Ireland confirms line-up for UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships

Ireland's Eve McCrystal, Eoghan Clifford and Mark Rohan were successful at the 2014 Paracycling World Championships in the USA
Ireland's Eve McCrystal, Eoghan Clifford and Mark Rohan were successful at the 2014 Paracycling World Championships in the USA

Ireland has confirmed a strong team for the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, which take place from the March 26-29.

Entering four bikes across ten events, Ireland’s six-person team will be a competitive one, comprising of two world champions in Eoghan Clifford and Colin Lynch, and world silver medallists Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal.

The new tandem pairing of Peter Ryan and Damien Shaw will be one to watch also and at the Paralympic Games in London, Shaw piloted James Brown to a bronze medal win in the Men’s Time Trial. The Championships run from Thursday March 26 until Sunday, March 29.

The main focus for the Irish team will be on the Individual Pursuit events, these are timed efforts against the clock. All bikes will compete in the Pursuit, along with the Kilometre Time Trial.

For the first time at a major championships Ireland will also field entries in the Scratch Race, with Clifford and Lynch competing in the same Men’s C1-3 event.

The Irish Para-cycling team is a progressive squad on the cycling scene, with new competitors breaking through each year, and competition to make the team for the major events tough.

Coach Neill Delahaye said: “The team selection this year was more competitive than ever, a lot of hard work was put in during training camps since December and we are in a strong position now to deliver our best performance.

“Everyone has the work done and we are looking forward to the competition.”

The Irish team is travelling from its base in Majorca to the Dutch track, where competition will begin next Thursday.