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Rory Townsend

Cyclist

Rory Townsend is an Irish cyclist originally from the UK. Having studied Sports Science at St Marys University in Twickenham, he began cycling as a full-time profession in 2013, starting out with a British professional outfit Pedal Heaven race team. Since then he has been riding with the Canyon dhb team, whilst representing Ireland at International events including the European and World Road Race Championships, and the 2019 Tokyo Test event.

Rory Townsend, Professional Cyclist

"I have a real belief that it is not about how hard you can train, but how long you can train. Consistent improvements over time instead of short bouts of hard work split up by long periods out. Forth Edge is an important component of maintaining this healthy training balance. By keeping track of my overall health, it allows me to not only track my progress but also make sure I am not overdoing it or heading towards burnout. Heading into winter I will be experimenting with altitude training, so it is even more relevant to be tracking my red blood cell markers."

Rory Townsend is an Irish cyclist originally from the UK. Having studied Sport Science at St Marys University in Twickenham, Rory began cycling as a full-time profession in 2013, starting out with British professional outfit Pedal Heaven race team.

Since then he has been riding with the Canyon dhb team, whilst representing Ireland at international events including the European and World Road Race Championships, and the 2019 Tokyo Test event.

Last year he experienced success both at home and Internationally, winning three rounds of the British Cycling Elite road series, a third-place finish at the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic, and winning the sprinters overall red jersey at the Tour of Britain.

Overseas Rory had several UCI podiums, including a third-place at the Heistse Pijl, and two stage wins at the Tour of Fuzhou in China.

He is hoping to realise his dream and make the selection to go to next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Rory's Favourites

Q. What is your pre-competition meal?

A. The night before it’s generally something with rice, I’ve become a big fan of Poke bowls recently! The morning before it’s just some overnight oats with fruit and nuts.

Q. What is your go-to treat?

A. Anything with Nutella on it!

Q. Favourite music for motivation?

A. Something by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Q. What Superhero would you be?

A. Flash.

Career Highlights

Tour of Fuzhou stage 4, UCI2.1, China, 2019
Tour of Fuzhou stage 1, UCI2.1, China, 2019
Tour of Britain Sprints Classification, UCI 2.HC, UK, 2019
Beaumont Trophy, National A, UK, 2019
Circuit of the Mendips, National A, UK, 2019
Tour Series Overall, National A, UK, 2019
Tour Series Brooklands, Circuit National A, UK, 2019
East Cleveland Klondike GP, National A, UK, 2019
Tour of Almaty overall Mountains jersey, UCI2.1, Kazakhstand, 2017
Memorial Philippe Van Coningsloo, UCI1.2, Belgium, 2019
Tour of Quanzhou Bay stage 1, UCI2.2, China, 2017
Heylen Vastgoed Heistse Pijl, UCI1.2, Belgium, 2019
Rutland – Melton CiCLE Classic, UCI1.2, UK, 2019
Classic Loire Atlantique, UCI1.1, France, 2019
National Road Championships, Ireland, 2019
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