Letterkenny cyclist Conor McIlwaine has capped an impressive return to the sport by being handed a call-up to the Irish Senior U-23 team.
Conor, who is the current Donegal Senior Road Race Champion, is considered to have a very bight future in the world of competitive cycling.
He took a year out to complete his Leaving Certificate at St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny last year and is now studying Sports Physiotherapy at DCU. And he has spoken of his delight at being handed a place on the Irish U-23 team.
“I am obviously very proud to have got the call-up and I will be training hard now for the next
few weeks in preparation, doubling up with racing at the weekends trying to find some race
fitness,” he said. “For this competition I will just be wanting to show my true colours and prove my worth to the team.”
Conor’s success in the sport has been quite phenominal, having only taken up cycling three years ago during Transition Year at St. Eunan’s. He enjoyed his best season in 2011 when he was an impressive 4th overall in the Junior Tour of Ireland.
His call-up to the Irish U-23 team follows a recent training camp in Spain with the Irish team. He’s part of a four-man team that will compete against some of the top cycling teams from across Europe at the Rás Mumhan in Killarney, Kerry over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.