Some fine performances from Ireland’s potential Paracycling stars at the weekend in Italy.
The Irish Paracycling Squad started Rome’s UCI Paracycling Road World Cup in fine style on Friday with two podium places.
Mark Rohan won the HC1 time trial race with a time of 26’17.89 – just 1.91 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
Also claiming a medal were female tandem pairing Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan. The girls secured silver in their time-trial, which was won by Canada. Ireland’s second female tandem pairing Katie-George Dunlevy and pilot Sandra Fitzgerald finished in ninth place to secure their first road top-ten placing.
Elsewhere, the Irish squad performed creditably in their respective Time Trial races:
Fourth for Colin Lynch in the Male C2
Sixth Place by James Brown & Damien Shaw in the Men’s Tandem
Seventh place for Cathal Miller in the Male C5 category
Eleventh Place for Enda Smyth in the Male C3 category
Mark Rohan followed up on his gold medal in Friday’s Time-Trial with a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s H1 Road Race at the UCI Paracycling Road World Cup..
After starting well with a fast first lap Mark went through a bad patch which saw him fall back to seventh position on the road. He fought back strongly however to move back to fourth place, just 1:13 behind the eventual winner.
This result moved him to the top of general classification after two days of racing and secured him a seventh World Cup jersey in a row (he won the 2011 Series outright with six wins out of six)
Other squad performances:
In the Men’s C5 category, Cathal Miller was well placed up until the last lap when a skid caused him to fall badly. After remounting, he consolidated to finish the race in 16th place. He’ll hope for better luck in the Spanish leg of the series next month.
The heat took its toll on the Irish Squad in Sunday’s s final day of road-racing at the UCI Paracycling Road World Cup in Rome.
As temperatures rose to the mid-thirties, the best Irish result of the day came from Katie-George Dunlevy and pilot Sandra Fitzgerald . The girls were in the decisive break that saw a group of seven get away in the last three laps. They held on to take fifth place at the finish which saw them move up to sixth place overall in the World Cup series.
Ireland’s second tandem pairing, Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan missed the break and finished in ninth place in the race. However, they finished in fourth place in the overall World Cup standings.
In the Male Tandem Road Race, James Brown and pilot Damien Shaw were looking good in the first three quarters of the race responding well to all the attacks. After fading towards the end, they finished in 14th place and 11th place overall.
In the Men’s C3 Race Enda Smyth finished in 13th place (12th overall) and Colin Lynch finished in 15th place in the Men’s C2 Race (eighth overall).
Manager Denis Toomey was pleased with the squad’s performance in Rome as it provided essential competition in the build-up to London. “The second leg of the World Cup in Spain next month will be another building block to fine tune our preparations”, he commented.
Overall World Cup results for Ireland
Mark Rohan H1 – 1
Catherine Walsh & Francine Meehan WB – 4
Katie-George Dunlevy & Sandra Fitzgerald WB – 6
Colin Lynch C2 – 8
James Brown & Damien Shaw MB – 11
Enda Smyth C3 – 12
Cathal Miller C5 – 15