Team pursuit line-up back in Irish team for UCI World Cup, Berlin

Posted on: November 29th, 2018

The Irish women’s team pursuit squad has had a prolonged period of full-time training in Spain and is back in the Irish team for Germany this weekend.


The women’s team pursuit line-up is back in the Irish team for the UCI World Cup in Berlin this weekend.

It had featured in the European Championships in Glasgow in August, enduring a difficult time when they split as a group.

The team pursuiters did not feature in the national team for the first two World Cups of the season; in Milton, Ontario, and in Paris, both of which took place last month.

And at the recent Cycling Ireland annual meeting technical director Brian Nugent said the team pursuit squad was working towards Olympic qualification in six years.

However, they make a return this weekend having been training of late full-time in Majorca.

In Germany they will get a perfect opportunity to gauge progress since the Euros four months ago.

While the team pursuiters may not be working towards the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the Irish madison line-ups are, as is sprinter Robyn Stewart.

In the women’s madison team this around is former sprinter and 2016 Olympian Shannon McCurley. She riders with the experienced Lydia Gurley.

And in the men’s madison, Felix English and Mark Downey are selected. Lydia Gurley, who has ridden the madison of late, takes in the omnium in Berlin.

Stewart rides the keirin and sprint while young JB Murphy, a Worlds and Europeans medal winner as a junior, will compete in the omnium.

There are a total of five riders picked for the team pursuit event; four to race and one substitute.

The riders are Alice Sharpe, Hilary Hughes, Mia Griffin, Orla Walsh and Kelly Murphy.

This weekend in Berlin will mark the halfway point in the 2018-2019 World Cup seaon, with six fixtures making up the full campaign.

Sprinter Stewart and the madison pairings will be looking to score points towards qualifying for Tokyo.

Racing gets underway tomorrow and you can find the full schedule by following this link: UCI World Cup, Berlin, schedule


Irish team UCI World Cup, Berlin

  • Shannon McCurley – Madison
  • Lydia Gurley – Madison
  • Lydia Boylan – Omnium
  • Robyn Stewart – Keirin and Sprint
  • Felix English – Madison
  • Mark Downey – Madison
  • JB Murphy – Omnium
  • Alice Sharpe – Team Pursuit
  • Hilary Hughes – Team Pursuit
  • Mia Griffin – Team Pursuit
  • Orla Walsh – Team Pursuit
  • Kelly Murphy – Team Pursuit