Six of the best named in quality Irish team for World Champs

Posted on: February 22nd, 2018

Cycling Ireland

Cycling Ireland names World Track Champs Irish team: Once again an Irish team is going into a major championships with several riders capable of taking a medal. The challenge at these Worlds will be intense, but the Irish team has real strength in depth now. Above, Marc Potts very nearly took a medal at the Euros and is hungry for a big result.


Cycling Ireland has named a six-rider Irish team for the World Track Championships in Holland next week.

The team is comprised of Lydia Gurley, Robyn Stewart, Marc Potts, Lydia Boylan, Mark Downey and Felix English.

The Worlds will take place in Apeldoorn from next Wednesday; February 28th.

Ireland has a strong record in international track competition in recent years. As a result, hopes are high of taking medals.

Cycling Ireland head coach Brian Nugent was bullish about the team’s prospects.

“We have qualified a really strong team of riders and I’m really looking forward to getting started,” he said.

“This is one of the strongest teams we have had at the worlds.”

The Irish team’s efforts are quite evenly spread over the full five days of the championships.

Gurley rides the scratch race next Wednesday follow by Stewart in the sprint and Potts in the scratch race on Thursday.

Next Friday sees Boylan in the omnium and Downey in the points race.

That’s followed on Saturday by English in the omnium and Boylan and Gurley teaming up for the Madison.

The female pairing have already taken a medal at the Euros and could pull off a huge result.

On the last day of competition – Sunday, March 4th – Gurley rides the points race.

Downey and English are in Madison action. They could win a medal – even gold – in this and their other events.

More to follow when we get closer to the racing.