Ellen McDermott takes title with golden sprint at Irish Crit Champs

Posted on: July 11th, 2019
Ellen McDermott is delighted with her win at the Irish National Criterium Championships in Co Galway this evening (Photo: Toby Watson)

Ellen McDermott (Team Boompods) has been crowned Irish criterium champion after a brilliant sprint carried her to the title in Co Galway this evening.

She saw off Lauren Creamer (Brotherton Cycles) and track Olympian Shannon McCurley (Unattached Leinster) for the national crown in Tynagh.

The racing was run off on the Pallas karting circuit and the women, unlike last year when their race was a demonstration event, were racing for a national title on the same evening as the men.

McDermott came to cycling relatively late and did much of her early racing in Scotland. In recent years she has raced more on the Continent.

Her class was made clear when she took bronze in the national road race championships in Wexford two years ago.

But this evening she moved up two steps on the podium and leaves Galway with an elite Irish gold medal and an Irish champion’s jersey.

She stole a march on the other top contenders this evening and in the end won it well; having plenty of time to savour the victory.

More to come.

McDermott leads on her way to victory (Photo: Toby Watson)
Grace Young keeps an eye out for her rivals in the title race (Photo: Toby Watson)