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GB’s Houvenaghel wins Belfast ‘UCI Celtic Chrono TT’; Mel Spath best of the Irish

Posted on: May 13th, 2012

Class act: Celtic Chrono winner Houvenaghel rolls off the start ramp (Photo: Marian Lamb – Cycling Ulster)

Class act: Celtic Chrono winner Houvenaghel rolls off the start ramp (Photo: Marian Lamb – Cycling Ulster)

 

Olympic silver medallist and former World Track Champion, Wendy Houvenaghel (Ricci Chain) has taken victory in the UCI registered Celtic Chrono TT in Belfast, with 30 seconds to spare over Russian Olga Zabelinskaya (Rusvelo).

Houvenaghel, the Northern Irish athlete who rides for GB, stormed around the 22 mile course in 48:35.09

A world class rider, Houvenaghel has a string of track medals at Worlds and Olympics to her name. Most recently, she won silver in the World Track Championships in Melbourne at the 3km pursuit and was a Worlds gold medallist last year for GB in the team pursuit.

She was also a silver medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, taking that podium in the 3km pursuit. She was favourite for today’s event and did not disappoint.

Best of the Irish riders today was Mel Spath (Cycleways) in 9th place, in a time of 52:16:68 followed by World Track Championship points race bronze medallist Caroline Ryan (Garda CC), who was 11th today in a time of 52:54:97. National road race champion Siobhan Horgan (GSD Gestion) was third quickest Irish rider, placing 15th in a time of 53:50:72.

Ireland’s Cathal Miller was fastest paracyclist in a time of 50:41:93.

The riders were greeted by breezy but dry conditions, with the UCI 1.2 race starting and finishing in the Stormont Estate. The event was run by BNG Sports Management with the support of DCAL, Sport Northern Ireland as well as NITB, Belfast City Council, Castlereagh Borough Council and Ards Borough Council.

 

National TT champ and Worlds bronze medallist Caroline Ryan in Celtic Chrono action (Photo: Stephen Prentice)

National TT champ and Worlds bronze medallist Caroline Ryan in Celtic Chrono action (Photo: Stephen Prentice)

 

Irish road race champ gave it a very good go against the clock today (Photo: Stephen Prentice)

Irish road race champ gave it a very good go against the clock today (Photo: Stephen Prentice)

 

Colin Lynch in action today in his World Champion skin suit (Photo: Stephen Prentice)

Colin Lynch in action today in his World Champion skin suit (Photo: Stephen Prentice)

 

Celtic Chrono, Belfast 22 miles

Full Result

1

WENDY HOUVENAGHEL RICCI CHAIN England

0:48:35.090

2

OLGA ZABELINSKAYA RUSVELO Russia

0:48:57.380

3

HANKA KUPFERNAGEL RUSVELO 2 Germany

0:49:40.660

4

PIA SUNDSTEDT FINLAND Finland

0:50:26.350

5

JULIA SHAW DRAG2ZERO England

0:51:09.650

6

PATRICIA SCHWAGER SWITZERLAND Switzerland

0:51:36.650

7

Brulee Latoya TOPSPORT Belgium

0:51:42.220

8

PASCAL SCHINDER SWITZERLAND Switzerland

0:52:13.220

9

MEL SPATH CYCLEWAYS Ireland

0:52:16.680

10

Lina-Kristin SCHINK TEAM GSD Germany

0:52:22.240

11

CAROLINE RYAN GARDA CC Ireland

0:52:54.970

12

Thrude Natholmen Sandefjord SK Norway

0:52:59.660

13

Pauliena ROOIJAKKERS DOLMANS Netherlands

0:53:04.370

14

EMMA TROTT DOLMANS England

0:53:11.550

15

SIOBHAN HORGAN TEAM GSD Ireland

0:53:50.720

16

Cecilie Johansen HI TEC Norway

0:54:25.120

17

JANE KILMARTIN PEDALE DES EAU VIVES GENEVE Ireland

0:54:32.210

18

EVE McCrystal GARDA CC Ireland

0:55:19.760

19

SARAH ORTIZ BLACK ROSE RACING Spain

0:55:37.320

20

HEATHER Wilson MARYLAND Ireland

0:55:38.640

21

LAUREN CREAMER ABERGAVENNY ROAD CLUB Ireland

0:55:51.680

22

JENNIFER DUFFY BRAY WHEELERS Ireland

0:57:28.380

23

ORLA HENDRON ORWELL Ireland

0:58:04.810

24

Mary Hunter Dromara CC Ireland

0:59:41.990

25

CELINE McPhillips CUCHULAINN Ireland

1:01:25.970

26

TONYA MORAN CYCLING ULSTER Ireland

1:01:34.860

27

FIONA COOKE LEINSTER Ireland

1:01:43.850

28

THERESE SMYTH PHOENIX CC Ireland

1:01:45.650

29

CLAIRE FRASER GUYANA Guyana

1:02:40.590

30

Sinead Rivers Roe Valley Ireland

1:02:41.380

31

SARAH PINER BLACK ROSE RACING Ireland

1:02:50.100

32

Rachael Withers West Tyrone Velo-Fintona Ireland

1:03:50.250

33

SHEILA CRONIN GARDA CC Ireland

1:04:48.750

34

LOUISE FULLERTON BALLYMENA Ireland

1:08:20.320

AMY BRICE PHOENIX CC Ireland

 

Paracyclist Result

Cathal Miller Paracycling  Ireland

50:41:93

Walsh/Meehan Paracycling  Ireland

50:42:82

Dunlevy/Fitzgerald Paracycling  Ireland

54:44:77

Colin Lynch Paracycling  Ireland

55:15:83

Enda Smyth Paracycling  Ireland

59:00:88

Chris Burns Paracycling  Ireland

1:02:54:36

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