Martyn Irvine won a bronze medal in the omnium at the 2013 Track Cycling European Championship in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, last week. This is the first medal for Irvine in the omnium, which is an Olympic discipline.
Irvine is the reigning world champion in the scratch race, and this season is turning his focus to the omnium, which is comprised of six separate events, with the winner being the top-placed rider across all races.
This result is all the more impressive considering Irvine suffered from a fractured hip shortly after becoming world champion in March. The world number one ranked individual pursuit and scratch cyclist has certainly put any injuries behind him to reach the form of his life just ahead of the first major event in the 2014 track cycling calendar.
Head coach Brian Nugent said: "It's remarkable how Martyn has fought to come back to that, all credit to him. He has worked hard over the past month . . . he was disappointed with the points race on Friday, so just took it as him opening the system. In the omnium on Saturday and Sunday, he was back in form. We are over the moon with the medal; Martyn is over the moon."
Also racing this weekend were Caroline Ryan and Eoin Mullen. Ryan rode impressively to finish 10th in the omnium, which is her top placing in the Olympic discipline. Mullen also made a step forward in his progression, qualifying for the match sprint rounds against Europe's best.
Next up in track cycling is the first world cup of the season, in Manchester from November 1 to 3.