On Sunday I was sitting in a Belgian Pub waiting for the cavalcade of the Gent-Staden Interclub (UCI 1.12) to pass and watching the big screen who had the World Track Champs on as there was Belgian interest in the race…suddenly Lydia start getting involved with the front and taking sprint points, not happy with that she also took a lap with a few select others and the podium was lurking. I find myself shouting at the TV screen and the crowd in the pub start wondering what is it all about…a man with social clothing on with distinctive Belgian Colors shouting support to an Irish Girl..when they found out whom and what I represented they got behind me and shouted Lydia to the line…That’s what I like about our beloved sport… support comes in different ways and no border will be a hurdle… Well done Lydia…you worked so hard and now reap the harvest. Here the report of Jessica Lamb of CI media >>> Boylan, who lives in Dublin, helped Ireland to a stellar ninth place in Saturday’s Women’s Madison with Shannon McCurley and lined up for Sunday’s Points Race gunning for better. She won the third sprint of the 25km race, then with less than 10 laps to race, attacked. Working hard with one other rival, she joined the back of the bunch and gained that crucial lap, putting her in Gold Medal position with five laps to race. Digging deep for the final sprint to the line, she held on for that incredible Silver Medal – Ireland’s second medal of the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, and Boylan’s first at a World Championships. Lydia Boylan said: “It still hasn’t sunk in that I’ve finally done something on the world stage. It’s a big boost of confidence for me, for sure. “That sort of racing suits me, because I know I can just dig deeper – we push ourselves so hard in training.” On that last push for the Gold, she added: “I kept taking a sneaky look up at the leaderboard, and I knew I needed to move up. I moved up and I gave it my best, but the legs fell off a bit in the last couple of laps. I still can’t believe it.”
The story not finished yet, earlier in the week Mark Downey got himself a bronze in the points race in the Pruszkow
And it all started with record braking time for the women’s pursuit team…Jessica Lamb earlier report of last week (below photo) and I have to thank Jessica for sending me updates as it happens, it helps me big time…all photos from Guy Swarbrick which I thank as well for the courtesy.
Orla Walsh, Mia Griffin, Alice Sharpe, and Kelly Murphy made their UCI Track Cycling World Championships debut on Wednesday, being the first Irish riders to take to the course on the opening day of the event. The foursome