“I’d very set targets last year; every other race was training. But I’m more competitive now”

Lydia Boylan in action last summer in the inaugural Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix around St James’s Park in central London. She has given up her engineering job and gone full time. Irish road international and national track champion, Lydia Boylan gets her international racing season underway in Belgium tomorrow at the 120km Le Samyn des Dames with most of the best riders in the world having turned full time with Team Velosport Montegrappa.

Anne Dalton takes solo National League win ahead of first foreign outing of year

Charlotte McDonald leads one of the many escapes in Bohermeen today before Anne Dalton time trialled to victory (Photo: www.blackumbrellaphotography.com ) Anne Dalton (DID Electrical Racing Team) has taken a solo victory in the third round of the Joe Daly Women’s National League in Bohermeen after an aggressive and wet day of racing. She crossed the line over a minute ahead, leaving the peloton to sprint for the rest of the placings.

Great move for domestic scene as DID Electrical launch new women’s elite team

The growing women’s scene in Ireland has been given a welcome boost with news that DID Electrical has launched a new team for elite riders. The squad made its debut at the National Women’s League in Drogheda yesterday, where Amy Brice made it a winning start for the new outfit when she took victory ahead of Tonya Moran (Blackrose) and Sandra Fitzgerald (Garda CC).

“It’s a new level for me; racing against top pros. It’s completely different to Ireland”

Mel Spath’s breakthrough year last year has opened the door for her to the US pro scene (Photo: Larry Rosa Photography) Melanie Spath has been living her dream for the past few weeks, racing with pro US-based team TIBCO. The national road race champion has already ridden two stage races in California and will ride a few more UCI events before returning home to defend her national title in June.

Irish trio to take on top pro riders in French international cyclocross race

Three Irish riders will take in the 56th annual international cyclocross race of Lanarvily in Brittany, France, on January 27th. The team, sponsored by Irish business man and cyclist Pádraic Quinn, will be racing against some of the best pro cyclists in France and throughout Europe. Said Quinn: “Robin Seymour, Tim O’Regan and Sean O’Tuathail will be riding in Lanarvily along with Thomas Voeckler and other guests. But more important

“I questioned myself; I stopped in the rain and I cried. But I’m glad now I kept at it”

Cork woman Fiona Meade is what you could call a veteran of the An Post Rás ma mBan, having raced the event five times. Last year the 31-year old won the opening stage and got to be the first ever rider to wear the newly redesigned pink leader’s jersey. This year she’s wearing another colour: the blue County Rider classification leader’s jersey, which she holds on the eve of the final stage.
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