Weekend in Cork to look forward to with the CX Champs at Fota House grounds near Cobh. On Saturday it’s the Youth Champs and open course after for the elite ( we will report on that after the race) On Sunday we have the main races for Elite/ Juniors women and men/ M40-50-60 veteran race to look forward too. The men’s Elite could be very close and we could see a repeat of the battle of Kilcullen! I picked a few who could be in the thick of things in the finale. Current Champ Darnell Moore has what it takes to perform on big occasions, his rival from last year David Conroy has one more year experience at UCI races in the continent and will be his main danger, saying that I have a funny feeling that a certain David Montgomery will have a role to play to on Sunday..the ex CX Champ has been working hard in his come back season and with his Omagh Cx win last week full of confidence. Richard Maes would in my eyes be another challenger for the podium with solid wins behind him this season and Thomas Creighton as first-year U/23 could also ask questions so does his teammate from Mc Convey’s Graham Boyd as in solid form as well. Another podium contender could be Gareth McKee from Banbridge, Gareth has the knack of surprising performances and has to be respected. Paul O’Reilly impressed me as well last Sunday in Tyrone. nearly forgot my good friend Glenn Kinning, on a good day spared by accidents and mechanicals he could have a say so to !! A very open race in prospect promoted by the local Munster Club ” De Ronde Van Cork” In the women’s race current Champ Lara Gillespie has her youth on her side and should feature at the race up front, Maria Larkin had a stopover in Belgium travelling from the USA and put 2 UCI crosses in her legs while visiting my homeland, Maria should be the main rival of Lara, wouldn’t dismiss Michelle Geoghegan out of the frame either! Tip for the podium could be the young juniors Darcy Harkness or Lucy O’ Donnell. Junior men has a low entry and the podium should be contested between Adam McGarr, Lee Harvey, Sean Dolan and Ciara Dixon but don’t know the strengths of the other 4. In the Masters 40 race, I predict a battle between Robin Seymour, Alan Bingham and Seán Ó Tuathail. In the M50 race the favourite must be nr 12 in the world Brendan Doherty, Des Woods and Aidan Crowley as challengers, but not much knowledge of the others who would be able to compete with the ones above. The M60 has my interest to as long time friend Dr Fred McSorley try to get his medal, and would be great news for us here up north if Fred would achieve such long time dream! ( All photos from David Mc Veigh of the media team and entries from CI)

Elite men Sunday
Neil Ervine Apollo Cycling Team
Gareth McKee Banbridge CC
Niall Davis Biking.ie
Tomas Kenefick Cork Triathlon Club
Darragh McCarter Donegal Bay Cycling Club
Aaron McCann Drogheda Wheelers
Conor Kissane Killarney Cycling Club
Jamie O’Donoghue Killarney Cycling Club
Matt Slattery Killarney Cycling Club
Michael Lucey Killarney Cycling Club
Paidi O’Brien Killarney Cycling Club
Richard Maes Killarney Cycling Club
Glenn Kinning Kinning Cycles Cycling Club
Graham Boyd McConvey Cycles
Thomas Creighton McConvey Cycles
William Boyd McConvey Cycles
Robert Reidy Murphy Surveys Kilcullen CC
Mark McKinley Newry Wheelers CC
Indrek Mannik Revolution Cycling Club
David Conroy Scott Eurocycles.com
Barry O’Brien Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club
Eoin Ahern Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club
Ronan O’Flynn Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club
Richard Cleverley Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club
James Lattimore South Dublin CC
Richard Barry St. Finbarrs CC
Barry Walsh St. Tiernans Cycling Club
Angus Fyffe Team Caldwell Cycles
Darnell Moore Team Caldwell Cycles
Bryan Gaffney Team Cavan Racing
Brian Monahan Team Giant Dublin
Eoin Stephens Team Giant Dublin
Brian Melia Team WORC
Gavin O’Connell Team WORC
Niall Somers Team WORC
Philip Roche Team WORC
Timothy O’Regan Team WORC
Paul O’Reilly UCD Cycling Club
David Montgomery Un-Attached Ulster
Pauric Walsh Unlaoised
Micheal Cahill Upperchurch Drombane Cycling
Mark Johnston Velo Club Iveagh
Elite Women & Juniors
Fiona Meade Blarney Cycling Club
Orla Conroy Bray Wheelers
Darcey Harkness Carn Wheelers
Grace Young De Ronde Van Cork CC
Nessa Rochford De Ronde Van Cork CC
Martina Hawkins Dromara Cycling Club
Michelle Geoghegan ILLI-Bikes Cycling Team
Lisa Stapelbroek Kenmare Cycling Club
Amanda Draper MBCC
Miriam Draper MBCC
Lucy O’Donnell O’Leary Stone Kanturk
Aishling O’Connor Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club
Arron Fox Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club
Emma Convey Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club
Lara Gillespie Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club
Stephanie Roche Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club
Ellie McArdle Square Wheels
Helen White Stamullen RC
Fiona Gyo TC Racing
Niamh Stephens TC Racing
Maria Larkin The Call-Up p/b Bike Law
Zoe Codd Un-Attached Leinster

Masters 40
Damien Creighton Ballina Cycling Club
Don Travers Banbridge CC
Don Lapierre Blarney Cycling Club
Owen Mullowney Blarney Cycling Club
Seán Ó Tuathail Bray Wheelers
John Lord Breffni Wheelers
Jonathan Taylor Carn Wheelers
Gareth Muldowney Clondalkin CC
P J Collins Collins Cycle Centre Race Team
Martin Kirwan Comeragh CC
Tadhg Debarra Comeragh CC
Ciaran O’Callaghan Cork Triathlon Club
Sean Walsh De Ronde Van Cork CC
Paul McCarter Donegal Bay Cycling Club
David Neil Armstrong Dromara Cycling Club
Richard Cowan Dromara Cycling Club
Colm McGarvey EPIC MTB / Expert Cycles
Niall Quinlan EPIC MTB / Expert Cycles
David O’Neill Inspired Cycling
Jason Henry Inspired Cycling
Colin Leahy Killarney Cycling Club
Michael O’Connor Killarney Cycling Club
Brian McCarthy MBCC
Brian McCarthy MBCC
Brendan Hennessy Midleton CTC
Cormac Keogh Murphy Surveys Kilcullen CC
Fearghal Regan Murphy Surveys Kilcullen CC
John Walker Murphy Surveys Kilcullen CC
Kenny Bucke Murphy Surveys Kilcullen CC
Alan Bingham Newry Wheelers CC
Barry Convery Newry Wheelers CC
Drew McKinley Newry Wheelers CC
Gary Sheils Newry Wheelers CC
Raymond Brownfield North Down CC
Frank McDermott Oldcastle CC
Hugh Mulhearne Panduit Carrick Wheelers
John Dempsey Panduit Carrick Wheelers
Alan Cullen Park Wheelers
Colum O’Doherty Park Wheelers
Daniel Daly Phoenix CC
Edmund Boyle Phoenix CC
John Collins Revolution Cycling Club
Alan Cody Scott Eurocycles.com
Paddy Daly Scott Eurocycles.com
Des O’Brien Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club
Marcus Cromie Shimna Wheelers Cycling Club
Kevin Keane St. Tiernans Cycling Club
Aidan Crowley STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team
Anthony Doyle STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team
Patrick Clifford STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team
Trevor Woods STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team
David Ryan Team Giant Dublin
Aaron O’Donohue Team WORC
Andrew Newman Team WORC
Evan Ryan Team WORC
Peter O’Farrell Team WORC
Robin Seymour Team WORC
Michael Hamilton The Bike House CC
Pat Breen Tipp Wheelers
Brian McCabe Un-Attached Leinster

Masters 50
Christopher McCann Banbridge CC
Cormac Conroy Bray Wheelers
John Carey Cork Triathlon Club
William Rock Cork Triathlon Club
Michael Jordan CSS Tallaght Wheelers
Fergus McCann Cuchulainn CC
Sean Daly Cuchulainn CC
Micheal Corkery De Ronde Van Cork CC
Paul Mawhirt Dromara Cycling Club
Justin Doherty Dunloy CC
John Doris EPIC MTB / Expert Cycles
Dominick Hegarty IMBRC
John Crowley Killarney Cycling Club
Mark Kidd Les Rouleurs
Aidan Barry MBCC
Aj Murphy Midleton CTC
David Baily Midleton CTC
Peter Meaney Midleton CTC
Colm Bracken Murphy Surveys Kilcullen CC
Des Woods Newry Wheelers CC
Peter McConville Newry Wheelers CC
Paul Birchall Revolution Cycling Club
Deon McNeilly Shimna Wheelers Cycling Club
Russell Treacy St. Finbarrs CC
David Lawless Team WORC
Michael Grimes Team WORC
Vinnie Fitzsimon Team WORC
Kevin McDowell The Bike House CC
Tom Gentleman Tralee Manor West BC
Billy Sheill
 Un-Attached Leinster
Jerry Ryan Upperchurch Drombane Cycling
Brendan Doherty VC Glendale

Masters 60
Derek King Apollo Cycling Team
Fred Macsorley Apollo Cycling Team
Johnny McCabe Cuchulainn CC
Michael Barton Dromara Cycling Club
Raymond Beers East Antrim CC
Terence O’Neill EPIC MTB / Expert Cycles
Eamon McConvey McConvey Cycles
Lloyd Moore Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club
Tom Clogher TC Racing

Junior Men
Padraic Doolan Acorn Road Club
Adam McGarr Biking.ie
Sean Nolan Navan Road Club
Eoghan Pattwell O’Leary Stone Kanturk
Denis O’Conor
 Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club
Ciaran Dixon Team Type 1 Junior Team
Donal Walsh U/A Ulster
Lee Harvey VC Glendale