Ulster Cycling News

Horgan Notches Up 5th National Title

The Nartional Women's Road Race Championships took place around Scotstown last Saturday. On the seven mile rollout a crash occurred involving Julie Mulligan of Omagh and two other riders. Julie managed to get back on to the bunch but Usher's Gillian McDarby had to abandon as she was unable to get a replacement bike.

The race started slowly as th ewomen watched each other to see who would make the first move. Eventually Francine Meehan of Tullamore CC had enough of the cat and mouse tactics and made a break for it.

The race suddenly moved up several notches as riders gave chase but Meehan powered on and steadily opened a sizeable gap on the chasers.

Phoenix CC's Tonya Moran, working with Valerie Considine of Usher also broke clear of the peloton nad worked to try and bridge th egap but Meehan continued to power on.

The bunch began to split and the leading group of chasers reeled in Moran and Considine and began to try and close down the deficit.

The high pace split the bunch with the leading chasers including all the top hitters such as Olivia Dillon (Peanut Butter & Twenty 12), the current defending champion. Also in this bunch were Ulster's main hope, Heather Wilson (Maryland Wheelers) as well as Geraldine Gill (Bohermeen), Caroline Ryan (Garda CC), Ciara Horne (Lakeland CC), Louise Moriarty (Look Mum No Hands), Sandra Fitzgerald (Lucan CRC) and Jennifer O’Reilly (Ravens CRT) and Siobhan Horgan (The Edge). Horgan had a mechanical and had to get a new wheel but chased and managed to get back on.

The group managed to reel in Meehan and then several attacks were initiated by Ryan, Horgan and Moriarty.

Mandy Collie of Team Basso had some misfortune, losing a chain on one of the climbs, chasing to get back on an dthen crshing. In true fighting spirit she chased to get back on joining Moran's chasing group which also included Amy Brice of Phoenix CC.

Coming to the line Horan went for it and soloed home followed a few seconds later by Louise Moriarty of Look Mum No Hands and Caroline Ryan of Garda CC. Heather Wilson had to satisfied with fourth position ahead of Olivia Dillon and Fran Meehan.

The Ulster women did well with Mandy Collie, Tonya Moran and Amy Brice all finishing in the top half of the field. Therese Smyth, despite suffering severe cramp in the penultimate lap rode on to finish in order to keep Phoenix in contention for the Team Prize. Unfortunately it was not to be their lucky day as the team classification went to Orwell Wheelers.

Cycling Ulster would like to congratulate all the medalists on their performance and all the Ulster women who gave it their all in what was a tough race.



Report and Pics Marian Lamb

National Women's Road Race Championships 2011 - Scotstown

1 Siobhan Horgan The Edge Sports Team 2'46'35
2 Louise Moriarty Look Mum No Hands 2'46'39
3 Caroline Ryan Garda CC 2'46'42
4 Heather Wilson Maryland Wheelers 2'47'24
5 Olivia Dillon Peanut Butter & Twenty12 2'47'26
6 Fran Meehan Tullamore 2'49'55
7 Jennifer O'Reilly Ravens CRT 2'51'21
8 Ciara Horne Lakeland CC 2'51'43
9 Sandra Fitzgerald Lucan CRC 2'51'58
10 Geraldine Gill Bohermeen 2'52'57
11 Anne Dalton DTC Orwell Wheelers 2'55'02
12 Tonya Moran Phoenix CC 2'55'04
13 Laura Banfield Swords CC 2'55'07
14 Roisin Kennedy Lucan CRC 2'55'10
15 Mandy Collie Team Basso TC 2'55'12
16 Sandra Telford DTC Orwell Wheelers 2'55'19
17 Orla Hendron DTC Orwell Wheelers 2'55'29
18 Amy Brice Phoenix CC 2'55'31
19 Fiona Meade St. Finbars CC 2'55'42
20 Caroline Conway Usher IRC 3'04'34

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