Martyn Irvine

posted 12 May 2014, 14:35 by Kevin Monaghan
Martyn Irvine
From: Newtownards, Co. Down 
Martyn was born in Co Down and at that time cycling was a sport receiving a lot of attention in Ireland thanks to the successes of legendary riders Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche. However Martyn’s love affair with the sport didn’t begin until his late teens when he picked up his first mountain bike. He quickly swapped it for a road bike and at the age of 19 joined the Ards cycling club. Within two years he was representing the Sean Kelly cycling team in Belgium and hasn’t looked back.

Martyn joined the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in 2013 and experienced a season filled with great success.  In March 2013, he fractured his femur in a crash in Taiwan, he healed in remarkably swift fashion and returned to racing only to re-injure it later in the year.

Now back on the bike, this unstoppable human machine with remarkable horsepower is set to go for the 2014 season with Team UnitedHealthcare. The track-racing specialist represented his country in the 2012 London Olympic Games in the Omnium event where he took 13thoverall. The versatile pro also landed 2nd place in the Scratch Race and Individual Pursuit event at the 2012 World Cup in Glasgow, finished 2nd in the Irish Time Trial Championships, and 4th in the Irish Road Race Championships, to add to his list of accolades last season.

 In February 2014, Martyn Irvine became the first Irish male cyclist to win a medal at the World Track Championships in over 100 years.