McKiverigan: “I had to take time off the bike completely”

Posted on: April 25th, 2016

Shenna McKiverigan (Powerhouse Sport) spent much of the winter trying to recover from hamstring injuries in both legs but looks to have come out the far side. The Gilford girl (17) is now setting her sights on the European junior track championships in the summer. (Photo with thanks to the Belgian Project)


By Brian Canty

Shenna McKiverigan underlined her huge potential at the weekend with a stunning haul of four gold medals at the national junior track championships in Sundrive velodrome.

The 17 year-old Gilford girl’s tally is all the more impressive as she had been troubled by a hamstring problem for much of the winter and only resumed full training in January.

Riding for Powerhouse Sport, McKiverigan took gold in the scratch race, the 2k pursuit, the sprint and the 1k TT.

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” she said.

“These were my first races of the season and my first big goals after being out for so long with injury.

“So to achieve not one but four national titles and also to break the outdoor 200-metre record was amazing.”

McKiverigan’s injury troubles started as far back as the nationals in summer 2015 where she developed pain in her hamstrings.

She managed to pick up three gold and a silver back then but later discovered she had tendonopathies in both sides – a painful condition caused by a decrease in tensile strength, leading to new blood vessels growing in the tendon.

“I had to take time off the bike completely after that and I only got back on the bike in January.

“But I’m on right road, not fully there yet but everything is going in the right direction and looks positive.

“I’m improving every week and there’s a lot more to come.”

McKiverigan’s preference, incidentally, is track over road and she’s hoping her performances can put her in the frame for a green jersey at the European junior track championships in the summer.

“These (national champs) were my first main goal of the year but now I’ll be working on my endurance and will be on the road soon – though not losing sight of the big goal this year, the Euros.

“It’s just great to be back again after some tough months.

“And I wouldn’t be where I am without the help of those people who got me through my recovery.”