Dillon Corkery wins Irish Criterium Championships

National cycling champion Dillon Corkery paid a visit to St Patrick’s NS Mallow this week to talk to pupils about his sport, and he is pictured here with teacher Tony Gunning, pupils Ian Hegarty, Simon Bednarz, Alex Kelleher, David Mulcahy, Cormac Dilworth and Kevin Chen, plus Jessica Barrett and Denise Mulcahy.

One of the best junior cyclists in the country in 2017, Dillon Corkery from Banteer, stepped up this year to the ultra-competitive U23 level, and last weekend he won a national title in the first elite championships he’s ever ridden in, the Irish Criterium Championships, held in Mullingar. In the race he escaped with Damien Shaw and, despite the top reputation of his rival, took victory on the line. Dillon, who is hoping to join the professional ranks, cycled his first Rás this year, and has won his maiden national elite title at the first time of asking.
Dillon paid a visit this Tuesday to St Patrick’s National School in Mal-low, where he answered questions about cycling and showed his €10,000 bicycle to the fascinated pupils. At the time of going to press he is on his way to Belgium for training, and no doubt we will be hearing a lot more about him in the months and years to come.