Several new faces in Irish team for UCI World Cup Manchester

Posted on: November 9th, 2017

Irish track cycling team

The Irish team will be without a key asset at the UCI World Cup in Manchester this weekend. But there are also new faces coming into the team as Cycling Ireland seeks to develop for the future. In the absence of heavy-hitter Mark Downey it is Marc Potts, above, who will link up with Felix English in the madison.


Irish track cycling team for UCI World Cup Manchester


The most prolific rider in Irish track cycling of late, Mark Downey, will be missing from the Irish team this weekend but new faces are coming in.

Cycling Ireland has decided to gamble and enter four new names in the Irish line-up for the women’s team pursuit race.

The national federation has said the four selected women have recently come through the talent identification and transfer process.

They are Imogen Cotter, Mia Griffin, Hilary Hughes and Orla Walsh. The new foursome will contest the qualifiers and it should be interesting to see what they can do.

However, being new to this level means their first few outings are likely to be learning opportunities.

The Manchester meeting begins tomorrow, Friday. And though Downey is absent, there are plenty of names in the line-up with vast experience and who are capable of doing the business.

Tomorrow Lydia Boylan competes in the omnium and Lydia Gurley and Marc Potts rider the scratch races.

The second day of competition on Saturday sees Olympian Shannon McCurley ride the keirin and Felix English take on the omnium.

Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley ride the madison, while the women’s team pursuiters also compete on Saturday.

On Sunday Robyn Stewart rides the women’s sprint and in the men’s madison it is English who teams up with Marc Potts.