Alice Sharpe and Mia Griffin are Irish professional cyclists who represent Ireland on the track and race with a Belgian based Irish Continental Team IBCT. They have both embraced a life in cycling that has seen them excel in a sport that only a few years ago wasn’t even on their radar.
Mia, a former Kilkenny Camogie player came to cycling through the Cycling Ireland Talent Transfer programme and swapped her hurley and sliotar on the GAA pitch for a bike, fast racing, an indoor track just five years ago and has never looked back. Alice is a swimmer, turned triathlete, who took to crit racing before trying her hand at track racing. Both cyclists now race as part of the Irish Track cycling team and as part of team IBCT on both the road and the track.
Alice a former National Irish Road Champion in 2019 and Mia who won Bronze in the Individual pursuit in the U23 European Track Championships in 2020 are part of the Irish Team who claimed a bronze medal in the 4km Women’s Team Pursuit at the European Track Cycling Championships in Switzerland last year setting a new National Record in the process along with team mates Kelly Murphy and Emily Kay.
Currently based in Belgium, Mia and Alice are living, training and racing together as they pursue their passion for cycling and focus on getting to Paris in 2024. The team mates have a friendship and camaraderie that sees them encourage, inspire and support each other to be the best that they can be in sport and in life. Watch this space! The Irish girls are powering up the pedals to go full gas pursuit of their goals and dreams.