YOUTH Olympian Aoife O’Brien took the top spot in round four of the Cycling Ireland National Road Series at the Grange Motors Mullingar GP on Sunday, but it was the minor placings that shook up the General Classification.
The closely fought and occasionally cagey Women’s National Road Series race was taken in eye-catching fashion by 15-year-old Aoife O’Brien, the teenager who will soon be jetting off to Baku to contest the European Youth Olympic Festival.
The local rider showed huge power in the sprint final – a 300m steep uphill drag – to beat a stacked field including National Road Series leader Grace Young (Strata3 Velo Revolution), who finished second ahead of Arcane Cycling’s Nikki Taggart.
“I knew the course pretty well,” said O’Brien, who rides for host club Lakeside Wheelers. “I was on Lucy O’Donnell’s wheel coming up the hill, going for the Junior prize. I was probably about fifth wheel at the bottom of the hill and I just ended up first. I don’t know how it happened – I just kept punching on until the top.”
Grace Young continues to wear the Women’s Spin 11 Leaders’ jersey. Round five of seven will take place at the John Beggs Memorial Road Race in Banbridge on Saturday, August 10.
The National Road Series races at the Mullingar GP were the last events being assessed by selectors seeking to build teams for the Kreiz Breizh Elites Road Races in France next month. Ireland’s Women’s team will be announced later this week.
Mullingar GP 2019
1st Aoife O’Brien: Lakeside Wheelers
2nd Grace Young: Strata3 Velo Revolution
3rd Nikki Taggart: Arcane Women’s Team
*Full Results, League Table & Updated Rider Rankings to follow
About the Cycling Ireland National Road Series
The Cycling Ireland National Road Series is a seven-race league incorporating the best domestic one-day road races. Points are accumulated down to 20th place in each Men’s and Women’s race, the winners walking away with €600. For 2019 there is an additional €300 Team Classification.
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Jessica Lamb, National Road Series Press Officer, Cycling Ireland
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