Martyn Irvine: Ireland's 2013 world champion considers return to road racing

Martyn Irvine celebrates winning the scratch race at the 2013 Track Cycling World Championships
Martyn Irvine became the first Irish rider to win a world track cycling title in 117 years in 2013

Ireland's former world champion Martyn Irvine says he is considering a return to the sport after announcing his retirement in January.

Irvine, 30, said he had lost the passion for cycling after a series of injuries contributed to his failure to qualify for this year's Olympics.

However, Irvine is now considering a return after being involved at last week's Ras event in the Republic.

"It has definitely given me a buzz," Irvine, 30, told the Irish Times.

The Newtownards man drove the press car at the race and says he saw the sport from a different perspective.

"It has definitely given me a buzz to maybe not so much go back track racing but come back road racing and enjoy it again.

"I wouldn't say no if something came out of the woodwork. Not high stress but I would definitely do it more than amateur. But I don't know what level."

Irvine finished seventh in last year's RAS but he failure to qualify for the omnium in Rio led to his calling time on his career.

The county Down man won the scratch race gold and and silver medal in the points race in the space of one hour at the 2013 World Track Championship in Minsk.

Irvine's triumph in Belarus saw him becoming the first Irish cyclist to win a world track title in 117 years

Irvine also won other world, European, Commonwealth Games and World Cup medals during his career but the international governing body's decision to drop the individual pursuit and scratch race from the Olympic programme affected his competitiveness.