BBC Sport - Road to Rio - Cyclists and hockey teams begin their Olympic bids

Road to Rio - Cyclists and hockey teams begin Olympic bids

The Olympic Games in Rio are still 17 months away but 2015 is all about trying to qualify.

For the first edition of Road to Rio, BBC Sport NI was given exclusive access to the Ireland Cycling squad as they prepared for the Track World Championships in Mallorca and former world champion Martyn Irvine from Newtownards and Londonderry's Lydia Boylan spoke with BBC Sport NI's Nigel Ringland.

The quest for Rio also begins for the Irish men's and women's hockey teams with World League 2.

After heartbreak for both sides four years ago, when they narrowly missed out on qualifying for London 2012, the men begin their campaign in San Diego from 28 February to 8 March while the women will host their tournament at UCD in Dublin from 14-22 March.

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