On Friday the 5th of August the 5 man North West Cycling club team started their campaign to challenge for the Tour of Omagh 3 day race, widely recognised as one of the biggest and best A4 stage races in Ireland.
The NWCC team for the event hosted by Omagh Wheelers consisted of Michéal Anderson, Emmet O’Hara, Paul O’Hara, Gerry Gallagher, Kieran Coyle and Team Manager Ruairi McCloskey.
Stage 1 was considerably faster than previous years with Michéal finishing 3rd, Emmett was in top 15 with the rest of the lads finishing shortly afterwards.
Stage 2 was a 2.5 mile Time Trial with all the men putting in good times.
Stage 3 saw a hilly stage through Carrickmore with all the NWCC men being active and Michéal taking 1st place in one of the KOH primes and everyone finishing in the main bunch.
Stage 4 was always going to be tough with the previous 3 stages in the legs but the wind conditions added to the drama and the race was blown apart in the first 15 miles. Approaching the infamous Gortin mountain the peleton slowed up to get a breather but the NWCC men had different ideas taking that opportunity trying to split it all up and that's what unfolded with others failing to stay within the main group. Michéal Anderson got into a small group and pushed for the finish line. Michéal ended up taking the sprint for 1st place seeing him upgraded to A3 category for NWCC and putting himself on the podium for the 3 day race. Emmett O’Hara finished within the chasing group. Paul O’Hara, Gerry Gallagher and Kieran Coyle finished shortly after that making it a successful weekends racing for North West.
We would like to congratulate the NWCC team on a brilliant show of strength yet again this year and thank all the members who supported the team on the roadside or in the team service car.
NWCC would like to again compliment Omagh Wheelers for a professionally organised event. Full results on the Omagh Wheelers website
Tour of Omagh
NWCC team (L-R) - Michéal Anderson, Emmet O’Hara, Paul O’Hara, Gerry Gallagher, Kieran Coyle. Team Manager Ruairi McCloskey