No surprises as Ryan retains national title

Almost too fast for the camera. Ryan in action last Thursday evening. Photo: Eoghan Connolly.

Almost too fast for the camera. Ryan in action last Thursday evening. Photo: Eoghan Connolly.

As expected, Kildare cyclist Caroline Ryan has retained his national title in the time trial discipline.

Supported by her parents and fellow members of the Garda Cycling Club the Johnstownbridge woman completed the 37km distance in a time of 52 minutes 15 seconds on Thursday night last, June 26.

She was almost 20 seconds faster than the second placed rider, and a further two minutes back to the third placed rider.

That’s a speed of 42.48 kph (26.42 mph).

Her result isn’t terribly surprising considering she is currently the world number two in the Individual Pursuit on the track, and has had several spells at number one over the past 18 months.

None of her rivals either compete or train at such a high level in the discipline.

Unlike in a straight forward road race where competitors line up against each other and first across the line wins, the time trial involves each cyclist setting out alone, racing against nothing except a clock.

The National Time Trial title is one of five national titles Ryan currently holds.

She is the current National Individual Pursuit Champion, Scratch Champion, National Omnium Champion, Road Time Trial Champion.

She also has five national records - for the 10 mile time trail, 3km individual pursuit (indoor and outdoor), and the 3km team pursuit (indoor and outdoor).

Now living in Straffan, she followed her father Willie and uncle Ted into both the Gardai and rowing, where she competed at a high level for many years before switching to cycling in 2009.

She announced herself to the cycling world at the 2012 World Championships when she won bronze in the scratch race.

Although originally expected to line up for the road race on Saturday, she pulled out to focus on her preparation for qualifiers for the Rio Olympics.

She said that with this in mind her training has become more sprint-based (rather than endurance) in recent months.


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