Race Report from Junior rider Ella Doherty (Greenmount Cycling Academy) after sprinting home for second prize on Round 2 of the Women’s Intermediate League on Sunday (Aug 16th).
Arriving at the course, it was a warm dry day. I was pleased to see that the Greenmount lads were having a good race in the A4 event.
Once they were done and after applying to Covid-19 regulations we could warm up, getting a few laps of the track in before race start.
There were 17 women altogether from a variety of clubs around Ireland. It was probably the most number of women I’ve ever lined up with in one race.
It is a tough course and there’s a long drag on the opposite side of the track. The neutral lap helped to settle me though with Ger Cusack on the motorbike setting a comfortable pace for us.
Unfortunately, he left after the neutral lap – bringing his slipstream with him!
The race panned out mostly being steady and tactical with a few attacks throughout the race.
The pace picked up coming up the last hill with the finishing sprint starting about 200metres from the line with four women picking up the pace at the front. Luckily the four eventually split as the pace got higher and I managed to find a gap.
Going hell for leather I could see the line but could feel Nikki Taggart (Arcane) coming up on my shoulder and she pipped me on the line.
Congrats to Nikki on a well-deserved win and all the women in yesterday’s race.
A big thanks to the organisers Vinnie, Alan, Ger (Greenmount Cycling Academy) and the Cycling Ireland Women’s Commission.
It was great to finally be back racing again!
W2/W3 Intermediate League Round 2, 40 mins plus 3 laps
1 Nikki Taggart Arcane Women’s Team A3
2 Ella Doherty Greenmount CA JR
3 Emma Porter UCD Cycling Club A4
4 Niamh O Dwyer TC Racing A4
5 Keela Mac Hale Arcane Women’s Team JR
6 Elizabeth Kent Arcane Women’s Team A4
1st Unplaced Junior Faith Hilliard TC Racing
Prime Jennifer Neenan
The revised Women’s Intermediate League
The Intermediate League caters for W2/W3 Category Senior & Junior riders only .