The Irish junior squad put in another solid track performance, building on their success from the European track champs in Athens.
Pbs in the team pursuit and individual pursuit, on a slower track, illustrated the progression the squad have been making all season. Willy Connolly recorded a time of 3mins 40secs in the individual pursuit to knock 4secs of his time in Athens two weeks ago. Jeremiah O’Sullivan qualified comprehensively through to the points race final were he raced to a fine 17th place while Diarmuid Cronin recorded another pb with 3mins 41secs in the individual pursuit. Isaac Speirs, who finished 5th in the European Scratch race, was on course for what looked like another top finish in the World’s Scratch final when he was involved in a race ending collision in the closing laps. Speirs, who was holding his own in the world class pack, was making his way to the front of the brunch that was sprinting for the silver when a crash in front of him, with 2 laps to go, left him with nowhere to go. Fortunately he was unhurt but his race was over.
The team pursuit squad recorded a time of 4mins 35secs to claim 16th place again a 3 sec improvement from Athens on a slower track, setting a new Irish Record. The squad rode with good technique and commitment while making history as the first Irish team pursuit squad, at any level, to complete in a UCI world championship in this event.
This all bodes well for the future of Irish cycling with the aim of developing a sizeable Olympic squad for the future well on course.
Track Head Coach
Cycling Ulster Affiliates