Emerging Irish riders selected for UCI training in Switzerland

Posted on: November 28th, 2017

UCI JB Murphy cyclocross Will Ryan

Two emerging Irish cyclists – JB Murphy (above) and Will Ryan – were among 20 riders from around the world selected by the UCI for its special development camp in Aigle, Switzerland. They were picked in a bid to develop their skills and strength as Ireland seeks to become a stronger cyclocross nation.


JB Murphy, Will Ryan at UCI cyclocross camp in Switzerland


Two young Irish riders, JB Murphy and Will Ryan, were among a group of 20 cyclists from all over the world selected for a special UCI cyclocross camp.

The week-long programme took place in Aigle, Switzerland. It was aimed at assisting young riders who have shown promised in the discipline to further develop.

JB Murphy has already ridden for Ireland at junior level on road, track and cyclocross. Indeed, he is now an U23 cyclocross rider and took part in a recent UCI World Cup on the elite Irish team.

Murphy is the currently cyclocross junior Irish champion. On the track Murphy won a bronze medal in the points race at the Worlds and elimination race silver at the European Championships.

And Ryan has impressed on the road at home and also in Holland this season as a youth rider.

They were accompanied to Aigle by Cycling Ireland cyclocross coordinator Andy Layhe.


UCI JB Murphy cyclocross Will Ryan


The Irish riders, and other 18 from around the world, were guided for the week by Belgian national coach Rudy de Bie and former Swiss professional Arnaud Grand.

They did morning sessions that included cyclocross skills and drills based around the UCI Centre; honing their techniques and a cyclocross-specific skills section.

The riders trained on the road in the afternoons, with rides of between 1½ and 2½ hours.

The week culminated with the EKZ Cross Tour UCI C1 race based on the UCI campus itself.

Unseasonal weather greeted the riders as temperatures hit 27 degrees on a very dry and fast course.

Murphy skipped his race to recover in time for his trip to the forthcoming UCI World Cup track event in Berlin.

Ryan, who was taking part in his first overseas cyclocross race, finished 16th in the junior race.

He was 4:13 down on down Swiss winner Loris Rouiller.