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Northern Ireland cycling team named for Commonwealth Games

Posted on: January 3rd, 2018

Northern Ireland cycling team Commonwealth Games

An interesting and varied cycling team has been named for Northern Ireland for the Commonwealth Games in April in Australia. They will compete across a range of road and track events. Above, three time national road champion Lydia Boylan has made the cut (Photo: Sean Rowe)

 

Northern Ireland cycling team for Commonwealth Games 2018

 

The Northern Ireland cycling team has been named for the Commonwealth Games in Australian in April.

Seven riders have been selected; four men and three women. They will compete across the various road and track events.

However, it has not yet been confirmed precisely what events each will contest.

The team is made up of Mark Downey, Lydia Boylan, Marc Potts, Eileen Burns, Marcus Christie, Robyn Stewart and Xeno Young.

Downey enjoyed a brilliant track season last year and also took 9th in the U23 road race at the World Championships. It is not yet clear what races he will ride in Australia.

Boylan claimed a brilliant silver medal in the madison with Lydia Gurley at the European Championships last year. And she also took Ireland’s best ever result on the road by a woman.

Boylan claimed the final stage of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, a UCI 2.2 ranked race.

Marc Potts is the national criterium champion and has won some of Ireland’s hardest one-day events.

He is also a track international, taking 4th in the scratch race at the European Championships last year.

He is expected to ride the road race for Northern Ireland at the Games.

Eileen Burns is a top road and TT rider and has proven particularly successful against the watch.

She won the Welsh Open TT Championships this year and has held national records in the 10, 25 and 50 miles distances.

Marcus Christie is the national pursuit champion, was 3rd in the nationals TT last year and holds the Irish records for 50 and 100 mile TTs.

He is expected to focus on the TT at the Commonwealth Games. But he is expected to take on several, as yet unspecified, events.

Robyn Stewart is a leading track sprinter. She is a national record holder and is the reigning Irish champion in the sprint, 500m TT and keirin events.

Her record of 10.994 for the sprint flying 200 metres saw her become the first woman to represent Ireland in the sprint event at World Cup level in 2017.

Xeno Young is the youngest of the team and is a track specialist. At 18 years old he took silver in the junior pursuit at both the Worlds and Europeans last year.

He is expected to compete in the pursuit, TT and road race events at the Games.

The Commonwealth Games take place on the Gold Coast from April 4th to 15th. The team will be managed by Anthony Mitchell and Gary McKeegan.

It will prepare at the UCI World Cup in Minsk from the 19th to 21st of January and at the World Track Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland, from February 28th to March 4th.

These will be followed by a training camp in Majorca before the team goes to Australia.

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