Round Two of the O’Sullivan Cycles sponsored Munster Women’s League took place in Dungarvan on Sunday (March 26)
Race Report From Winner Sinead Oakes:
“I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in R2 of the O’Sullivan Cycles Munster women’s league in Dungarvan, plenty of the girls have been showing really good form in races this year so far and with lots of enthusiastic new faces you never know who is going to do what! Often the pace is quite tetchy early in these races with everyone looking at each other but that was not the case here as Emma Walsh set the tone immediately with a strong burst off the start line.
The block headwind when we turned onto the main road upset the pace and while I didn’t really intend to go so early, an opportunity came and I tried my luck. When I looked back I was surprised to see I had a decent gap so I thought I’ll commit to it and see where this gets me. After a few minutes I saw Kate Earlie trying to break over and I could also see she was on her own. I had raced with Kate last year in Omagh and I knew she was strong and honest so I was glad to see her coming as this was going to give us a much better chance of staying away. We drilled it out working together into the headwind and up the climb at which point I realised Emma had made it across too.
Now I knew with 3 we had a very good chance of staying away but we took nothing for granted, we all continued to ride hard and honest and by the time we got to the last turn on the final lap we had a time gap of 9 minutes. Knowing we were fairly safe we all started looking at each other, waiting to see who would make a burst. Finally it was Emma who threw down the gauntlets and attacked just before the bridge at about 2km out, the race was on! Once we hit the bottom of the last little drag up to the finish line I started to sprint, I didn’t look around, I just drove hard and hoped I got there first!! Big thanks to Dungarvan CC for a super enjoyable race and our commissaire John Broderick , the league sponsor O Sullivan’s Cycles in Killarney”
Round 2 of Munster League
1 Sinnead Oakes DeRonde CC
2 Katie Earlie St Tiernans CC
3 Emma Walsh Waterford Racing Club
4 Niamh O Donovan Dungarvan Cycling Club
5 Agnieszka Wozniak Cork County CC
6 Niamh O Dwyer Rock Peddlers
Full League Dates:
4th March The Michael Shiels Ladies and masters ,Newcastle west knights.
26th March The Dungarvan GP. Dungarvan CC.
2nd June 1st stage of Ladies and masters 3day. Newcastle west knights
3rd June 2nd stage TT of ladies and masters 3day. Newcastle west knights.
2nd July Minane bridge classic, De Ronde van Cork,
30th July Donal Crowley Memorial race , Blarney CC