Letterkenny cyclist making his mark in UK
Letterkenny cyclist Ciaran O'Sullivan will be on the British Cycling Premier Calendar Road Race Series next year having this week joined the Velo 29 team.
Twenty-seven-year-old O'Sullivan (pictured below) met with team management and sponsors Richard Williamson and Daniel Smith to sign for the Middlesbrough-based team on Monday.
A final year Honours Degree Quantity Surveying student at Northumbria University in Newcastle, O'Sullivan competed locally in the 24/7 Triathlon Club in Letterkenny and with clubmate Sean McFadden, cycled from Mizen to Malin to raise more than €5,000 funds and awareness for the rehabilition community with aid charity in Thailand two years ago.
O'Sullivan, since moving to England, came home in 10th place in the National Hilltop Championships in October and also played his part in a bronze medal finish for his university team.
"I had been concentrating on triathlons, but picked up a knee injury around about this time last year, which made running awkward," O'Sullivan, whose family live in Carolina Park, said this week. "Since then I have been solely cycling and am enjoying it. Between college and the series next year I'll be busy, but the series is something that I can certainly look forward to with Velo 29."
The British Cycling Premier Calendar Road Race Series, which encompasses a number of events throughout the United Kingdom where competing cyclists compete for points on a race by race basis, kicks off in March of next year.