Some of the worlds best Track riders competed on Day 1 of the Dublin International Track Grand Prix at Sundrive Velodrome on Saturday (July 6th)
Grey clouds hung over Sundrive Velodrome on the first morning of the Dublin Track Cycling International, but even occasional rain breaks didn’t deter a high-class field from strutting their stuff.
A nasty crash then interrupted the women’s madison, which resulted in a prolonged break while riders waited for the drizzle to clear. Upon resumption, the powerful Danish duo of Amalie Dideriksen and Julie Leth took the victory ahead of Ireland’s Lydia Gurley and Shannon McCurley, with Michaela Drummond and Rushlee Buchanan (New Zealand) third.
The weather then changed for the better and the women’s keirin heats saw Charlene Du Preez, Elena Bissolati, Anis Amira Rosidi, Sophie Capewell, Robyn Stewart (Irish National Team) and Emer McMullen (Sundrive Track Team) power into the main final. Capewell won in convincing form flying home in front of Bissolati with Stewart showing the Irish jersey in third.
In the women’s points race, German rider Gudrun Stock lapped the bunch to take a dominant win ahead of Irish road race champion Alice Sharpe, who had been involved in the earlier crash in the madison,
The last race of the day saw Dideriksen power to victory in the women’s scratch race, adding to her exploits in the madison.
Earlier on in the morning Eva Brennan (Deenside Wheelers) took the junior women’s scratch race from Hannah Tilly (Arcane Women’s Team).
Sunday brings more elite track action from Sundrive, including the Omnium and Sprint competitions.
The Dublin Track Cycling International is one of the top events on the Cycling Ireland race calendar.
It is a two day Class 1 event – 2019 sees the international UCI event take place for the seventh consecutive year, with Olympic and World medallists set to battle it out with the best Irish track cyclists.
The Dublin Track Cycling International is an important event on the track cycling calendar as it is an opportunity for riders to compete for medals and UCI points, which are necessary for riders if they wish to compete in World Cups and the World Championships.
This is a unique event where Ireland’s top domestic riders get to compete against top international riders, including the Irish Team, in an exhilarating enclosed environment.