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

Grimes Debuts with 9th in Kilo at the Para-cycling Track Worlds in Rio
By Heather Boyle, CI Communications Officer
23 Mar 2018,

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Dublin based Ronan Grimes broke into the top ten in the 1km Time Trial at his first track world championship event finishing in ninth place tonight; gold went to GB’s Jody Cundy ahead of Jozef Metelka (Slovakia) and USA’s Jacob Waters taking bronze.

Colin Lynch was 13th in the Individual Pursuit which was won by Canada’s Tristen Chernove ahead of Guihua Liang (CHN). Arslan Gilmutdinov from Russia rounded off the podium with bronze. The UCI 2018 Para-cycling Track World Championships take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the 22-25 March.

“That was a great experience,” said Galway born Grimes after the 1km race, where his finishing time was 1.11.595. “The time of 1.11 is something I would have grabbed at before the race, so I have to be happy with that, and it’s a top ten too. I have a lot of positives to take from it – and a lot to learn too.

“I kind of pulled a bit too early at the gate so I lost a bit of momentum at the start of race. When it is just four laps it is over before you know it – so it was all a kind of blur until I heard that last bell.”

The 29-year-old Scott-Orwell Wheelers rider enjoyed his track cycling debut at a major championships – “The track isn’t something I have a whole lot of experience in and the kilo is not something I have a speciality in. The nerves were setting in an hour or so beforehand. The hour went by very quickly, and I was up on the boards before I knew it!

“On Saturday I will race in the pursuit – and hopefully that is something I have more aptitude for, with my endurance background.” Tomorrow Grimes will get an opportunity to recover before competing again on Saturday and Sunday.

“I’m massively disappointed with my ride today,” reflected Lynch, who won a Paralympic silver medallist in the Time Trial in 2016. His time of 4.06.390 was significantly off his personal best of 3.43.423.

“Although I haven’t been training for the track this year, I had been doing some good times in training – so was hoping for at least a top ten finish.”

The UK based rider has kept his focus on the road in recent years, netting rewards by claiming the overall win in the World Cup Series in 2017, to top off his successful Paralympic campaign.

“I have been battling illness for the last week, and clearly it took its toll today. It’s time to rest up and refocus for the 1km and Scratch Race qualifier tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to the scratch.”

Lynch has not raced in the power based 1km Time Trial in four years, which takes place at approximately 6pm Irish time tomorrow, with the Scratch qualifiers at approximately 9.30pm.

Tomorrow’s action will commence with Paralympic and Double World Championships Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal testing themselves in the race against the clock - the 3km Individual Pursuit. Also competing in the Individual Pursuit is the tandem pairing of Peter Ryan and Sean Hahessy.

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


Thursday 22nd March
Men’s C2 Pursuit Colin Lynch

Men’s C4 Kilo Ronan Grimes


MC2 3km Individual Pursuit
Gold CHERNOVE Tristen (Canada) 3.44.385
Silver LIANG Guihua (People’s Republic of China) 3.50.304
Bronze GILMUTDINOV Arslan (Russian Federation) 3.49.618
13th LYNCH Colin (Ireland) 4.06.390

MC4 1km Time Trial
Gold CUNDY Jody (GB) 1.04.579
Silver METELKA Jozef (Slovakia) 1.07.336
Bronze WATERS Jacob (USA) 1.08.739
9th GRIMES Ronan (Ireland) 1.11.595


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Irish Team for 2018 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships

Colin Lynch (MC2) – Macclesfield, UK

Peter Ryan (MB) with pilot Sean Hahessy – Drombane, Co. Tipperary – DOB: 29/04/1990 and Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary

Martin Gordon (MB) with pilot Eamonn Byrne – Sligo, Ireland – DOB :18/03/1985 and Dublin, Ireland

Katie George Dunlevy (WB) with pilot Eve McCrystal - Maidenhead, UK – and Dundalk, Louth

Ronan Grimes (MC4) – Dublin, Ireland

Schedule of events


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


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.

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