“I’ve trained very hard all winter so I’ve gotten a lot stronger”

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016

Fintan Ryan, second wheel, looks ready to pounce during the bunch sprint of a race in Majorca recently. The Wicklow man is now a full-time rider and training with the national track squad has seen him make steady improvements ahead of what he hopes can be his best season yet (Photos by Margalida Ferrer)

 

Former national junior road race champion Fintan Ryan has set his sights on big performances at the World Cycling League in Los Angeles later this month as well as the European U23 Track Championships in July.

The 19-year old Wicklow man is also hoping to make a name for himself in some of the six-day events in the UK and Belgium, some of which he’s come very close to medalling in alongside madison partner Mark Downey.

Ryan has been based in Majorca with the national track squad since he joined their set-up last September and under the guidance of David Muntaner he’s made big strides.

“We train very hard and have been all winter so without a doubt we’re all much stronger than before,” he said after claiming third place in a high-quality road race last weekend.

“I won’t really know how my form is until I taper off a bit but I can definitely say David’s brought us all on greatly.”

The Dunboyne CC man is close to signing for a new team – though he preferred to remain tight-lipped on who exactly that was as he must first impress them at an upcoming training camp.

 

Ryan shares the podium in Spain with members of the Spanish national track team also using the local road races as part of their track preparation (Photo: Margalida Ferrer)

 

On his programme for the year he said: “It’ll include both road and track.

“I’d like to break into the professional scene on the road as well as the six-day scene. It’s definitely possible to do both.

“In my opinion, if done right, they can help each other – just look at Ella Viviani (Italy and Team Sky) and Cavendish (Great Britain and Dimension Data).

“But first up would be a good ride at the World Cycling League in LA on St Patrick’s weekend as well as the U23 European championships in July.

“On the road, I’d love to do some U23 Nations Cup events, albeit as a domestique.

“There’s a possibility of riding some of the British crits this summer so that’d be a good place to do well in too.”

Now a full-time rider, Ryan has no preference for one discipline – he enjoys both equally.

“They’re completely different. Both are at as high a standard as each other so they’re both just as challenging.

“When you go to a UCI World Cup it’s like competing at a ProTour level on the road so I’m definitely more accomplished because of it – though I still loved getting back to the road racing season last weekend.”

 

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