New Irish pro track team launched and set on getting to Olympics

Posted on: January 21st, 2017


Irish track cycling is to get a major boost with the news that Black Rose Racing team are promising considerable support and a serious racing programme to riders. 


By Brian Canty

Ireland will have a UCI-registered professional track cycling team competing on the boards in less than two months after Black Rose Racing was officially launched.

The brainchild of Galway man Aidan Reade, the team will be comprised of eight men and four women, most of whom will be Irish.

Team principal Reade, who founded the team as a domestic amateur squad in 2009 was remaining tight-lipped on the identities of the riders until contracts were signed.

But has said it will be a young team with current national champions and record holders on board.

They initially plan to launch in April and will put their focus on the sprint and endurance events.

Reade, who stepped away as chairman of Cycling Ireland’s track commission, said a huge amount of work has gone into bringing the team to where it’s at now.



The team will ride some of the fastest Lightweight wheels on the market – and the bikes will definitely catch the eye!


“We will have a focus on racing national championships and internationally,” he said.

“The company will be Black Rose Racing and will have a title sponsor or sponsors and co-sponsors such as Casco, Powerbar, Lightweight, Verge and Blackthorn Design.

“We have invested in track bikes, wheels, team cars, van and even a team bus to accommodate riders at international events to cut down on the major expense of hotels,” he added.

So far over €120,000 has been invested with Lightweight and Zipp wheels, altitude systems, Normatec recovery boots, Wattbikes, SRM power meters, BT track bikes, Dolan track bikes, Casco helmets and all the equipment to run a professional operation among their outlays. Verge will supply the team’s clothing.

The team’s service course is an impressive 5,500 square foot warehouse which is also home to Black Rose, the sound company after which the team is named.



The team, spearheaded by Galway man Aidan Reade, have invested heavily in equipment and clothing while they will also have access to a team bus and support vehicle at events.


Reade said he had been working with a group of others from Irish cycling in getting the team of the ground.

“It’s easy to take credit for all this but it’s far from a one man show,” he said.

“The team was set up initially with the help of David O’Loughlin and his uncle Declan who ran Pezula Racing in 2008 and it was from that Black Rose Racing found its home in track racing,” he said.

“Behind the scene we have Malcolm Goggin chairing the team and Grade A Commissaire Melisande Michaud also organising things with input from track experts Hugh Byrne, Mark Kiely, Liam Collins and Cycling Ireland technical director Brian Nugent.”

It is expected the team will race as early as the junior nationals in April with a concentration on autumn and winter international events including six days in the Benelux countries and revolutions in England and class one events all over Europe.

“We are aiming to qualify riders for World Cup events and European and World Championships and we have set ourselves a goal of Olympic qualification.”

The riders and title sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks with a launch in the 5-star G Hotel in Galway in early April.