Historic first as Nicole Reist wins 2,150km Race Around Ireland

Posted on: September 1st, 2017

Nicole Reist Race Around Ireland

Nicole Reist has made a huge piece of history at the Race Around Ireland. She’s been racing all week; since last Sunday when the race rolled out of Trim, Co Meath.


Nicole Reist wins 2,150km Race Around Ireland



Swiss ultra cyclist Nicole Reist has made history at the Race Around Ireland in becoming the first woman to win the event.

The 33-year-old finished the 2,150km race in Moynalty just 8am. Her time of 112 hours 21 minutes is the eight fastest in the history of the event.

And she has set a new record for a solo female competitor.

Reist faced serious opposition in her battle to get ahead, and stay ahead, of the rest of the field.

Former Race Around Ireland winner Valerio Zamboni was her closest rival for a long time.

But Reist had the power and condition, not to mention strategy, to press her advantage home.

She won Race Across America last year. She also won the Swiss national championship.

Just one week before coming here for the Race Around Ireland she won the TorTour ultra-cycling event in Austria. It was the fourth year in a row she had claimed that event.

Her nearest challenger and leader of the men’s category still more than 12 hours away in County Wexford as she accepted the victory plaudits this morning in Ireland.

Meanwhile, the winner of the four-person team category was Team Aspect.

Pat Maher, John Dowd, Seamus Nash and Cathal Philips from Deenside Wheelers, Co Kilkenny, arrived in Moynalty with an eventual finishing time of 71hours and 43minutes.

The next three teams on the road teams were close together more than 30km behind the winners.

Maher, Dowd and Nash were on the Teac Tom team that finished 8th in last year’s four-person class.

They took almost eight hours off their finishing time from 2016 this time round.

Team Aspect led for almost the entire event which began in Trim, Co Meath, last Sunday afternoon.

It was the fourth fastest time in Race Around Ireland history and eclipsed last year’s winning time by 3½ hours.

Team Aspect was the first of any of the competitors to finish the Race Around Ireland.

Next to finish were The Ninety Niners; another four-person team.

The Navan Road Club derived team was made up of Paul Kelly, Simon O’Dea, Michael Mills and Stephen O’Halloran.

It was rarely more than a few kilometres ahead of St Tiernan’s CC and Team Veloroos on the road throughout the race.

St Tiernan’s made it a second podium in a row having finished second last year.

Twelve months ago Ciaran Ruane, Lawrence Clifford and Daragh O’Toole were also in the line-up. They were joined this year by Dermot Doherty.

The Australian Veloroos team was 4th of the four-rider teams. It set a new RAI record for women’s fours.

Team Outmates won the eight-person category with an average speed of 29.00kmh from Moynalty CC (28.88) and Team CAS (28.79).

The winning line up of Peter Doyle, Francis Rogers, Mark Kennedy, Arthur Schmid, Al le Gear, John Battels, Barra Dineen and Shane Tunney arrived in Moynalty just under 19 minutes ahead of the local team.

More to follow.