International Track Cyclist
Robyn, Belfast Born and Bred, grew up playing football and hockey, however three years ago started track cycling.
Track Cycling is not a common sport for someone living in Northern Ireland as currently we don’t yet have an indoor velodrome.
Robyn, now living in Manchester trains with her husband Kevin Stewart, coach to the Great Britain Cycling Sprint Team.
Robyn currently rides for the Irish National Track Team and will be representing Northern Ireland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Robyn is the current Irish National Champion in all four sprint disciplines and was delighted to become the first Irish woman to break 11 seconds for the f200m time trial as well as becoming the first to qualify to race the sprint at World Cup and World Championship level.
“My big aim is to qualify to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. I believe that with enough work, it is possible.
I’ve always loved competing in male-dominated sports and I love the fierce brand...the beautiful products and the idea behind it - for women who like to look good and feel Fierce!” Robyn Stewart
What is Track Cycling?
Track cycling takes place on indoor and outdoor oval tracks ranging from less than 200 to over 400 metres in length, with surfaces made from a variety of materials including wood, tarmac and concrete. Tracks are banked to varying degrees to enable riders to maintain high speeds.
Olympic standard venues are indoor 250 metre wooden tracks with coloured bands painted at various intervals up the track.
The lowest black line defines the length of the track, 90cm above that is the red sprinter's line; the gap between black and red marks the optimum route around the track.
At a minimum of 250cm, or halfway up the track, there is a blue line called the stayer's line, used in stayer races (races behind pacemaker-motorbikes) as a separation line.
What is the sprint?
A head-to-head contest between two riders over three laps of the track.
Competition begins with a timed 200-metre flying lap which decides the seeding for the knockout rounds.
Racing is highly tactical yet explosive, with slow ‘cat and mouse’ tactical battles followed by all-out drag races for the line.