Eileen Burns demolishes Caroline Ryan’s 10 mile TT Irish record

Posted on: September 20th, 2015

Eileen Burns has ripped up the record book with a staggering new Irish record for the elite women’s 10 mile TT (Photo with thanks to Omagh Wheelers)


Having been in fantastic form of late in the peloton and against the watch, Eileen Burns has put in one of the performances of the season by an Irish rider in a 10 mile time trial (TT) in the UK.

The Ballymena woman has set a new Irish record, subject to ratification, for the 10 mile race against the clock.

Her time of 20:22 represents a huge leap forward for Irish women’s time trialing in that it lowers the previous national record of Caroline Ryan by 41 seconds; a huge margin over the distance.

The quality of Burns’ achievement is really underlined when one considers Ryan’s record has stood for four years and in the intervening period the Garda CC rider has become Irish cycling’s most decorated female riders.

Ryan won a bronze medal at the World Track Championships in the points race in Melbourne in 2012; Ireland’s first medal at a track worlds in over 100 years. She also claimed bronze at the UCI World Cup in Mexico the following year.

Not intimidated by the record and the calibre of the woman who set it, Burns traveled to Yorkshire for Saturday’s Swift Open TT on the V718 course where Ryan had set the previous record in 2011.

While the margin by which Burns broke the record is a surprise, her setting a time faster than Ryan’s is not a huge upset considering her form of late.

The week before last when riding in a strong international field at An Post Rás na mBan she was 4th in the TT and best placed Irish woman.

She had also claimed the Ulster 100 mile TT crown in July and was 4th in the Tour of Omagh TT when competing against the men last month.

More to follow.