World Track Cycling Championships 25km points race bronze medal winner Caroline Ryan has confirmed she will target qualification for the Olympic road race in three months time.
The Kildare rider flew in to Dublin Airport on Tuesday afternoon, five days after becoming the first Irish cyclist to win a world medal in over 100 years.
Ryan won bronze by getting involved in a breakaway and then taking third in two of intermediate sprints in the 100 lap race.
Commenting on the win, she told RTÉ Sport's Jacqui Hurley: "It's brilliant. We always said we could do it but to get it. For everything to work out on the day, for the race to go your way.....we planned it all tactically but sometimes it doesn’t work out but everything slotted into place at the right time”.
The 32-year-old Garda, who later set a new Irish record for the women’s individual pursuit on the final day of the Championships, switched from rowing to cycling in 2008 after missing out on qualificaiton for the Beijing Olympics.
She is not in a position to qualify for track events this time around but along with coach Brian Nugent intends to focus on gaining one of the 100 slots available in the road race at the London games.
She added: "We are going to go out and fight hard for it. It’s possible, definitely."