Paracycling Road World Cup Results 

Ireland bag 4 medals in the opening round of the Paracycling Road World Cup

A strong contingent of Irish riders competed in the first round of the Paracycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium over the weekend as part of the Irish National squad and a development squad supported by the Paracycling Commission of Cycling Ireland. 

In the first international race of the season for many of the riders, and their first race since Tokyo for the Paralympians, Ireland secured a Gold, two Silver and a Bronze medal over the 4-day competition. 

Double Paralympic Gold medallists Katie-George Dunlevy and pilot Eve McCrystal showed no signs of slowing down as they powered to victory in the Time Trial claiming gold by over 45 seconds. they completed the 20km course in a time of 25:54.195 beating British riders Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl. 

For their first time on the tandem together since Tokyo 2020, both riders were unsure of how the time trial would go but were delighted to come away with the win. McCrystal said:

“It’s our first race since Tokyo so you really don’t know where you are so it was really nice to go out today and get the win but we didn’t want to expect anything. It was a nice course and I really enjoyed it."

Dunlevy added:
“It was a bit of the unknown in terms of the competition and how we were going to do. It seems like a long time since Tokyo in some ways and were still getting our fitness up and hoping to peak for the World Championships but it was really good to get the win today and looking forward to the rest of the season."

Their attention switched to the road race on Sunday where they won the silver medal. After the 91.8 kilometres it came down to a sprint finish between Ireland and Great Britain with tandem duo Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl securing gold. 

There was more success for Ireland in the men’s C4 category with Ronan Grimes showing great form all weekend to claim two medals over the course of the competition. In the Time Trial, Grimes was third fastest over the 30km course however, was upgraded to the silver due to a rider’s classification not being confirmed. A similar situation occurred in the road race which saw Grimes awarded the Bronze medal after finishing 4th in the race. 

Grimes commented after the Time Trial:
“Yes, I’m delighted with that. It’s great to be back racing on the international circuit again and to come away with a silver medal in the first race of the year I really couldn’t have wished for much more. It’s a great start to the season”

There was a great display from all the Irish riders throughout the weekend with many great results across the board and vital international experience gained by the riders. 

The second Paracycling Road World Cup gets underway this weekend from May 12-15 with the same riders competing for the Irish National Team except for Linda Kelly who will pilot for Katie-George Dunlevy instead of Eve McCrystal. Allister McSorley is the sole rider on the development squad. 

Full results from the first Paracycling Road World Cup are as follows:

Time Trial Results

Irish National Squad:

WB – Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal – 1st
MC4 – Ronan Grimes – 2nd
WC3 - Richael Timothy - 8th 
MB - Damien Vereker and Marcin Mizgajski - 10th 
MC2 - Chris Burns - 14th  
MH5 - Gary O'Reily - 4th
MH3 - Declan Slevin - 13th

Paracycling Commission Development Squad:

WB - Josephine Healion & Claire Ní Reachtagáin - 10th
MC1 - Cormac O'Callaghan - 11th
MC2 - Scott Drummond – 23rd
MC3 - Thomas Murphy – 21st
MC5 - Ivan Naluswa – 22nd
MH4 - Allister McSorley - 15th
MH4 - Ray Murnane - 25th

Road Race Results

Irish National Squad:

WB - Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal- 2nd
MB - Damien Vereker & Marcin Mizgajski- 8th
WC3 - Richael Timothy - 8th
MC2 - Chris Burns - 16th
MC4 Ronan Grimes - 3rd
MH5 - Gary O'Reily - 5th
MH3 - Declan Slevin - 9th

Paracycling Commission Development Squad:

WB - Josephine Healion & Claire Ní Reachtagáin - 10th
MC1 - Cormac O'Callaghan - 12th
MC2 - Scott Drummond - DNF
MC3 - Thomas Murphy - DNF
MC5 - Ivan Naluswa - 20th
MH4 - Allister McSorley - 17th
MH4 - Ray Murnane - DNF