McElwaine set to join ranks of Continental cycling

A young Donegal cyclist is about to embark on full-time cycling career on the continent based in Belgium.

A young Donegal cyclist is about to embark on full-time cycling career on the continent based in Belgium.

Conor McElwaine (19), from Letterkenny and a member of the Errigal Cycling Club is currently in discussion with a number of teams with a view to joining them as a full-time rider for next season.

Conor is currently in Belgium where he is competing in a series of races with the Ireland U-23 team.

“It’s not full professional it is the next level down called Continetal but it is a full-time. I’m in discussion with a number of teams but nothing has been decided just yet,” Conor told the Democrat/ Peoples Press.

“I will know for sure in the next couple of weeks but I am planning to taking a year out from college and hoping to cycle full-time next year.” Among the teams believed to be interested in signing the young Letterkenny man who is recognised as one of the emerging talents in Irish cycling is the An Post sponsored Sean Kelly team.

If he joins the An Post team he will team up with fellow Donegal man Ronan McLaughlin, from Muff, who has been a member of the An Post cycling squad for the past five years.

Conor who has spent the last three weeks in Belgium competing in a series of races had his best placed finish on Wednesday, when he came home in fourth position, in a one day event.

He is a student at Dublin City University, where he has completed his first year.