Hopes high for Irish team with multiple cards to play at Worlds

Posted on: March 12th, 2019

As with the Irish team at the World Track Championships in Poland the week before last, this selection goes into the racing knowing several of them can take a medal. After breaking through at World Cup level, Martin Gordon and Eamon Byrne will fancy their chances at the paracycling worlds.


Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal are set to spearhead the Irish team at the UCI Paracycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

However, while the duo has proven prolific in taking golds repeatedly at the worlds, and at the Paralympics; hopes are high some of Ireland’s other riders can also get in on the act.

Earlier this month Lydia Boylan and Mark Downey collected medals for Ireland at the World Track Championships in Poland.

And while the pressure will be on Dunlevy and McCrystal to deliver at these paracycling worlds in Holland, others in the team can also medal.

That is especially so for Martin Gordon and his pilot Eamon Byrne. They claimed tandem sprint silver at the UCI World Cup in Manchester just before Christmas.

Back then they were beaten in the final by British world champions Neil Fachie and pilot Matt Rotherham.

The Irish riders will look to at least replicate their medal-winning ride of December and perhaps even go one better this time around.

In the case of Dunlevy and McCrystal, they are world champions in the road race and TT and Paralympic champions in the TT. McCrystal is also Ireland’s elite road race champion.

At these worlds they will ride the kilo and sprint events. They will also compete in a new mixed team kilo relay with Gordon and Byrne, who will also take in the kilo and sprint.

The Dutch paracycling worlds, which begin on Thursday, also sees the omnium included for the first time.

Two Irish MC2 riders – Chris Burns and former world champion Colin Lynchand WC3 rider Richael Timothy will contest the new event.

The omniums will feature an individual kilo, pursuit, scratch race and a flying 200m.

In an unusual move, there are individual world titles on offer for the kilo, pursuit and scratch race.

But results for each rider from all three are then added to results from the 200m to form an omnium result.

Completing Ireland’s line-up, Peter Ryan and pilot Sean Hahessy will ride the pursuit and kilo and Ronan Grimes races in the kilo, pursuit, and scratch race.


Irish team for Worlds 2019, Holland

  • Martin Gordon & pilot Eamon Byrne – Tandem kilo, sprint, mixed kilo relay.
  • Peter Ryan & pilot Sean Hahessy – men’s tandem, pursuit, kilo.
  • Ronan Grimes – MC4 kilo, pursuit, scratch.
  • Chris Burns – MC2 omnium: kilo, pursuit, scratch, flying 200m.
  • Katie-George Dunlevy & pilot Eve McCrystal – Tandem pursuit, kilo, sprint, mixed kilo relay.
  • Colin Lynch – MC2 omnium: kilo, pursuit, scratch, flying 200m.
  • Richael Timothy – WC3 omnium: kilo, pursuit, scratch, flying 200m.