Downey and English wrap up Irish campaign at World Track Champs with 6th in Madison

Mark Downey and Felix English finished 6th in the Madison on the final day of the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships today in a lively event, which saw them pipped for fifth on the line by Switzerland on equal points. Earlier this morning Lydia Gurley was 15th in the Points Race and Shannon McCurley was 21st in the...

Freddy Maertens recovering from cardiac surgery

Former professional Freddy Maertens is recovering in hospital from cardiac surgery. The double World Champion underwent surgery this week at Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel in Jette, according to Het Laatste Nieuws. The 65 year-old was suffering from cardiac arrhythmias. The treatment from cardiologist Pedro Brugada went well according to the report, but Maertens will have to remain in intensive care for...

10th for Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley in Inaugural Madison at Track Worlds

In the Women’s Madison, the Irish pairing of Lydia Gurley and Lydia Boylan finished 10th at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships today, with this being the inaugural year for the event on the race programme. In the Women’s 3km Individual Pursuit Anna Turvey was 17th with a time of 3.40.484. Speaking after the race Boylan was disappointed...

Eddie Dunbar in attacking form at U23 Liège – Bastogne – Liège

Eddie Dunbar (Axeon Hagens Berman) put in a valiant effort today to try and become the first rider ever to win the U23 versions of both the Tour of Flanders and Liège - Bastogne - Liège. The 20 year-old rode an aggressive race but missed out on the victory with the win going instead to Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto-Soudal U23). 166...

The Col Collective take on Trollstigen in Norway (VIDEO)

The latest video from The Col Collective sees Mike Cotty take on the climb of Trollstigen in Norway. Trollstigen is part of Norwegian County Road 63 in Rauma Municipality, Møre og Romsdal county that connects the town of Åndalsnes in Rauma and the village of Valldal in Norddal Municipality. The road is closed during late autumn and winter and a...

Tim Wellens feeling confident ahead of Amstel Gold

Tim Wellens, Lotto-Soudal's team leader for tomorrow's Amstel Gold has said that he's feeling confident ahead of the race and the route change will mean that riders will have to attack earlier now. The significant change to the race is that the Cauberg is no longer the last hill in the race. The Belgian rider has won three races this...

CCC SprandiPolkowice recover stolen bikes in the Netherlands

There was good news for the CCC SprandiPolkowice team as they have found their team bikes, which had been stolen earlier this week. Thieves had broken into the team’s truck overnight between Thursday night and Friday morning. "It happened on a guarded parking lot in front of our hotel in Valkenburg. All 18 bikes and spare wheels were stolen, despite...

Top Tens for Lydia Boylan and Mark Downey at Track Worlds in Hong Kong

Mark Downey finished tenth in the Points Race at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships today, with Lydia Boylan finishing 9th in the Omnium. Downey entered the event as one of the pre-race favourites following a dominating season in the World Cups, resulting in his being marked out of a top result. In the newly formatted four event...

Roche, Kelly and the ’82 Amstel Gold (VIDEO)

By Graham Healy In addition to Fleche Wallonne and the Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold is one of the few top races that has never been won by an Irish rider. They have come close on occasion though with Sean Kelly taking third in 1980 and sixth in 1981. Perhaps the best chance of an Irish win though came in the...

Damien Shaw extends his overall lead at Tour du Loir et Cher (2.2)

Damien Shaw (An Post - Chain Reaction) maintained the yellow jersey after today's 211-kilometre third stage of the Tour du Loir et Cher (2.2) from Savigny-sur-Braye to Vendome. On a tough day which saw lots of splits in the peloton, the Mullingar man finished in 24th place, 13" behind the stage winner Arvid De Kleijn (Baby-Dump Cyclingteam). Going into the stage,...

Frustration for Felix English in Scratch Race at Track Cycling World Championships

Felix English finished 19th in the Scratch Race at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships yesterday. The twenty five year-old was the sole Irish rider in action on the second day of competition in the Hong Kong Velodrome at the Worlds which run from 12th – 16th April 2017. In a frustrating race where all his attacks were...

Anti-cycling posters placed on lampposts on the Hill of Howth

A number of posters have been placed on lampposts on the Hill of Howth in North County Dublin in recent days taking aim at cyclists. The posters were placed on the south side of the climb between Howth Head and Sutton with messages such as 'We own the road, don't we,' which shows two cyclists in front of cars which...