Irish international Collins joins top British team for 2016

Posted on: February 5th, 2016

Autumn Collins leads the way at the national track championships at Sundrive Road last year. The 18-year old Limerick woman will ride for a top British team this season which will allow her focus on both the road and  the track.

 

By Brian Canty

One of the country’s brightest young female riders Autumn Collins has joined top British squad Starley Racing Team for the coming year.

The Limerick teenager will race a number of the top elite road events in the UK with the team this year but won’t lose sight of her track commitments with Ireland.

In 2015, the Leaving Cert student from Newcastle West was ninth in the scratch race at the European Championships while she also racked up a string of top results on the home scene.

“Most of the riders in the team are either British or based there,” she explained about her new surroundings.

 

Collins will look to make her mark on the road this year as well as continuing her progress on the track (Photo: John Coleman – Dc Images)

 

“They’re a mix of riders; some are very strong on road like Gaby Leveridge who’s racing in Australia at the moment and some are strong on the track like Tanya Griffiths who has three national titles on the track and one on the road as well.

“For me, I want to do both road and track. Last year I definitely preferred spending time on the track but I’m learning to love the road now and I’m excited for both disciplines this year.”

At the nationals last year Collins took bronze in the team sprint alongside Amy Good while she was very consistent while racing the various revolution events in the UK.

She’s hopeful of riding for Ireland again this season and with it being a busy year for exams she knows it’ll be a fine balancing act of books and bikes.

“The team understand my track commitments to Ireland and the fact it’s my Leaving Cert year they’ve been very supportive.

“It’s a bit of a juggling fitting everything in but it’s going okay so far.

“The team are in their third year and I really want to enhance what they do because they’ve a great programme.”

 

 

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