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Cycling Ireland Announces Team For Track European Championships (18/01/23)
Cycling Ireland has announced a strong team for the UEC Track European Championships in Grenchen, Switzerland, from February 8th to 12th.
Eight riders have been selected to represent Ireland in the championships, including all six riders that competed in the World Championships last October.
Off the back of a promising 2022 season for the Irish National Team, the focus switches to preparation and qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games this year.
National Track Coach Dan Henchy said: "It’s exciting to be able to name such a strong team for the first major track championship of 2023 with a group of riders who have all achieved podium results in international UCI track events. The European Championships is a big event in its own right, and this year has extra significance as the first qualification event towards the 2024 Olympic Games."
"The standard of competition is sure to be very high and we’ll be looking for the team to continue the progression from last season and show that we can compete with the top riders in Europe. This event will springboard straight into the Nations Cup programme so a strong start to Olympic qualification is needed with a busy race schedule to follow in the coming months.”
Irish National Team For Track European Championships
Women’s endurance (Event selections will be confirmed in due course)
Alice Sharpe, Emily Kay, Kelly Murphy, Lara Gillespie, Mia Griffin
Orla Walsh - sprint, keirin, 500m TT
JB Murphy - scratch, omnium
Conor Rowley - sprint, keirin
Irish National Team Feature In New Tour de l’Avenir Documentary (11/01/23)
A new behind the scenes Tour de l’Avenir documentary will feature riders from the Irish National Team.
‘Race For The Future’ is a two-part GCN+ documentary that offers fans ‘fly on the wall’ insight into the 2022 edition of the race including interviews with the best riders.
Irish rider Archie Ryan is set to feature in the documentary that will include footage of the young Team Jumbo Visma rider as well as other riders racing for Ireland.
Ryan put in some stellar displays in the prestigious race, particularly in mountain stages, and finished fourth place in the general classification.
A tough race dubbed the youth equivalent of the Tour de France, two Irish riders were struck by illness at the race.
Tour de l’Avenir team manager Martyn Irvine said: “It's great to see Archie Ryan and the other riders in the national team featured in the documentary. We knew he (Ryan) would be the man in form and he had the skills and confidence and ability to back it up. From day one that was the plan, and he executed the plan. Obviously he would like to have been one or two steps higher here and there, but I think he’s satisfied with his ride. He’s proven he’s one of the best climber amongst his peers."
"We had a bit of bad luck. There was sickness going through the race. We had some very long climbs that weren’t suited to our riders, and that caught us out at times. It was an emotional rollercoaster. But we were all pretty happy with the week’s work. And that’s it. It was great to work with the lads, every one of them was a pleasure to work with on my part.”
The two-part documentary will air on January 17th and 24th on GCN+
Irish Cyclists Nominated For 2022 Irish Independent Sportstar Of The Year (10/01/23)
Several Irish cyclists have been nominated for the 2022 Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year award.
The Irish Independent will announce the winner of the award this month and has published a list of nominees here. https://www.independent.ie/sport/sportstar-awards/here-are-the-nominees-for-the-2022-irish-independent-sportstar-of-the-year-42212113.html
Six Irish cyclists have been included among a star-studded list of nominees across a range of sports.
2022 Rás Tailteann winner Daire Feeley was included after another successful road season that saw him finish top of the Cycling Ireland 2022 road rankings for the third year in a row.
Irish paracycling stars were also recognised as Ronan Grimes, Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal were nominated after success in World and European Championships saw the team earn multiple medals on both on the road and the track last year.
National team rider Eddie Dunbar was also included after picking up general classification wins in the Tour de Hongrie and Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali in 2022.
Fellow national teammate Sam Bennett was also nominated after his return to form in 2022 that saw him win two stages in the Vuelta a Espana.
RECRUITMENT OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (06/01/23)
Cycling Ireland (CI) is the internationally-recognised National Governing Body for cycling on the island of Ireland. The organisation works across all disciplines of cycling and is committed to encouraging, developing and organising cycling across the country. CI receives support from both governments on the island and is recognised as one of three priority sports within the Irish Government’s National Sports Policy 2018-2027.
CI has a membership of over 26,000 people, has almost 500 clubs, sanctions approximately 1,000 events and manages over 200,000 event-entries annually. Based on the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus in Dublin, CI has a staff of 26 and also relies on significant support from a large volunteer base.
The past twelve months have been a time of unprecedented change for Cycling Ireland. The organisation now seeks to recruit a full-time Chief Executive Officer to work alongside a dedicated team of staff, Board and volunteers to deliver CI’s strategic plan.
The CEO will be responsible for the delivery and implementation of the Strategic Plan 2020-2024 (and subsequent Strategic Plans) through clear and decisive leadership and sound business judgement to ensure the overall success, growth and business efficiency of Cycling Ireland.
The work of Cycling Ireland is underpinned by its core values and the CEO will lead by example and ensure that these continue to be embedded across all areas of the organisation.
The CEO is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of Cycling Ireland and, in close collaboration with its associated entities, has responsibility for implementing CI’s Strategic Plan, operating policies and procedures within approved budgets.
A crucial part of this role will be people management, including the fostering of relationships between stakeholders across the different entities in a way that will positively shape and guide the future growth and development of Cycling Ireland. The role covers a broad range of functions, such as Sport Development, High Performance, Event Delivery and Operations, Finance, Procurement, Commercial, Governance and Advocacy.
Full details are available link here
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