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Mullen confirmed for track cycling grand prix

Updated: Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 14:00 | Comments

Ryan Mullen will compete at Eamonn Ceannt Park this weekend
Ryan Mullen will compete at Eamonn Ceannt Park this weekend

The Cycling Ireland track commission has today announced a quality field for the prestigious UCI Track Cycling International Grand Prix, which will take place on 12-13 July at The Velodrome, Eamonn Ceannt Park.

Newly crowned Irish road racing champion, and under-23 Irish time trial champion, Ryan Mullen will compete against top track riders from overseas, including  Germany’s omnium and scratch national champion Maximillian Beyer, and riders from as far away as Brazil and Venezuela.

World Championships gold and silver medallist Martyn Irvine has also today confirmed his place on the start line. The US-based pro will fly home for this weekend’s racing.

Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke said: “The Velodrome in Eamonn Ceannt Park will this weekend play host to cyclists from home and abroad. 

"Dublin City Council are delighted to support this exciting free event for all the family whilst encouraging cycling through our sports and recreation department.

"I’ve no doubt the grand prix in our park will attract and encourage all levels of cycling enthusiasts and will be a fun and memorable event for all who attend”.

Speaking about the event, world number one pursuit rider, Ireland’s own Caroline Ryan, said: “I’m really excited about the international GP this year.

"It was great to get the opportunity last year, for the first time, to race and win an international track race on home ground and I can’t wait to get back out and race in front of a home crowd once more.”

Spectators will be welcome and are encouraged to come along at the weekend to this free event to support Irish athletes in their quest for Olympic qualification.

Racing is from 10am – 5pm, on both Saturday and Sunday.

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