All photos & reports used courtesy of Sean Rowe, thank’s Sean
The Women’s Elite & Juniors
The ladies race today was a tight affair with Grace Young, Strata3 Velo Revolution and Junior Lucy O’Donnell, Verge Pi Cycles going head to head for a good part of the race. Grace took the lead from the start followed by the juniors O’Donnell and Caoimhe May, Quanta Scott Orwell with Joanna Asia Bula, Scott Donnybrook, Lisa Staplebreok, Kenmare and Stephanie Roche, Scott Donnybrook chasing behind all within a few seconds of each other. At the end of lap 1 of 5, Grace had a tenuous lead of 8secs over Caoimhe with Lucy a further 6secs back and the 3 chasers just 10secs behind. On lap 2 Grace increased that lead to 18secs but now in front of Lucy who had passed Caoimhe for 2nd place early in the lap and had herself build a gap over Caoimhe of 16secs. Joanna Bula had consolidated 4th place only 18secs behind Caoimhe and 50secs in front of her teammate Stephanie Roche. At the front of the race, Lucy was hunting down Grace’s lead and the 2 came together on lap 3 and there was no more than a few seconds in it until near the end of lap 4 when Lucy had a problem on one of the many steep sections to lose 15secs at a vital stage in the race. This enabled Grace to start her last lap with a 20sec lead which she held to the line to take the win in front of young O’Donnell. Meanwhile, Joanna Bula had caught a fading Caoimhe May over the last 2 laps to take the final step on the podium. In the overall Ladies league, Caoimhe May took the win with Joanna Bula in 2nd and Stephanie Roche, Scott Donnybrook in 3rd. In the U16 Ladies run in conjunction with the Elite race, Annie Roche, Scott Donnybrook took a fine win and the overall U16 league title.
The Elite men & Juniors
The 5th and final round of this seasons inaugural Leinster league took place in Blackwater Park, Navan today hosted by Navan Road Club. The Elite men again produced a close exciting race. Navan’s Sean Nolan led the field out on the first lap and by the start of lap 2 the race had all the main protagonists at the front with Sean leading closely followed by Paul O’Reilly, Dan Morrissey Pactimo with Niall Davis, Biking.ie in close pursuit, These were followed by a trio of WORC riders and the evergreen John Doris, Epic. By the end of lap 2 Paul O’Reilly had taken over at the front closely followed by Niall and Sean. These 3 had opened a 20sec lead over the WORC train which was being led by the indomitable Robin Seymour. On the subsequent laps, Paul and Niall pulled clear of Sean who was being threatened for the last step on the podium by a rapidly closing Robin Seymour. The 2 leaders extended their lead marginally over the next 3 laps with Robin catching Sean for third place. With about 2 laps to go Robin had reduced the gap to the leader to 15sec but that was as close as he got as both of the front guys seemed to find another gear to give themselves a 50sec gap over Robin heading onto the last lap. On the last lap, Paul O’Reilly found a little bit more to come home 24sec clear of Niall Davis with Robin Seymour a further minute back in 3rd. Sean Nolan eventually came home 4th which was good enough to take the league overall as his nearest rival Tim O’Regan, Team WORC could only manage 5th place on the day.