McConvey, 28, leaves the sport having enjoyed a very good career. Injuries at inopportune times probably cost him the chance to move up to the paid ranks but he can look back on a job well done throughout the course of the time he was a full-time rider (Photo: Toby Watson)
By Brian Canty
Connor McConvey has called time on his cycling career and will pursue other interests for the immediate future.
The Belfast man made the decision to hang up his wheels having considered his future opportunities both on and off the bike.
He had been a member of the An Post Chain-Reaction team for 2016 but having departed the set-up he was hoping to progress to the professional ranks.
He had a good year and notched consistent performances, though results might not have been as forthcoming as he’d hoped for.
The 28-year old has been at Continental level his whole career; an initial stint with An Post-Sean Kelly followed by the Synergy Baku Project, Team 3M and most recently, An Post Chain Reaction again last year.
He raced the elite national road race championships at home last June and took a fine 4th place having ridden in the break all day in Kilcullen beside his then teammate Damien Shaw.
McConvey comes from a big cycling family in the North and was tipped for great things after he finished fourth overall in the An Post Rás as an U23 rider.
However, he would walk away from the sport for five months after falling out of love with it.
He subsequently returned and showed his best form in 2013 where he was runner-up to Marcin Bialoblocki in the An Post Rás and took the mountains classification at the Tour of Azerbaijan as well as second on the queen stage there.
The following year, again riding with Synergy Baku, he broke his hip in a crash which set him back.
Given his results, many would have felt a place with new ProContinental team Aqua Blue Sport would have been a possibility for this year.
But unfortunately that did not come to pass and McConvey has made the decision to step away from cycling.
We’ll have a chat with him soon about his career and what he plans to do next.