Milltown National School played host to the Newbridge Cycling Club Youth Races last weekend which saw over 60 young competitors signing on for what became the Club’s first youth 2 stage event.
Stage One catered for under 12s,14,and 16s over an 8km Time Trial from Milltown to the outskirts of Kildare Town and back , with the road stage completed over a combination of laps for the different age groups out on the Milltown, Dunmurry, Circuit with all finishes at Rathbride . Newbridge Academy competitors Padraic Doolan U/12, Alex Tallon, U/14 , with U/16s Jacob Tallon, Harry Brooks, and Jude Roche all competing against some seasoned opposition from Fermoy, Kanturk, Stamullen, Castlebar, Wexford Slaney, Dublin Orwell and Galway Donamon.
Fermoy’s Eoin Birchill took the U/12s, Fermoy’s Dion McCarthy took the U/14s While Kanturk’s Eddie Dunbar blitzed the field to capturing the U/16s .
All Tropheys were sponsored by Tony Donohoe Trophies and Awards and big thank you to him for his continued support to the Conway –Baxter Children’s Academy.
Also a special thanks to the Principal and Management of the Milltown National School for the use of the School which played a big part in the organisation of the Clubs first Two Stage Youth Event.
Sunday followed on with our Academy’s participation in the Corkagh Park Round two Action and again Milltown’s Niamh Lawlor took her second Win which has added superbly to her confidents in the U/12s. Eddie Boland is edging closer to the prizes taking 3rd in his event and Peter Mc Hale has improved his position which will no doubt see him in the prizes as he competes further into The Corkagh Racing Experience.
Amber Muldoon has improved in her category and has no problem mixing with the best in the under 10s and loves the competition no matter what challenge is placed before her and if she stays with the sport she will be a strong contender for the future success .
Newcomers to the Corkagh Park experience was Christine Murphy, Anne Roche, Cian Percival and Emily Dolan and with their first taste of action in a safe fun racing environment they are all looking forward to competing in the next round .
Jude Roche and Harry Brooks gave a good account of themselves in the under 16s with Roche picking off 2nd place after a tough battle in the strong winds while Brooks may have done a little to much work in the initial stages he no doubt has the strength and staying power and I have every confidents it will come right for him if he takes on board the constructive correction as he is a strong contender and with his unquestionable dedication to the sport it will take him to the next level in his performance .
Finally its Ras time again and the Newbridge Senior Team of Michael Storan, Richard Malone Enda Connolly, and the Looby Brothers Robert and Stephen will face over 1200 kms of racing starting in Dunboyne next Sunday 20th May taking in eight stage finishes in Kilkenny, Gort, Wesport, Bundoran, Buncrana, Killybegs, Donegal Town, Coothill in Cavan with the final Stage again finishing in Skerries North County Dulin an Sunday 27th May .
While the first two stages are reasonably flat, Stage one from Dunboyne will pass through Kilcock, Prosperous, Hill of Allen, Milltown, Kildare, Nurney, Athy, Ballyylynan, and with a sting in the tale at Castlecomer it will go straight up Glenmagoo Category 2 before swinging back for the 1st Stage Finish in the Marble City of Kilkenny
Its from Stage Three onwards the 180 strong Peloton will face some of Irelands toughest Mountains
It will be obvious that the Foreign Contenders will be in control of this UCI 2.2 Category Race but spare a taught for all the Irish county riders who will be taking on some of the world’s up and coming professionals.