By Sean Moriarty.
The Irish National Elite Cycling Championships roll into Louth’s Carlingford village this week (June 20-23) and the Irish in Britain will be cheering for one their own.
Felix English is the current under 23 Irish Criterium champion but is hoping to add the Under 23 Road Race and a top five in the men’s elite at this weekend’s national championships.
Brighton-born to Dublin parents, English is fast making a name for himself as a rising star of the road scene in this country.
Earlier this year he won the prestigious Milk Race in Nottingham and has been preparing for the Irish championships by tackling the 11 round tour series on the streets of British cities that drew to close last Thursday night in Ipswich.
The 20-year-old will be joined in County Louth by his Rapha Condor JLT teammate Aaron Buggle who finished third in the Under 23 race last year.
English, the defending Irish track champion, says his future lies on the roads, and comes to this weekend’s with form having finished second in the under-age race two years ago.
During a recent, competitive visit to London, he told the Irish World: “I am a lot stronger this year and I am hoping the other riders will underestimate me and I can sneak in there.”
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