Autumn Collins (16) breaks national track record at Herne Hill velodrome, London

Posted on: June 6th, 2014

From strength to strength: Limerick teenager Autumn Collins breaks the 500m TT Irish record at the Herne Hill track in London.




By Brian Canty

A month after winning the opening round of the British Cycling National Women’s Omnium Series, Irish teenager Autumn Collins is at it again, this time breaking the Irish junior women’s standing start indoor and outdoor 500m records.

The Adamstown CC rider was taking part in the second round of the omnium series at Herne Hill and created her own bit of history on the night.

However, it was another promising Irish rider Amy Good, who rides for the London club VC Londres, who was first to break the Irish record when she clocked a time of 41.12.

Good’s time beat both the existing Irish records of 41.687 for the indoor 500m and 41.92 for the outdoor. Her result contributed to her 11th place overall in the omnium.

Not to be outdone, Collins recorded a time of 40.95 in the 500m event to further lower the national record. That time and her results in the other events that make up the omnium saw her take 15th overall.

Both riders will now compete at the next round of the series at Welwyn Garden City later this month.

It has been a remarkable nine months for the 16-year-old Limerick girl who last October had the honour of riding for Team Sky at a sold out Future Stars Track Revolution meeting at the Manchester Velodrome.

And back in January she was invited back to race in front of 6,000 spectators for a team led by Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh and against some of the most talented riders in her age group.





Teenager Collins, in yellow shorts, riding for a Team Sky composite team in Manchester in October of last year.