Rosena Lynch wins Round 1

By Rosemary Gibson.

Debutante Rosena Lynch wins Round 1 of the Bike Station League 2016 after brave solo effort.

Cuchulainn Cycling Club's own Rosena Lynch won Race 2 (groups 1-3) with style in the first round of the Bike Station road racing League last night with a blistering solo breakaway after the first seven kilometers. She left her group standing in Castlebellingham on the way out, and battled gusty crosswinds for the remainder of the way. She kept up her pace to stay away from the chasing bunch comprised of all three groups which had converged in the final few kilometres. Seeded in Group 1, this was her first appearance in the League and she surely has a bright future in the racing scene.

The weather was squally and blustery for the first round of the Bike Station League 2016, a fast 26 km from the Fane Bridge to Dunleer roundabout and back.

There was a good showing of ladies for the league this year, spread from group 1 to group 6, with four in group 1. Group 1, consisting of Rosena Lynch, Rosemary Gibson, Sarah Fagan and Nuala O'Donahue set off first and worked together, although with such a small number and the energy sapping wind to contend with they had to battle valiantly the whole way round, and were reduced early on to three when league debutante Rosena Lynch attacked and accelerated effortlessly off the front in Castlebellingham and soloed into the distance. Group two, with Johanna Rogan and Claire Ludlow in the Ardee colours and Louise O' Hagan riding for Inspired Cycling were chasing hard and were spotted just as group 1 were going up the hill from Dunleer roundabout. Group three with Mary Laverty and Debbie Lundy were not far behind and as always, the sight of the chasing groups on this out and back circuit caused a frisson of excitement and spurred everyone on. Group two caught up with one after 22.5 km just after Castlebellingham, and not long afterwards there were shouts that three had caught up and the ensuing mild panic cranked up the pace a few notches. Eyeballs out for the last couple of km to the finish line, and Rosena stayed out in front for the race win, a brilliant result for her! Official results and photos will be posted up soon on the racing page and website. Well done all the ladies for showing up and racing with the men, it's not for the faint hearted, you all did the club proud!

Photo creditCaroline Kerley