Ballymena Hosts 3rd Rd of National Road Series

May 30, 2019 – BALLYMENA on Saturday plays host to the third round of the Cycling Ireland National Road Series,  

Multiple World Para-cycling Champion Eve McCrystal returned to domestic action recently, but was out-gunned by Irish track cycling international Mia Griffin.

Both now feature in the top 10 of the General Classification, led by first round winner Grace Young, who rides with McCrystal on the Strata3 VeloRevolution Racing Team.

Despite their clear strengths, it is Scott-Orwell Wheelers who lead the Women’s Team Classification, thanks to some determined riding by newcomer Arron Fox.

Fox was dropped from the bunch early in the race, but battled on to finish 18th – the last official finisher from 26 starters.

With team mates Yvonne Doran and Monica Marconi finished earlier, Fox’s performance gave the Dublin club the three riders necessary to score points in the Team Classification – and it took them to the top of that table.

“I was himming and hawing about whether or not to go done, but I decided to go because I knew if I got some points it would count towards the team prize,”  said Fox.

“I knew the weather forecast was horrible and we woke up to lashing rain and wind,” she remembered.

“I got dropped about halfway, so had 40k on my own, into a head wind. I knew I had to keep racing, because if I slowed down, I was going to get cold.”

She added: “It was absolutely fantastic to finish the race, because mentally, it had been a battle.”

Fox will turn out again on Saturday, with her and Doran joined by Monica Freiband. UCD Cycling Club are also well represented, with Strata3 VeloRevolution’s McCrystal and Young bound to be a formidable force in Antrim’s Glens.

The Blair International Red Hand Trophy starts in Ballymena and loops 103km up to Ballycastle, following the coast to Carnlough, before returning to finish in Ballymena on Saturday afternoon.

The Blair International Red Hand Trophy will be covered live on Twitter via @CINatRoadSeries this Saturday from early.



Editors notes:-

About the Cycling Ireland National Road Series

The Cycling Ireland National Road Series is a seven-race league incorporating the best domestic one-day road races. Points are accumulated down to 20th place in the Women’s race, the winners walking away with €600. For 2019 there is an additional €300 Team Classification.


Further Information:-

Jessica Lamb, National Road Series Press Officer, Cycling Ireland

Ph: 087 942 7870 E: