“Just bring on the points race. I’m going to aim for a medal”

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016

Felix English said while his gamble in the scratch race at the Worlds did not pay off, he felt very strong and was up for the points race on Friday evening (Photo: Cycling Ireland)


Following his 10th place in an eye-balls out scratch race at the World Track Championships in London on Wednesday, Felix English has insisted he is meeting is far from over.

The Irish track and road international said he took a gamble in the scratch race that did not pay off but said when the points race came around tomorrow evening, Friday, he would try for a medal.

English said when he saw a group of riders going off the front of the pack in the scratch race but noticed some big names were left behind he gambled on the breakaway being brought back.

However, the group gained a lap and everyone else in the field including the Irish rider were on the back foot for the remainder of the contest.

“It was super confusing, groups going off the back, groups going off the front, split in mid bunch; it was really, really hard to follow even in the race,” he said, adding when the first attack went he played a waiting game.

“It went so early, and there were still a lot of favourites in the main bunch, say, like Viviani and Glenn O’Shea.

“I thought it was going to come back so I basically risked it and hoped it would. But when I saw them getting on the back I knew it was always going to be difficult.”

However, currently something of a track comeback season after a long absence he said he was looking forward to his next event on Friday evening.

“Just bring on the points race,” he said enthusiastically.

“I’m going to aim for a medal again. I felt really strong there and I think if I can race a bit more aggressively it’s definitely something I can achieve.”

The Irish team are back in action today, Thursday, with Shannon McCurley going in the keirin and Lydia Boylan in the scratch race after the women’s team pursuit squad take to the boards.

The team for the pursuit is Caroline Ryan, Josie Knight, Lydia Boylan and Spath and they’re off around 1pm. Eimear Moran is the reserve there.

McCurley goes at 2.40pm and Boylan goes at 7.20pm.