Ireland’s McCurley, English, Potts make their mark at Vienna GP

Posted on: October 13th, 2018

Shannon McCurley on top of the podium at the Vienna GP; having moved away from the sprints in favour of endurance racing.


Shannon McCurley has won the omnium at the Vienna GP in Austria. At the same meeting Marc Potts and Felix English took 3rd in the Madison.

The Irish duo made the podium despite a crash during the event. Potts went down; his bandaged left led on the podium, below, a souvenir of sorts from the meeting.

However, while English and Potts are regulars on the international scene on the track, McCurley is having something of a second coming.

She shattered her elbow last year and has been making a comeback. During her re-emergence she has changed tack in her career.

Rather than riding the sprint-based events, which got her to the last Olympics, she has now switched to endurance-based racing.

Not only has she won some road races in Australia where she is based, she is also beginning to enjoy success in her new track events.

McCurley won the Vienna GP omnium just days after taking the silver medal in South East Asia GP in Malaysia.

In Vienna yesterday her dominance was such that she had the overall victory wrapped up before the points race; the last of the four events.

She won the scratch race, was 3rd in the tempo and then won the elimination race.

In the points race she made sure she stayed out of trouble, and upright, to win the event overall.

McCurley, the only Irish track rider to qualify for Rio, claimed the win with 200 points. That put her 20 points ahead of Anna Nahirna of Ukraine, a former national TT champion.

Italian rider Martina Fidanza was 3rd on 160 points. She was 4th in the junior road race at the European Championships last year.

She also won two world titles last year; in the scratch race and team pursuit.

There were 26 riders in the omnium field, from 12 countries. Ireland’s Ellen McDermott was 23rd.