Orla Walsh has blasted on to the scene in women’s cycling. While still relatively new to the sport, her hard work, dedication and raw talent has seen her thrive.
Ireland’s lack of velodrome has Walsh living away in Spain to access the facilities needed to compete at top level cycling. She hightailed it out of Spain just in time to make it back to Ireland before lockdown hit. Setting up one of the most enviable gyms at home and cycling in her locality, she continued to work hard and stay focused on building her strength and developing as an athlete.
The Track Cycling National Championships were lucky enough to go ahead in August at Ireland’s outdoor track, Sundrive Velodrome, and all of the training Walsh had undertaken paid off.
In the Women’s Sprint Orla Walsh was the red-hot favourite having set multiple national records during her training for this event. While the conditions on the day were not favourable for setting fast times, there were to be no surprises and she easily claimed the gold.
On the second day of the Championships, Orla Walsh set the tone early as she powered around the track to set a new Irish Record of 36.22 in the Women’s 500m TT, taking over a second off the previous mark. With a world class time on the board Orla Walsh was unbeatable.