From George Boyd

Women's Novices Cycling League announced in Northern Ireland

The www.womenscycling.net league is pleased to announce the establishment of an eight race womenís series in N Ireland for 2003. 

 Following a well attended training and coaching day in March it became apparent that there was a demand for womens racing events in N Ireland, with many women currently feeling intimidated by having to compete shoulder to shoulder against the men.

The brief from the riders was that they would like the following - a mix of events, not too long, not too hilly and they had to be not too serious and above all good fun!  The object of the series is to promote womenís cycling and increase participation.

 A sponsorship deal has been negotiated with www.womenscycling.net to finance the structure of the league as they do with the National Womenís Team Series and with another regional series in Australia.  With the additional support of existing race organisers the series intends to deliver what the women have asked for. 

All they have to do now is support it!

The races are as follows 

03 May    Road Race, Ballymena - 25 miles

10 May    Surgenor Cup Hilly Time Trial, Randalstown

24 May    Road Race, Feeny - 25 miles

31 May    N Ireland Road Race Champs - Bangor

08 June    M Kennedy Mem 10 mile TT - Ballyclare

17 June   Ormeau Park Criterium - Belfast

02 Aug    S Smyth Mem 10 mile TT - Glenshane

16 Aug    Road Race, Ballymena - 25 miles

Points will go from 10 to 1 reducing from 1st to 10th.

Road Races will be handicapped if necessary. 

There is a series leader's jersey to be worn by the current leader at each event.

Please pass the word to riders who will be very welcome to contact me at any time.  mg.boyd@tiscali.co.uk 

I would like to thank Hazel Hughes, Mary McKee and Mary Boyd for bringing this idea to life, and Corri Farquharson and Suzanne Lawrence for kind sponsorship.

Photo is Suzanne Laurence of www.womenscycling.net presenting the leaderís jersey to Mary Boyd, Team Letchworth.


George Boyd

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