Martyn Irvine

Martyn Irvine (born 6 June 1985) is a Northern Ireland-born[2] former cyclist, who competed professionally between 2008 and 2017 for the Pezula Racing, Planet X, RTS Racing Team, UnitedHealthcare, Madison Genesis and Aqua Blue Sport teams, and rode at the 2012 Olympic Games. He was a directeur sportif for the Aqua Blue Sport team.[3]

Martyn Irvine
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Personal information
Full nameMartyn Irvine
Born (1985-06-06) 6 June 1985 (age 36)
Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Team information
Current teamAqua Blue Sport
DisciplineRoad and track
Role
  • Rider (retired)
  • Team manager
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional teams
2006Sean Kelly ACLVB–M.Donnelly (stagiaire)
2008Pezula Racing
2010Planet X
2011–2012Giant Kenda Cycling Team
2013–2014UnitedHealthcare[1]
2015Madison Genesis
2017Aqua Blue Sport
Managerial team
2018–Aqua Blue Sport (directeur sportif)

Irvine is a 7-time Irish national track and road cycling champion cyclist, who represented the Irish National track team in the Omnium event at the World Cup Classics, and was world champion in the scratch race in 2013. He was UCI World Ranked 17th at the end of the inaugural 2010/11 Omnium season, with 315 ranking points.

CareerEdit

 
Irvine representing Ireland at the 2011 European Track Cycling Championships.

He signed with the UCI Asia based Giant Kenda Cycling Team for the 2011 season.

After the 2012 London World Cup event, he had 470 ranking points. He qualified for the Omnium event at the London Olympics where he finished 13th.[4]

UnitedHealthcare (2013–2014)Edit

In November 2012, Irvine signed a contract to ride with the UnitedHealthcare team for the 2013 season.[5]

In February 2013 he won gold at the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in the Scratch Race, only an hour after winning a silver medal in the Individual Pursuit. Prior to Irvine, no Irish male rider had won a World Championship medal in 116 years.[6][7][8][9] As a result, he was named as BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year for 2013.[10]

In February 2014, Irvine won a silver medal in the scratch race at the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.[11][12]

Madison Genesis (2015)Edit

In November 2014 Madison Genesis announced that Irvine would join them for the 2015 season.[13]

RetirementEdit

After failing to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, in January 2016 Irvine announced his retirement from competition.[10]

Return with Aqua Blue Sport (2017)Edit

In October 2016, he announced his comeback to professional cycling, signing with newly created Irish UCI Professional Continental team Aqua Blue Sport for the 2017 season.[14] He retired for the second time at the end of the season, joining the team's backroom staff.[15]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

RoadEdit

2005
3rd Time trial, National Under–23 Road Championships
2007
National Under–23 Road Championships
2nd Road race
3rd Time trial
2009
1st   Overall Tour of the North
National Road Championships
2nd Time trial
4th Road race
3rd Senior crit, National Criterium Championships
5th East Midlands International CiCLE Classic
2010
1st   Senior crit, National Criterium Championships
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
2011
1st   Senior crit, National Criterium Championships
1st Stage 7 An Post Rás
5th Time trial, National Road Championships
8th Lincoln Grand Prix
9th Overall Tour of Ulster
1st   Mountains classification
2012
National Road Championships
2nd Time trial
4th Road race
2013
2nd Senior crit, National Criterium Championships
2014
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
2015
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
7th Overall An Post Rás

TrackEdit

2010
National Championships
1st   1 km time trial
1st   Individual pursuit
2011
National Championships
1st   1 km time trial
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Scratch race
2012
UCI Track World Cup
2nd   Scratch race (Glasgow)
2nd   Individual pursuit (Glasgow)
2013
UCI Track World Championships
1st   Scratch race
2nd   Individual pursuit
1st   Individual pursuit, National Track Championships
3rd   Omnium, UEC European Track Championships
2014
2nd   Scratch race, UCI Track World Championships
Major championship resultsEdit
Event 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  Olympic Games Omnium Not Held 13 Not Held
  World Championships Individual pursuit  —  —  — 2 12  —
Omnium  — 10 7  —  — 17
Scratch race  —  —  — 1 2 10
  European Championships Individual pursuit  —  —  —  —  — 10
Omnium 9 5  — 3 10  —
Scratch race  —  —  —  — 28 11
Commonwealth Games Individual pursuit 6 Not Held  — Not Held
Scratch race DNF 14
UCI Track Cycling World Cup Individual pursuit  —  —  — 2  —  —
Omnium  — 23 7  —  —  —
Scratch race  —  —  — 2  —  —
UCI Track Cycling World Ranking Individual pursuit  —  —  — 2 14 79
Omnium  — 17 7 74 34 41
Scratch race  —  —  — 1  — 16

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team (UHC) - USA". UCI Continental Circuits. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Profile". Martyn Irvine. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  3. ^ "2018 rider roster and first races confirmed". Aqua Blue Sport. Aqua Blue Sport Limited. 1 January 2018. Archived from the original on 16 July 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018. Former rider Martyn Irvine will also join the backroom staff as a Directeur Sportif with Aqua Blue Sport in 2018.
  4. ^ "Martyn Irvine bio, stats and results". Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Martyn Irvine joins UnitedHealthcare". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Martyn Irvine makes history by winning gold and silver at the World Championships". Irish Independent. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Double joy: Martyn Irvine secures gold and silver at Track World Championships". thescore.ie. 22 February 2013. Archived from the original on 24 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  8. ^ "UCI Track Cycling World Championships 2013: Martyn Irvine ends 117-year wait for Ireland with gold in scratch". The Daily Telegraph. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Martyn Irvine wins gold and silver double at world track championships". Guardian UK. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Martyn Irvine: Ireland's 2013 world champion retires". bbc.co.uk. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Martyn Irvine wins silver medal". BBC Sport. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Silver medal for Martyn Irvine at Track Cycling World Championships". BBC Sport. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  13. ^ Clarke, Stuart (13 November 2014). "Martyn Irvine and Mark McNally headline new arrivals for Madison Genesis". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  14. ^ Sticky Bottle. 3 October 2016 http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/new-irish-pro-team-aqua-blue-sport-unveils-its-first-four-riders/. Retrieved 6 October 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Martyn Irvine quits racing for new role with Aqua Blue Sport team". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2018.

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