Records tumble as Irish racing standard creeps ever higher

Posted on: November 25th, 2015

Michael O’Loughlin in World Road Championships action in the United States in September. He is one of a group of riders – in the junior and elite ranks – whose efforts have pushed the standard ever higher on the track, with no fewer than eight new records just ratified by Cycling Ireland (Photo: Sean Rowe)


Irish track cycling may not yet have repeated the success of Martyn Irvine two years ago when he won the country’s first world track title for over 100 years, but that doesn’t mean the standard is not improving.

Cycling Ireland just ratified no fewer than eight new national track records set by individuals and teams in competition around the world.

The latest national team is arriving in New Zealand at present for the next round of the UCI World Cup.

Those present will be hoping to further lower the national standards in their respective events.


The Irish team pursuit line-up is in contention for a place at the Rio Olympics and are in New Zealand chasing more qualification points (Photo: Guy Swarbrick)


Chief amongst those are the women of the team pursuit squad who have gone faster than any Irish foursome in the history of the sport.

Their recent 4mins 31.666secs for the 4km test was more than eight seconds faster than the old marker,

Josie Knight, Caroline Ryan, Melanie Spath and Lydia Boylan set that new standard at the European Championships in Switzerland just last month.

They are still in with a chance of Olympic qualification, as is sprinter Eoin Mullen.

His new record for the 1km standing start was also set at the Europeans and is among the new markers, below.



Irish records approved by Cycling Ireland

Date Event / Record Name Team /


Time / Dist. Location
14th July European Jnr.

Track C’ships

4Kmts Team


Adam Stenson,

Cathal Clarke,

Declan Mullholland,

Michael O’Loughlin

Ireland 4m 22.735s


(4m 22.798s)

15th July European Jnr.

Track C’ships

3Kms (S.S)

Michael O’Loughlin Ireland 3m 25.429s


(3m 26.919s)

19th Sept Team Swift 10ml TT (W) Eileen Burns B’mena R.C. 20m 22s

(21m 03s)

V718 Weighbridge
4th Oct World Masters Track C’ships

1 Hr

John Madden Dig Deep Coaching 45.799 Kms



14th Oct European Track C’ships

4Km Team


Mark Downey,

Felix English,

Fintan Ryan,

Martyn Irvine

Ireland 4m 11.539s



Grenchen (Sui)
15th Oct European Track C’ships

4Km Team

(S.S.) (W)

Josie Knight,

Caroline Ryan,

Melanie Spath,

Lydia Boylan

Ireland 4m31.666s



Grenchen (Sui)
17th Oct European Track C’ships

1Km (S.S.)

Eoin Mullen Ireland 1m 03.473s


(1m 3.533s)

Grenchen (Sui)
18th Oct European Track C’ships

500mts (S.S.) (W)

Lydia Boylan Ireland 36.628 secs



Grenchen (Sui)