Sean Barrett from Scartaglen has enjoyed a very successful season so far this year as a first year junior rider. The 16 year old O’Leary Stone Kanturk rider has already secured 70 points. This means that he is now included in the official junior ranking published by cycling Ireland. He now sits on top of the list in second position.
Sean travelled to the Netherlands in February for an intensive training programme. He raced in Belgium in an Elite race and finished in 6th position overall. he raced in Holland in march again in an elite race and finished in 10th overall position. Recently he was given the opportunity to raced with the Nicholas Roche performance team in the nation’s cup in France in May and finished all stages in the group. He was one of the four finishers out of a team of six.
“This was my first Nations cup and I felt absolutely privileged to be part of this unreal event and enjoyed every minute of it.
.These are some of Seans achievements over the last number of months.
Kanturk three day 1st Junior and 2nd overall out of a field of 140
The Hub TT 8 week league 1st Junior and 4th overall
Cork County Championship first Junior (Cork County Champ)
Lacey cup 2nd junior 10th overall
Johnny Drumm Cup 2nd Junior third A3
Blarney grand prix 2nd A3
Newbridge Grand Prix 4th overall
Denis kennedy memorial race co Tipperary 2nd overall
Sliabhra Luachra junior race second overall, king of the hill and won the prime
De Ronde classic 2nd A3
Gorey three day placed in the top 20 in each stage out of a field of 160
Ornwell wheelers stage race 6th in GC and 20th overall
Fermoy League which runs for 10 weeks at the moment Sean stands on top with 24 points.
The last few days have been spent in Derry where the Irish national TT and road race Championships have been held and run by Foyle CC. This is where the top of the Irish cycling talent could be found this weekend.
“It was an unreal experience to be racing the same course as a former member of my club Eddie Dunbarr. Team ineos. Sean Finished in 9th position overall in ther TT and was the 2nd fastest 1year Junior.
Saturday was a tough day’s racing.45 first and second year junior riders started off in the morning at chapel road Derry for 5 laps of 101.45 km circuit.which only 11 riders finished.The atmosphere was electric as the riders faced a challenging climb up Irish street,a steep narrow climb through a city centre street.The wearing down process began and the bunch was decimated as the riders faced the Fincairin road climb time after time.Sean fought a hard battle but unfortunately had a mecanical on the last lap but managed to finish the race.
Sean’s next major event will be the Junior tour of Ireland which will run from 9th to 14th July. The race is in excess of 540 km in length which has been described as “testing”
This is an 6 day international cycle race for under 18s which attracts teams from all over Ireland the UK ,isle of man, Scotland and as far afield as america and Africa. now without doubt not only a top cycling event for Juniors in Ireland and the UK but is now one of the top Junior events in Europe with fast roads, sharp bends and steep climbs….
Following on from that Sean will travel to Holland for six weeks where he will be given the opportunity to race in Belgium, Holland and France with Tempo Hoppenbrouwers VIRO under the watch ful eye of Henk Wintermans.
“This is an unreal opportunity for me to be able to race with Some of the Elite European riders.
When Sean returns to Ireland at the end of August there will be some more schedules to fulfill.