Irish riders weren't keen to 'get bitten by a spider' at Worlds, former national champ jokes

Ryan Mullen isn't too downhearted about missing the event.

Ryan Mullen
Mullen enjoying the crowds at the 2021 Road World Championships in Flanders.
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Three-time Irish national road race champion Ryan Mullen (Bora-Hansgrohe) has said he "wasn't amped" to go to the UCI World Championships, joking that his Irish teammates were fearful of spider bites in Australia. 

Yesterday the Irish national federation announced it would not be sending a team to the Worlds making it the first time since 1999 that there will be no Irish representation in the elite events.

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