Slightly belated … Lydia and I (Louise) raced the champs this year, placing 4th and 7th. It was held on a really good hard racing circuit in Clonmel in lashings of lovely Irish rain.
Halfway through the event Lyds and I were in a group of 12 which had split from the rest of the field. The momentum of the group was lagging, I let the wheel go and Lydia got a gap. She completed half a lap alone, getting over the hills and forcing the rest of the field to chase. This made a further selection of eight riders. On the penultimate climb this group also split, with Lyds making the split along with two full-time professional riders (Olivia Dillon and Siobhan Horgan, both ex-national champions) and the up-and-coming Mel Spath. All the efforts took their toll – not much energy left in the legs for the finish, Lydia coming 4th in the final sprint (below). An excellent debut however in her first National RR Champs! I got worked over by two teammates in the group of four behind, placing 7th in the finale. All in all a successful day out, and LMNH retaining some UCI points to boot!
- Winner’s average speed 34.85kph/21.67mph
- There were 28 starters, 22 finishers and four no-shows on the day
1 Spath,Melanie (Cycleways CC) 2h30’38″
2 Horgan,Siobhan (GSD Gestion)
3 Dillon,Olivia (Now & Novartis for MS)
4 Boylan,Lydia (Look Mum No Hands)
5 McCrystal,Eve (Garda CC Richies Bikes) @01’38″
6 Geoghegan,Michele (Steeds Vooraan)
7 Moriarty,Louise (Look Mum No Hands)
8 Fitzgerald,Sandra (Garda CC Richies Bikes) @01’40″
9 Meade,Fiona (St Finbarr’s) @05’38″
10 Brice,Amy (Phoenix CC)