Gibson wins her first round in women’s cycling league
Following the success of the national championships in Carlingford the previous weekend, local cycling action was back in focus last Tuesday.
First up was the Women’s League, with another great turnout recorded as over 20 riders signed on before being split across five different groups.
The time gaps made for great racing & ensured everyone from beginner to former national champion (Bohermeen’s Geraldine Gill) all raced a competitive event. First off in group one was Rosemary Gibson, who is a relatively new cyclist. She started under the tutelage of Pat Kilboy on the Saturday morning “coffee spins”.
Pat and his group mix their cycling with the quest for a great café with cake and coffee. Rosemary rapidly progressed to a point where she is now a winner of a round of the Women’s League, when she had the strength to win the sprint when the first three groups on the road merged. Michelle Dolan was second, Hazel Hall of Bohermeen was third and Sinead O’Hanlon of Newry Wheelers was fourth.
On top of the leader board sits Fiona Rogers, holding off Newry Wheeler’s Louise O’Hagan in second and Hazel Hall in third.
The FPM Accountants League was also back on the menu during the week. This round, at 50km, was the longest event in the league as it ran from Oriel Park to Carrickmacross, across to Ardee and home.
In the B League Gary Shiels finished ahead of Karl Dolan and Alan Bingham for the win. All the groups had come together on the run into the finish from Ardee. As the bunch geared itself up for a sprint Shiels took the initiative himself and jumped with just over a kilometre to go. With no one wanting to waste their energy chasing him he got a small gap and powered to the line for a win with a few bike lengths to spare over those behind.