Burns and Moran win big for Ireland at UCI-ranked Dublin GP

Posted on: July 4th, 2016

Eileen Burns on her way to winning gold for Ireland  at the Dublin Track Cycling International meet at Sundrive Velodrome over the weekend. Her time was almost six seconds quicker than her closest challenger. (Photo: Sean Rowe)

 

By Brian Canty

Eileen Burns and Eimear Moran were the toast of the Irish camp at the Dublin Track Cycling International meet at Sundrive Velodrome over the weekend.

They came away with gold medals in the individual pursuit and keirin respectively after a superb two days of top-class racing against some very strong and established international riders.

For Burns, it was an amazing debut given it was the first time she’s ever used a starting gate or raced on a track.

Her time of 3:57:947 for the 3k pursuit was almost six seconds faster than runner-up Annasley Park of Great Britain.

“This is my first time competing on the track, and the first time doing a full pursuit. This morning was the first time I ever used a start gate,” she said afterwards.

 

The presence of international teams such as Great Britain and the Netherlands did not prevent Eimear Moran coming out on top (Photo: Sean Rowe)

 

Moran, a multiple national champion and riding for Sundrive Track Team at the weekend,  is still a relative newcomer to cycling but that didn’t prevent her winning the keirin in a straight final.

She edged Austrian Verena Eberhardt and Great Britain’s Abigail Dentus who were second and third, respectively.

And Ireland nearly added another gold to that haul through Josie Knight only for the talented junior rider from Dingle to lose out in the final event of the women’s omnium.

The final event was the points race but her closest challenger going into it, the aforementioned Dentus, did enough to overturn her deficit and win in the end by 222 points to 208.

 

Josie Knight was narrowly denied a gold medal but still put in a very good ride (Photo: Sean Rowe)

 

Knight, who took silver, will now turn her attention to the upcoming European championships where she’ll be hoping to push for a medal.

Adding to the medal tally over the weekend were Marc Potts and Aran Islander Eoin Mullen, the former taking silver in the individual pursuit with Mullen taking a silver in the sprint and bronze in the keirin.

Lucas Liss of Germany got the better of Potts by just under two seconds while he also won the omnium from teammate Max Beyer.

Other notable performers were Ireland’s Eoin Morton who finished fourth in the points race and sixth in the scratch race.

Unfortunately full results from the weekend were not available at the time of publication.

 

Irish Medal Winners

Women’s Individual Pursuit: Gold, Eileen Burns

Women’s Keirin: Gold, Eimear Moran

Women’s Omnium: Silver, Josie Knight

Men’s Individual Pursuit: Silver, Marc Potts

Men’s Sprint: Silver,  Eoin Mullen

Men’s Keirin: Bronze, Eoin Mullen

 

All photos by Sean Rowe

 

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