Report: Cycling Ireland National Youth Championships 2017

Championship high for Carlow

Carlow was the venue for the 2017 National Youth Championship. Cyclists aged 11 to 16 got to test themselves against the best the country has to offer as riders traveled from all over Ireland to compete in three cycling disciplines – Time Trial, Road and Criterium.

First off was the Time Trial an 8km test against the clock, with an out and back course. Conditions were perfect and all age groups recorded some very fast times.

Time Trial RESULTS

Under 11s

1          Aine Doherty            VC Glendale

2          Mia Smith                Waterford Racing Club

3          Nula Moloney           Un-Attached Munster

Under 12s

1          Kate Reilly                 Scott Orwell Wheelers

2          Shauna Finn             Newcastle West CC

3          Aoife Mooney           Navan Road Club

Under 13s

1          Aoife O’Brien            Lakeside Wheelers

2          Annie Roche            Scott Orwell Wheelers

3          Rachel White            North Down C C

Under 14s

1          Caoimhe May           Scott Orwell Wheelers

2          Marie McAllister        Island Wheelers

3          Mia Simmons           The Bike House CC

Under 15s

1          Eva Brennan            Deenside Wheelers

2          Lucy O’Donnell        O’Leary Stone Kanturk

3          Caoimhe O’Brien     Lakeside Wheelers

Under 16s

1          Lara Gillespie           Scott Orwell Wheelers

2          Maeve Gallagher     Castlebar Cycling Club

3          Clodagh Gallagher  AAA Cycling

Road Race

The road race circuit for 13 – 16 year olds was a 15km loop, a testing circuit that had a bit of everything – draggy back road, fast main road and a flat finish for the ‘sprinter’ to let loose!! The 11 – 12 year olds had a similar course to race – just a little shorter at 9km.

The under 15 /16 race had a nervous start with all waiting for who was going to make the first move. As predicted by anyone who recced the course before hand know that the drag entering the village of Ballickmoyler with a tight right hand turn and fast decent on an narrow road was were the race had the potential for the first attack. This is were Lara and Maeve put in a very impressive turn of speed and just lit up across the back road, they never looked back, staying clear all the way to the line. Lara took the win claiming the under 16 title and Eva Brennan took the under 15 title edging out Aoibhe Power and Lucy O’Donnell in a tight sprint to the line.

After two laps raced very hard the under 13 /14 race came down to a sprint finish with Aoife O’Brien taking the u13 title and Mia Simmons edging out Caoimhe May to take the u14 title.

The u11/12 race was flat out from the start with a challenging 9km loop to contend with. Aine Doherty (u11) and Shauna Finn (u12) showed their class going clear to line to become national champions.

Under 16s     (3 Loops – 45km)

1          Lara Gillespie

2          Maeve Gallagher

3          Clodagh Gallagher

Under 15s     (3 Loops – 45km)

1          Eva Brennan

2          Aoibhe Power

3          Lucy O’Donnell

Under 11s     (9km Loop)

1          Aine Doherty

2          Mia Smith

3          Nula Moloney

Under 12       (9km Loop)

1          Shauna Finn

2          Kate Reilly

3          Aoife Mooney

Under 13       (15km 2 Loops – 30km)

1          Aoife O’Brien

2          Annie Roche

3          Rachel White

Under 14       (15km 2 Loops – 30km)

1          Mia Simmons

2          Caoimhe May

3          Marie McAllister

The highlight for most competitors was the excitement of the criterium race. The circuit was in the town, just short of 1km with four corners to contend with, and lined with spectators cheering on the riders which made for a fantastic atmosphere.

The u15/16 race was 25mins plus 3 laps, once again Lara and Maeve showed their strength going clear within the first 3laps.  Lara had the better of Maeve in the two up sprint, earning herself another gold medal and national title. The u15 race was hotly contested with a fast pace throughout and numerous attacks in an attempt to break the elastic. It was in the final lap that Aoibhe Power made the winning move, attacking hard into the second corner which opened a gap and held it to the finish. The group sprint was won by Maeve Gallagher taking bronze in the u16 race, Lucy O’Donnell silver, u15 and rounding off a fantastic weekend for Eva Brennan, bronze.

The u13/14 race was another hard race, Aoife O’Brien once again showed how strong she is taking the sprint finish and earning herself three national titles. The under 14 race was won by Mia Simmons. The title was won by Aine Doherty in the u11 race and Shauna Finn became national u12 champion.

Criterium Results

Under 11s

1          Aine Doherty

2          Nula Moloney

3          Mia Smith

Under 12s

1          Shauna Finn

2          Kate Reilly

3          Aoife Mooney

Under 13s

1          Aoife O’Brien

2          Annie Roche

3          Rachel White

Under 14s

1          Mia Simmons

2          Caoimhe May

3          Marie McAllister

Under 15s

1          Aoibhe Power

2          Lucy O’Donnell

3          Eva Brennan

Under 16s

1          Lara Gillespie

2          Maeve Gallagher

3          Clodagh Gallagher

Congratulations to all competitors, there is some serious talent out there. This was the only opportunity for the girls to compete against each other this year. It’s a great boost for them to get this chance and get an understanding of racing against their peers and not mixed in amongst boys. Going forward it would be great to have a few girl only races throughout the Cycling Ireland calendar; this may help grow the numbers in all age groups.

Carlow CC did a fantastic job in running the Championships, congratulations to all involved.

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