Mark Downey goes in the men’s points race at the UCI Track World Cup in Colombia later today. The former national champion and European junior silver medalist will be aiming to emulate his heroics from Apeldoorn in the Netherlands before Christmas where he won a gold medal (also in the points race).
By Brian Canty
Ireland’s five-person elite track squad get round three of the UCI World Cup underway today, Friday, when they take to the boards in Cali, Colombia.
World Cup points race gold medal winner Mark Downey is the team’s star turn and he will be looking for another top performance when he goes in his favoured event this afternoon.
The CC Etupes man is in action at 8.39pm local time, or 3.39pm Irish time and that is a straight shoot-out for medals over the 30-kiolometre contest.
Also in action is Team WNT road pro and reignding Irish national road race champion Lydia Boylan.
She starts the first rounds of her omnium this morning and that four-round event concludes today.
The events on the programme for that are a 10k scratch race, a 7.5k ‘tempo race’, the elimination race as well as a 20k points race.
Tomorrow, Saturday, it’s the turn of Eoin Mullen and Lydia Gurley who tackle the keirin and scratch race, respectively.
The first round of the keirin is down for a 2pm local time start, or 9am Irish time with the repechages, 2nd round and latter rounds also on tomorrow.
Similarly, Gurley will be in an all-or-nothing scratch race final (10k) at 7.48pm local time.
Sunday is another busy day with Gurley, Mullen, Downey and Felix English all in action.
The latter goes in the sprint hoping to improve on some very solid results in the past while Gurley has the points race (20k) to occupy her mind.
Downey will take on the Madison event with English as his wingman there.
A huge number of entries are in Cali for the World Cup, with just one more round to come in LA before the World Track Championships in Hong Kong in April.
The full schedule of events can be got here.