Kildare’s Caroline Ryan tops world rankings again

Conor McHugh


Conor McHugh

Caroline Ryan is once again number one in the world in the Individual Pursuit.

Caroline Ryan is once again number one in the world in the Individual Pursuit.

The Kildare woman spent some of last year at the top spot before slipping to number two, but as of the start of the new year, she’s back on top.

She’s also 18th in the world in the Scratch Race and 29th in the Points Race.

She was in action on the track in Mexico over the course of the weekend, and although she added no silverware to her collection, she and her coaches were happy with her performance.

She won the heat in the scratch race at the UCI World Cup track meeting in Guadalajara, and with five laps to go in the final she attacked.

Her brave solo attack was caught half a lap from the line and she faded to 16th.

However Cycling Ireland coach Brian Nugent said Ryan’s form appears to be good just weeks away from the World Track Championships in Cali, Colombia.

“Caroline was very active in the final, and made a great attack with 5 laps to go, only getting caught with 125 metres to go,” Nugent said.

“We’re very pleased with her form ahead of the World Championships.”

The Johnstownbridge woman announced herself to the track cycling world at the World Championships two years ago in Melbourne with she won bronze in the scratch race, which isn’t even her main discipline.

Her main discipline is the Individual Pursuit where she is currently number one in the world.

The outing was Ryan’s only race of the Guadalajara meeting, the last of this track season’s UCI World Cups. She now turns her attention to the World Championships, which she will ride both the pursuit and the points race.

The Johnstownbridge woman, who now lives in Straffan, followed her father Willie and uncle Ted into both the Gardai and rowing, which she did at an extremely high level for many years before switching to cycling in 2009.

Meanwhile in another cycling development Ciaran Kelly, owner of BikeWorx shop in Celbridge has started up a new cycling team.

Mr. Kelly was a very promising rider some years ago and rode for some years on the continent, posting some promising results.

However, the transition from being a junior racer to elite racing was badly managed in his case and he struggled at the very top level.

He quit racing and set up his shop, building it up nicely.

In the last year he started racing on the domestic circuit again and enjoyed it.

For 2014 Mr. Kelly has established a team of promising young Irish riders to compete at domestic races, possibly even taking part in the Rás later in the year.

The team is also sponsored by Axa Insurance, Casey Recruitment, the Irish paint brand Colortrend and the Peak Physical Therapy company, which is owned by former international rider Tim Cassidy and is based at the same premises as BikeWorx in Celbridge.