OMAGH Wheelers held their annual McCann Cup race last Sunday starting from the Halfway House, Tattyreagh. The race was run by the home club and was generously sponsored by Hugh McCann Building and Maintenance Contractor and Pat McCaul.
On the day, there were five races which catered for A12,3,4, Masters and women. Over 280 racing cyclists attended the event which made sure all categories were hotly contested.
In the Masters race, there was a big group of 25 riders on the start line and the pace was relatively high throughout. A tough circuit meant that the race eventually came down a bunch finish which was taken by Banbridge’s Paul McGuckin. He was followed in by Kevin McCrossan of Four Masters and Brendan McAllister of Glens CC.
The women’s race set off five minutes after the masters, in which a field of 25 strong battled throughout the race. Coming to the line the sprinters went for it with Val O’Neill of Phoenix CC just pipping Amy Brice of DID Electrical to the post.
In the afternoon, the most popular races began. First up was the highly competitive A1/2 race. A large field of forty riders meant for aggressive racing which saw the home clubs riders; Stephen McKenna and Marc Potts in amongst the action. Near the end of the race, Caldwells Cycles members Thomas Martin and Conor Murphy used their experience to make the decisive break along with Marc Buchanan (North Pole).
At the finish, Conor Murphy took home the win closely followed by Buchanan and Martin.
Next up was the A3 race which included some of the finest underage riders in the country. The race was aggressive from the gun, with many riders keen to leave their mark on the race. Eventually at the 50 mile mark, a small break opened up a gap on the rest of the field.
The break of six worked well and included Angus Fyffe (Omagh Wheelers), Jake Grey (East Tyrone) and Jude Sands (Newry Wheelers). The break fought it out for the top positions in which home clubs’ Angus Fyffe took victory, closely followed by Grey and Sands.
The last race of the day was the A4 race. The race was fast from the gun with speeds that seen a much reduced peloton sprint it out for the line. In the end it was Richard Archer of East Tyrone getting the jump on the bunch to take his first win in style. Stewart Graham of Strabane/Lifford just had the edge on another newcomer Brendan Marsh of the Smugglers Club in Cavan.
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