Age: 31 (06/06/85)
Pro Since: 2006
Team: Aqua Blue Sport
Martyn Irvine was born in Down, Northern Ireland in 1985. At that time cycling was a sport receiving a lot of attention in Ireland thanks to the successes of legendary riders Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche. However Martyn’s love affair with the sport didn’t begin until his late teens when he picked up his first mountain bike. He quickly swapped it for a road bike and at the age of 19 joined the Ards cycling club. Within two years he was representing the Sean Kelly cycling team in Belgium and hasn’t looked back.
Although Martyn enjoys the hustle and bustle of cycling on the road, it’s on the track where he excels. He is an 8 time Irish Track & Road National Champion and represented Ireland at the 2012 Olympic Games. Although disappointed with his performance in London, Martyn bounced back to form the following November, winning two silver medals for Ireland at the Track World Cup in Glasgow. However the best was yet to come.
On the 21st February 2013 in Belarus, Martyn Irvine became the first Irish male cyclist to win a medal at the World Track Championships in over 100 years. Having already secured Silver in the individual pursuit race, Martyn added to his tally with a scintillating performance to win Gold in the 15km scratch race. Unfortunately his joy was short lived as he broke his hip a month later during the Tour of Taiwan. Martyn spent 6 months out of the saddle, missing the majority of the road cycling season. However in October he returned to the track in fine style, winning a bronze medal in the European Track Championships. In November, he completed his long road back to the winners rostrum at the Track World Cup meeting in Manchester, winning Ireland's first gold medal in a World cup event for nearly two decades.
In 2014, Martyn won a silver medal at the Track World Championships in Cali before representing Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow. In 2015, he set out to achieve qualification for the Olympics however an injury interrupted campaign combined with a loss of form put paid to his hopes of competing in Rio.
In January 2016, Martyn officially announced his retirement from international track cycling. Throughout his career, he won multiple medals at World level and is recognised as Ireland's most succesful track rider ever.
In 2017, Martyn will switch his focus back to professional road cycling and will be racing for Ireland’s first Pro Continental team, Aqua Blue SportAll photography provided courtesy of Graham Watson
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