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Disappointment for Slevin on Opening Day of Paracycling World Championships
By Heather Boyle, Cycling Ireland Communications Officer
31 Aug 2017,

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Ireland had three riders in action on day one of the UCI 2017 Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermartizburg, South Africa which run from the 31st August to the 3rd September. Rio Paralympians Declan Slevin and Ciara Staunton were joined by Wexford man Seamus Wall in the handcycling Time Trials, in his World Championship debut.

Staunton finished second behind the Netherland’s Carmen Koedood, in a small field in the WH2 category, with Wall finishing fourteenth in the MH4 category and Slevin nineteenth.

Westmeath’s Slevin was disappointed with his performance, having just recovered from illness a week earlier:

“I was unfortunate to pick up a bad UTI (urinary tract infection); I was in hospital for a few days, and only got out the day before I travelled here. I’ve been pushing fluids into me the last few days, but it’s only when I put the body under pressure today that I calved. I just felt the power draining out of me as I was doing the laps.”

Competing in the MH3 category, Slevin has had a good season, so was disappointed to be below par in a tough field:

“I’ve had better days. I’ve had a pretty good season, and had been hoping for a top ten today. Looking at the power I was putting out in training a top ten was within my grasps. But the competition that I’m in is so hard that if you’re not 110%, you suffer. A minute can mean a lot to you out there. My power was way down on what it normally is.”

Slevin has already turned his attention to the Road Race next Saturday:

“Hopefully I will recover tomorrow and give it a good go on Saturday. I’ll give it my best shot. I know from previous results that I’m better than today but you just have to brush it off and put it down as a bad day.”

Tomorrow is a big day for the Irish team, with six bikes in action, including Paralympic Champions WB Tandem Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal, as well as Paralympic Silver Medallist in MC2 Colin Lynch. Dunlevy and McCrystal won the World Cup overall this season, and Lynch was unbeaten in the Time Trials.

The Time Trial course in South Africa will present a hillier course profile than the World Cups and Paralympic Games, promising exciting and close racing. Unfortunately, MC3 Paralympic Champion Eoghan Clifford was forced to retire from competing due to a back injury.

Competing in the MB Tandem Time Trials are Peter Ryan with pilot Sean Hahessy, and Damien Vereker with Dermot Radford. Ronan Grimes (MC4) and Andrew Nicholson (MC4) will be making their World Championship debut.

The Para-cycling Road World Championships runs from the 31st August – 3rd September, with Irish riders competing on each day. The first riders in competition will be Declan Slevin, Ciara Staunton and Seamus Wall in the Handcycling Time Trials.


Women’s H2 Time Trial:

Gold Carmen Koedood (NED) 51.27.92
2nd Ciara Staunton (IRL)

Men’s H3 Time Trial:

Gold Paolo Cecchetto (ITA) 39.30.59
Silver Heinz Frei (SUI) 39.55.97
Bronze Charles Moreau (CAN) 40.22.98

14th Seamus Wall (IRL) 49.09.44

Men’s H4 Time Trial:

Gold Jetze Plat (NED) 36.39.14
Silver Rafal Wilk (POL) 38.27.81
Bronze Krystian Giera (POL) 39.04.52

19th Declan Slevin (IRL) 47.44.10


Team Announcement UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in South Africa
Aug 25th:

Next week the Irish Para-cycling Team will be competing in the UCI 2017 Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermartizburg, South Africa. The event will run from the 31st August to the 3rd September, with thirteen Irish cyclists competing across twenty-one championship events. This is the largest Irish team to compete in a World Championships in recent years, with qualification based on superb results from the Irish team throughout the 2016 season.

Following a formidable showing at the Paralympic Games in Rio, the Irish Para-cycling Team switched their focus to the 2017 road season, with their sights set on the World Championships in South Africa. The team represents a mix of experienced, accomplished riders and new development names, with the majority of the 2016 Paralympian’s named on the World Championship team.

Speaking ahead of the World Championships Cycling Ireland Performance Coach Neill Delahaye is satisfied with the progress of the team, with the women’s tandem becoming World Cup overall winners this season, and Colin Lynch being dominant in the Time Trials. Delahaye is looking forward to the start of the competition:

“We are hoping to build on the World Cup season where everyone performed well. Everyone is enjoying racing again after Rio. Of course, the World Championships will be a bigger a stage, where all the nations are keen to get performances. We are excited to be racing again at this level, and hope they can do as well in the World Cups.”

Delahaye noted that the hillier terrain in Pietermaritzburg adds an unknown element for the team: “The Time Trial course will present a different challenge to the World Cups, it is more technical and hilly, and it will bring something different to the table. All the Time Trials at the World Cups were pan flat. It will be a more sporting course.”

The team will see three new names on the Irish team with Ronan Grimes (MC4), Seamus Wall (MH3) and Andrew Nicholson (MC4) also competing, and for the first time Ireland will be competing in the Handcycling Relay event:

“This is a post games year, so we are delighted to have three development riders competing, and getting an opportunity to race in the World Championships. While we have an established group, we are always building for the future, and delighted to give them the opportunity.”

At the Paralympic Games in Rio, the Irish Para-cycling team achieved phenomenal results with five medals, including two Paralympic Time Trial Titles, courtesy of Eoghan Clifford and the tandem pairing of Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal. Colin Lynch won a silver medal in the MC2 Time Trial in Rio; Dunlevy and McCrystal took silver in the Rio Road Race, and Clifford was the bronze medallist in the MC3 Individual Pursuit.

The Para-cycling Road World Championships runs from the 31st August – 3rd September, with Irish riders competing on each day. The first riders in competition will be Declan Slevin, Ciara Staunton and Seamus Wall in the Handcycling Time Trials.


Cycling Ireland Website:
Paralympics Website:

Irish Team for 2017 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships

Eoghan Clifford (MC3)
Colin Lynch (MC2)
Declan Slevin (MH3)
Ciara Staunton (WH2)
Peter Ryan (MB) with pilot Sean Hahessy
Damien Vereker (MB) with pilot Dermot Radford
Katie George Dunlevy (WB) with pilot Eve McCrystal
Seamus Wall (MH4)
Ronan Grimes (MC4)
Andrew Nicholson (MC4)

Support Team
Neill Delahaye (Coach)
Tommy McGowan (Manager)
Eoin Murphy (Mechanic)
Catherine Simpson (Physio)
Shaun Emslie (Assistant)
Andrea Radford (Assistant)
Phelim Lynch (Assistant)

Schedule of events (approximate times)

Thursday 31st August
10:00 Womens H2 Time Trial - Ciara Staunton
13:20 Mens H4 Time Trial - Seamus Wall
14:00 Mens H3 Time Trial - Declan Slevin

Friday 1st September
09:15 Mens C3 Time Trial - Eoghan Cliford
09:30 Mens C2 Time Trial - Colin Lynch
13:10 Mens B Time Trial - Peter Ryan & Sean Hahessy
13:20 Mens B Time Trial - Damien Vereker & Dermot Radford
13:45 Womens B Time Trial - Katie George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal
15:00 Mens C4 Time Trial - Ronan Grimes
15:00 Mens C4 Time Trial - Andrew Nicholson

Saturday 2nd September
08:00 Womens H2 Road Race - Ciara Staunton
10:00 Mens H4 Road Race - Seamus Wall
15:02 Mens H3 Road Race - Declan Slevin

Sunday 3rd September
08:00 Mens C3 Road Race - Eoghan Cliford
08:00 Mens C2 Road Race - Colin Lynch
10:30 Mens C4 Road Race - Ronan Grimes
10:30 Mens C4 Road Race - Andrew Nicholson
13:45 Mens B Road Race - Peter Ryan & Sean Hahessy
13:45 Mens B Road Race - Damien Vereker & Dermot Radford
13:45 Womens B Road Race - Katie George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal
16:45 Hand cycle relay - Declan Slevin, Seamus Wall & Ciara Staunton

There will be live tv coverage of all four days of racing at


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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