Emmett Gorman was crowned the first ever Ferdia Cycling League champion on Tuesday, after topping the tables at the end of nine rounds of the inaugural local cycling league campaign.
Held by Ardee Cycling Club, the league began at the end of May and ran for a total of nine weeks. Weekly races began at the Sean O’Carroll Street/Link Road roundabout and took in the old Dundalk Road before finishing between Ardee and Tallanstown.
Emmett had six top four finishes in the nine round league to thank for his win – including a win in last week’s Round 8. He also managed one runner-up spot, two third place finishes and two fourth place finishes as he finished top of the standings. On Tuesday, he ended up in the middle of the field – but it was enough to make him the league’s first champion. Niall Craven from Drogheda Wheelers won Tuesday’s final edition – adding to his victory in the Mark Mullen League in Moynalty.
The teenager sat his Junior Cert earlier in the summer and after a period where he wasn’t cycling at all, he reminded everyone of his precocious talents with a series of consistently impressive rides on the Ardee circuit.
He received his trophy from Ardee Cycling Club chairman Eamon Martin at the presentation at Lynch’s Ferdia Arms on Tuesday evening and it was very much a family affair atop the standings, as Emmett’s father Gary Gorman took home the prize for second place.
Renowned local rider Gary dominated the league in it’s early stages with four wins in the opening six rounds. However, after a bad injury sustained in the Moynalty GP earlier this month, he was overtaken in the end by his son from the Stamullen Road Cycling Club.
Richie McMullen was the highest finishing Ardee Cycling Club participant. He finished fifth overall, while Magheracloone’s Kaelin McConnon won the prize for Best Junior.
Also, Ardee Cycling Club have announced details of their annual Ferdia Charity Cycle 50km and 100km cycles. The races will take place on the August Bank Holiday Sunday (August 6th). Registration is €15 per person or €25 per person. Registration starts at Ardee Parish Centre from 9am.
We’ll have a full gallery of Adrian Crawley’s images from the final round of the Ferdia Cycling League on ThisIsArdee.ie and on Facebook later today so keep an eye out.