Day 1 of the UCI C2 Cross Clonmel race took place on Saturday 16 October at Powerstown Park Racecourse, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, hosted by Clonmel Cycling Club. Event organiser John Dempsey lead a well-organised group of volunteers to plan and execute a successful race.

The Under 14 girls and Under 16 girls who were the first to use the full course. The Under 16s girls had 4 laps to complete with the Under 14 girls doing 3 laps. Emer Heverin (Kinning Cycles Cycling Club) has already won 4 cyclocross races this year with this event making it number 5. Cara Suckling (VC Glendale) finished second with Cuchulainn CC riders taking the next 3 positions on the podium, Ffion Dolan, Holly McCaffrey, and Grace O’Rourke taking 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively. In the Under 16 girls’ race Greta Lawless (Team WORC) got her first win of the season with Rhiannon Dolan (Cuchulainn CC) second, Mya Doocey (Navan Road Club) third, Faith Robinson (Bray Wheelers) fourth, and Lucy Brown (Phoenix CC) fifth.
Full results of all races on

The Under 16 Girls race

Under 16 Girls (top 5)
1st LAWLESS Greta Team WORC 35:17
2nd DOLAN Rhiannon Cuchulainn CC 37:32
3rd DOOCEY Mya Navan Road Club 37:40
4th ROBINSON Faith Bray Wheelers 37:43
5th BROWN Lucy Phoenix CC 38:07

The Under 14 boys and Under 16 boys races at the same time with just 45 seconds between the groups. Seth Dunwoody and Samuel Coleman, both from Shelbourne/Orchard CC have been dominating races so far this season with Seth getting a close win today ahead of Samuel. Conor Murphy (Rostrevor Mountain Bike Club) was right up with the two lads from Shelbourne/Orchard CC and came away with an impressive third spot. Local rider Ryan McCarthy (Verge Sport PI Cycles) got fourth with Ryan Fox (Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club) fifth. Curtis McKee (VC Glendale) has had a tremendous season so far. The Under 14 rider was mixing it up with the front end of the Under 16s and managed to finish in 5th place overall, first in his category. Hugh Og Mulhearne (Panduit Carrick Wheelers) was the second Under 14 boy with Rian McCrystal (Bellurgan Wheelers) third Adam Ward (VC Glendale) fourth and Jack Dempsey (Gorey Cycling Club) fifth.

The Under 16 boys race

Under 16 Boys (top 5)
1st DUNWOODY Seth Shelbourne/Orchard CC 31:00
2nd COLEMAN Samuel Shelbourne/Orchard CC 31:01
3rd MURPHY Conor Rostrevor Mountain Bike Club 31:02
4th MCCARTHY Ryan Verge Sport PI Cycles 31:48
5th FOX Ryan Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club 31:59

The under 14 girls race

Under 14 Girls (Top 5)
1st. HEVERIN Emer Kinning Cycles CC 27:58
2nd SUCKLING Cara VC Glendale Academy 28:15
3rd DOLAN Ffion Cuchulainn CC 30:44
4th MCCAFFREY Holly Cuchulainn CC 33:37
5th O’ROURKE Grace Cuchulainn CC 33:55

Under 14 boys race

Under 14 Boys (top 5)
1st MCKEE Curtis VC Glendale Academy 31:13
2nd MULHEARNE Hugh Og Panduit Carrick Wheelers 33:17
3rd Mc CRYSTAL Rian Bellurgan Wheelers 33:31
4th WARD Adam VC Glendale Academy 34:38
5th DEMPSEY Jack Gorey CC 35:36

The Men & Women elite support race

The final race of the day was the Support race. A 30-minute race using the full course for senior riders, male and female. Visiting rider Alex Ryan (Ibis Off-Road p/b Eliel Cycling Team) took the win with Alan Lyons (Dungarvan CC) second, Joseph Donworth (Limerick Cycling Club) third, Tom Kinsella (Panduit Carrick Wheelers) (who had had a puncture in the earlier race and asked to race again) got fourth with John Collins (Verge Sport PI Cycles) fifth. Márcia Salvador (TC Racing) won the women’s race with Breda Murphy (Marble City Cyclers) second and Michelle Dunne (IMBRC) third

Women’s Elite Support Race (podium) 1st SALVADOR Márcia TC Racing 36:41
2nd MURPHY Breda Marble City Cyclers 40:33
3rd DUNNE Michelle IMBRC -1 lap

If Carlsberg was doing smiling Portugees girls…Marcia would be the winner!!

Men’s Support Race (Top 5)
1st. RYAN Alex Ibis Off-Road p/b Eliel Cycling Team 31:00
2nd LYONS Alan Dungarvan CC 32:34
3rd DONWORTH Joseph Limerick Cycling Club 32:41
4th KINSELLA Tom Panduit Carrick Wheelers 33:12
5th COLLINS John Verge Sport PI Cycles 33:43