A wild morning with a brutal wind howling up the Clanrye River from Warrenpoint to Newry meant a tough morning for the first women’s race of 2021 (Saturday May 8th).
Just after 9am, the eleven starters set sail into the headwind. Ciara Havern of the host club wasn’t deterred and soon had the group lined out, assisted by Jemma Speers from North Down.
The pace into the strong wind soon had riders in trouble with positioning in the small group key.
As the group turned at Warrenpoint for the first time, and with the wind at their backs the pace was ramped up causing the group to stretch further. By the time the group turned in Newry only six remained in the group.
The group quickly established an excellent work rhythm with everyone taking turns at the front. This would ensure that the race winner would come from this group.
As the group turned at Warrenpoint, Ameila Taylor (Mc Convey Cycles) was to keep the pace high and allow her teammate Erin Creighton to sprint clear for the win.
Speers chased Creighton home with Darcy Harkness (VC Glendale) finishing third. Creighton’s teammate Taylor was to finish fourth with the Newry pair of Havern and the 2019 league winner Teresa Parr finishing sixth.
Well done to all the women who took part on a difficult morning for racing but still provided us with an entertaining race.
The Ulster Women’s Commission particularly want to thanks Drew McKinley and his team for hosting a fully supported women’s race. We really do appreciate the efforts of Newry Wheelers in supporting Women’s racing.
Race Report: Shaun Mc Bride
Contact Shaun (Ph: 08713177613) if your club is interested in hosting a women’s race in 2021
Photos Available from Sharon Mc Farland.