Elite Rider Autumn Collins won both the Women’s Category , and shared the top podium spot for the overall Trophy in the Duane Delaney memorial last weekend. Read her Rider Race Report below:
“The ‘Duane Delaney’ was my first big outdoor event of 2017. I had been unable to race previous editions due to it being on during exam time.
The race had a big women’s field with many former Internationals and National Medal winners.
I had missed a chunk of training due to university exams during may so I didn’t have high hopes for it , but I did want to go sub 13 in the 200
I just missed out with a 13.070 due to unfavorable weather conditions. That time was enough to win the first event by a big enough margin so I felt confidant going into the next event.
I was in the first heat of the mile and the pace was kept high and everyone was quite twitchy, with 300 to go I attacked and I stayed clear to win.
In the scratch race there was plenty of attacks especially from ACTs Roisín Kennedy (Former Duane Delaney Women’s Winner) . Róisín is a dangerous rider to let go clear so she was chased down immediately by other riders.
By the last lap no one had managed to get away so again with about 300 to go I kicked off and stayed clear to the line.
The last event was the 500m TT and as I was leading the Women’s Category I was to go off last, however a male rider from my former team was also on maximum points , so it would come down to our final results for the Overall Trophy.
I was in the gate , and the heavens opened and my 500 had to be postponed. The track was still wet during my effort and my bike kept slipping and back wheel kept skipping which wasn’t ideal but I was glad to make it 4 wins from 4 , Deegan also won his category to join me on the top spot on the podium. The next race for me is the international GP in july