Five bikes will compete for Ireland 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.
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.”
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