Northern Ireland WomensCycling.net Series 2005
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Women's cycling has received a welcome boost with confirmation from www.WomensCycling.net that they will be continuing to sponsor the women's league in Ulster for the third year in 2005.
The Australian based women's cycling website has always been a favourite here with the site enjoying a very healthy number of "hits" from N Ireland.
The WomensCycling.net league was designed to develop women's racing by providing a platform from which novice women cyclists in Ulster could experience racing with other women in an enjoyable environment, where it was not necessary to line up against the men each week.
This has proved to be so popular that most organisers have responded to the demand and now promote separate women's races as a viable addition to their race day. There are now women's races most weekends in Ulster. A big thank you to all organizers.
The league had 35 different women who scored points in 2004, and subsequently a very solid squad of Ulster riders has evolved who have the confidence and ability to travel and race on the international scene in such a short period of time.
In April a team of six will be competing in the Tour of Malta, and with invitations received from Holland and England to send further teams this is set to be a very interesting year.
Series Programme 2005
13th March McCann Cup, Omagh, Road Race
16th April Spring Classic, Cookstown, Road Race
23rd April S McGreevy Mem, Dromore, Road Race
15th May Bann Valley Classic, Clady, Road Race
6th August Madigan Grand Prix, Carrickfergus, Road Race
13th August S Smyth Mem, Glenshane, 10 mile TT
4th September Ulster Championship, Nutts Corner, Road Race
Series Standings final - 2005
1 Trudy Brown
2 Anne McFarland
3 Elaine Harte
Second place in the Ulster Championships may have been a disappointment for Trudy Brown but second place was good enough for her to secure overall victory in the Womenscycling.net League.
Anne McFarland stormed through to share second place in the league with Elaine Harte. Elaine started the season as a relative novice and has scored consistently in every round to ensure such a creditable finish to her first racing season. Unfortunately the biggest loser on the day was league leader eighteen year old Erin Turkington (Clann Eiran) who suffered injury following a crash a few weeks ago and could not compete. We all wish Erin a speedy recovery and better luck next year.
At the prize presentation Trudy thanked all of the race organizers and officials throughout the season for their hard work. She also thanked Womenscycling.net for their sponsorship throughout 2005 and for their continued support into 2006.
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