The rapid rise of Eileen Burns in Irish cycling

08 August 2018

When Eileen Burns rolls down the TT start ramp in Glasgow today at the European Championships on Wednesday morning she will do so as a seasoned international.

She has already ridden the Commonwealth Games this year, road and track, and has previous ridden the Worlds, road and track.

Her story reads like that of a talented bike rider whose long career is now in its peak years and racking up international caps.

But nothing could be further from the truth. Herís is a less predictable, more remarkable, tale than that.

Burnsí name was likely the first one on the Northern Ireland team sheet for the Gold Coast back in April.

But the last time the Games were on, four years ago, she hadnít even taken up racing properly.

Then aged 25 years, she was in the process of falling into cycling late and trying her hand in Ballymenaís club races.

But it didnít take long for two things to become very clear; she had an exceptional engine and she was a natural in time trials.

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