Houvenaghel to quit cycling

LOCAL Olympian Wendy Houvenaghel is set quit track cycling at the end of the year.

The Upperlands woman is currently based in Cornwall and is preparing for the Olympics which will take place this summer in London.

Houvenaghel is certainly no stranger to success on the world stage. Four years ago she grabbed silver in the 3km individual pursuit and also finished in second place at this year’s World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

At this years games Houevnaghel will compete in the team pursuit, this is due to the dropping of the individual pursuit from the Olympic cycling schedule.

In an interview with BBc Cornwall, the talented cyclist confirmed that this would be her last Olympic games.

“I’m going to be in the best possible shape that I physically can be in and I’m looking forward to exploring different opportunities afterwards.”

Wendy added: “I’ll probably leave competitive cycling behind after this season is over.”

Wendy spoke recently to the Mid Ulster Mail about the London games and admitted that she was looking forward to an exciting summer.

“We are all incredibly focused within the team and everyone is striving to give the British public a gold medal performance. We are taking each day as it comes and we are looking forward to the 3rd and 4th of August when the team pursuit event takes place.”