LIMERICK teenager Stephen Clancy has been honoured as the Irish-based male rider of the year at the Cycling Ireland National Awards Dinner in Dublin’s Radisson Blu Hotel.
The Raheen 19-year-old is a second year student at UL, where he’s studying PE with maths.
A member of Limerick Cycling Club, Clancy began the year as an A3, in what was his first year in the senior ranks. He accumulated enough points to end the year an A1.
He grabbed a series of good results in races like the Tommy Sheehan Memorial, Des Hanlon, Cycling Pursuits Cup, Lacey Cup and Specsavers Cup and won the Sliabh Luachra TT in Currow.
Clancy also won the Munster A2 road race and TT champs and rode Ras Mumhan on the Irish development team.
He rounded off the year very well, taking victory in the Charleville 2-Day in September, where he won the TT stage.
His plans for next year include a move to the team known as The Edge in 2011 and his first assault on the An Post Ras.
“I’ll continue to do the big stage races in Ireland and possibly try out a bit of racing on the Continent, something like Belgium during the summer next year,” explained Clancy.
He described himself as being “absolutely thrilled” to win the award, which he said was unexpected.
“I’m very thankful to everyone who voted. I hope this is just another stepping stone on my path to bigger and better things. I’m looking forward to next year already”.
In the Club of the Year category, honours went to the Kilmallock based Cycle 4 Sick Children.
The club was formed just 18 months ago by Liam and Stacy Mulcahy and has already built up a national following for its community work including training the largest number of Sprocket Rocket leaders as well as fundraising for worthy causes.