A gold medal on the final day from Galway’s Eoghan Clifford was the highlight of a super weekend of racing at the UCI Paracycling Track World Championships from March 26th – 29th 2015.
Clifford, who was competing in his debut Track World Championships having joined the Irish team last year, impressed hugely in the Scratch race on the final day emerging on top after the sixty lap test. Team mate
Colin Lynch who was also competing in the C1-3 Scratch race unluckily suffered a puncture on the closing laps so was unable to finish.
The world title won by Clifford was in addition to the bronze medal he won on the second day of the Championships in the Individual Pursuit.
The female tandem of Katie George Dunlevy and pilot Eve McCrystal also took Individual Pursuit bronze on the third day of the Championships beating the British tandem in the ride off on the line by .101 of a second.
Colin Lynch finished fourth in the C2 Individual Pursuit having made the bronze medal ride-off. In the men’s tandem new pairing of Peter Ryan and pilot Damien Shaw finished eighth in the Individual Pursuit.
All four Irish bikes also competed in 1km time trial events on the opening day of the Championships with the women’s tandem the best of the four finishing eighth.
The team, led by Irish coach Neill Delahaye, will now shift their focus to the roads with the UCI World Cup series in Italy, Switzerland and Germany next on the horizon, ahead of the UCI Road World Championships which are set for Switzerland ffrom July 28th – August 2nd.