Crowley’s Strata3-Velo Revolution strengthens with new signings

Posted on: February 18th, 2019

Strata3-VeloRevolution cycling team

On the domestic scene Strata 3-VeloRevolution has put together a tidy mix of riders for the road racing year ahead. It will feel like it has the personnel to take big wins. Among the new names is Damien Shaw, above.


The Strata 3-VeloRevoltion team has been strengthened in the off season with some new signings for the domestic road racing campaign ahead.

National elite champion Eve McCrystal and former An Post-Chainreaction rider Damien Shaw are the stand-out new riders.

But other strong contenders have also been added to what is now a 13-rider roster.

Richie Maes, who has performed very well in Rás Tailteann in recent years, comes into the fold from Killarney CC.

Also joining is Liam Curley, who moves from the junior ranks last year into the U23 category for the season ahead.

Curley won a series of races during both of his years as a junior and also made the Irish team for international duties.

Having ridden for NRPT-Chill Insurance last year, he was picked on the Irish team for the Junior Tour of Ireland.

The teenager won the Christy McManus Memorial towards the end of last season as well as the Boyne GP and a round of the Mondello series.

Among his results in 2017 was victory in the Shay 3 – the A3 and junior version of the Shay Elliott Memorial.


Strata3-VeloRevolution cycling team

Eve McCrystal wins from the Mullingar GP from Aine Donegan last year (Photo: John Busher)


Another rider joining Strata 3-VeloRevolution is Grace Young, one of the strongest women on the home scene.

She has been competing with De Ronde Van Cork of late. Young was top masters rider in this year’s cyclocross championships as well as just one place off a medal in the elite event.

Indeed, she has proven a strong campaigner on the cyclocross scene, as has Maes and Anthony Doyle who is back for more with the team in 2019.

Eve McCrystal joins the squad from Garda CC. And while she is national road race champion and has one a string of classics on the road, she is best known for her international paracycling results.

As sighted pilot with Katie George Dunlevy she has won paralympic gold and also been world champion twice both in the TT and road race.

She is a very strong addition to the team and Aidan Crowley, who runs the team and is a title sponsor, has done well to land McCrystal in his set-up.


Strata3-VeloRevolution cycling team

Strata3-VeloRevolution cycling team

Davenport wins the Cycleways Cup last season, photo by Sean Rowe. Many of the Strata 3-VeloRevolution riders on a recent training ride.


Similarly, Damien Shaw is another significant signing; the former elite road race champion still with plenty to offer.

He took up cycling late but went on to win the Irish crown. And he has ridden at Continental level for the last three seasons.

The Mullingar man spent two years at An Post-Chainreaction. He then moved to Holdsworth Racing last year. During last season he was 4th overall in Rás Tailteann.

He has also been 2nd and 3rd on Rás stages. And he claimed a stage win in Tour du Loir et Cher (2.2) in France in 2017.

He has represented Ireland in the elite Europeans on the road. And he was very unlucky in 2017 when injury stopped him starting the elite Worlds after he had gained selection.


Potential for more wins

While he is stepping down a level back to the domestic scene, he should still prove well able to turn it on. He brings very significant horsepower to Strata 3-VeloRevolution.

While Doyle is back again this year, also returning are James Davenport, Stephen Murray and Michael Fitzgerald; three very strong campaigners well capable of winning races.

Doyle has been prolific in Mondello for Strata 3-VeloRevolution. And Davenport has enjoyed some very strong wins in recent years.

Last season, for example, he won the Cycleways Cup, the Mount Nugent GP and the De Ronde Classic.

Crowley, the former Masters road race champion, will ride for the team, as ever. And the line-up is completed by another trio; Mark Quigley, Paul Norton and Patrick Clifford.


Strata 3-VeloRevolution 2019 team

Damian Shaw, Mark Quigley, James Davenport, Richard Maes, Michael Fitzgerald, Liam Curley, Anthony Doyle, Paul Norton, Patrick Clifford, Aidan Crowley, Eve McCrystal, Stephen Murray, Grace Young.