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Mark is number 1

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Mark is number 1 thumbnail Banbridge CC member, Mark Downey has been ranked number one in the world.

IT has been a remarkable season for Banbridge CC member, Mark Downey.

Few, however would have been brave enough to imagine the likelihood of the 21-year-old Dromore man ending the year as ranked number 1 in the world.

Following the recent track World Cup in Poland over the weekend, the official UCI rankings were released with Mark Downey topping the table in the Points Race discipline, while also leading Ireland to the number two ranked nation.

The signs were certainly there at the start of the year when Mark was on a fantastic winning streak in the world cups, winning the points race in the Netherlands and Columbia on his way to winning the overall World Cup.

He also won the Madison event at LA in USA after coming second in the Columbia World Cup, along with his partner Felix English.

While on paper it would appear his stand-out performances were in the track events, his top 10 placing at the U23 Road Race World Championship in Bergen, Norway confirmed his potential as a real world-class prospect as a future road professional Mark first participated in a race when he was eight years old, and at the age of 11 he then competed in his very first Irish championships.

At this event he won the gold on the Time Trial and criterium but placed silver in the road race.

Little did he know this was the start of his youth cycling career.

We at Banbridge CC would like to congratulate Mark on this significant milestone, wish him an enjoyable off season and look forward to seeing what 2018 and beyond holds for him.

Thank you to Marcus Cromie for the photo, who attended the London Six Day.

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