Teenage cyclist Rhiannon Dolan was the star of the show as competitive cycling action returned to Louth, winning the ladies event of the Louth Hill Climb Championships last Thursday evening.
The event, hosted by Cuchulainn Cycling Club, was held on the 1.7km Jenkinstown Hill in Jenkinstown in the north of the county. The hill has an 136 metre elevation gain.
Cuchulainn CC’s own Dolan won the ladies event, posting a time of seven minutes and 38 seconds, giving her an eight second advantage over triathlete Lorraine Dunne in second place and Ardee Cycling Club’s Johanna Rogan, who took third place and bronze.
The young rider comes from impressive cycling stock, with both her grandfather & father having raced in the Irish jersey in their day.
Ardee CC’s Tomas McCabe won the men’s event outright, finishing 11 seconds ahead of Jenkinstown’s Nathan McGreehan – continuing his impressive track record at the Louth Hill Climb championships, where Tomas is a previous winner.
Underage competitor Conor Murphy placed third, just two seconds off a silver medal finish. Another youngster of pedigree, Murphy was won underage All-Ireland titles both on and off road. He is one to watch for the future.