Twenty-seven year-old Shannon McCurley won a silver medal for Ireland in the scratch race on Day 1 of the European Track Championships in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.
The 40-lap race was won by Emily Nelson of Britain in a sprint finish with Poland’s Maria Martins taking the bronze medal.
What a night 🤩
— Cycling Ireland (@CyclingIreland) October 16, 2019
Speaking after the race Melbourne-born McCurley, who became the first Irish woman to qualify for an Olympic track event in 2016, said:
“With seven laps to go I was right at the back. I think I was hopeful that it was all going to go up and it did and I think with about three (laps) to go I spotted Emily shoot down the bottom and I knew she had good legs, she was coming into this strong, and that was the wheel I wanted to be on.”
“Yeah, it’s been a long time coming. As you saw me at the end of the race, I was speechless.”
— Cycling Ireland (@CyclingIreland) 16 Deireadh Fómhair 2019
A team of 14 Irish riders are competing in the European Championships which conclude on Sunday evening.