Seán Barrett’s Year of Cycling on an Upward Curve

The Kerry Youth Cycling Initiative 20-6-2015
A Great Year: Seán Barrett, iBike Cycling Club. ©Photograph: John Reidy

For cyclists the race of all races for the 2016 season was held in Kanturk recently. It was the National Youth Championships. Sean Barrett from Scartaglin, a member of Tralee Manor West I Bike Cycling Club, had a brilliant weekend of competition there.

He came third in the national TT championships bagging a national medal. He finished fourth in the road race in a sprint finish with just a tyre width between them  – and he finished in tenth place in the criterium.

Earlier this month, Sean travelled to Letterkenny, Co. Donegal over the August Bank Holiday weekend to take part in the Errigal Iinternational four stage, three day youth race.

Returned from England

He had just returned from England after competing in two races the week before. There, he finishing in a very impressive ninth overall. The Irish team, of which Sean is a member, took the team prize with only nine seconds to spare.

Just a couple short of 100 young riders took part in the U-14 races having travelled from all over Ireland the UK, the Isle of Man, Scotland and as far afield as Malta and South Africa.

The Errigal International Youth Tour is now without doubt not only a top cycling event for youths in Ireland and the UK but one of the top youth events in Europe with fast roads, sharp bends and steep climbs.

All in the Family

Much closer to home, Sean Barrett won the Kerry Road Race League, and took second in the county championship which was held recently in Cordal.

He also came first in the county TT league and he won the county TT championship which was held on Tuesday evening.

Just to keep it all in the family, Sean’s dad, Tom Barrett won the M50 category in the Kerry TT league and came first in the M50 in the Kerry Championship TT.

Seán has had a very successful 2016 racing season which included a stint of riding in France earlier this summer.

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