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UCD Cycling set new national team record

Posted August 08, 2016

  • New Irish record time in team pursuit for UCD Cycling
  • Team rider Richardson also won major race last weekend

UCD Cycling are Team Pursuit national champions after setting a new Irish outdoor record time of 4 minutes 40.446 seconds at the National Track Cycling Championships.

The team of Ian Richardson, Eoin Morton, Con Collis and Terry O’Malley improved on the previous national record by almost three seconds. They averaged a speed of 55 km (34 miles) per hour in the race.

Team pursuit cycling takes place over 4000m with teams of four riding in single file formation to maximise speed by reducing drag. The lead cyclist rotates during the race by leaving the front and dropping back to the rear of the group. 

The new record was a double success for Richardson who won the Suir Valley race last weekend. Previous winners of the three-day race include Olympian Ciarán Power and Tour de France rider Sam Bennett.

By: Jonny Baxter, digital journalist, UCD University Relations