Katharine finishes 4th at Laragh Classic!

02 September 2018

BRC's women were in action at the tough Laragh Classic in Wicklow yesterday.

In the women’s classic Hannah Gruber-Stadler, a visiting Austrian rider set to take on Rás na mBan next week, won the day.

She was just clear of a fragmenting group on the run-in to the finish line, being chased by Imogen Cotter (Burren CC) and Aine Donegan (Scott Orwell).

The two chasers were trying desperately to get up to Gruber-Stadler when a crash occurred.

Donegan, a new find on the home scene this year, hit the deck very hard at speed. Cotter managed to get around her and stay upright to take 2nd place.

And while Donegan eventually got over the finish line, she was passed by several riders.


Lauren Creamer (Brotherton Cycles) was 3rd from Katharine Smyth (Ballymena RC) and national champion Eve McCrystal (Garda CC), in 5th place.

Donegan, who literally limped home after her smash, still took 6th place. BRC's Laura Campbell took 10th.

Full race report: