Ryan Mullen Produces Powerful Ride to Win Time Trial Championships
Joanna Patterson surprises herself to claim Women’s Time Trial Title
The coveted national champion’s jersey will return to the World Tour peloton with Ryan Mullen taking gold at the Elite Men’s Time Trial National Championships just 16 seconds ahead of Nicholas Roche.
Joanna Patterson of Independent Peadlers took gold in the Senior Women’s event averaging over 43kph.
Riders were greeted by blustery conditions and a stiff headwind on the outward leg of the 33.79km route. Paracycling C1-C5, H1-H5, Masters Women and Junior Woman raced over a 23.41km course.
Mullen has enjoyed mixed fortunes this year but was pleased with his performance saying it was one of his best ever rides in terms of power output. And it needed to be as a raft of top professionals were fighting for podium positions including seasoned pro Nicholas Roche of Team DSM in the silver medal position and Marcus Christie of PerformanceSBR in third.
Ben Healy, of Trinity Racing, opted to declare as an elite and forgo the opportunity to defend the U23 title he won last year. The 21-year old finished in forth, 7-seconds off the podium.
Reflecting on the performance Ryan Mullen said;
“I’ve not had the best of seasons; it’s not been too great for me but I’m really happy to turn that around. Today I came here, I put a bit of pressure on myself, more for my self-confidence and going into next year with Bora I really wanted to bring a National Champs jersey of some form, whether it’s this or the road race.”
“I’m really happy today, in terms of performance, in terms of power I’m up there with one of my best rides.”
Nicholas Roche pushed Mullen all the way and will be a major threat in the Road Race on Sunday.
“Nico is clearly in great shape because he wasn’t far off me and, yeah, I’ve done a good ride by my standards. It should be an exciting Sunday.”
Speaking at the finish line about the windy conditions Mullen said;
“I had about 440 (watts) average at the turn, and I think I finished the ride with 435, 436 (watts). Normalised (power) is going to be close to 440 with the roundabouts. That’s definitely up there with one of my better rides.”
“I’ve had a bit of a change of coach in the last 3 weeks and it’s definitely paying off. He’ll be more than happy when I text him now.”
Senior Women’s Champion, Joanna Patterson recently made the switch from triathlon to cycling, surprising herself with the victory today.
“I’m really happy, I’m really surprised actually. It is a small field but strong riders, Eve is a really strong rider, I saw her in Tokyo and she is like really inspiring to me, so it’s really surprising but I’m really happy to win today.”
Commented on her pacing strategy Patterson said;
“I wanted to get this right today just based on sort of the wind and the hills, so I tried to ride it more sort of to the course rather than focusing on average power or anything. So, I was trying to just push on the hills and when there was headwind or when it felt slow just try and push a bit more and then take wee breaks when it got really fast.”
Multiple Tokyo Paralympic medallist, Eve McCrystal could not defend her 2020 title and had to settle for silver. After the long build up to Tokyo, McCrystal enjoyed some downtime after the games to recover from the effort so will not be too disappointed given her limited training in recent weeks. Linda Kelly of Barrow Wheelers rounded out the women’s podium finishing in a time of 48’21”.
Full Results Here
Images by Inpho Here
Highlights on RTÉ2 at 5pm on Tuesday, October 5th
Cycling Ireland National Time Trial Championships, Co Wicklow.
1. Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo) 40’30”
2. Nicholas Roche (Team DSM) 40’46”
3. Marcus Christie (PerformanceSBR) 41’41”.
1. Kevin McCambridge (Amical Velo Club Aixois) 41’55”.
2. George Peden (Team PB Performance) 42’40’’.
3. Cian Keogh (Willebrord Wil Vooruit) 43’11”
1. Joanna Patterson (Independent Peadlers) 47’00”.
2. Eve McCrystal (Bellurgan Wheelers) 47’51”.
3. Linda Kelly (Barrow Wheelers) 48’21”.
1. Jane Wilkinson (Bann Wheelers CC) 37’07’’.
2. Ciara Havern (Newry Wheelers CC) 37’20’’.
3. Yvonne Doran (Orwell Wheelers CC) 37’35’’.
1. Darren Rafferty (Villeneuve Cycliste) 42’34”
2. Ronan O’Connor (Orwell Wheelers CC) 45’28’’.
3. Stefan Caulfield-Dreier (Kilkenny CC) 46’10”.
1. Caoimhe May (Orwell Wheelers CC) 37’46’’.
2. Katie Neill (TC Racing) 38’06’’.
3. Maria Mc Allister (TC Racing) 39’13”.
1. Damien Vereker and Marcin Mizgajski (Comeragh CC/Rossbury Racing) 43’39.
Paracycling C1-C5 Solo
1. Richael Timothy (Castlerea Cycling Club)
2. Scott Drummond (Cork County CC)
3. Aidan Mullane (Bottecchia Racing Club)
1. Declan Slevin (Rosemount Cycling Club) 38’58”.
2. Seamus Wall (Barrow Wheelers) 44’04”
3. Allister Macsorley (Un-attached) 44’06”.