Following her emphatic display in the Scratch Race at the World Championships in Colombia before the weekend, Caroline Ryan highlighted her consistency at the business end of women’s track cycling with two sixth place finishes.
While not coming home with any medals, the Straffan Garda is clearly not there to make up the numbers, given her consistency despite the different demands of the various races.
The scratch race, which she blew apart in the winning move, is a straight-forward first-across-the-line event over 20kms.
Having conserved her energy early in race she instigated the winning moving with a massive surge of power and brought the eventual winner Belgian Kelly Druyts, well clear of the rest of the pack which included several multiple Olympic Gold medalists and World Champions. Unfortunately she faded within sight of the line and finished out of the medals.
She was sixth in the individual pursuit, where she is world number one. It is largely a lone event where the rider faces off against an opponent directly opposite them on the track and involves maintaining a constant high intensity over the course of the entire race.
Meanwhile the points race involves a series of explosive sprints, with each placed rider getting a number of points in each sprint. They also gain points by lapping the rest of the group. The rider with the most accumulated points wins.
Ryan was once again the powerful instigator of the biggest move of the day, taking a lap with six others.
This performance rounds up a successful World Championships bid for the Irish, with Martyn Irvine winning Silver in the Scratch Race and Ryan Mullen narrowly missing out on Bronze in the Individual Pursuit.
Ryan expressed her happiness several times throughout the weekend on Twitter, including this one after the individual pursuit: “Top 6 in Individual Pursuit at World Champs. Not a bad place to be in a timed event.”