This year started off well with the cyclocross season kicking off.
The youths and junior ladies got an opportunity to travel to Round 3 of the HSBC National British Trophy in Irvine.
We had four under 16 girls compete over a very competive field of UK riders and international riders with tough windy beach conditions.
The team of 4 were Katie Reilly, Erin Creighton, Ellen Murray and Annie Roche. These riders performed very well and had a fantastic experience looking at the senior race the following day.
The Juniors raced the following day with the seniors and the team of Maria McAllister, Darcy Harkness, Caoimhe May and Stephanie Roche. These junior riders did themselves proud. Their coach and their manager on this occasion was Andy Layhe who worked hard in the pits and had all the bikes in great shape.
Many thanks to Lorna who organised the trip, accommodation, food and race entry. Thanks to Cycling Ireland, Susan and Paddy for the use of the van and all the necessary equipment we needed for cyclocross and a massive thanks to the Women’s Commission for giving these youth and Junior a fantastic opportunity to learn from their English competitors and compete at a very high level.
Next up was the track trip to Alkmar with the funding from the women’s commission. There were some new cyclist heading there for their first time and some very experienced track cyclist from here enjoying the trip.
The youth National Track Championships took place in Sundrive on 12th September.
As we headed into the new year, we were suddenly halted from competing anywhere due to Covid.
Some girls/ ladies managed to get in 3 biking blitz races, but we were hoping to run a mtb camp unfortunately this went by the way side due to Covid 19.
Lorna(Reilly) and John(Hammond) / (Women’s Commission) supported the youths by running some zwift races during this period but as more and more races came on board on zwift it was difficult to find free time as races started to clash and some of the youths preferred to cycle with the seniors.
Next up was road with covid 19 putting a damper on most of the league, one day races and stage races. Martin (O’Loughlin) held a successful Nationals without some competitors due to extra lockdown in some counties. Lorna(Reilly) and John(Hammond) held a remarkably successful Corkagh Park league with a separate youth event as it became very necessary to split the youth from the senior ladies.
I wish the incoming committee every success going forward and to my fellow officer on the committee a special thanks for my time there. I would like to see camps coming back for the youths as I have seen a difference in attitude since they stopped.
Yours in sport,
(Women’s Commission / Youth Commission)