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OTHER CYCLING : Paracycling Last Updated: 2 Apr 2018 - 8:45:17 PM

Five Irish Bikes Named for Para-cycling Track Worlds
By Heather Boyle, CI Communications Officer
14 Mar 2018,

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Five bikes will compete at the UCI 2018 Para-cycling Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the 22-25 March. Three tandems and two solo bikes will compete in fourteen events over the four days of competition. The championships take place in the Velódromo Municipal do Rio where Eoghan Clifford won a Paralympic bronze medal in the Individual Pursuit. Ireland won five Paralympic medals in cycling at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, including two Paralympic titles.

9 September 2016; Colin Lynch of Ireland in action during the Men's C2 3000m Individual Pursuit qualifier at the Rio Olympic Velodrome during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

The team consists of experienced and decorated riders Colin Lynch and Paralympic and World Champions Katie-George Dunlevy with her pilot Eve McCrystal, as well as Paralympians Peter Ryan and Séan Hahessy. Sprint specialists Martin Gordon and Eamonn Byrne will also be competing, along with C4 racer Ronan Grimes.

Speaking ahead of the championships National Performance Coach Neill Delahaye said “These 2018 UCI Paracycling Track World Championships are the first major track competition for the full Paracycling team since the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”

“We are looking forward to having the opportunity to test ourselves again in this Arena against the best in World. We have a strong line up with a competitive mix of established performers and a couple of talented new bikes. Everyone is ready for the challenge and looking forward to getting the Championships underway.”

The UCI 2018 Para-cycling Track World Championships take place in the Velódromo do Rio, Brazil from the 22nd – 25th March.


Irish Team for 2018 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships

Team
Colin Lynch (MC2)
Peter Ryan (MB) with pilot Sean Hahessy
Martin Gordon (MB) with pilot Séan Hahessy
Katie George Dunlevy (WB) with pilot Eve McCrystal
Ronan Grimes (MC4)

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SCHEDULE:

Thursday 22nd March

Men’s C2 Pursuit
Colin Lynch

Men’s C4 Kilo
Ronan Grimes

Friday 23rd March

Women’s B Tandem Pursuit
Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal

Men’s C2 Kilo
Colin Lynch

Men’s B Tandem Pursuit
Peter Ryan & Séan Hahessy

Saturday 24th March

Women’s B Tandem Kilo
Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal

Men’s B Tandem Kilo
Peter Ryan & Séan Hahessy
Martin Gordon & Eamonn Byrne

Men’s C4 Pursuit
Ronan Grimes

Sunday 25th March

Women’s B Tandem Sprint
Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal

Men’s B Tandem Sprint
Peter Ryan & Séan Hahessy
Martin Gordon & Eamonn Byrne

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Issued by Cycling Ireland in partnership with Paralympics Ireland

Cycling Ireland Website: www.cyclingireland.ie
Paralympics Website: www.paralympics.ie
Event Website: http://www.2018uciparatrack.com/en/


About Classification in Paralympic Sport:

Classification is a unique and integral part of Paralympic sport. It provides the structure to separate athletes with similar levels of impairments into groups, or classes as they are commonly known, so they can compete in fair and equal competitions against one another, and ensure that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This same principle exists in non-Paralympic sports where athletes are classified according to age, gender or weight divisions to allow for as fair competition as possible.

In para-cycling there are fourteen classifications based on functional disability type. B refers to the tandems, where the stoker is blind or visually impaired, and the pilot is sighted. H represents the handcycling events, and C refers to cyclists on regular, but adapted, solo bikes, who may have cerebral palsy, limb impairments and amputations. In these events the categories have numbers denoting the level of impairment, the lower numbers the more severe the impairments and the higher less so.

For more information on Para-cycling visit: http://www.uci.ch/para-cycling/about/

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