Info and photos courtesy of Cycling Ireland
A large team is set to represent Ireland at the Junior & U23 Track Cycling European Championships in the Netherlands. The team comprises eight juniors and five U23 riders all aiming to perform on the European stage and gain valuable major event experience. For the first time, Ireland will field a junior women’s team pursuit squad in a major Championships. The aspiring young riders will be looking to emulate some of the success enjoyed by the Elite Women’s Team Pursuit squad who recently won Gold at the UCI Nations Cup in Russia, just a fraction outside their National Record of 4:21.368. U23 riders Lara Gillespie and Gaby Homer will partner for the Women’s Madison with Lara also racing the Points Race and Omnium. Gaby goes in the Individual Pursuit, Elimination, and Scratch race. In addition to the Team Pursuit, junior riders Erin Creighton, Caoimhe May, Katie Neill, Maia Simmons, Stefan Caulfield Dreier, Odhran Doogan, Niall McLoughlin, and Patrick O’Loughlin will compete in a range of events over the six days in order to maximise racing opportunities and experience.
Women’s Junior team
Men’s Junior team
U23 Men and Women’s team