Track World…a band of friends, rivalry and a buzz unique to this discipline of our sport ( detailed reports in the story by Luke Ginnell Press Officer, Dublin Track Cycling International)

Mark Downey showing his skills for home public…his mum Margaret telling me “ Great to see him once performing live instead of the usual TV appearances”

It didn’t look promising weather wise on Saturday morning in the Crumlin area of Dublin, the perils of not having an indoor velodrome (and hopefully we don’t have to rant about it much longer) But after a long delay the misty rain left the Dublin skies, as the junior racing earlier just managed to be held in dry conditions before the rain arrived. I will not go too much into each discipline held in the schedule, as my knowledge of this part of the sport is very limited, and just try to describe the event as best possible.

Our youth getting the opportunity to compete with the best

One race after the other, a non stop show of skills, mind blowing accelerations of speed, whizzing sounds of rubber on smooth tarmac, disappointments for one, joy for the other but the feeling that any rider is pleased to see another rider doing well with a hug or a hand after to acknowledge their efforts.

The promoters ” The Track Commission Cycling Ireland” got their work cut out rearranging the menu, aided by the panel of UCI & CI track comm’s and managed to get the whole program done of the first day after the lunch break (a nice touch provided to all competitors and officials free of charge, this with a tasty penny bologna and pastries for afters)

Australian, British and Irish expertise in the panel in charge of proceedings
Checking results with the time keepers and local comm’s

Day one finished around 7 pm and all riders transported to their respective hotels for the night by a bus company with a very well known name in the history of Irish Cycling …

Luke Ginnell (CI press officer reports) “Grey clouds hung over Sundrive Velodrome on the first morning of the Dublin Track Cycling International, but even occasional rain breaks didn’t deter a high-class field from strutting their stuff.
The men’s elite scratch race was halted due to inclement weather with 12 riders – including world champion Sam Welsford – who had formed a leading group with 13 laps to go subsequently restarting without the rest of the field. After the race resumed, Australian Welsford’s strength showed and he went on to take the win from Oliver Wood and Matthew Walls.
A nasty crash then interrupted the women’s Madison, which resulted in a prolonged break while riders waited for the drizzle to clear. Upon resumption, the powerful Danish duo of Amalie Dideriksen and Julie Leth took the victory ahead of Ireland’s Lydia Gurley and Shannon McCurley, with Michaela Drummond and Rushlee Buchanan (New Zealand) third.
The weather then changed for the better and, after four heats of the men’s keirin, Jason Kenny, showing his Olympian class, won the final in style ahead of Juan Peralta Mohammad Shah.
The women’s keirin heats saw Charlene Du Preez, Elena Bissolati, Anis Amira Rosidi, Sophie Capewell, Robyn Stewart and Emer McMullen power into the main final. Capewell won in the similarly convincing form to Kenny, flying home in front of Bissolati with Stewart showing the Irish jersey in third.
A hotly contested men’s Madison was headed by another Danish pair, Lasse Norman Hansen and Niklas Larsen, who followed Leth and Dideriksen’s example and romped into the top spot on the podium. 
In the women’s points race, German rider Gudrun Stock lapped the bunch to take a dominant win ahead of Irish road race champion Alice Sharpe, who had been involved in the earlier crash in the Madison, and Dideriksen. The men’s version produced an outstanding ride from Britain’s Ethan Hayter, who also lapped the pack and still had the strength to pip the bunch on the line. His compatriots Oliver Wood and Matthew Walls rounded out the podium
The last race of the day saw Dideriksen power to victory in the women’s scratch race, adding to her exploits in the Madison. 
Earlier on in the morning, in the junior men’s scratch race, Navan Cycling Club showed their prowess with Sean Nolan and Sean Linehan taking the one-two ahead of Ciaran Dixon. Eva Brennan took the junior women’s scratch race from Hannah Tilly

Matthew Devins (Belgian Project graduate 2019) dips his toes at track racing…good practice for getting the speed and accelerations skills

The Sunday morning had a very promising look with early summer sun, and sprint and omnium racing to look forward to. Got the company of my good friend Caroline Kerley and for anyone who knows this bubbly cycling photographer I will not have to explain that the day was a happy one…her enthusiasm just feeds others in a slightly mad fashion…just love this girl from Castlebellingham and I speak for all of us involved in Irish cycling

Caroline’s photo page

Going back to the racing of the weekend…We had the top of world track cycling at the Sundrive Track, world and Olympian medal winners including 6 times Olympian gold winner Jason Kenny as part of a very strong GB Team present, European champions, Asian Champions, South American and South Africa champions, and many more well known athletes from Europe such as the Dutch, the Belgians and Italians, Romanian and Spanish, and not forgetting our own stars who also have CV’s to say chapeau too on world level!

6 Olympian gold winner Jason Kenny …won’t get many photos this caliber
Robyn Stewart in deep concentration to the task ahead, with instructions from the coaching staff

Results courtesy of the time team of the CI track commission (just click on each link)

Women’s Junior Scratch
Men’s Junior Scratch
Men Elite Scratch
Women Elite Madison
Men Elite Madison
Men Elite Keirin
Women Elite Keirin
Women Elite Scratch
Men Elite Points
Women Elite Points
Men Elite Omnium
Men Elite Sprint
Women Elite Omnium
Women Elite Sprint

Report CI of the second day by Luke Grinnell CI press officer
” The men’s and women’s sprint and omnium competitions took centre stage on day two of the Dublin Track Cycling International, with a series of hotly contested races playing out under the baking sun at Sundrive Velodrome.
The weather could not have been in starker contrast to the miserable conditions on day one and allowed the riders to leave everything on the track.
Early in the morning, the 200m individual sprint TT saw Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny lay down the standard in the men’s with a 10.621-second time. Mohamed Shah Firdous of Malaysia took 2nd place and Irish powerhouse Eoin Mullen pulled out a superb 10.812 to nab 3rd.
In the women’s event, track records fell like dominoes. First, Victoria Williamson took Robyn Stewart’s record with a 12.144, before Italy’s Elena Bissolati turned in a 12.143 less than five minutes later.
But the drama wasn’t done there: Britain’s Sophie Capewell hammered out an 11.892, the first ever sub-12-second time for this event at Sundrive, a feat that was quickly repeated when Charlene Du Preez of South Africa came home with 11.936. Capewell’s mark was good enough to take the spoils ahead of Du Preez and Bissolati.
Then, Aran Islander Mullen showed his power again in the sprint competition, holding off some strong opposition and only being narrowly edged out in the sprint semi-final by Asian champion Mohammad Awang.
But the diminutive Malaysian flyer couldn’t hold off the sheer strength of Kenny in the main final – the Briton was the star of the show and displayed exactly why, taking the top spot with relative ease. For Mullen, now based in the USA, the end result was a very creditable bronze in an event featuring some world-class talent.
The men’s omnium was won by British prodigy Ethan Hayter, who in truth never looked like losing. German Max Beyer and Dane Niklas Larsen were the best of the rest – Beyer was unlucky to suffer a mechanical when going nicely in the points race, but Hayter was well worth his win.
Taking the women’s omnium in fine style was the outstanding Julie Leth (Denmark), who was in control of the competition throughout. Emily Kay turned in a fabulous late-in-the-day performance in the points race to claim silver in front of Germany’s Gudrun Stock, while Ireland’s Shannon McCurley tired towards the end of a tough day, having been in a great position prior to the final event ”
The ever improving Malaysian track team
Mens omnium
Well after a long weekend of taking photo’s, now finish editing and all reported so far, a video will be seen sometime later this week, and back to the road reports tomorrow, with the Junior Tour of Ireland (Tuesday 9th till Sunday 16th) and results of past races of the weekend, it never stops and thanks to the stars for that!!
One thing I am certain…I will be back and more of us should do, as this part of the sport is the ultimate when it comes to getting the spectators involved, and see every second of each race in full…thanks to all the volunteers and the officials, including the hosts Sundrive and promoters CI and the competitors who entertained us this weekend!
My homebrew adviser Genevieve in talks with the officials…thanks for the welcome received x