Anderson Best of Ulster Contingent at Youth Tour - Photos Added

Robert Anderson (Juiced Orchard) was the best placed Ulster rider on General Classification after three days of competition in the Mayo Youth Tour. Anderson took an excellent third overall in the Under 16 section, just 10 seconds behind the winner, Tom Arnstien of Scotland.


Anderson's fellow Irish team member, Newry Wheelers' Cormac Clarke also performed strongly, taking the King of the Hills title and finishing sixth on GC.


Kyle Cole (Roe Valley) was the highest placed rider of the David McCall Foundation - Cycling Ulster Under 16 team, taking eighth spot. This meant the top three Irish riders in the Under 16 race were from Ulster. Daniel Stewart (Ards CC) finished a very respectable 37th, inside the top half of the field. Declan Reid (Newry Whs) also rode well throughout to finish in 51st.


North Pole CC entered a club team in the Under 16 event and performed very well, with Matthew Doyle leading the Donegal challenge by taking 15th on GC and a top 10 in the Under 15 section. Edward Noone was next best of the North Pole riders in 22nd. Aidan Noone and Aaron McBirde finished 27th and 28th overall, and inside the top 20 in the Under 15 classification. These excellent performances led to the North Pole squad being the top club team in the race as well as beating other provincial teams, taking sixth in the team classification.




The biggest entry for the David McCall Foundation - Cycling Ulster team was in the Under 14 race. TSC Racing's Craig Crawford netted fifth overall, just 35 seconds behing the winner, Munster's Michael O'Loughlin. Aaron Donnelly (Newry Wheelers) was the next best of the team in seventh. Harry McComb's (East Tyrone CC) 15th overall meant the Under 14 team took a fantastic third in the team standings. Other representatives of the province also performed well, with Aaron Swan (TSC) in 18th, Craig McCauley in 21st, Cathal Clarke (Newry Wheelers) in 24th, Adam Kerr (Ballymena RC) in 27th, Ryan Orr (Juiced Orchard) in 31st, James Mulligan (Newry Wheelers) in 32nd, and Jordan McGinley (Errigal CC) in 35th. Swan and Clarke also finished inside the top 10 in the Under 13 category, finishing sixth and ninth respectively. The sole female member of the Under 14 team, Kerry Boyd (Roe Valley) was 7th in the female section, riding against very tough opposition in the form of the Scottish National Girls Team. Kerry will be able to put her experience in this year's event to good effect next season as she will still be in the Under 14 category.



Unfortunately Blaine Cole (Roe Valley) was forced to abandon following a crash. We wish him a speed recovery.

The Under 12 riders, Dean Chambers (Newry Wheelers), Jack McKenna (Emyvale) and Conor McLoughlin (Newry Wheelers) ended the weekend in 21st, 23rd and 25th in the GC. Chambers was also 8th in the U11 standings. Shauna McFadden (Roe Valley) was 12th in the female section. As with Kerry in the Under 14's, Shauna will get another chance to compete in this category in 2011.



Cycling Ulster Youth Commission Chairman, Mickey McKenna was delighted with the peformance of the team, saying "All the riders rode very well and they did Cycling Ulster, the David McCall Foundation, their club's and their families proud, we look forward to seeing them all in action again at the All Ireland's later this month."

Report By Patrick Withers (Admin Officer)
Photos By Darren Crawford