Top road rider Hahessy in paracycling team for World Champs

Posted on: March 11th, 2016

International road rider Sean Hahessy has been drafted into the Irish paracycling team as a tandem pilot for the upcoming World Championships (Photo with thanks to Joe Murphy)

 

Top road rider Sean Hahessy has been drafted into the Irish paracycling team and will pilot a tandem for Peter Ryan at the upcoming World Paracycling Track Championships in Italy.

A strong selection has been named for the Worlds next week as the prolific Irish paracycling team gears up for the Rio Olympics.

And with the level of experience and previous world beating results achieved in the past by those named in the line-up the focus will be on taking home medals from the championships in Montichiari from March 17th to 20th.

Ireland is entering four bikes in the championships across both sprint and endurance events.

This year the focus for all of the riders will be on the individual pursuit, with 2015 World Champion in the scratch race, Eoghan Clifford also looking to defend his title in that event.

 

Multiple Worlds medallists Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal will be the only women in action for Ireland in Italy.

 

The decorated team includes former World Champion Colin Lynch, multiple-World Champion Eoghan Clifford and multiple Worlds medallists Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal on the women’s tandem.

The new male tandem pairing of Ryan and Hahessy will be taking part in their first major championship together and Cycling Ireland is hoping they can become another pairing in what has proven to me a hugely powerful stable of paracyclists produced by Ireland in recent years.

The team is currently completing a block of training at the Cycling Ireland base in Palma, Mallorca, where national performance coach Neill Delahaye said he was happy with how the training has been going.

“We are at the end of a very demanding training phase,” he said of the intense preparation in Olympic year.

“This year’s camps have ramped up in intensity, as is to be expected in a Paralympic year, and the whole team has coped well with the extra load.

“They are now ready to give a good account of themselves in Montichiari. The riders have committed fully and put in a lot of hard work to get themselves in shape for these World Championships.

“Our main focus is on the endurance events but this year we will also be participating in some of the sprint events in order to make the most of the opportunity the championships provide as an intensive competitive training block.

 

Eoghan Clifford on his way to the scratch race gold medal at the World Paracycling Championships in Holland 12 months ago.

 

“These World Championships are also the last UCI Nation ranking event counting for the Rio Paralympic Games.

“The team here are really motivated to put in some strong performances to help Ireland qualify as many bikes as possible for the Games.”

All bikes will compete in the pursuit, with Lynch and Clifford also competing in the scratch race, in the same Men’s C1-3 event.

Last year Clifford surprised the field in the event by attacking with 25 laps to go and lapping the field to win the gold medal and world title.

Both tandems will be competing in the Kilo TT, which is a four lap race against the clock, and Dunlevy and McCrystal will also compete in the sprint.

This is the last competition on the Paracycling calendar that offers qualification points for the Paralympic Games in Rio.

The Irish team has a few days off before travelling to Italy on the Sunday, March 13th. The World Championships take place in Velodromo Montichiari.

 

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