A team of five riders will represent Ireland at the 2024 UEC Track European Championships in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, from January 10th to 14th.
Five riders will compete in the women’s endurance events with the team selection based around the Women’s Team Pursuit Event and Ireland’s qualification campaign for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
With the Olympics coming into view next summer, the European Championships form a key qualification event before UCI Nations Cup rounds in Adelaide, Hong Kong, and Milton this spring form other key events before qualification for track cycling at the games concludes in April.
Ireland currently sits in ninth in women’s team pursuit qualifying, with the top ten teams at the end of qualification earning a spot in the event as well as a place in the Omnium and Madison events in Paris.
Lara Gillespie, Alice Sharpe, Mia Griffin, Kelly Murphy and Erin Creighton form a strong selection, focused around the women’s team pursuit and other key women’s endurance events.
The team are hoping to build on strong performances in 2023 that saw them break the team pursuit national record multiple times as riders continue to gain experience and make forward strides at the top level.
Iain Dyer, Cycling Ireland High Performance Director, said, “At this point in the Olympic qualifying process it’s a small team focused on dialling in their main qualifying route for Paris via the team pursuit. Naturally as Olympic events the Omnium and Madison will take precedence in the bunch racing events, but we won’t pass up the opportunities that a championship presents in the other bunch events with an eye on attaining eligibility for Copenhagen World Championships later next year.”
Ireland Team – 2024 Track European Championships
- Mia Griffin
- Alice Sharpe
- Kelly Murphy
- Lara Gillespie
- Erin Creighton
Individual event selection is still to be confirmed.
Find out more about the 2024 UEC Track European Championships here.