Why are there so few road cyclists in the Carding system?

If you want to make money from cycling for Ireland maybe should you focus on the track?

THe Carding System

The International Carding System explained

Road Cyclists losing out

Cycling Irelands International carding system is weighted heavily towards the track

The carding criteria at the international level especially is more favourable to track cyclists than road cyclists This is a category that usually requires support as young road cyclists try to make the transition to Professional Road cyclists.

Who gets carding ?

  • Cycling Ireland Felix English World Class €20,000 Cycling Ireland
  • Lydia Boylan World Class €20,000 Cycling Ireland
  • Lydia Gurley World Class €20,000 Cycling Ireland
  • Robyn Stewart World Class €20,000 Cycling Ireland
  • Mark Downey World Class €20,000 Cycling Ireland
  • Marc Potts International €12,000 Cycling Ireland
  • Shannon McCurley International €12,000 Cycling Ireland
  • Kelly Murphy International €12.000 Cycling Ireland
  • (Para) Katie George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal Podium €60,000 Cycling Ireland
  • (Para) Martin Gordon & Eamonn Byrne World Class €30,000 Cycling Ireland
  • (Para) Peter Ryan & Sean Hahessy International €18,000 Cycling Ireland
  • (Para) Ronan Grimes International €12,000
  • Cycling Ireland (Para) Damien Vereker International €12,000
  • Transition Sport: Cycling  Ireland €268,000

All Carding allocations

Transition sport

THeres a tidy bundle of money registered under transition sport. Perhaps a scheme like this could be set up for road riders who are already trying to make the big breakthrough.

Comparison Track and road race numbers

2018 European Elite Track cycling championships

I have just selected a few events from the road and track for comparison. If you wish to study it in more details theres a link to more results at the end of this blog

  • Womens team Pursuit 10 teams
  • Team Pursuit men 12 Teams
  • Womens Omnium 21 competitors
  • Mens Omnium 23 Competitors

2019 European Road Championships

  • Junior Womens road race – 91 competitors Maeve Gallagher 38th    41.75 %
  • Junior mens  road race – 127  160 competitors Will Ryan 17th  10.62%
  • Junior Mens TT – 59 Competitors MCCAMBRIDGE Kevin 17th  28.8%
  • U23 mens road race – 152 competitors Michael O Loughlin 20th  13.15%
  • U23 TT 51  competitors  M O Loughlin 14th    27.45%

Lets look at what the various disciplines have to achieve to get Carding support. This part should be read with the numbers of competitors in road versus track competition in mind.

Also the number of opportunities road riders have compared to track riders to get the required results

World class track criteria

  • 4-9 in the World Championships
  • 4-9 in the Olympic Games ·
  • 4-9 in the individual TT of a Grand Tour – excluding prologues. (Giro Feminine and La Route de France for women – excluding prologues)
  •  1-3 in a World Cup Track event
  •  1-3 in Senior European Championships Track event
  •  Men’s Individual Pursuit 4000m – on or below 4:19:9 at a UCI event
  •  Women’s Individual Pursuit 3000m – on or below 3:34:9 at a UCI event
  •  Men’s 4,000 metre team pursuit below 4:04.9 in a UCI event
  •  Women’s 4,000m team pursuit below 4:31.9 in a UCI event
  •  Men’s 200 metre flying start below 10.10 in a UCI event
  •  Women’s 200 metre flying start below 11.20 seconds in a UCI even

World class Road criteria

  • 4-12 in the World Championships
  •  4-12 in the Olympic Games
  • 1-10  Overall in any European World Tour event(and women’s equivalent of World Tour)

International track criteria

  • 10-15 in the World Championships(TT)
  • 10-15 in the Olympic Games (TT)
  •  1-3 in U23 World Championship
  •  10-15 in the individual TT of a Grand Tour – excluding prologues. (Giro Feminine and La Route de France for women – excluding prologues)
  • 4-9 in a World Cup Track event
  •  4-9 in Senior European Championships Track event
  •  Men’s Individual Pursuit 4000m – on or below 4:24:9 at a UCI event
  •  Women’s Individual Pursuit 3000m – on or below 3:39:9 at a UCI
  •  event 
  • Men’s 4,000 metre team pursuit below 4:09.9 in a UCI event
  •  Women’s 4,000m team pursuit below 4:36.9 in a UCI event
  •  Men’s 200 metre flying start below 10.40 in a UCI event
  •  Women’s 200 metre flying start below 11.60 seconds in a UCI

International road criteria

  • 13-30in the World Championships 
  • 13-30in the Olympic Games
  •  1-5 in the World U23Championships
  •  1-3 in the EuropeanU23Championships
  •  1-3 in a U23 Nations Cup
  •  11-20 overall in any European World Tour event(Giro Feminine and La Route de France forwomen)
  •  1-5 in a UCI 1.HCor 2.HCevent
  •  1-5 on final GC in a European UCI 2.1/1.1 event
  •  1-3 on final GC in a non-European UCI2.1/1.1 event

Summary

Follow the money. Theres very little going to road cyclists and that needs to change if cycling ireland is to call itself an equal opportunity organisation.

There are also other areas of cycling like Mountain biking and BMX that have no cyclists included in the carding system.

For road and track cycling results go to Tissot Timing

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