The National Track Championships took place this weekend on Sundrive Road. Ireland’s top trackie – Louise Moriarty (UCD/Team Swift Racing) – stamped her authority on all the titles, in a very well run and competitive championships.
Louise spent the Winter months chasing Olympic Qualification on the track, producing results good enough to place in the top 15% in the world in the points race. She has spent the summer months racing for her team – Swift Racing – and last weekend finished a credible 34th in the Tour of Brittany. Her dominance was evident on the track with a clean swoop of the titles in the Pursuit, Sprint, 500m and Scratch races.
Aideen Collard, Orwell Wheelers, also put in great performances all weekend, to come away with medals in all 4 events. The track specialist won a silver medal in the sprint match, and bronze in the other events. This sets Aideen up well for the upcoming World Masters.
On Saturday the focus for Joanna Hickey was on the tandem. Herself and Catherine Walsh are preparing for the Paralympic Games in September. On Sunday Joanna won silver in both the 500m dash and the Scratch Race, showing her broken collar bone from a recent crash is well behind her.
The Paralympic Team were out in full force, as they enter their final prep for Beijing. Having spent several days on the track in Belgium last week, the team were keen to demonstrate their form at the Nationals.
The Ravens saw their first National Medals with a silver in the Pursuit for Heather Boyle, and newbie Jenn O’Reilly winning a bronze medal in sprint match. Jenn’s sprint is one to watch out for, securing her a win in the Ashford Open last month, in her first Open Race! Unfortunately she couldn’t stick around for a few more shots at a medal, and the podium photos on Sunday.
The two Juniors, Rachel Withers (Fintona) and Ailbhe Ivory (Bray Wheelers) put in fantastic performances all weekend. Rachel was 5th in the Scratch Race, with Ailbhe getting the 4th fastest 500m time!! Looks like the future is bright for women’s cycling!
Photos of the prize giving courtesy of Paddy Doran and Alec Darragh.