UCD Ad Astra's Lara Gillespie comes out on top at National Senior Championships

Posted 6 October, 2020

UCD Elite Sports Scholar Lara Gillespie has won the Senior Women’s National Championship.

The UCD Cycling Club rider was crowned Irish champion after a sprint finish at Knockaderry, County Limerick on the last day of the National Road Cycling Championships.

The 19-year-old, who studies Health and Performance Science at University College Dublin and is a member of the Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholarship programme, cross the finish line ahead of more experience racers including 2018 champion Eve McCrystal.

"So many strong women out today, I am just really surprised that I won. I am so proud, I worked so hard all year,” said Gillespie speaking after her win.

“It was intense from the beginning of the race, there was a group off the front. We were coming up the hill and with about 500 metres to go it just felt like it was going on for ages, it was a really good race."

She continued: “The last kilometre was very tactical. Everyone was watching each other, I thought I was in a rubbish position and there were nearly a few crashes, I just got a gap on the outside and I went for it. It felt way longer than I thought but luckily it went well."

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations