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