Irish champ Lydia Boylan to take on Armitstead in Yorkshire

Posted on: April 28th, 2016

Lydia Boylan will get a chance to display the Irish national champion’s kit this Saturday when she lines up for the ASDA women’s Tour de Yorkshire.


By Brian Canty

National road race champion Lydia Boylan is gearing up for one of the biggest events on the UK road calendar this weekend, the women’s Tour de Yorkshire (136k).

The elite Irish track rider will take on the likes of world champion Lizzie Armitstead,  British Olympian Danielle King (Wiggle High5), Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products)  as well as Shelley Olds (Cylance Pro Cycling) – and she cannot wait for it.

She did ride the support race for the same event last year but is in at the deep end this time around.

“This year’s edition is the first UCI race and first point-to-point race I’ve done in the UK,” she told us.

“I’m really looking forward to it. The course looks very good and at 136 kilometres (and the same as the men) it’ll definitely be a good test of the legs.”

Boylan has fared well in some UCI-ranked races already and they’re bound to stand to her.

“There’ll be many top professionals as well as Olympic and world champions so it’s going to be tough.

“The course is certainly challenging and with such big prize money, teams will definitely make it a hard race.”

Boylan took a break after the track season ended in March after which it was straight onto the road.

She’s already competed in Belgium and Holland but with little in the way of endurance done over the winter she initially found the going tough.

“They didn’t go quite to plan but I knew racing would be the best way to bring on some form.

“Patience has been required and my coach James Spragg has made sure we’re taking it easy and not forcing the training too much.

“The numbers have been good in my last couple of races so I’m starting to feel good again,” she said.

Of course, wearing the national champion’s jersey will mean she won’t lack motivation this weekend.

“Wearing it is always an honour so it’ll definitely be a priority to make sure it’s seen in the race.

“The hope will be to stick with the front of the race and take it from there; I’m expecting a lot of suffering!”