Jennifer Bates: Rider Race Report Deenside Cup

Back to Kilkenny for the Deenside Cup on Sunday (April 29th). The sun shone in the medieval city as over 30 women lined up for the scalp. The Deenside Cup has of late been a part of the Women’s National Road Series but this year it hosted round 2 of the new Women’s Intermediate League. 

With some young legs and local blood in the peloton, the race was on from the gun.  
The peloton was handed a rude awakening when the two O’Brien sisters (Lakeside Wheelers) and Eva Brennan (Deenside) set off at pace. Attempts were made to get away on the road into Ballyragget but all in vain.
Breda Horan (Orwell) showed her racing head and launched a strong attack as we hit the climb. Breda was brought back and Niamh Stephens (TC Racing) pounced with intent in a move that proved to be decisive. Niamh went clear of the group and put in some distance between herself and the rest of the peloton. The elastic broken, the peloton lined out chasing the TC rider who has been racing since she was a junior. I thought the QOH was gone to Niamh for sure but local rider Eva Brennan was hungry. When Eva started to lose momentum at the front I took my chance and gave it one final push to the line to take the QOH. Kudos to Eva – an U16 who was one of the strongest riders on Sunday and was active throughout the entire race.
After Niamh’s pivotal move on the climb a selection of 10 riders made it over the QOH together. By the time we hit Castlecomer we had a 25 second lead over the chasing riders. The group took stock and we started working well to build up the gap. When we reached the climb for the second time Ewa Kuras (Galway Bay CC) and I set a solid pace on the front to try and limit the attacks. 
Once we came off the climb we started looking at each other with no one wanting to take it up at the front approaching the finish. Niamh O’Donovan (TC Racing) was the first to launch a sprint from far out, next to go was Eva Brennan at around the 500m mark. I knew it was possibly too soon to go but I was also aware that both of them had a good sprint and they were starting to gain some ground so I went for it – a bit too far out for my liking and with 100m to go I was in the saddle and starting to fade but thankfully I held it to the line.

 It was great to win. The hard slog over the winter has helped and credit to my coach Tim Cassidy for putting me through the paces. This was my first winter with Tim and we established my strengths and weaknesses early on and build specific training around this. Trying to hang onto the wheels of the young lads on my team (Team Gerard DHL) during training paid off (although at the time it didn’t always feel like the best craic #sufferfest).


New Women’s Intermediate League

The Women’s Commission are delighted to announce a New Women’s Intermediate League for 2018.

The League is aimed at bridging the gap between our Introduction League Events (Corkagh Park , Munster Lge etc) and the National Road Series.

The Women’s Commission have identified Races that are suitable for riders new to Open Race Events.

The League will include a Leaders Jersey , and an Overall Prize List.

Have you tried racing and want more experience?

Designed for women looking for an introduction into road racing

Races between 50-70 km
Prizes for top 6 finishers

Prize List :

Intermediate League Riders can benefit from ‘on the day race prizes’ from the host events , a Women’s Commission League Leaders Jersey presented to each individual League Leader , Overall Winners Medals , and a Women’s Commission prize fund of €750

The Intermediate League is new to the 2018 Racing Calendar (Catering For W2 & W3 Riders Only) and is aimed at riders looking for a stepping stone between Women’s Beginner League Races , and the Women’s National Road Series .

Medals and prize money will be presented at the final event of the League.

  1. €150
  2. €130
  3. €110
  4. €100
  5. €90
  6. €70

Ist Unplaced Junior €50

1st Unplaced Under 16 Rider €50

  • In the event of two riders finishing with the same points total , the riders will be separated based on number of wins . If there is still a tie , riders will be separated on higher placings in most recent race.
  • A Riders Best 5 placings from 7 Events will count towards Overall League Position



Top 6 in each race get Intermediate League Points (6,5,4,3,2,1).

A rider’s best 5 races will count towards the Intermediate League Overall Points Total

The League is open to W2 & W3 Categorised riders only .

New Women’s Categories 2018

  • W1 = A1 and A2 riders / top 10 from 2017 National Championships / top 6 overall from 2017 National Series / W2 riders who have got enough grading points during 2018 to be upgraded.
  • W2 = A3 riders / W3 riders who have got enough grading points during 2018 to be upgraded.
  • W3 = A4 riders / Limited Competition / Under 16 Riders 

*There will be exceptions (e.g. An A2 can be a W2 on request to Grading Officer)

Any riders who wish to be Upgraded / Downgraded can make a request by email to the Grading Officer at .

W1 riders cannot race in the Intermediate League (including riders upgraded to W1 mid-season).

Once a rider is upgraded to W1 they stop racing in the Intermediate League, but their Intermediate League points total still remains on the Intermediate League Table and they are eligible for an overall Intermediate League prize.


Intermediate League Race Schedule
•       1) April 22nd : Waller Cup, Bohermeen
•       2) April 29th : Deenside Cup, Castlecomer
•       3) May 20th : Emyvale GP *
•       4) June 16th : Naas Time Trial *
•       5) July 8th : North Tipp Wheelers GP
•       6) July 22nd : TBC
•       7) August 5th : TBC