It’s well known that many of the staff at Chain Reaction Cycles are dedicated athletes, be it road racing, downhill mountain biking or triathlon … every weekend some of us will be doing a race or getting together for some training.
For Amy Brice, 2013 has been a busy year so far. After two years of coming to terms with donning lycra to call herself “a cyclist”, the 25 year old is now entering her third season and is making the move onto the international stage.
Having won the Irish Women’s Classic league 2012, represented Ireland at Elite level and picked up the Ulster Road Race and TT Championship titles over the past year, the future is clearly bright for this talented CRC staffer.
Amy collects the 2012 Irish Womens Classic League Title
We catch up with Amy on the announcement of her new team and plans for the season.
“Three years in and I’m now making the move to dabble into International racing. Thankfully I’m not alone as a group of us have worked hard to setup the first Irish women’s elite road racing team. We’ve all raced against each other up until now with separate teams and this combination will have a huge impact on the Irish National circuit as well as showing how good the quality of women’s racing is here in Ireland.”
The magic line-up for D.I.D's Elite Women's Team 2013
The newly formed D.I.D. Electrical Racing Team will kick off its international campaign at the Bedford Three-Day in the UK from May 4th to 6th alongside Britain’s strongest elite teams. They will also line up against the best in the world in two 2.2 UCI stage races in July in France, Le Tour de Bretagne and the Tour du Limousin, which was won by world No 1 Marianne Vos in 2012.
The team had their debut last weekend at the second round of the Women’s National League in Drogheda where CRC’s Amy Brice had a dream start – taking the win in her new colours. Brice said the race was an aggressive one, with a large number of riders looking to shake things up.
“It was a relatively flat course so there were a lot of attacks, but nothing really stuck. It came down to a sprint. I attacked at 500 meters to go so it was a long sprint in a bit of a drag. I could see Sandra (Fitzgerald) going for it so I made sure I went off. It paid it in the end. I’m happy to take the first win for DID Electrical.” She continued “My team mate Siobhan (McNamara) attacked and she got a fair bit of distance and we were delighted. We thought she was away for a full lap but we released that she had taken the wrong turn.”
Amy is supported by VITUS bikes and this season rides the 2013 SRAM Red equipped Sean Kelly Limited Edition.
“I have had the pleasure to race on the Vitus Sean Kelly bike these past two seasons. I have the bike dialled to the millimetre for an absolutely perfect set-up where I can comfortably get into my pedal rhythm climbing, push hard in a break or to respond to accelerations. Last weekend showed that when the need arises to make a sprint for the line the bike is amazingly agile.”
You can follow Amy’s progress on the new D.I.D Ladies Racing Team Facebook Page