Eddie Dunbar was named the Irish Male Cyclist of the Year at the Cycling Ireland Awards night over the weekend.
The 18-year-old Corkman dominated the junior ranks at home this year, while he also produced some phenomenal displays riding on the continent with the national team, his club O’Leary’s Stone Kanturk and the Munster Sensa representative side.
The highlight of his season was his Junior Tour win in July — he became the first man in history to successful defend the title and, incredibly, the second-placed finisher was almost two-and-a-half minutes behind.
Dunbar also claimed the national road race title, won in Blarney against fellow Irish international Michael O’Loughlin, while his second place to Damien Shaw in the Shay Elliott was another remarkable performance.
Abroad, he was runner-up in the Trofeo Karlsberg, a UCI-ranked Nations Cup event, while he was also won the NFTO Tour of Wales.
And there was double delight for the O’Leary’s Stone Kanturk club when Dunbar’s coach, Dan Curtin, was named Best Coach of the Year.
Curtin has been the heart and soul of the Cork-based club since its inception and has produced many talented riders.
Fiona Meade (Blarney Stone CC) made it a trio of titles for the southern county when she won the award for the Female Rider of the Year, which came on the back of her fabulous win in the National Championships in September.
Volunteer of the Year: Hugh Byrne (Sundrive Track Team); Club of the Year: Lakeside Wheelers; Best Leisure Event of the Year: An Post Tour de Burren; Best Competitive Event of the Year: European MTB Marathon Championships; Best Domestic Based Male Rider of the Year: Eddie Dunbar; Best Domestic Based Female Rider of the Year: Fiona Meade; Best Coach of the Year: Dan Curtin (Kanturk CC); International cycling performance of the year: Dan Martin (Tour of Lombardy).
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