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paracycling

paracycling

Para-cycling is part of the Paralympic Programme, and it is governed by UCI (the Union Cycliste Internationale). The essence of Para-cycling is the same as in other Olympic Competitions, where high performance athletes compete against other nations in their category. Para-cycling in Ireland is governed by Cycling Ireland, in affiliation with Paralympics Ireland. 

Any one wishing to try or find out more about paracycling contact:
Phelim Lynch 0834477933 phelim.lynch7@gmail.com
Declan Slevin 0872500827 
declanslevin@hotmail.com

Para-cycling is cycling for people with disabilities. This cycling discipline first came about in the 1980s, initially focusing on visually impaired riders, who competed on a tandem. The first appearance of Para-cycling in the Paralympic Games was in 1984, which was co-hosted by New York and Stoke Mandeville in England, and this first event only included road races for people with Cerebral Palsy. By 1996 the sport had evolved significantly, with track cycling included, along with each type of disability being classified into specific functional categories. Handcycling was included in the Sydney Programme of racing in 2000, as an exhibition event.

Qualification has evolved with the sport, with medical and functional criteria being included to even the playing field. Today the competition rules run accordingly with the functional ability of each participant.

While Para-cycling has its rules determined by the UCI, it is the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) who are responsible for its organisation.


Here's a link to a charity called Charlotte's Tandems who lend people tandem bikes free of charge to help them get to started in tandem racing. 



Paracycling Team training: 



Results of Irish Team in Rio: 

Day

Event

Athlete

RESULTS

Thur 8th Sept

Men’s B Tandem IP

Vereker & Hahessy

8th (4.20.139)

Fri 9th Sept

Women’s B Tandem Kilo

Men’s C2 IP

 

Men’s C3 IP

Dunlevy & McCrystal

Lynch

 

Clifford

7th (1.12.332)

5th (3.53.30)

4th (3.38.863) (Q)

Bronze (3.40.201)

Sun 11th Sept

Women’s B Tandem IP

 

Men’s B Tandem Kilo

Dunlevy & McCrystal

 

Vereker & Hahessy

5th (3.33.471)

 

8th (1.06.370)

Wed 14th Sept

Men’s C2 20km TT

Men’s H3 20km TT

Women’s H2 20km TT

Men’s B Tandem 30km TT

Men’s B Tandem 30km TT

Men’s C3 30km TT

Women’s B Tandem 30km TT

Lynch

Slevin

Staunton

Vereker & Hahessy

Ryan & Mizgajski

Clifford

Dunlevy & McCrystal

Silver

11th

11th

6th

17th

Gold

Gold

Thur 15th Sept

WH2-4 Road Race

MH3 Road Race

Staunton

Slevin

14th

9th

Fri 16th Sept

MC1-3 Road Race

Clifford

Lynch

5th

24th

Sat 17th Sept

Women’s B Tandem Road Race

Men’s B Tandem Road Race

Dunlevy & McCrystal

Vereker & Hahessy

Ryan & Mizgajski

Silver

DNF

12th



Disability Group

Events Track

Events Road

Eoghan Clifford

MC3

Charcot-Marie-Tooth

Kilo, Pursuit

Road Race, TT

Colin Lynch

MC2

Leg amputee

Kilo, Pursuit

Road Race, TT

Declan Slevin

MH3

Spinal Injury

None

Road Race, TT

Ciara Staunton

WH2

Spinal Injury

None

Road Race, TT

Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal

W B Tandem

Visual Impairment

Kilo, Pursuit

Road Race, TT

Damien Vereker & Séan Hahessy

M B Tandem

Visual Impairment

Kilo, Pursuit

Road Race, TT

Peter Ryan & Marcin Mizgajski

M B Tandem

Visual Impairment

None

Road Race, TT

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