Kildare woman Ryan is national champ again

Caroline Ryan has regained her National Time Trial title.

Caroline Ryan has regained her National Time Trial title.

The Johnstownbridge native, who now lives in Straffan, will wear the Irish national champion’s colours for the next year after she completed the 40km course in 57.56, an average speed of 41.41km/h in Carlingford on Thursday night, June 20.

She beat US based professional Mel Spath by 24 seconds.

A Garda, she competed at a high level in rowing for many years before switching to cycling in 2009, and in a couple of short years has developed into one of the best track cyclists in the world. She won a bronze medal at the world track championships in 2012.

Since then, she’s never let a year go by without winning some national titles. She is the holder of six national records and is listed as the current number two in the world in 3km Individual Pursuit and 17th and 18th in the Scratch race and the Points race respectively.

Her father Willie and uncle Ted were also both Gardai and rowers, representing Ireland in the Olympics in the 1970’s.

Update: Two days later, on Saturday, June 22, Caroline Ryan was sixth in the road race. That race was won by Mel Spath who was beaten by Ryan in the Time Trial.

- Conor McHugh