Ireland’s Elite Track Cyclists battle for National Honours at Sundrive Velodrome

The 2020 Cycling Ireland Senior Track National Championships take place on 29th and 30th August with all the action live streamed across Cycling Ireland and Pundit Arena Facebook pages.

Sundrive velodrome will play host to the championships which is being run behind closed doors in accordance with government guidelines. Despite current travel restrictions, competition remains fierce with well-established names set to fight it out for national titles while younger talent and rising stars will be looking to cause an upset.

The women will contest for medals in the 3km Individual Pursuit, Sprints, 500m TT and 10km Scratch Race. The pursuit and sprint events will take place on the Saturday with the time trials and Scratch races on the Sunday.

The events are packed with talented rides including Lara Gillespie (2019 Junior World Championships Bronze Medallist), Mia Griffin (8th 2020 World Championships Women’s Team Pursuit), Kelly Murphy (4th 2019 European Championships) and Orla Walsh (200m flying TT National Record Holder).

Watch Ireland’s top track cyclists from 10:30am on Saturday and Sunday on Cycling Ireland and Pundit Arena Facebook pages.

Riders to watch
Orla Walsh (NOPINZ SYMEC Race Team) – having spent the last year converting from an endurance rider to a pure sprinter Walsh has spent the last two months breaking the Women’s National Record in the 200m flying TT not once, not twice or even three times but a hugely impressive four record breaking rides. Walsh will be pushing for a fifth record but will have to face off against and beat more experienced sprinters, such as Eimer McMullan (UCD Cycling Club), if she wants to climb on to the top step at the end of the day.

Lara Gillespie (UCD Cycling Club) – despite this being her first Senior National Championships, Gillespie is bringing world class experience with her as she steps up from the Junior ranks. The ultimate all-rounder who enjoys road, track and off-road cycling, Gillespie will be competing across all four track events and is more than capable of medalling in each.

Kelly Murphy (Storey Racing) will have her eyes on gold in the 3km pursuits, among the fastest against the clock on paper and recent form to back it up.

Check out the start list.

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