Brave Boylan within whisker of medal at UCI World Cup

Posted on: November 1st, 2015

Lydia Boylan (C) shaved .147s off her previous best

Lydia Boylan put in a fantastic ride in the 10k scratch race at the UCI track World Cup in Colombia yesterday, the reigning national champion finishing fourth.


By Brian Canty

Lydia Boylan has delivered the best Irish result of the weekend at the UCI World Cup in Cali, Colombia.

The reigning national road race champion was fourth in the 10-kilometre scratch race on the track on Saturday after gaining a lap on the field along with three others.

It was a bittersweet moment for Boylan; finishing fourth of the four who got clear despite having proven herself in the past as a rider who does well in sprints from small groups at the end of tough contests.

Arlenis Sierra (Cuba) took gold, Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) took silver with Jennifer Valente (USA) taking the bronze.

While Boylan came very close to a medal only to end up in perhaps the worst position of all when medals are on offer; the result underlines her potential to score big at this level later in the season or in the years ahead.


Felix English was very much in the mix in Cali, imposing himself and constantly scoring in the points race.


In the men’s team pursuit, Ireland were 17th of 18 teams, though it was another inexperienced line-up.

Felix English, Mark Downey, Marc Potts and Fintan Ryan made up the foursome who finished in a time of 4.13.08.

Martyn Irvine had been down to ride but illness ruled him out of the team race on Friday.

Russia were fastest in qualifying in a time of 3.59.924 with Switzerland, Australia and Denmark all making the medal ride-offs.

Russia would take the gold medal from Switzerland with Australia claiming bronze.

On Saturday, Irvine was well enough to compete again and in the qualifying round of the men’s 4k individual pursuit finished 10th of 20 riders in a time of 4.31.484.


The men’s team pursuit line-up in action in Colombia on the opening day of the meeting.


Felix English was in action in the 30-kilometre points race and he battled to a very respectable seventh place after taking points in five of the 12 sprints and lapping the field once.

The women’s team pursuit squad finished their 4k effort in 10th of 16 teams in a time of 4.35.698.

The team of the aforementioned Boylan along with Mel Spath, Lauren Creamer and Josie Knight went marginally slower than their opening time at the European Championships in Grenchen two weeks ago.

“The team performed well and the women were extremely close to making it into the final rides,” said Cycling Ireland’s technical director Brian Nugent of the first two days of the meeting on Friday and Saturday.

“It’s the first time they’ve placed in the top 10 in a World Cup, so it’s constant progress,” he added of the women’s team pursuiters.

Nugent described Boylan’s scratch race ride was “brilliant”.

“She made a good move and looked really strong in the break. She pushed hard for the lap and was unlucky not to come away with a medal.

“Martyn missed the team pursuit with illness and we didn’t know what to expect (on Saturday) but he got out all had.”

At the time of writing, Sunday’s final day of action was coming to a close. We’ll bring you news of that shortly.