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Cycling Ireland pick two-rider development team to Worlds in US

Posted on: February 8th, 2017

A two-rider Irish development team is being sent to the Worlds with two officials also set to travel.

 

Having initially indicated it was unlikely to send a team to the UCI Paracycling Track World Championships in the US next month, Cycling Ireland has decided to send one after all.

Two riders have been selected and two officials will also travel.

The two-rider tandem pairing of Martin Gordon and pilot Eamonn Byrne have never raced internationally together meaning their selection is part of a development process.

They will compete in the men’s ‘B Tandem Sprint’ events at the Worlds on Los Angeles from March 2nd to 5th.

The UCI does not normally hold a paracycling Worlds in the year after the Paralympics and it gave very late notice that the Worlds would be going ahead next month.

The endurance paracycling riders are not competing but they are still in the programme preparing for the road race season which starts with the 2017 UCI Paracycling Road World Cup in Maniago, Italy, in May

Cycling Ireland performance coach Neill Delahaye said he was looking forward to the World Championships.

“We are very happy to be able to provide this opportunity to a new pairing for these World Championships,” he said.

“Most of our Paracycling success on the track has been with the endurance based events, but the success and dynamism of the paracycling programme in recent years means we have athletes involved who are showing potential in other areas such as sprinting.

“Martin has been on the Development Squad for the last couple of years and this is a new partnership with Eamonn. They are an exciting prospect.

“Eamonn is an experienced and accomplished sprinter and with the sprint events back on the Tokyo Paralympic programme of events we are excited to see what they can do.”

Delahaye travels to Los Angeles with the team as coach and Mark Kiely travels as manager.

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