Irish Cycling Team Selection – UCI Road World Championships, Flanders, Belgium. (19th-26th September)

Elite Men’s Road Race: Sam Bennett, Eddie Dunbar, Rory Townsend, Ryan Mullen.
A very demanding 268.7km course with 2,562m of elevation including 42 climbs Elite Men’s Time Trial: Ryan Mullen, Marcus Christie (43.3 kilometer )
Elite Women’s Road Race: Megan Armitage. (157.7 kilometers with 1,047m of climbing)
U23 Men’s Road Race: Ben Healy, Dillon Corkery, Adam Ward (160.9 kilometers)
U23 Men’s Time Trial: Ben Healy, Kevin McCambridge (30.3 kilometers)
Junior Men’s Road Race: Darren Rafferty, Ronan O’Connor, Conal Skully, Dean Harvey. (121.4 kilometers)
Junior Men’s Time Trial
: Darren Rafferty, Conal Skully. (22.3 kilometer-Knokke-Brugge)
Junior Women’s Road Race: Erin Grace Creighton, Aoife O’Brien (75 kilometers)


Sunday 19th: 1:30 pm Elite Men Individual Time Trial

Monday 20th: 9:40 am U23 Men Individual Time Trial

Tuesday 21st: 13:55 pm Junior Men Individual Time Trial

Friday 24th: 7:15 am Junior Men Road Race & 12:25 pm U23 Men Road Race

Saturday 25th: 7:15 am Junior Women Road Race & 11:20 am Elite Women Road Race

Sunday 26th: 9:25 am Elite Men Road Race

Fans and fan zones

After a year and a half of events and races with no (or almost no) audience, everyone is eagerly looking forward to being able to support the racers once again in person. Fans can do so anywhere along the circuit, including at the start and the finish and also and above all in the various fan zones. There are official fan zones in each of the four host cities and in the World Championships villages. In Knokke-Heist it is located at the casino, in Bruges at ’t Zand. In Antwerp, there is a fan zone at the presentation stage on the Groenplaats and in Leuven on the Ladeuzeplein (with the adjacent exhibition zone on the Hooverplein) and at the finish (on the central reservation between Naamsepoort and Parkpoort). There is also a fan zone on the Smeysberg, on the Flandrien loop. Every fan zone is on the circuit, so everyone will see the racers pass by. Big screens have been installed to follow the race, and various food and drink stands, sanitary facilities, and entertainment will be provided. The racers will be presented on the start stages before the start of each race. In the fan zone on Ladeuzeplein, there is a large stage where the world champions will receive an extra tribute and where there is entertainment all day with presenters and DJs from MNM. For visitors with specific needs and requirements, the organisation, in cooperation with Inter, is providing accessible places in the start and finish zones in the four host cities. There are reserved parking spaces nearby, elevated platforms, Flemish Sign Language interpreters, screens, adapted sanitary facilities, and Inter volunteers who will offer assistance to visitors with a disability. In this way, everyone can enjoy this cycling party to the full! The circuit and fan zones are not closed off and are freely accessible to all supporters. As a result, the Covid Safe Ticket is not being used and there is no strict face mask obligation. But the organisation and the cities are counting on everyone’s responsibility to wear a face mask in very busy places (fan zones, stages, etc.), for his or her own safety and that of others.