Emma Walsh: “It was a good, hard race and great to win”

Posted on: April 5th, 2016

Emma Walsh takes up the pace-setting at the front of the women’s race in Sunday’s Cyclesports GP in Dungarvan. The Waterford Racing Club rider was a comfortable winner for the second week in succession (Photo: Sean Rowe)


By Brian Canty

Emma Walsh took her second win in as many weeks last Sunday when she stormed to victory in her home race, the Cyclesports GP promoted by Dungarvan CC.

The Waterford Racing Club rider said there was pressure on all week, not only because she won the previous week at Rás Laois but because her employers actually sponsored the race.

But she made light of the field to win the inaugural edition of the event and had even more reason to celebrate on Sunday night when three of her teammates finished in the top six.

“Being local, I wanted to do well and my three teammates were all willing to play their part,” she said.

“And that’s what happened; it was only a one-lap race but it was a good, hard race and great to win.


A delighted Walsh takes victory have broken clear with Collins and then ridden away solo (Photo: Sean Rowe)


“It was our first outing as a team and the main thing for us was to ride as a team.

“We have a structure this year with four of us who will hopefully be racing all year up until Rás na mBan.

“It’ll be great to enter a Waterford team there,” she added.

Also among the prizes on Sunday were third-place Claudia Lane as well as fifth and sixth place Martin Cronin and Diane Behan, respectively.

“Everyone got a result so it was a good day out. Martina is only in her second year and it’s great to see more involved in the club.


Walsh said Rolf Power had helped greatly in creating the Waterford Racing Club women’s line which is now moving forward at a pace.


“We owe a big thanks to Rolf Power in Waterford Cycling Centre,” Walsh continued of the development of women’s line-up in her club.

“He kept pushing for a women’s team and Robin Kelly is very encouraging and always willing to pass on his knowledge as well.

“The women’s scene is definitely improving every year.

“The national league started with the Des Hanlon and the next one is the Nenagh Classic so we’ll be heading there.

“There’s  7 or 8 races in that series and they’re good tests; the strong girls come and it makes for good racing.”

And speaking of strong riders, Walsh praised the efforts of young Limerick woman Autumn Collins who has been second the last two weekends.

“She’s only 17 so she’s one to watch. She’s racing with Starley Racing and seems to be going well.

“It’s only the third race of the season though, so there’s a long way to go and a few names are to emerge yet.”