Andrea 3rd in Orwell Crit

1st Joanna Hickey(Usher) , 2nd Jenifer O'Reilly (Ravens) 3rd Andrea Fagan(Sundrive)

Following her excellent Time Trial debut last week, it was down the buisiness of criterium racing! This was fast & furious with corners ever 200m all of which were negotiated at high speed. The A2s we given nearly a lap start and Andrea set off with the A1 group in hot pursuit, so hot in fact that herself and Joanna Hicky (Usher) went off the front and were first to make contact with the A2 group.

Later in the race Joanna got away once more, this time in the company of Jen O'Reilly (Ravens) and these two held about 10seconds on the bunch for much of the closing laps. Our rider again was prominent on the front giving chase, but with Heather Boyle (Ravens) marking things there was no impact being made. Andrea nearly paid the price for her hard work in the closing laps when she briefly went off the back, but took a quick drink got back on and took some recovery time before going back to front of the chasing pack for the last lap. She lead into the final corner at full tilt and drove it to the line taking the sprint for 3rd by a clear bike lenght.  The race was women by Joanna Hickey who broke clear of her fellow escapee on the final lap. All in all the standard of the racing and the ferocity of the competition was impressive and it was an excellent Criterium debut for our rider not only in taking 3rd place but on the way she rode for so much of the race at the business end! 

Full credit to Aideen & Dave and all involved from the host club, Orwell Wheelers, for an excellent and well run event which is part of a 6 race series for women running over the next few tuesdays.
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Andrea takes 3rd from Heather Boyle (Ravens) and Orla Hendron (Orwell)  

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