Ryan heads into weekend of national championships

Caroline Ryan in testing. She faces the national championships this weekend.
Kildare’s Caroline Ryan heads into the National Championships this weekend hoping to hang onto her time trial title, one of five she currently holds.

Kildare’s Caroline Ryan heads into the National Championships this weekend hoping to hang onto her time trial title, one of five she currently holds.

Ryan will face off against the cream of Irish women cyclists in the time trial and road race in Mullingar.

As well as being number two in the world in the track cycling discipline of Individual Pursuit and 13th in the Points Race, Ryan 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).

Although the current number two in the individual pursuit, she has had two stints as the world number 1.

The Johnstownbridge woman, who now lives in Straffan, 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.

The Johnstownbridge woman announced herself to the track cycling world at the 2012 World Championships in Melbourne with she won bronze in the scratch race, which isn’t even her main discipline.