Only a small field but never less big engines…The young girls did us proud! ( All photos Sean Rowe or otherwise stated, results from the promoter Foyle CC with thanks to both)

The separation is started

A very early start for our teenagers, yes you read it right 7.50 am, this due to the Elite race to be scheduled at 10 am. They had to race the 40km or 2 laps of a circuit that even the pro’s find difficult. Soon 2 girls took charge and disappeared in the horizon and never to be challenged again. Lara Gillespie (Scott Orwell CC) as the favourite and 2018 champ, and Maeve Gallagher (Castlebar CC) who last year asked questions already and now progressed to the top of the podium as she left Lara behind in the last lap to take the jersey of Lara’s shoulders so to speak. Only 4 other girls left on the circuit, and they had to race for bronze and was won by Caoimhe O’Brien (Lakeside WheelersMullingar) with Ciara Kelly (TC Racing) in her wheel taking 4th followed close by Lucy O’Donnell from O’Leary Stone and Faith Hilliard in 6th place…My admirations to these girls including the ones who had bad luck and had to abandon the race…racing so early and with not many people about it can be difficult for the mind, and you all stepped over that hurdle…it adds to the spirit of a championship!!

The female side of the sporty Gallagher Family…some achievements between them alright
It was close for the bronze
More photos of Sean Rowe on his link
  1. Gallagher, Maeve Castlebar CC 1h07’15” 36.21kmph
  2. Gillespie, Lara Scott Orwell CC @02’57”
  3. O’Brien, Caoimhe Lakeside Mullingar @07’27”
  4. Kelly, Ciara TC Racing
  5. O’Donnell, Lucy O’Leary Stone Kanturk
  6. Hilliard, Faith TC Racing
Win or not…the smile is there of Lucy (Photo BP Media)
.A message from the TC Racing girl Faith Hilliard…Giving up is not in my vocabulary
Tyrone’s warrior Rachel Mc Bride (Omagh Wheelers), just love her enthusiasm for the sport
Deenside Wheelers Eva Brennan
Spirited girl from the Tom Clogher stable Ellie Kelso
Lara Gillespie receiving her bursary of the Belgian Project…would love to borrow some of her (Photo BP media)
Clodagh ní ghallchóir receiving her bursary of the project for 2019, Clodagh wasn’t very well and decided not to race on Sunday and hope she gets soon back to her full health
(Photo BP Media)
This report sponsored by West Down Wheelers who provided some bursary funding with a sportive in February