Local cyclist John Madden and new national M50 time-trial champion was selected to compete for Ireland at the World Cycling Tour Final in Denmark this week.
UWTC Final is the Final race of the UCI World Cycling Tour, is a series of UCI-sanctioned races held all over the world.
By participating in the 15 qualifier events, the top 25% in each age group are able to qualify for the UCI Amateur Road World Championships, where the champions are awarded with the coveted rainbow jersey.
It was an incredible opportunity for the Dig Deep Coaching – Inspired Cycling man who clocked a very fast time of 26.22 despite crashing spectacularly on the final technical corner into the finishing straight.
Madden’s time allowed him to place 14th and without coming off he might well have been in the top 5 for sure. However Madden was happy just to compete and add representing Ireland to his list of national records and other cycling achievements including the Derry to Belfast record he set last year. The headteacher beat the 50 year old record for cycling from Derry to Belfast which he did in a time of 2hrs 37mins and 33secs; an average of 27.4mph for the 72 mile course.
“Five riders broke collar bones and one guy broke a leg on the technical and difficult course,” said John. “I am disappointed that I crashed and lost a lot of time but I am thankful to have finished 14th and still be in one piece!” said Madden after the race. “I met some great people and it was an honour to represent Ireland at this world event.”
Madden competed with distinction at the World Cycling Tour final at Hobro, Denmark last week. He wore his national skin suit with pride and thankfully came home in one piece despite crashing to hopefully complete a few other big goals he has in mind before the end of the season.
M50 Time Trial
The previous week Madden became the 25 mile Ulster M50 time-trial champion after seeing off a strong field by a huge margin in a Ulster title race in Burt.
It’s a superb win for the Dig Deep – Inspired Cycling man who clocked a very fast time of 55.05 and lived up to his favourites’ tag spectacularly.
Madden’s win allowed him to pick up the gold medal and Ulster title to add his list of national records and other cycling achievements including the Derry to Belfast record he set last year.
It’s a particularly satisfactory result for Madden too as he missed the Ulster 25 mile time-trial last year due to illness.