth overall. Sponsors Brian and Neil O’ Callaghan presented 38 trophies and two perpetual cups, for which the club is very grateful.
Carrick Wheelers thank all of the stewards, lead car drivers and parents for their presence each week. Many thanks to the South Tipperary Sports Partnership, South Tipperary County Council and sponsors Ó Ceallachains.
The club will continue with training spins for those young cyclists who have racing bikes and are capable of cycling for one hour. These will leave from St. Mollerans GAA Club car park at 7pm on Monday 4th July.