Irish team extended for World Cyclocross Champs after “oversight”

Posted on: January 20th, 2018

Irish team World Cyclocross Championships

Cycling Ireland said there was an oversight when the Irish team for the World Cyclocross Championships was being picked. So the Irish team has now been extended. It means Archie Ryan gets the nod, with three Irish juniors now set for Holland in two weeks (Photo: Sean Rowe)


Irish team extended for World Cyclocross Championships


Having last week named the Irish team for the World Cyclocross Championships, Cycling Ireland has now added to the line-up.

In a welcome development three Irish riders will now take part in the junior race.

Archie Ryan (O’Leary Stone Kanturk) has been added to squad. In the original line-up both Thomas Creighton and Adam McGarr were named.

Creighton won the junior race at the National Cyclocross Championships in Co Wicklow last weekend.

The McConvey Cycles man was out on his; winning by 1:03 from Ryan. And’s McGarr was 3rd, a further 1:48 back.

However, when the team was named Creighton and McGarr were selected, but not Ryan.

In order to be eligible, the riders were obliged to compete in C1 ranked races abroad and finish within a set distance of the winner.

Ryan had ridden two such races in which he finished on the same lap as the victor. And those results meant he was eligible.

However, it seems Cycling Ireland was not aware of those results. Because of that the selectors did not realise he had met that part of the criteria and so he was not selected.

However, with that oversight now corrected, Ryan is in the team and will wear the green of Ireland in Holland next month.

And with three junior riders meeting the criteria and gaining selection, the race is now a significant one in the development of Irish cyclocross.

Cycling Ireland cyclocross selector Andy Layhe said he was delighted the problem had been ironed out and that Ryan was taking his deserved place in the team.

“Archie has proven without doubt his eligibility to compete at the worlds,” Layhe said.

“It was an oversight omitting him from the original team. Changes will be made with regard to how results are submitted to the commission in forthcoming seasons.”

The Irish team will ride in the UCI World Cup in Hoogerhiede, Belgium, next Sunday. And the following weekend they will take on the Worlds.

Glenn Kinning and Maria Larkin have been selected for the elite men’s and women’s races respectively.

David Conroy is selected for the U23 men’s race. Elite champion Lara Gillespie rides the U23 women’s race.

She is aged just 16 years and has only just moved into the junior ranks.

However, there is no junior women’s race at the Worlds. It means she makes the jump from racing as an U16 into the U23 Worlds.