Defending Champion Lydia Boylan (Torelli Assure) Won the Irish National Omnium Championships at Sundrive Velodrome on Saturday.
Boylan put in a very professional performance, never underestimating her Irish domestic based opponents and winning all four events.
The race for Silver & Bronze saw some exciting racing with the riders battling it out until the final sprint in the Points Race.
National Team Pursuit Champion Jennifer Neenan (Sundrive Track Team) took National Silver from Orla Hendron (Orwell Wheelers) with both riders finishing on the same points .
Hendron has been on more Elite National Omnium Podiums than most in recent years.
The National Omnium Track Championships is the toughest event on the National Track Calendar.
During the Women’s Prizegiving the Track Commission announced over the PA that this would be the last Women’s National Omnium Championships, and that they are applying for the event to be dropped as a National Championships for 2020.
The numbers were low, and against the trend in recent years of women outnumbering the men at National Track Championships.
However, the women met the required entry level for a Nationals.
It would be hard to argue with the final podium (All Former Track National Medal Winners) & most of our International riders were based abroad for the event due to a tight schedule with an Irish International Team Event .
Due to its severity, the Women’s National Omnium Championships will always have a lower entry towards other National Events, but if we can keep parity with the Mens event, and meet the minimum entry requirements , we see no need to lose this as a National Championships for our upcoming young riders.