Cycling Ireland Announces Team For UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
Aine Doherty in action during the Cyclo-cross National Series earlier this month (Picture: Atomcreates)
Cycling Ireland can confirm that a team of three riders will represent Ireland in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, from February 3rd to 5th.
Aine Doherty will race in the women’s junior race while Liam O’Brien and Joseph Mullen will race in the junior men’s race over the weekend.
All three Riders are part of the Cycling Ireland ORC (Off Road Commission) National Cyclo-Cross Development Squad which is continuing to make positive strides forward in the progression of the discipline by providing development opportunities for young riders through training and exposure to International racing in a supported team environment.
1st Year Juniors, Doherty and Mullen, performed strongly at last weeks UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Benidorm and have been consistent podium finishers all season domestically while the more experienced 2nd Year O’Brien has shown his strength in UCI level racing this Season and has delivered a consistent string of wins at home all Season long.
The trio will measure themselves against the best young riders in the world at the championships and the opportunity will aid their continued development in the sport.
Event costs are being majority covered by Cycling Irelands’ ORC National Cyclo-cross Development Squad budget with some self-funding by riders and logistical support from Cycling Ireland High Performance Unit.
National Champion Dean Harvey was considered to race as part of the Team but is unable to compete due to contractual obligations with his Trade Team.
Cycling Ireland Head Coach Neill Delahaye said:
“We believe these Riders stand to gain a positive learning experience from competing at this year's Worlds in Hoogerheide. Each has acquitted themselves very well this season and has demonstrated their ability to perform in an International Field. Their selection is a reflection of their ability and potential as athletes and also a testament to the hard work of Paul and his support team in the National Cyclo-cross Development Squad which is providing a positive environment for these young athletes to thrive and develop.”
Cycling Ireland Off Road Commission Cyclo-cross Co-ordinator, Paul Birchall, said:
"We are delighted to be in a position to give these riders exposure to racing at this level at such a young age. Aine and Joseph have clearly proved their commitment and ability at the Benidorm World Cup and should benefit from this experience as second year juniors next season while our hope for Liam is that he builds on last year's Worlds experience and continues his progression towards the higher levels of the sport during his developmental years.”
Ireland Team At Cyclo-cross World Championships
Joseph Mullen – Junior
Liam O’Brien - Junior
Aine Doherty - Junior