On a sunny Sunday over 250 riders took to the now famous McCann Cup circuit around Fintona and Seskinore, competing in five different races, organised by the local Omagh Wheelers CC.
For local cycling fans, success in the A1/A2 raced capped a fantastic day. In the final sprint Paul Mulligan (Caldwell Cycles) pipped Angus Fyffe (Omagh Wheelers) to take the honours with another Omagh native Gareth McCormack, now resident in Castlebar, also finishing in the lead group. It capped a busy weekend for Fyffe who finished third in Saturday’s A1/A2 race hosted by Spires CC in Ballyronan.
In the opening race over fifty Masters cyclists took to the road with Gerry Maguire from Phoenix CC jumping at the bell and maintaining his advantage right to the line. In the following ladies race a star of the future Ciara Doogan from Errigal Wheelers was the winner of a group sprint.
There was much local interest in the A3 race with the four local clubs all represented. Unfortunately none of the local riders made it into an early break which stayed away for the duration.
The spoils went to Ulster Academy rider Dermot Mullholland. Clogher Valley Wheeler Terry McKenna was prominent in the chase which after finding themselves almost a minute behind, reduced the deficit at one point to just under 20 seconds. Unfortunately McKenna’s brave chase was in vain.
The final race of the day was the always keenly contested A4 category.
In the early stages local Omagh Wheelers were to the fore, and newboy Brian Hayes give club members reason to cheer as he made an early break leading at the end of lap two.
The big group caught Hayes on lap three and he had to settle for a finish in the bunch. A group sprint saw Phillip McCoubery from Clogher Valley just lose out to Armagh man Kevin McKinney. Paddy Maguire, from Omagh Wheelers was well in contention in the final sprint finishing an excellent tenth .