Results courtesy of POP-UP Races Kildare…photos BP Media

The Junior girls race at the Nationals on a cold and breezy Sunday morning in the beautiful surroundings of Wicklow. Only 3 girls at the start, but that’s not their fault and they deserve a race very much so..they stayed together in the first lap and Aoife O’ Brien (Torelli) was the first to attack and dangled for 2 laps with maybe 10 seconds ahead of Annie Roche (Quanta) and Emma Smith (Navan RC) Eventually they came back together and Aoife and Emma dropped Annie in the last few miles, but Annie battled on to take her bronze medal. It was left to the other two to sprint for gold…Aoife had the better of Emma at the line and proudly can race next year in the Champion jersey.
Gold: O’ Brien, Aoife Torelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitar the 53.8km in 1:36:45
Silver: Smith, Emma Navan Road Club @s/t
Bronze: Roche, Annie Scott Quanta Racing +20 sec

Our Ladies Irish Champ Imogen Cotter got up early to come and support the younger girls…she was still buzzing from her amazing win the day before!!

The men Elite and Under 23 results in full courtesy of https://www.popupraces.ie/ 70 entries -36 finished

Gold: Mullen, Ryan (5) Sen Trek – Segafredo 160.8km in 3:57:18
Silver: Feeley, Daire (13) Sen All human/VeloRevolution Racing @s/t Bronze: Mc Dunphy, Conn (8) Sen EvoPro Racing +38″
4 Teggart, Matthew (42) Sen Velo Club Villefranche Beaujolais +1:50
5 Mc Glinchey, Christopher (37) Sen Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus +1:53
6 Roche, Nicholas (3) Sen Team DSM +2:33
7 Healy, Ben (1) Sen Trinity Racing +8:08
8 Buller, John (72) U23 Amicale Cycliste Bisontine +8:29 Gold U23
9 Curley, Liam (63) U23 Spellman-Dublin Port +8:29 Silver U23
10 Townsend, Rory (6) Sen Canyon DHB Sungod +9:51
11 O Neill, Gareth (15) Sen Team Caldwell Cycles +17:39
12 Jenkins, James (35) Sen Richardsons-Trek RT +17:45
13 Peden, George (79) U23 Team PB Performance +17:59 Bronze U23
14 Mc Laughlin, Mitchell (10) Sen SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling +18:15
15 Devins, Matthew (51) U23 Trinity Racing +18:15
16 Moore, Darnell (14) Sen Team Caldwell Cycles +18:18
17 Maguire, Andy (22) Sen Spellman-Dublin Port +18:38
18 Ward, Adam (73) U23 Antiga Casa Bellsolà Club Ciclista +18:38
19 Doyle, Leo (80) U23 TWC TEMPO Veldhoven @s/t
20 Mc Cann, Conor (31) Sen Inspired Cycling @s/t
21 Mc Ginley, Mark (76) U23 Four Masters CC @s/t
22 Keogh, Cian (81) U23 Willebrord Wil Vooruit @s/t
23 Mullen, Sean (27) Sen Navan Road Club @s/t
24 Smith, Luke (77) U23 Moynalty Cycling Club @s/t
25 Roche, Alexis (41) Sen Velo club la pomme Marseille @s/t
26 Kenny, Jason (55) U23 UCD Cycling Club @s/t
27 O Donovan, Mark (19) Sen Blarney Cycling Club @s/t
28 Yon Hin, Daniel (64) U23 Spellman-Dublin Port @s/t
Over Time limit of Deadline: 4h16’17”
OTL Millar, Stuart (17) Sen Ards CC +18:46
OTL Christie, Marcus (33) Sen PerformanceSBR 18:46
OTL Mc Carter, Darragh (21) Sen Spellman-Dublin Port +19:56
OTL O Regan, Timothy (38) Sen Team WORC +20:54
OTL Verbruggen, Conor (24) Sen Bray Wheelers +20:54
OTL Hagan, Paul-Antoine (74) U23 Banbridge CC +22:23
OTL Luke, Joel (39) Sen UCD Cycling Club +35:09
OTL Crowley, Liam (54) U23 UCD Cycling Club +35:09

Under 23 podium with Liam Curley (silver) John Buller (Gold) and George Peden (Bronze)
2 gentleman of our beloved sport
Ryan Mullen chasing the early break of Roche and Dunbar…Sam Bennett is not to far away either
Belgian Support at the race with well-known lady by Irish pro’s Nancy Goossens from Heist op de Berg..here seen with Paidi O’Brien (ex-pro with An Post-Sean Kelly)
So sweet…our guest photographer Caroline Kerley…loved by everyone in our cycling world including the four-footed friends about. Thanks so much, Caroline for your company this weekend…the craic was mighty…Caroline’s photos (and they are beauties) can be found on https://www.facebook.com/carolinekerleyphotography/
John Buller is on his way to becoming the U23 Champ of Ireland 2021…so proud of him as he was one of the Belgian Project graduates 2 years ago
Irish cycling reporter and journalist Shane Stokes interviewing the revelation of 2021 Women’s racing Megan Armitage (silver) now racing with Continental Pro-team “Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants” from Belgium
Another legend in Irish cycling…the one and only Tosh Lavery, moto commissaire, extraordinaire
Emma Desmond and Ryan Callen from Lucan and racing with Spellman-Dublin Port…soon the little one be on a bike too I bet!
I thought for a moment this truck gonna fall apart…very old but somehow pretty
Brothers Mullen catching up with each other
And to finish a picture with Sam … a photo to be framed for my collection …we have something in common…we both born in West Flanders (all photos can be found on www.facebook.com/danyblondeel