Ulster Track Cycling League and Championships.

Club success at the Ulster Track Cycling League and Championships.

This year Shimna members took to the track. Our young role model, Chris Neill has been participating on the track for a few years now and was recently selected for the youth U16 squad to represent Ulster in Glasgow in the middle of September. Christopher continues to inspire members, young and older with his determination and success. His father and coach Rodger has played a critical role in his success and indeed was a founder member of Shimna Youth Development. With some gentle encouragement and persuasion from Rodger the track journey started in May this year.

Chris lead the way with Sophie Neill, Noah Stafford, Peter Curran and Callum O’Neill taking up the challenge. Peadar Curran, feeling young at heart, decided to represent the not so young. After a few weeks introduction to a fixed wheel bike at high speeds with no brakes the team did themselves proud. Chris, Peadar, Peter and Callum continued their quest in both the Ulster Track Cycling League and the Ulster Track Championships.

The League took place over six weeks. In the Under 12 Callum and Peter excelled with Callum gaining 2ndand Peter gaining 4th with only a few tenths of a second between all competitors. In the Ulster Championship, Callum was third and Peter fourth. The boys times improved week on week and are already looking forward to next season. In the Under 16 Boys Chris took 3rd place in the league despite missing the final heat due to preparations for the Irish National Road Championships in Carlow. The M40 provided plenty of entertainment, Rocky v Ivan Drago style, between Peadar and Pedro (Pedro McBride from Banbridge CC) who were neck and neck right to the line with Peadar taking 1st place in both the League and Championship. This will motivate Peadar for his first year as an M50 next year.

Our supporters club was second to none and made the whole experience a team effort. The track has proved to be an amazing discipline and one which is undervalued in our small nation. Hopefully more members will join us next year for the experience.

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