Burns demolishes women’s league opener with blistering time

Posted on: April 6th, 2016

Eileen Burns on her way to a fantastic time in the opening round of the Orwell Women’s League last night (Photo with thanks to Brendan Culleton)


Eileen Byrne’s has underlined her status as one of Ireland’s best ever time trial riders with a storming performance against the clock to win the opening round of the Orwell Criterium League.

The series opens with a TT followed by a number of criteriums and one road race.

It concludes with another TT, with the concept behind the format to demonstrate to those new to the sport how far they have progressed since their first effort against the clock.

However, many in the league are very experienced campaigner, with last night’s winner Burns the national 10 mile TT record holder.

She recorded a time of 23mins 27seconds for the 10 mile – 16km – test in Batterstown, Co Meath.

The Ballymena rider’s time was a very significant 1:17 ahead of the best of the rest, Aideen Keenan of promoting club Orwell Wheelers.


Orla Montague on her way to 3rd place on the night for Dublin Wheelers (Photo with thanks to Brendan Culleton)


Rounding out the podium was Orla Montague of Dublin Wheelers, who was a further 32 seconds back.

The victory by Burns was not unexpected as she is a rare talent who put in the best ever 10 mile TT by an Irish woman, last September in the UK.

Her time on that occasion of 20:22 represented a huge leap forward for Irish women’s time trailing in that it lowered the previous national record of Caroline Ryan by 41 seconds; a huge margin over the distance.

Ryan’s record has stood for four years and in the intervening period the Garda CC rider has become Irish cycling’s most decorated female riders, taking bronze medals at both the UCI World Track Championships and at a UCI World Cup.

The next round of the Orwell league takes place next on the closed racing circuit of Corkage Park, west Dublin.

The field will be split into A and B races based on the times recorded last night, with U14 and U16 riders welcome to join the B race. And anyone who missed last night’s TT can still race.


Burns catches and passes Brianne Mulvihill, who was moving at a considerable pace herself and took 7th on the night (Photo: Brendan Culleton)



Tues, April 5th: Batterstown 10 mile TT

1st Eileen Burns Ballymena 23:27
2nd Aideen Keenan Orwell 24:44
3rd Orla Montague Dublin Wheelers 25:16
4th Jennifer Bates Clondalkin CC 25:51
5th Joanne Regan Teermoneeny CC 26:02
6th Róisín Kennedy Adamstown 26:36
7th Brianne Mulvihill Orwell 27:13
8th Ciara Kinch Orwell 27:25
9th Monica Marconi Orwell 27:39
10th Caroline Conway Unattached 27:41
11th Deanne Sanders Swords 27:47
12th Anne Coleman Lucan 27:57
13th Charlotte Stevens Orwell 28:00
14th Debbie Lee Gaffney Sheelin Flyers 28:13
15th Yvonne Doran Orwell 28:18
16th Lorraine McGill Blanch Wheelies 28:23
17th Ciara Ní Flathartaigh Orwell 28:57
18th Kate Earlie St. Tiernans 29:09
19th Lyndsey Bryce Dublin Wheelers 29:10
20th Beata Golczak Unattached 29:17
21st Louise Keane Orwell 29:25
22nd Orla Walsh Orwell 29:34
23rd Clodagh Allen Clonard 29:41
24th Mary Brady TC Racing 31:09
25th Kaska Ludwa Orwell 31:25
26th Irene Yeriskin Sundrive 31:28
27th Frances Thompson Swords 32:06
28th Caroline Hannon Naas 32:10
29th Imelda Prenergast Dublin Wheelers 34:27
30th Hannah Tilley Bray 35:55
31st Aishling Barry Dunboyne DNS