Despite the early evening rain, a crowd in excess of 1,000 spectators turned out to cheer on the competitors in Tuesday’s fourth annual Maiden City CRIT which saw Omagh rider Darnell Moore win a dramatic sprint finish on Foyle Street.
With almost 40 top riders in the field representing every county of Ulster, Caldwell Cycles’ Moore in Omagh claimed the top prize after a clever performance in the A1* race, holding off a stiff challenge from Christopher McGlinchey of Chain Reaction Cycles and last year’s winner Angus Fyffe from Omagh Wheelers.
In the A4 category, Samuel Carmichael of Roe Valley Cycles held off the challenge from Francis Cassidy and Foyle’s Thomas McLaughlin.
Cheered on by the large crowds watching from vantage points across the route, the riders took on the gruelling climb of Shipquay Street and the tight turns of inner city Derry to deliver a pulsating night of racing in the heart of the city.
Foyle Cycling Club PRO, Ronan Gallagher, said that despite the number of riders being down on last year due to poor weather in the early part of the day, the night delivered for those watching.
“The quality of the field was excellent and the camaraderie and competition between the cyclists was a great example to those watching,” explained the Foyle PRO.
In the junior category, the top prize also went to Co. Tyrone with Adam Ward of Omagh Wheelers leading the pack. Race spot prices - primes - which were sponsored by Socycle of Augher, County Tyrone, were won by Francis Cassidy, Samuel Carmichael and Christopher McGlinchey.
A1* Race Results
1st: Darnel Moore - Caldwell Cycles (34mins 55sec)
2nd: Christopher McGlinchey - Chain Reaction Cycles
3rd: Angus Fyffe - Omagh Wheelers
A4 Race Results
1st: Samuel Carmichael - Roe Valley Cycles
2nd: Francis Cassidy - Donegal Bay Cycling Club
3rd: Thomas McLaughlin, Foyle Cycling Club