National Youth Championships 2020

Youth Nationals Cycling Championships 2020

This year Navan Road Club had 12 Cyclists taking part at the One-day National Road Championships 2020 held in
Waterford over the Weekend, ranging from Under 11yrs to Under 16yrs youth riders.,
The day started with our Under 11 and under 12 boys with Karl Bernie and Charlie Fahy taking part-
Nerves were starting to Show it was our youngest rider Charlies First Championships race in such a strong
field with a Total of 36 Cyclists in the 2 age groups Racing around a challenging 12k Loop with

 both Lads finished well in their Field,  Next was the First of our Underage Girls with

Rachel Smith taking to the line in a field of 12 Girls – it was all to play for as the Group were still Tightly
bunched as they approached the 500 Meter hill finish – Rachel got out of her saddle, head
down and powered to the finish in 3rd place – what a Big Smile on
Rachel’s Face as she realised the Result,  Up next was our Under 13yr and under 14yr Girls – at the Start Line Navan had
2 Girls Zoe Shakespeare and Mya Doocey in a Field of 10 Girls, their race was 24k.   The
First lap of the u13 and U14 race was a steady Pace and as the Bunch crossed the Line together to start the
second and final lap Mya and Zoe were working well together and as the riders came into View on
the Finishing straight in the Distance 2 riders had Broken away from the bunch and were not going
to be caught which left 3rd Place up for Grabs and the Pace was fast, the 2 Navan Girls were in the hunt
for the Bronze and as their respective Parents were shouting them on and only one Medal left we had a
sprint and what a Sprint that was and another Medal and this time it was Zoe who took the Honours with
Mya Finishing  4 th in her age group,   Our Under 15 and 16 Girls, Emma Smith Under 16 and Aoife Mooney Under 15
were already on the Course for their 36k.   it was a steady Pace for the first 24km and Emma  Looked strong and Comfortable in the Bunch of the 16s as they headed out on the Final 12k the under 15s

were split from the start so all the places were up for grabs as they started there Final Lap with all cheers for Aoife, the First
G
roup into View with 1k to go were the Under 16s there was one Girl who had Broken away from
the Bunch with a 20 second lead on the field and was never at Risk of the Win as the Bunch hit the
Bottom of hill with 600 meters to go some Riders had made the Jump to go but Emma didn’t Panic and Kept her Line and sat on
their wheel and with 100 meters to go Emma and Another Girl took to their sprint and it was Emmas powerful sprint that won her the bronze medal

she was thrilled and that was 2 national medals for the smith household on the day.  Before we caught our Breath the Under 15 Girls were heading for the Line But No
Medals for Navan as Aoife crossed the line with a huge smiling face and  very contented with 4th place.  

Our Under 14 Boys Of Josh Callaly, Joseph Mullen, Cillian Fox
and Evan Bernie were on the Road for their 36km Our 4 Boys were soon down to 2 with Josh and joseph caught up in a crash-
josh had Some Cuts and Bruises for his troubles and this accident Split the
Group and the other Lads evan and cillian mad up a Bit of ground  catching back up the field

 Young Joseph Mullen emerged from the crash strong and got back on his bike and rode hard up the road and caught the leading group (amazing work for this young strong rider)  and on the start Of the second Lap the Lads had worked well Together, but it just was not the day for medals for the lads – they did all finish well together and within the field.

our under 15 and 16 lads were Darragh Lenehan, joe norris, Mathew Keane and Luke Bernie and had 36k and 48km to Cover.  The First 2 laps of the Under 15 were very fast with a big field of riders, Joe Norris had a injury that worked against him very early in the race  which he lead out – both great riders darragh and mathew raced their hearts out and managed to avoid a crash on the home stretch and both lads came over the line happy and safe while the under 16 first 2 laps were uneventful but Luke was sitting Nicely within the bunch and as the pace started to pick up on the 3rd lap the field split and there was a big step up in the speeds being recorded
 – Luke Held on to Finish strong for Navan, overall a successful and enjoyable weekend for both parents and riders of Navan Road Club

Youth National Bronze Medalist

This Weekend Navan Road Club have a strong Field from our Under 12’s up to Under 16’s with Both the Boys and Girls taking part in National Youth Championships Hosted by Carrick wheelers Best of Luck to all taking part

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