Competing in their first World Cup the Irish women’s team smashed their national record to get a time of 3min31.7sec in the team pursuit event at Cali yesterday. The team finished 10th out of 21 nations.
In knocking 6 seconds off the previous record, the side were the fifth European team in the standings and scored valuable Olympic qualifying points over some of their rivals for a place in London 2012.
Martyn Irvine also moved into the final 24 for the omnium, by winning his qualifying heat and finishing seventh overall in the opening event, the flying lap. The Omnium consists of six events with points awarded for the riders finishing position in each section. The event comprises of:flying lap, points race, elimination race,individual pursuit,scratch race and time trial. Irvine has been consistently improving in these events and finished in 8th place at the European Championships last month.
The women’s team pursuit is made up of Jennifer O’Reilly,Caroline Ryan and Ciara Horne. The 3km Time Trial is a race against the clock,with two nations starting at opposite sides of the track. At the European Championships, Ireland achieved a national record in a time of 3.37. Yesterdays performance knocked 6 seconds off that time and shows just how fast this team are progressing.
Racing continues tomorrow with the mens omnium and the women’s individual pursuit(Caroline Ryan).