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Cycling Ireland Women's League Race 1

Boot Inn (Rear of Dublin Airport - 8th May 2002 



The All Cables womens league got off to a great start at the Boot Inn with a nailbiting finish at the end of the 15 mile handicap race. Valerie Considine of Usher IRC  pipped Kate Rudd of Nenagh  in a blanket finish with Marica Attoresi (Cycleways) third and Kathleen Gill (Navan Avonmore) in fourth place. The winning time for the race was 41 minutes with a stiff breeze facing the cyclists. The second group caught limit riders Imelda Tully (Navan Avonmore) and Kim Jaya (US) on the second lap.

Scratch riders Marie Reilly (Bohermeen CC), Gillian McDarby (IMBRC) and Roisin Kennedy (Usher IRC) averaged just under 40 kilometres per hour but failed to catch the first group. The long straight outside the Boot Inn saw a very exciting blanket finish with Valerie Considine notching up her first win  from tri-athlete Kate Rudd who proved her ability in her first ever open race. Garda co operation was excellent with two motorcycle Gardai providing safe passage for the race

Start outside the Boot Inn Bar

The first group start

Second group start 3 minutes later

Three riders make up the scratch group at 6 minutes

Chasing group has pulled back 1'15" in 5 miles

Only 2 left in scratch pulled back 2'10" in 5 miles 

Great support from the Garda Motorcycles

With 5 mile to go the leaders are being reeled in by the chasers

Marie o'Reilly now chasing on her own


Good sprint finish

There's only a tyre width between them

Another close sprint for 4th place


1 Valerie Considine  Usher IRC              14 POINTS

2 Kate Rudd            Nenagh CC            13

3 Marica Attoresi      Cycleways            12

4 Kathleen Gill          Navan Avonmore  11

5 Elsa Connaughton  Cycleways             10

6 Olivia Coady          Usher IRC               9

7 Susan Lavery        Garda Motorway    8

8 Kim Jaya               U.S.                         7

9 Imelda Tully           Navan Avonmore   6

10 Marie Reilly          Bohermeen CC      5

11 Evelyn Doyle        IVCA                     4

12 Gillian McDarby   IMBRC                 3

13 Roisin Kennedy    Usher IRC             2

14 Mary Geoghegan  Navan Avonmore  1



It has been announced that the All-Cables company are to sponsor the Cycling Ireland Women’s League, which begins this evening with a 25 kilometre road race at the Boot Inn. Races will take place most weeks between now and mid-July and cater for women of all levels who wish to compete, including beginners. In addition to five road races, the handicapped events include a hill climb at Howth, a track race and a time trial, and so are an excellent introduction to the sport. ‘The league went very well last year and we are hoping that this season will see even more women taking part,’ says Elsa Connaughton of Cycling Ireland. ‘They are great fun and everyone is welcome.’ For more information, contact Elsa at 01-8551522. 

Women's League:

  • Wed 8th May: 25 km road race, Boot Inn. Starts 7.30pm
  • Wed 15th May: 25 km road race, Batterstown. Starts 7.30pm
  • Wed 20th May: Hill climb, Howth. Starts 7.30pm
  • Wed 5th June: Track races, Sundrive Road, Kimmage. Starts 7.30pm
  • Wed 12th June: 25 km road race, Boot Inn. Starts 7.30 pm
  • Wed 26th June: 25 km road race, Batterstown. Starts 7.30pm
  • Wed 3rd July: 10 km time trial, Batterstown. Starts 7.30pm
  • Wed 10th July: 25 km road race, Dunboyne. Starts 7.30pm

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