Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Overall
Stage 1 Photos Stage 2 Photos Stage 3 Photos
Write Up Stage 1
Riders rolled out on a fine but cloudy day in Feeny Northern Ireland. The local
riders faced a tough challenge from the overseas visitors from the Netherlands,
New Zealand, South Africa and the UK.
As the undulating course took its toll a number of riders drifted out of the back of the bunch. Local rider Rachel Henderson was first to suffer at the back, while fellow countrywomen Ann McFarland stretched the bunch out at the front. CJ Farquharson riding for the Impsport composite team rode well however as the pace pick up on the drag she drifted back.
Evans Cycling and Team Luciano riders worked hard on the front to break up the
race but were constantly dragged back by Mary McKee riding for Cycling Ulster
and members of the visiting District Noord- Holland team.
receiving special dispensation to ride due to age constraints local Ballymena
rider Nadine Morris showed strength at the front of the bunch but fell foul to
the experience of the group at the base of the first climb. The group lead by a
very aggressive Jacqui Marshall (Team Luciano) worked hard to get away but she
was constantly drawn back in. The lead group totalling 20 riders created a gap
of 1.12sec at 17.3miles back to the chase group of 8 riders. The chasing riders
now comprised of Nadine Morris (Impsport Composite) Linda Veen (Team Letchwoth)
Ros Clitheroe(Team Letchworth) Ann Bath (Surrey League A) Christina Clarke
(Cycling Ulster) Ann McFarland (Cycling Ulster) Bea den Bakker (District Noord
– Holland) and Chrystal Sheldon (Surrey League A) unfortunately they struggled
to form a cohesive group and fell back to 3.10 sec behind at 29miles.
McKee and a number of the Evans Cycling and Dutch riders worked hard to break
the bunch going into the last lap but again the group remained in tact.
In true Irish fashion the rain started as the riders approached the last lap. Despite a number of attempts to split the group they were in tact as they climbed the finish hill for the last time. With approximately 500 meters to go the pace accelerated and the riders were stretched out. Jacqui Marshall showed her strength and it could not be matched as she sprinted to the line 4 sec clear of the Dutch rider Miriam Wiersma and fellow team mate Ruth Gamwell.
Write Up Stage 2
The short but undulating time trial was a test for all of the riders, however the under 3 minutes speed of Jacqui Marshall and Mary McKee could not be matched by any other rider.
Write Up Stage 3
the bunch rolled out for Stage 3 it was not long before the first rider was to
suffer the pace of the flat course. Local rider Rachel Henderson (Impsport
Composite) could not keep up suffering from her lack of form due to
undergraduate exams. To the relief of a number of less experienced and those
unable to keep up with the high speeds, the bunch slowed to a steady speed of
22mph. Ann McFarland (Ulster Cycling), cautious round the bends headed the bunch
on many occasions, apparently it was doctors orders to keep out of trouble
having recently recovered from serious neck and shoulder surgery.
Brown (Ulster Cycling) attempted an attack but there was little opportunity,
Caroline Gay (Evans Cycles RT) brought the group back together. At the first
sprint on lap 6 the Dutch junior rider Sanne Hokke (District Noord-Holland)
sprinted to the line ahead of Ruth Gamwell (Team Luciano) and Mary McKee (Ulster
Clitheroe (Team Letchworth) worked hard at the front of the bunch to keep the
pace high, at the same point the race suffered its first of many punctures,
Linda Veen (Team Letchworth) chased hard to get back on after a swift wheel
change. A number of riders all attempted to put the pressure on as the bunch
turned left on the main road to the finish line. Ros Clitheroe, team mate Kate
Cullen (Team Letchworth) and Sue Roy (New Zealand) managed to get a 300m gap on
the bunch, the break was joined by Julie O’Hagan (Luton CC), unfortunately the
bunch were dragged back by Jacqui Marshall (Team Luciano). The second sprint was
a close call with Jacqui Marshall beating, team mate Ruth Gamwell and Angela
Dolan (Terrydolan.com) taking third. Dutch rider Miriam Wiersma kept the
momentum of the sprint up and she was joined by two riders Jacqui Marshall and
Julie O’Hagan managed to get a small gap of 100m but their efforts were
thwarted by Mary McKee who again pulled the group back.
the group got back together the Dutch rider Jessica Glasbergen (District Noord-Holland)
attacked, Hanna Reynolds (Evans Cycles RT) joined her but unfortunately the
bunch responded quickly. At 34 miles Caroline Gay (Evans Cycles RT) managed to
sneak away without the bunch reacting, she managed to get a gap of 17sec, as the
group suffered the only crash of the event, Claire Paignton (Evans Cycles RT)
crashed, a front puncture the route cause, taking two other riders down and
caught the back wheel of the yellow jersey, thankfully, Jacqui Marshall held her
wheel and managed to stay upright. Unfortunately Claire was unable to continue
but Linda Veen (Team Letchworth) and Ann Bath (Surrey League A) although hurt
climbed back onto their bikes. Congratulations
to Ann Bath for her finish – had it not been for the crash, she would have
finished with the bunch for the first time in this, her first full season.
Gay managed to hold the gap through to the third sprint of the day, followed by
Ruth Gamwell and Sanne Hokke. The
yellow jersey and the bunch chased hard round the start of the last lap
splitting the back of bunch. With about half a mile to go the bunch slowed and
allowed Kate Cullen (Team Letchworth) to break away, she managed to get a 60m
gap and ran out of steam just short
of the finish line to a sprinting Jacqui Marshall securing the victory of the
stage and overall.
Results Back To Top
|Race Number||First Name||Last Name||Club||Category||Position|
|7||Miriam||Wiersma||District Noord - Holland||E||2|
|31||Caroline||Gay||Evans Cycles RT||4||7|
|12||Allison||Butler||Evans Cycles RT||2||9|
|33||Della||McGavin||Surrey League A||3||10|
|22||Angela||Nainby||Surrey League A||2||11|
|15||Jessica||Glasbergen||District Noord - Holland||E||12|
|34||Hannah||Reynolds||Evans Cycles RT||3||15|
|23||Sanne||Hokke||District Noord - Holland||J||17|
|19||Caroline||Goward||Evans Cycles RT||3||18|
|1||Bea||den Bakker||District Noord - Holland||Vet||23|
|17||Ann||Bath||Surrey League A||Vet||24|
|14||Nadine||Morris||NI Impsport Comp||J||26|
|36||Chrystal||Sheldon||Surrey League A||4||28|
|25||Hazel||Hughes||NI Impsport Comp||3||31|
|11||Corri||Farquharson||NI Impsport Comp||3||32|
|28||Rachel||Henderson||NI Impsport Comp||4||33|
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