Roe Valley CC's Mary Boyd consolidated her lead in the www.womenscycling.net league when she won round 5 in a close fought bunch sprint in a 52km road race promoted by Ballymena Road Club. It was run on a short handicap basis with a small group of four starting with a two minute advantage over a scratch group which contained Irish Squad riders Mary Boyd and Trudy Brown, and international triatheletes Ann Paul and Heather Wilson. The rolling course and the nagging winds made conditions a little difficult, but for once in Ireland the sun shone throughout the race.
With the scratch group riding a steady race they had the handicap bunch is sight at the end of the first 13km circuit and closed them down before the end of the second. A group of seven Boyd, Brown, Paul and Wilson then forged ahead with Julie Mulligan, Catherine Hack and Julie Murphy in what was the race winning move.
Despite the best efforts of Ann Paul and Trudy Brown to escape from the bunch in the last lap the ever attentive Boyd ensured they were not getting away before the end. With 200 metres remaining Boyd unleashed her usual sprint finish to finish two lengths clear of Julie Mulligan in second place.
It was pleasing to see some new faces in the bunch - lets hope the league continues to grow.....
1 Mary Boyd - Roe Valley 52km in 1.36.26
2 Julie Mulligan - Omagh Wheelers
3 Heather Wilson - Maryland Wheelers
4 Ann Paul - East Tyrone
5 Catherine Hack - Bann Wheelers
6 Trudy Brown - Northern Dave Kane
7 Julie Murphy - Maryland Wheelers
8 Catherine Bell - Northern Dave Kane
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|Mary Boyd, winner of Rd 5 also won the Ulster Championships a couple of weeks ago|
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