The following article is by Brett Travers, a freelance journalist.
Brett interviewed Siobahn after the recent World Road Championships in Salzburg. The Irishwoman is the Irish RR Champion and rides in Belgium for the Lotto Belisol team.
Ireland's sole female representative at the Women's World Road Race Championships in Salzburg was Siobhan Dervan from Ballinasloe in County Galway.
The Irish road race champion has been based in Belgium for the last two years and rides for the Lotto Belisol ladies team. By finishing 66th in a large group just over five minutes behind the race winner, Marianne Vos (Netherlands), it is believed that Dervan is the first-ever Irish woman to finish a World Road Race Championship race. "I'm absolutely delighted, I knew I could do it but with cycling anything can happen on the day itself - you can have an off day or a mechanical problem."
When questioned on the competitive nature of the event, Dervan commented, "it is good to see, women's races are often just a matter of selection on the hills, but the girls were extremely aggressive."
Discussing the challenging course, Dervan stated that she found the first climb ok. "Maybe it was because of the wide road that enabled me to move up before the climb. The second climb was tough; I wouldn't be the best descender in the world, technically, so I was often near the middle or towards the back of the bunch going into that climb. I guess I ended up working a little harder each lap than I needed to, but overall it's the World Championships so it was always going to be hard."
Having celebrated her achievement by sipping a few beers in the lively quarter of Salzburg, Dervan was seen strolling around the pit area on the Sunday morning, just before the Men's Elite Road Race. "My legs are fine" the friendly Irish rider confirmed with a smile and then indicated that her racing season was now finished. "I'm off on holiday to France for two weeks after this - without the bike!"
By Brett Travers
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