Mark Downey sets clear personal goal for World Champs test

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014

A veteran of the junior time trial and road race at the World Championships last year, Downey took silver at the Europeans this year and has clear goals for the junior TT at these Worlds.



By Brian Canty

In Ponderadda

Mark Downey has set himself the target of breaking into the top 20 in the junior men’s time-trial at the World Championships in Ponferrada tomorrow, Tuesday. But he said he is under no pressure.

The Banbridge teenager, a younger brother of An Post Chainreaction rider Sean Downey and son of Olympian Seamus Downey, has been setting some superb times against the clock recently and last month won the Irish junior title.

“I feel great, I’m delighted to be here and looking forward to it tomorrow,” he said today.

“I’ve come here with no pressure or expectation, I’ll just do what I’ve been doing all year. I just want to improve on last year where I was 48th and go out and give it my best, leaving it all out there on the road and wherever that leaves me I’ll be happy.”


Mark Downey put most of his eggs in the track basket this year and overcame a crash in the points race at the European Track Championships to take a silver medal.


The course, just a shade under 30 kilometres, is one he believes will suit him.

“I know where the time will be made up on the course; on the latter half. You saw it there in the U23 race today on the main road to the finish. That section will be crucial, as well as the climb.

“And the weather will be important too; hopefully it will be dry for us because today was just terrible.

“I’d obviously like to get top 20 or 15 but there’s no real pressure, I’ll just give it my all. In my head a top 20 would be nice because the course suits me and Michael (O’Loughlin).

“Last year was ridiculous with the amount of corners so I prefer this one, it’s a bit of everything now with a few bends, a bit of climbing and a few long straights so it’s good.”