Australian-born Conor Rowley has secured his first call-up to the Irish Cycling Track Team, which will compete in the first round of the UCI Track Nations Cup from April 21-24 in Glasgow.
owley is part of a team of six who will continue their preparation for the European Championships in Munich in August and the World Championships in Paris in October.
Ireland will be represented in Glasgow by Emily Kay, Alice Sharpe, Mia Griffin, Kelly Murphy and JB Murphy in a series of endurance events. Rowley will compete in the keirin and sprint events.
It is also the first major track event to be helmed by Iain Dyer, Cycling Ireland’s new high-performance director. Securing a place at the 2022 World Track Championships will be a big goal this season as athletes will have the opportunity to gain experience ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Rowley qualifies for Ireland through his mother, Geraldine McNamara, who is from Kilrush and moved to Australia in her 20s. Rowley, who turns 24 today, is a former junior world keirin champion and has proven his skills at the elite senior level, having traveled to races across Europe and Australia for the past 12 months with the support of his family.
After a lengthy period in lockdown in Australia, Rowley traveled to Dublin for the Track National Championships in August last year. He then moved to Palma to intensify his training and achieved some notable results in Europe, including second and fifth places at the Trofeu Internacional de Pista in Portugal and 4th and 5th places at the Trofeu Internacional de Pista in Barcelona .
“I am so proud and excited to have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the Nations Cup in Glasgow for the first time,” said Rowley.
“As my mother is Irish and I traveled to Ireland many times during my childhood, I always felt connected to Ireland and aspired to one day represent Ireland on the big stage. To see my mum’s excitement when she heard I was representing Ireland was incredible and I can’t wait for her to see me race in the Irish jersey.
“It has taken so many years of hard work and dedication to get to this point and to finally be given an opportunity at this level is incredibly exciting.”
Riders will use the Class 1 Belgium Open Track Meeting in Ghent in preparation for Glasgow and will be joined by Orla Walsh, who specializes in keirin and sprint events. Walsh set multiple national outdoor records at the 2021 Track National Championships in Sundrive and spent time preparing for the 2022 season at the UCI World Cycling Center in Switzerland.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/cycling/icycle/conor-rowley-gets-first-ireland-call-up-as-part-of-six-strong-team-for-track-nations-cup-41530851.html Conor Rowley will be called up to Ireland for the first time as part of a team of six for the Track Nations Cup